FROM THE PUBLISHER: Milestones galore and more in store

Cover_STY_0914I’ve enjoyed many wonderful milestones since entering the world of magazine publishing in 2008, but this summer has been something else.

For starters, the Hot List issue was our most popular magazine ever.

The August edition of Lake and Sumter Style disappeared nearly as quickly as Scott Hegg, our circulation director, delivered it to more than 100 locations.

And more than 50,000 people read the edition online.

Your enthusiastic response confirms our abiding belief that our community will support a magazine devoted to local personalities, businesses and events.

Thank you for advertising, nominating and voting in our Hot List contest, and for reading and sharing Style!

charlie-2014But that was just one milestone. I hadn’t even come down from that Cloud 9 when the Florida Magazine Association bestowed nine awards upon us at the annual FMA conference. And five were first-place honors!

Again, we couldn’t have done it without you. Our awards are your awards!

Achieving two wonderful milestones in the same month is like having your cake and eating it, too. But this cake came with extra toppings.

We also moved closer to occupying our new home in downtown Leesburg, which will give us about three times as much space to produce your hometown magazines.

Extensive renovations to the majestic Leesburg Opera House excited and delighted us throughout the summer, and members of the Akers Media Group staff were like giddy kids on Christmas morning as the finishing touches were applied.

We can’t wait to show off our new digs. We think you’ll be impressed when you see the original red brick walls, beautifully restored pine floors and a few modern touches we’ve incorporated.

Our new offices will provide an environment that will foster creativity and productivity, but our new home will be more than a place where we conduct business. We look forward to hosting events such as business after hours, kickoff parties for special editions of our magazines and events, fundraisers for worthy causes — you name it, we’ll consider it.

So be on the lookout for your invitation to our open house.

Finally, as if I haven’t had enough excitement, Doug and I sold our house and moved into a new one.

I can honestly say I’ve never had a summer like this one.

It just goes to show that milestones can and will appear when you least expect them. It also demonstrates that you increase the odds of good things happening when you work hard and do the right things for the right reasons.

kendra_signatureHere’s hoping a wonderful milestone — or two, or three — are just around the corner for you.

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