Come back with me, if you will, to a time very early in my career with FundRaising Success. I had been editor for about five minutes. Then-Associate Editor Paul Barbagallo and I were meandering around one of our first fundraising conferences, sitting stiffly among our new colleagues, all of us dressed for business with our game faces on.
In the back, at a table far from the rest of the crowd, was a tall, laid-back-looking drink of water in a suit jacket and blue jeans. And I knew from the moment I saw him that I would know him better.
No, this isn’t a paean to my future husband. That guy was the Domain Group’s (now Merkle/Domain) Tim Burgess — a true gentleman with a tough, Clint Eastwood-esque mystique about him that is wholly endearing. Tim has been a supporter of the magazine from Day 1. He’s written a column, Because It Matters, for a few years, but more importantly he’s been a constant source of encouragement, insight and information both to our readers and our staff. And more importantly still, he’s been a friend.
Tim has decided to give up writing Because It Matters, pull back on some of his professional obligations and follow a new path in his life. He’s running for city council in his hometown of Seattle. Scathingly brilliant commentary about politicians aside, I wish him a fond adieu from the pages of FundRaising Success and the very best in all that he does.
On the upside
Tim’s colleague at Merkle/Domain, the wickedly insightful Jeff Brooks, will take over Tim’s space with a new, yet-to-be named column. I look forward to working with him.
And on the inside
Kendra Clayton, former senior copy editor for the Target Marketing Group, has been promoted to production editor for FundRaising Success and our sister publication, Catalog Success.
Kendra will oversee the production process, trafficking copy and pages from editor to editor and to and from the art department. She is incredibly organized and talented, so putting her in charge of our deadlines will ensure that fools like me don’t jam up the process.
Because the production editor position is more of a behind-the-scenes gig, you probably won’t see much of Kendra, but she nonetheless is an integral part of the team, and I hope you’ll join me in welcoming her into the fray.