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RETAILERS FORUM MAGAZINE | JANUARY 2017Page 17

Anniversary

I

'd never thought that back when

I was 22-years-old just starting to

publish Forum that it would be a

run lasting over three decades and

one that I can honestly say I still enjoy

as much today, 36 years later, as when I

started!

Now, 36 years and 432 issues later, we

celebrate embarking on our 37th year

servicing the wholesale/retail industry.

Re� ecting back over the years is always

sentimental for me as I remember the

birth of my daughter in 1983 and the

7-days a week working with her crib in a

corner of my o� ce. I recall moving from

our basement o� ce in Great Neck to our

� rst modern o� ces in Syosset, the birth

of my son in 1987 and then purchasing

our own o� ce building in Centerport,

where we remain

today.

� ey say that

time � ies, and it

certainly does.

My daughter's

now 33, newly

married while

my son's 30.

Both of them

have pursued

careers

in media and

marketing. Retailers Forum has been

my passion that brings me great joy in

addition to great stress at deadline times!

Publishing is

a fast-paced

industry that

requires a

dedicated

sta� and loyal

advertisers

and readers

to remain

successful.

I have been

blessed with

both, which

has allowed us to continue strongly as

over the years.

Being the � rst trade magazine sets a high

bar. In many instances we have shaped the

marketplace by exploring and presenting

new opportunities to our clients. When

we started there was no such thing

as a computer or fax machine (wow,

am I old!). Now, technology changes

constantly and we must all embrace

and harness its power to stay ahead of

the curve. We take our responsibility of

guiding the market very seriously.

As we start our 37th year in the industry

I'd like to thank everyone who has

contributed to our business over the years

and help us build what we like to think is

the best trade magazine in the country.

Hopefully you think so also and will be

with us for the next 36!

Martin Stevens, Publisher

Our First Issue - May 1981

Publisher Martin Stevens circa 1981

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