Columbus CEO staff members were each doing something different in 1992—some of them are embarking on new adventures now, also.
In October 1992 as Columbus CEO published its first issue, I had just said goodbye to newspaper reporting and hello to a new public relations career at the Ohio Hospital Association.
Bob Vitale was a graduate student working on his master's degree in public affairs reporting at what is now the University of Illinois-Springfield, and he had an internship in the statehouse bureau of the Chicago Tribune.
Chloe Teasley was a fetching toddler with no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up.
Fate brought the three of us together as editor, associate editor and editorial assistant, respectively, in this 25th anniversary year.
Just as our city and region have changed and grown, so have we. I am enjoying a resumed journalism career, Bob worked as a reporter and magazine editor before landing at Columbus CEO and Chloe completed her bachelor's degree in strategic communications at Ohio State University while working here the past year.
Now Bob has left our staff to accept an opportunity to edit a new statewide LGBTQ magazine, and we wish him well in his next endeavor. Chloe, we hope, will continue developing her skill as a business journalist right here. I will take on a new role in a few months (see Publisher's Note).
In this special Silver Celebration issue, we look back on the change and growth marking the past quarter century in 10 key sectors of the central Ohio economy. We invite you to recall the past with us. What were you doing 25 years ago?
Sometimes you can glimpse the future by revisiting the past.
From the Publisher
Change is the norm for business, and Columbus CEO is no different. Starting early next year, a new editorial leader will take control of this award-winning magazine.
Dave Ghose, senior editor of our sister publication, Columbus Monthly, will become editor, replacing Mary Yost.
Mary isn't going very far—just one floor up in our building at 62 E. Broad St. She has been named the new editorial page editor for The Columbus Dispatch, where she started her career as a reporter. This position fulfills a longtime goal of running the paper's editorial page. (Dispatch Magazines and the Dispatch are part of the Dispatch Media Group.)
Mary's achievements are substantial as she has led Columbus CEO to numerous state and national awards since becoming editor in January 2014. We hate to lose her, but know where to find her.
On the other hand, we're thrilled with Dave moving over a few desks in our newsroom. I started to work with Dave in 2001, when he was a freelancer new to Columbus after newspaper stints in Michigan and Akron. At the time I was an editor at Columbus Monthly and we brought Dave onto the staff, where he served first as a staff writer and then associate editor.
He then spent three years as a freelancer, again, writing for a number of outlets, including Dow Jones, Cincinnati Magazine and American Archaeology, among others. During this time, he also wrote for two Gulf Coast publications while I was publisher of a magazine group in Florida.
When I was asked to return to Columbus to run Dispatch Magazines in 2015, one of my first calls was to Dave to return to Columbus Monthly. In short, Dave is among the best journalists I've met in my career. Not only does he have an impressive collection of awards, but he's earned the respect of many in this community for his fair, accurate and lively stories.
We expect great things for both Mary and Dave. And we'll share more as the transition for both begins Jan. 2