In my long career as a journalist, I’ve never had a boring day. It’s been a thrill, especially the past 10-plus years with Insight Publications. Working side-by-side with my co-founder, Brian Rasmussen, I’m proud of this business we have launched, nurtured and grown. And I’m thankful to you, our readers, for believing in us.
In January, I announced I sold my shares of the company to Brian. I feel confident he has everything he needs to keep this ship sailing smoothly, and I’m sticking around until the end of June to help ease the transition. By the time you read this, I’ll be preparing to close this chapter of my career and toasting the farewells.
What comes next? I’ve been advised by others who have decided to step away from their business earlier than they imagined that taking a break is a good idea. So, after some family time, ongoing community work, a few long-put-off personal projects and a bit of travel, I’ll come back to that question. Feeling nostalgic, I wrote a blog on all this, which you can read it here.
It’s a good feeling to know that as I prepare to leave, Insight has already boosted the editorial department by hiring long-time freelance writer and former Insight employee MaryBeth Matzek. Besides her work to streamline the editing process, this month she wrote a story about how videos created by New North Inc. are being used by companies as they recruit talent (page 14). She also did our Power Lunch feature about a popular café in Fond du Lac (page 62).
Our cover story by Sean Johnson, “Plastic Passions” (page 22), takes you to the opposite end of our coverage region, to Mountain, Oconto County. Nicolet Plastics was not only named the 2017 Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Manufacturer of the Year in the small business category, it also is a past Insight Innovation Award winner (2016).
This year’s Insight Innovation Award winners were named at our THINC! event in mid-May. I think you’ll find the stories in this issue on our five winners inspiring.
One more note: Insight has convened an entirely new editorial advisory board (see page 4), charged with bringing fresh ideas to our staff. Chances are you know some of them. Next month, you’ll see my name listed, as well. Feel free to get in touch with any one of them, or with me. I look forward to keeping one toe in the wake while Brian steers the boat!
Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
The top female golfers in the world are coming to the Green Bay area from July 3-8.
Plan now to catch the action by purchasing a ticket, or consider volunteering at the event. Learn more at www.thornberrycreekclassic.com.
Bob Chapman will share his thoughts on “Truly Human Leadership” at the eighth annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference on Oct. 24 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Visit
the new website at www.manufacturingfirst.com to stay in the know about this year’s event.
CEO videos with insight
Did you know that every cover story since the launch of Insight has featured a video interview with a CEO? These conversations are rich with whatever you might want to know about a company and its leadership. Considering a speaker at an event or new board member? Want to become more familiar with someone before making that call? Then watch!
Go to insightonbusiness.com/home/cover-story-videos