As you may already know, Columbus CEO is going through some changes. On Jan. 2, I took over as the editor of the magazine, replacing Mary Yost, who left to become the editorial page editor for our sister publication, the Columbus Dispatch. If you’re a regular reader of CEO, you know I have some big shoes to fill. During her four years at the magazine, Mary turned it into a must-read for those interested in learning what makes the city’s top business leaders tick. My aim is to build upon Mary’s accomplishments, with the goal of creating an even stronger mix of compelling profiles, insightful features and practical business advice.

I’ll keep this relatively short—a longer introduction will follow in our February issue—but I come to CEO from Columbus Monthly, where I spent more than 12 years as a staff writer, associate editor and senior editor. During my nearly two decades as a journalist in Ohio, I’ve interviewed governors, mayors, CEOs, university presidents, artists, scientists, homeless people and even the world’s leading authority on cargo shorts. I’ve loved every minute of this wide and varied journalism journey, but my occasional forays into the business beat have been perhaps the most rewarding: learning the art of selling cars from Fred and Rhett Ricart, chronicling the rise and fall of the LongabergerCompany, digging into the brave new world of equity crowdfunding. 

These stories were important, compelling and fun. And I can’t wait to tackle more of them in my new role. Thanks for reading.