School’s In, School’s Out
The good part is that at the end of the road awaits the opportunity to join my friends—and now colleagues—at Caster Communications, a PR firm that has distinguished itself over the last decade representing some of the best brands in the custom business. I’ll still be attending CEDIA, CES, EHX and lots of other industry events; I’ll just be seeing our world through a different lens.
I’ll miss putting this magazine together every month, and I’ll really miss writing this column. I have been truly honored and privileged to make these monthly attempts to serve you, to perhaps provide a fresh perspective on things, to tackle the issues that face our industry in thoughtful and provocative ways. Everything I’ve done here during my tenure ultimately has put you, the reader, front and center. I respect the hell out of all of you, because as small businesspeople, as entrepreneurs, as experts and as innovators, you are the true embodiment of the American Dream in an America where the dream has died for so many. The continued growth and vitality of this industry is truly inspiring.
Over the course of my two-plus years at the helm of CustomRetailer, I’ve worked with and learned from some great people: my former publisher, the late Bruce Jacobs, and my current publisher, Carol Campbell; our New York Editor, Nancy Klosek, the kindest person on earth and someone who’s forgotten more about the industry than I’ll ever know; Brian Ploskina, my managing editor, who likewise will soon be moving on, in his case to the world of education, which will be better for it; Senior Editor Audrey Gray, a true journalist in every sense of the word; and my esteemed predecessor and the guy who convinced me to take this gig, Ron Goldberg. Above all, I’ll miss working with my trusted art director, Al Gaspari—not just for his incredible professionalism, vision and talent, but for the countless belly laughs we’ve shared on all of those late nights and early mornings doing what we love to do: making magazines.