When people ask me what it was like starting the magazine I frequently tell them that my original business plan was woefully inadequate in predicting how the publication would evolve. As many entrepreneurs in this industry are well aware, the landscape changes constantly, and the more flexible and nimble an organization is, the more likely it is to survive.
I’d like to take full credit for navigating the waters, but I can’t. Great partners like Bill St. Yves, Mitch & Kim Rily, Brian Szaks, Eric Sandigo, Ed Wills, Mattheis Carley, Joe Kleiman, Paul Williams and countless others have helped chart the course when needed and unloaded and distributed thousands upon thousands of magazines. The very first issues were mailed by hand. I rounded up a group of friends and supplied beer and pizza while we all slapped on labels and sealed envelopes.
But I truly believe InPark would not be so successful if it weren’t for the assistance of Judith Rubin. She has helped carve out InPark’s niche and edited more articles than you could possibly imagine.
This issue is a celebration for everyone – those on the back end as well as our supporters, advertisers and readers. You have all helped to bring InPark to the ten year mark! Thank you, and I look forward to serving you for another ten years and beyond. • • •
Guiding Light, the now-canceled daytime TV series, was the subject of my first contribution to InPark Magazine, in 2005. I lived for a few years in Richmond, Virginia. I’d gotten into the habit of following the show, and several stars of Guiding Light were making an appearance at Paramount’s Kings Dominion. Marty liked the light hearted report I turned in. Our professional alliance – and our friendship – grew from there.
Marty leans toward hard rides and waterparks; I specialize more in technologies and media. When we met, he was fairly new to the industry. He had business education, writing talent and graphic design skills. (But if you know Marty, you know that his real genius is for friendship – creating and maintaining relationships.) For my part, I was 20 years older with connections, publishing experience and knowledge of the trade shows. We continue to learn from each other.
Together we were able to expand InPark’s coverage to overlapping markets such as museums and world expos, and to explore many layers, trends and issues within the industry while showcasing its people, companies and projects. InPark today has a strong dual presence – online and in print. I love being part of this team. InPark is like no other trade magazine and you, our business community, have recognized and validated it with your outpouring of support over the years. • • •
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