FROM THE PUBLISHER: Against all odds

0613_Cover_STYLEI proudly present to you, our loyal readers of Lake & Sumter Style, our third annual Businessmen of Style issue. However, something quite interesting happened as we were planning this month’s issue that I cannot help but share with you all.

As we were brainstorming this year’s Businessmen and Businesswomen of Style issues, we wanted to come up with something exciting for the participants as a way to change things up from the previous years. Therefore, we decided to put one businesswoman and one businessman on the cover of each issue. However, how would we decide? There are so many worthy professionals from which to choose.

After much deliberation, we elected to host two mixers — one for the businesswomen and one for the businessmen. At each party, we held a reverse drawing with all the names of each businessperson featured in the magazine, and whichever name was drawn last was deemed the winner of the cover feature.

As you already saw last month, Missy Ziler was the winner of the Businesswomen of Style cover feature. And — get this — as you can see with our latest June issue, Missy’s husband, Joe Ziler, won the Businessmen of Style cover feature. Husband and wife both won the drawings at two different times.

If it wasn’t for the fact that there were about 50 witnesses at each drawing, people would have said it was impossible. What were the chances? However, Joe and Missy were both great to work with, and we had a blast putting together both of these issues.

I hope you enjoy reading about a number of our local businessmen and that you gain a sense of pride in knowing we have such amazing men leading our community. Thank you to all of the marvelous businessmen who participated this year. You sure do look stylish!

And here’s to wishing a happy Father’s Day to all you dads of Lake and Sumter counties!

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