As RV Daily Report prepares to publish its final newsletter today (June 21), I wanted to take a moment to publicly thank all the people who contributed to the success of this publication.
A lot of people think that RV Daily Report was a one-person operation — run by me.
While that’s true to some extent, there were dozens of people who played a role in launching, growing and maintaining RV Daily Report.
I’ve been preparing for this article for several weeks by compiling a master of list of people I need to thank. I know I will be unintentionally omitting someone. To them, I humbly apologize.
Just know that in my heart, I am grateful for the support you offered for RV Daily Report is an aggregate of input from hundreds of people, many whose names I have forgotten.
The RV industry has Kip Czoch to blame for my even entering the realm of recreation vehicles. As publisher of RV Trade Digest, Kip worked out of a remote office in Indiana, and the company was looking for an editor to work out of Wisconsin.
After a series of interviews with other editors, publishers and corporate executives, I was told I needed to talk to the publisher. So I had a five-minute phone interview with Kip from the show floor at some event he was attending.
He offered me the job on the spot, much to the chagrin of Cygnus Business Media’s human resources department which had really wanted to check references before making a formal offer. I started work in January 2000.
But, after I left Cygnus in the fall of 2002 to pursue my own business, the RV industry has John Spaulding to thank for hiring me back as the editor of RV Trade Digest the next year. He was the publisher of RV Trade Digest as the time.
He remains one of the best bosses I ever worked for. He gave me a very long leash to decide the editorial direction of the magazine. But, alas, he sprinted from publishing to work for NTP-Stag where he is the senior vice president of marketing today.
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