Martin Guitars Chairman/CEO Honored
Christian F. Martin IV, chairman and chief executive officer of the Nazareth, Pa.-based Martin Guitar Co., will receive with the Lifetime Achievement Award at Duquesne University’s sixth Annual Summertime Jazz Concert.
Although Martin Guitars thrives today, the organization was in serious decline due to a severe economic recession, a strike by company employees, a change in taste from folk music to electric guitars and several other factors when (in 1986) CEO C.F. Martin III died. Following his death, there was talk of selling or liquidating the company before Martin IV was named chairman at age 30.
Martin is credited with eventually turning around his family’s now 173-year old business through directing the organization’s focus onto steel stringed acoustic guitars and strings as well as implementing a team-oriented management style. He regularly joins his employees on Outward Bound programs, and he hosts instructional clinics at Martin dealerships around the world.
Martin has an international reputation as the builder of the highest quality guitars, and the company makes more acoustic guitars than any U.S. company. Among the hundreds of famous Martin guitar owners are Sting, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, George Jones and John Mayer.
When: Wednesday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Lenglet Perron, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave.
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