First Word: A Look Back, And Ahead
It has been 20 years since I was tasked by my father, the late Ed Coene, to oversee the publishing duties of Business Facilities. The magazine needed a steady hand to guide it. My first issue as Publisher was January 2003. Back then, Business Facilities was published monthly, print magazines were still the rage, and advertisers didn’t pay for digital ads.
However, change was imminent, starting with the rise of the world wide web and a global recession that all but decimated print media. Social media came next and contributed to the fracture of readers’ attention. So, the team at Business Facilities focused on the future and started diversifying our brand. We doubled down on the internet, embraced social media as a marketing tool, and launched the event, Business Facilities LiveXchange which won a national award from Expo Magazine. Today, we are currently investing in data analytics which will be the next frontier in lead generation.
Along the way, I have had a tremendous group of colleagues—some who are still here and others that have moved on, but all of them have helped drive Business Facilities to great heights. And we have had a great time putting the magazine together. The time has now come to step down from my daily duties as Publisher of Business Facilities. It is with great pride that I announce in 2023, Joyce Wasserman will become the next Publisher of Business Facilities. Having been our national sales manager, Joyce is the right person to take over the magazine as she has gained the respect and admiration within the industry and has the detail-oriented approach necessary to thrive in the media business.
As for me, I will still be with Group C Media, the parent company, handling executive duties and taking over our burgeoning events business. This includes the LiveXchange franchise of course! So, as you can see this is not Good-Bye, but Au Revoir, or as we loosely translate into English, till I see you again!
Business Facilities November / December 2022 Issue
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