Based in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, C.F. Martin & Company makes what are widely considered to be among the finest acoustic guitars in the world.
Martin owners have included Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Neko Case, Kurt Cobain, Joan Baez, Gene Autry, Thom Yorke, Woodie Guthrie, The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and Ed Sheeran.
Chris Martin IV is the sixth-generation Martin to head the company. He joined the company after his graduation from Boston University in 1978. In 1985 he was appointed Vice President of Marketing, and after the death of his grandfather, C.F. Martin III in 1986, was appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
The Pennsylvania Press Club launched monthly luncheons in 1996 to provide key lawmakers, newsmakers and other individuals an open forum to discuss current issues.
The Press Club has featured a wide range of speakers, from Governors Tom Ridge, Mark Schweiker, Ed Rendell, Tom Corbett, and Tom Wolf; Senators Arlen Specter, Rick Santorum, Bob Casey, and Pat Toomey, to C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, to Carmen Finestra, producer of the hit TV show, "Home Improvement."
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