Lucky business year 13 reason to toot our own horn

Craig Hall, Publisher

Craig Hall, Publisher

For those of you who know me well, this might sound like a very odd thing to say given the upheaval in all things personal. But with every cloud comes a silver lining. When one door closes, another one opens. It’s always darkest before the dawn. Yeah, I know, whatever. You get the picture. But as far as all things Business Times are concerned, things couldn’t be better.

Over the course of the past year, the Business Times has brought to its readers and advertisers more news than it’s ever published, a continually growing product in terms of advertising opportunities and more pages of special focused sections than in any year prior.

I guess it says something good about a product and company when folks continue year after year to put their faith in it by renewing advertising contracts. And perhaps it’s time I take some of that to heart and additionally realize it speaks volumes about the people involved in the production of the Business Times as well, including me. Because that’s where the real value of what we do is — inside the 32, 40 or 48 pages of local and original content. We can’t do that without the efforts of some very special people at the Business Times, and certainly without the faith of our readers, advertisers and businesses that value the important local stories we produce in every edition.

Permit me to state for the record, since he won’t, this success and consistency for the past year simply wouldn’t have been achievable except for the efforts of Phil Castle. I’ve been blessed since day one to have this man as my editor. Never once have I had to worry about the quality of the content of the Business Times, although we do seem to have the same difficulties when it comes to all things deadline Tuesday — but perhaps that’s just the nature of deadlines. Phil has been steadfast in his ability to continually put out stories in a professional manner while even beating the local big boys to the punch on more than many occasions. Even if the Business Times offers coverage that comes after a local media outlet, our readers and advertisers can be assured our followup story will be more in-depth and certainly more personable than our competitors. Phil has always been receptive to new ideas and most important, he tolerates my Tourette-like rants as I listen to talk radio and the local news. Plus, he prints whatever I write!

In addition, I’d like to thank Kitty Nicholason, my designer extraordinaire who’s seldom seen, but always present in the pages of the paper. Those of you who’ve had the privilege or working with someone creative know it can be difficult when the creative mind meets with nearly any other type of thinking. These folks are simply on another plane, and most of the rest of us sit back and wonder. And for those of you who read my column and know Kitty, you’d think our working together would be the clash of matter and anti-matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Since working on our first project together, I’ve found Kitty to be a kindred spirit (stop laughing) in terms of how we both want a product to look and function. The best part is we both understand what’s most important: She brings and does what she does best while allowing me to do the same. The fact is, she knows what I’m thinking before I say it and vice versa. One only has to look to the special philanthropy section in this edition to realize how grateful and lucky

I am to have Kitty. That section was put together without as much as a face-to-face meeting, but rather over e-mail and a phone call.

I’d also like to thank my advertising assistants — formerly Sierra and now Kate — for their invaluable help in doing the one thing I like to do the least — chase advertisements on deadline. 

The fact is, without organized advertiser run lists and getting ads in on time, this paper doesn’t exist. These two young ladies have kept things in line on that front in spite of my lack of effort.

I’m also going to give a shout out to my accountants Denise and Alan, without whom I’d be out of whack with all kinds of government-type folks who’d be causing me much grief.

Finally, I’d like to thank my family, without whom none of this would be possible. My parents have been unbelievable in supporting me over the past year with all of the personal difficulties. And my darling daughters, Evin and Maya, are simply the most cherished little ladies on God’s green (OK, white for now) earth. I commit each day to better this paper because it’s all about making things better for them today and in the future. A man can ask for no better incentive than a loving daughter’s face, except maybe that I’m gifted by God with two of them.

Lastly, I’m humbled and honored to serve this community. My wish for 2014 is to simply do it even better.

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Since June of 2000, Craig Hall has been the owner/publisher of the Grand Valley Business Times. He can reached at 970-424-5133 or publisher@thebusinesstimes.com
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