Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

As I look ahead at my new opportunity ...

Along the way I’ve made many friends, including Peppa Pig at the 2017 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.

I’ve written this letter many times. But no matter how many I’ve written, this one is the hardest.

I started with the Convenience Store Products brand four years ago. Since then, I’ve tried my first energy drink and tasted my first meat snack. I’ve felt welcomed by the retailer and supplier communities, relying on the know-how and trend spotting that only these two groups together can provide. Being the editor-in-chief of Convenience Store Products has been an incredible journey for me professionally, but it also became a very personal outlet along the way. Thank you for the friendships we’ve made and for trusting in my expertise.

The four years I’ve spent working with this magazine have been invaluable, especially as I get ready to start something new.

I’ve accepted a new position at Winsight Media, the parent company of Convenience Store Products. I will now assume managing editor responsibilities for FoodService Director, a monthly publication that delivers solutions and strategies to readers in all segments of noncommercial foodservice.

But I leave you all in great hands. Convenience Store Products’ team of talented and expert journalists will continue to provide on-trend, new-product-focused reporting. Our subject-matter experts will work hard to bring you the latest ideas and innovations, as always. And honestly, I’m not going that far. In fact, I’m still sitting in the same desk I’ve always sat in and sharing ideas and jokes with the folks I’ve been proud to call colleagues for the past nine years.

As I look ahead at my new opportunity, I do so eagerly—and thankfully. I am at the same time thankful for the growth and acceptance I’ve earned from my years at Convenience Store Products. But as it is with most goodbyes, it is certainly bittersweet. I am likewise proud of what we’ve done here and excited for what’s next.

Thank you.