Bruce Faulmann, Publisher
[Photo: Mark Wemple]
From that early age, my love of Florida shaped and defined me. Through my college years at Manatee Community College and then at the University of Florida, where I earned a degree in advertising, I never considered leaving the state to pursue a career. Florida was in my soul, and I wanted to be a part of its growth and success.
It was that connection to my community that attracted me to the newspaper business, where I spent 24 years before coming to Florida Trend. During my newspaper years, I was described often by colleagues and customers around the country as “Mr. Florida” because of my constant, passionate promotion of the benefits of doing business in our fabulous state.
So here I am, the new publisher of Florida Trend, one of the country’s best business magazines and a true Florida treasure thanks to the outstanding work of Lynda Keever, my predecessor, Mark Howard, our extremely talented editor, and an amazing and dedicated staff.
For me, being at the helm of Florida Trend is an e-ticket ride (longtime Disney fans will appreciate that comparison), and it is an honor and privilege only six other people have enjoyed over the magazine’s 50-year history. It’s a big job, in a big state with tremendous assets. And even though our state faces many challenges as we navigate this difficult economy, with the support of you, our valued readers and advertisers, I look forward to facing those challenges head-on. As the state’s economy becomes more diversified and less susceptible to economic ups and downs, it is Florida Trend’s mission and responsibility to keep you well-informed, and I commit to you that Florida Trend will continue to be Florida’s most relevant statewide business magazine.
Since coming aboard four months ago, I’ve spent much of my time traveling the state meeting with the people committed to their communities, their businesses and to the state’s success. The purpose of my travel has been to listen to the dialog in each community, learning about the successes, the challenges, the concerns and about the people who are making a difference. Those visits will continue on a routine basis throughout my tenure as Florida Trend’s publisher, so that we’ll stay connected to the stories of the communities and the businesses that make up our large and diverse state.
In between visits, I invite you to share your thoughts with our staff and me. I look forward to hearing from you.
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