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Well, dear readers, it comes to this: My final “Prep Work” column as Editor in Chief of Professional Carwashing & Detailing. I have decided to resign my position in order to spend more time with my newly expanded family.
Words cannot adequately express how much I have enjoyed my tenure at PC&D and my time in the car care industry. From the start, my job has always felt more like a hobby, and I can’t thank you enough for making the past five years an extremely gratifying experience.
I want you to know that I’m leaving you in very good hands. Deb Gorgos, who has spent the last three years as the Managing Editor of PC&D, will now serve as Editor. I have no doubt that she will excel and exceed expectations in her new role, just as she has impressed me as Managing Editor these last few years.
She will be joined by Rich DiPaolo, who was recently named Editorial Director of PC&D, and serves in the same capacity for two of our sister publications, Water Technology and Cleaning & Maintenance Management. As you might imagine, Rich’s unique understanding of the water treatment and janitorial/sanitation industries gives him a distinctive edge as he makes his way into the car care business.
PC&D will also benefit from the addition of Phil Lawless, the magazine’s new Managing Editor. Phil brings a wealth of publishing and editing experience to this publication. He will be based in Birmingham, AL, and extends the magazine’s reach so that we may continue to visit readers across the country in order to identify marketplace trends and issues.
Last but not least, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that all of these masthead changes are also accompanied by two constants on our staff: Sandy Murphy, Associate Publisher, and Pat Harrington, Advertising Associate. With over 25 years of combined experience, these two women have become familiar faces at industry tradeshows and events, and even more, recognizable voices on the telephone. Pat and Sandy will continue to mentor our editorial staff, just as they gave me all the guidance and assistance I needed throughout the years.
So thank you, once again, for making this job so wonderful. It was not an easy decision to leave my post, and I know I will still be frequenting the bulletin boards and www.carwash.com for my daily “fix” of news and industry gossip. I wish you and yours all the best, and hope you have every success in the car care industry.
Kate Carr, Editor in Chief