Letter from the editor

Back in business

By
From the March 2014 issue of Columbus CEO

How often do you get a chance to go home?

In business, probably not very often. You start on a career path and one thing leads to another. Years later, you look back and you might be surprised at the twists and turns you encountered along the way.

For me, accepting an opportunity to become editor of Columbus CEO represents both a homecoming and a chance to grow in new directions.

In my first career, I was a reporter for The Dispatch, and I loved it. From there I worked in public relations and corporate communications for a statewide trade group, the Ohio Hospital Association. It was a great second career. I learned a lot about the challenges facing hospitals and how they were rising to meet them.

Now I am back in journalism—my first love. I am learning to think months in advance to plan in-depth coverage and analysis of the stories behind the local business and economic news, while also offering instant updates online every day. It is an exciting place to be. Columbus CEO has a strong 20-year history, and I am looking forward to putting my own imprint on the publication in the months ahead.

So let me introduce myself:

I am a Columbus native and have been a Gahanna resident most of my life. I am a graduate of Ohio State University and a great fan of Buckeye football and basketball as well as the Cincinnati Reds. I like to golf and garden and spend time with family, especially my two rambunctious grandsons. I am a cancer survivor, which makes every day a little sweeter.

I used to apologize for having never left the area, but as the city has grown and I have matured, my appreciation for all that we have here has increased. Having the opportunity now to work with the business community on a new level will surely add to my sense that Columbus is, indeed, a great place to be.

If you haven’t sensed it already, I am a positive person. And I am very positive that I am going to like my new home at Columbus CEO.

It’s a nice coincidence that my first issue offers an emphasis on healthcare, from our second-annual HealthCare Achievement Awards to a look at trends in hospital construction. It is gratifying to see that some of the individuals and organizations I came to know and respect in my last career are being honored for their great work in this issue. This month you will also learn, in our Q&A with Dr. Andy Thomas of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, about how important a business background is for physician leaders. Thomas also reveals how much collaboration actually goes on between competing healthcare systems.

But this month is not all healthcare. Have you heard about the fancy basket-ball with embedded electronics that coach you to a better game? Did you know it comes from a local company? Our Gadgets column by Phil Pikelny has the scoop on that and other neat gizmos. The Innovation Spotlight can help you dream of spring with a new gardening app, while our Small Business Spotlight focuses on a new approach to handling real-estate title transactions.

I am having fun in my new role as Columbus CEO editor. My goal here is to give you the stories, data, context and background that will help you enjoy your work, too, wherever your path has brought you.