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How Two Families Make It Work

65 West South Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766 • 570-408-4590 (T) • Email

How Two Families Make it work:

 Featuring Jay Bush & Christian Frederick Martin, IV

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Henry Student Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor
Wilkes University | 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lanie Jordan
Email | Phone: 570-408-2120


Jay Bush

Jay Bush
Famous Bean Spokesperson
Bush Brothers & Company

Jay Bush

Jay is a fourth generation member of the Bush family. After graduating with a degree in logistics from the University of Tennessee, he accepted a position as an operations manager for Highway Transport Company at their Atlnta facility. Later, he worked as a Skills and Productivity Consultant for LTV Aviation in Dallas, Texas. On October 1, 1990, Jay joined the family business, Bush Brother & Company.

At Bush Brothers Jay has worked in production planning and as Plant Manager of the Shiocton, Wisconsin sauerkraut plant. Jay (along with his dog Duke) has been busy for several years now spreading the word about Bush's Bakes Beans as the commercil spokesperson. In addition to his marketing responsibilities, Jay has served on the Board of Directors since 2000, the Family Senate from 2006 to 2013 when he was appointed as director of the Shoebox Private Trust Company. 

Jay and his wife Susan have two children and live in Appleton, Wisconsin.



Christian Frederick Martin, IV

Christian Frederick Martin, IV
Chairman and CEO
Martin Guitar Company

Christian Frederick Martin, IV

C.F. Martin IV, known as "Chris," is chairman and CEO of the world-renowned C.F. Martin & Co. and the sixth generation of Martin family members to run the business. Martin acoustic guitars are prized worldwide for their exceptional tone, design, craftmanship and attention to detail. Under Chris Martin's direction, the 180-year-old company has maintained its integrity and industry-wide respect while growing and prospering to unprecedented manufacturing and sales levels.

Born and raised in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Chris' familiarity with the family business was limited to occasional visits to his grandfather, Christian Frederick Martin III, and to summer jobs working at the factory. While in Los Angelas, where he attended UCLA, Chris apprenticed at Westwood Music, building a classical guitar and familiarizing himself with the retail end of the business. After just a year, he moved back to Nazareth to work in the guitar factory, where he learned more about the design construction ofthe Martin guitar and became familiar with many of the different operations. He eventually became more involved in the company, first as assistant to the president, then as vice president of marketing. When C.F. Martin, III passed away in 1986 at the age of 93, Chris Martin  became the company's 30-year-old chairman. 

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