Several years ago we came up with an idea to feature the businessmen and businesswomen of Lake and Sumter counties. It seemed fitting because Style magazine is all about the people, places and events that make this community an incredible place to work, play and grow.
Well, we found ourselves in a pickle when we began discussing which business person should be featured on the cover. Our dilemma? How could we choose just one person? Each man was interesting, successful, and deserving of being on the cover, but there was simply no way to select one over the other. Then, one day, we had a light bulb moment and decided to do a reverse drawing for the cover. That way we wouldn’t be choosing, fate would be making the selection for us. Each man or woman who participated in our special section would get their name entered into the drawing. The winner would be last man/woman standing.
Ever since then, each and every year we have had an amazing, elaborate party for the featured women in April for the May issue, and one in May for the men who would be featured in June. These events continue to get bigger and better! This year we were able to host the events in our new banquet hall at the Opera House in Leesburg. Both events were no doubt a success. In fact, I hope you were able to attend one or both of them. If not, be sure to do so next year.
Now back to the cover. As you can see, our very lucky cover winner is Dr. Karsten Weber of Lakeside Foot & Ankle Center. And he certainly belongs on the cover. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Karsten on a professional and personal level over the past several years. In fact, Lakeside Foot and Ankle Center was one of our very first advertisers when we launched our sister publication, Healthy Living, over seven years ago. Through the years Karsten has proven to be a great physician, a great friend and a man of his word. I am so excited to see someone of such amazing character grace the cover of this magazine. He truly represents this community with STYLE!