After speaking to hundreds of experts and ordinary folk, the editors tested, tasted and debated everything from the Best Gotta-Have-It Brownie to the Best Lasting Logo to the Best Athlete’s Feat. The resulting list covers the Arts, Media, Business & Finance, Health, Food, Science & Technology, Society & Culture, Sports & Fitness, Transportation, Travel and more.
“Our country is full of hidden gems, inventive products and inspiring stories that deserve to be in the national spotlight,” said Reader’s Digest Editor-in-Chief Jackie Leo. “This annual issue captures how Americans get things done — working hard, dreaming big and overcoming obstacles.”
Founded in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin, C.F. Martin & Co. has been continuously family owned and operated for six generations. The oldest surviving acoustic instrument producer in the world, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, many still using the design and techniques introduced by the company founder in the 1830s. For nearly 175 years, the privately held manufacturer has been acknowledged as the creator of some of the world’s finest musical instruments. Martin recently opened a Museum and Visitor Center at their headquarters in Nazareth, PA. For the first time, Martin has housed its history in a $6,000,000 complex to give the public the opportunity to experience the historical events and strum some of the same guitars that Superstars play. Current Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin, IV, took the helm of the company in 1986.
Reader’s Digest “America’s 100 Best” can be identified by state or category on www.rd.com/boa where readers can nominate entries for next year’s collection.
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