It just seemed like yesterday we were saying hello. And it’s time for goodbye. Well, sort of.

By the time this space is read, I will be transitioning into a new position with BNP Media. So, in one aspect, I’m not going anywhere. I will still be working from the company’s head office in Troy, Mich., most likely hunkered down in the very same cubicle I am typing this from.

Here’s the back story …

Last summer, BNP Media made a monumental acquisition, adding among other properties the venerable, juggernaut construction industry publication Engineering News-Record to the company’s family of leading business media properties. It was a huge feather in the cap for this efficient, homegrown Michigan company … and, being totally honest, a moment of selfish dreaming for a little, bald guy who occupies one of the cubicles here. Opportunities are awaiting a year or two down the road, I immediately thought. Fast forward only about six months …

Having spent much of the past 20 years in the construction media space, as an editor with a variety of leading equipment publications, I am humbled and honored that ENR has found a spot that will allow me to return full time to the sector. In the new hybrid position, I will be the editor of ENR’s Midwest Edition and a member of the national equipment coverage team headed up by longtime trusted colleagues and dear friends Jan Tuchman and Tudor Van Hampton.

As the cliché goes, it’s a small world, folks. Your longtime respected competitor will, all of a sudden, one day, be your teammate … or your boss.

The POB experience has been perfect in every conceivable way. I have learned more in the past 15 months or so than at any other period in the past 30 years, and it’s all because of you. When I transitioned into this seat from my previous role as editor of Site Prep, the first lesson I received was from MAPPS executive director John Palatiello, who advised (and perhaps warned) me that surveying is a profession, not an industry. No truer words have these ears ever heard.

The professionalism goes far beyond the education, the credentials and the experience of the men and women who keep the surveying, mapping and geospatial business a true beacon of ingenuity, innovation, vision and work ethic. Those things are all true, of course.

Most importantly to me, though, the professionalism of surveyors is defined by the integrity of each and every POB reader who has taken the time to reach out. Not a single time has an email, a letter, a commentary, a call or a wave come along that I have not been truly humbled, schooled, enriched and honored. I am the better person for having been here.

To suggest y’all have taught me would be a gross understatement. The lessons learned range from the practical to the visionary, from the crossing of Ts to the big picture, from the minor to the professional. I thank you.

And, please remember, I’ll still be around. Our paths will continue to cross, I am sure.

And I’ll be the better person for that, too.
 


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