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C. F. Martin And Co Appoints Nathan S. Eckhart As CFO

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Finance and Music Vet Joins Martin

Outgoing VP Finance John A. “Jack” Messer Retires

NAZARETH, PA – SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 – C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. has announced the retirement of long-time employee John A. “Jack” Messer, the company’s vice president of finance and administration effective September 30, 2010. Additionally, Nathan S. Eckhart joined Martin Guitar in July 2010 as its new chief financial officer (CFO). The announcement was made today by company Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin, IV.

“After 38 years of unprecedented service and excellent, steadfast financial management of C. F. Martin and Co., we wish Jack a long and enjoyable retirement,” said C. F. “Chris” Martin IV. “Nathan has big shoes to fill and we are happy to welcome a long-time industry veteran to the company.”

Mr. Eckhart joins Martin with 25 years of experience the business and finance, with 17 of those years in the music industry. Before joining Martin, Mr. Eckhart worked at Allen Organ Company from July 1993 to June 2010 as CFO and VP Finance. He began his career employed at a public accounting firm, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned his BA in Accounting from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.

Photo (left to right): Jack Messer, Nathan S. Eckhart

About Martin Guitar:

Founded over 175 years ago 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 maker 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. The privately held manufacturer is highly regarded for creating some of the finest instruments and introducing innovations that have become industry standards in the music products industry including the now-standard X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the “Dreadnought” size. Current Chairman and CEO Christian Frederick Martin, IV, took the helm of the company in 1986.
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