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Looking Back, and Moving Forward

Wed, 09/11/2002 - 5:31am
By Kim Stokes, Editor-in -Chief, kstokes@cahners.com
     I thought that the editorial I wrote last October was the hardest I've ever had to write. I take that back. One year later, this is just as hard.

      At the time this issue went to the printer, it was still August. September looms ahead; it's just a week away. Have we really been living in the Post-9-11 world for almost a year? I'm sure many editors, as well as all avenues of the media, will take the time to reflect over the past year, and hopefully look forward to the next year.

      When I sat down to write this column, I really struggled with what to say. There can't possibly be any ways left to express how all of us have felt at one time or another in this Post-9-11 world we now live in. Our world has changed, and its something that none of us have ever seen before. It's changed the way we do the simple things in our lives. It's changed the way we relate to family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. Its changed the way companies do business.

      The wireless industry did so much immediately following the events of that day. Companies donated people, time, and products to help with rescue and recovery. Some companies in the industry have made great strides to advance the technologies that will enable better wireless security, more reliable communication between devices, and more accurate location-based services. However, these companies have just scratched the surface. The industry's future has appeared bleak in recent months. But, with recent partnerships, streamlining, and some conservative 'good reports' coming out, the industry's future is bright. It's important to remember where we've been, and to move on. Change is never easy, and seldom welcome. But, if you see the hope in the future as it becomes the present, then it makes change a little easier. Wireless will have an important role in our future, as innovations continue to make our lives easier, and safer. And that future is starting to shine again. 

     September is a time for reflection, and a time for taking our hope of the future and turning it into a reality.      This issue is dedicated to all the heroes of September 11th. In particular, this issue is dedicated to our two Reed Electronics Group colleagues, who were among the heroes on American Airlines Flight #11. Both of these gentlemen helped to develop the future of our company.

      Jeff Mladenik was appointed Interim CEO of eLogic in July 2001, and he held this role in addition to serving as Vice President of e-Development for the Cahners Manufacturing and Electronics Division. As Vice President, Jeff developed and facilitated strategic plans and new business development for Manufacturing.net, the network portal site for the manufacturing industry; and e-inSITE.net, the network portal site for EOEM professionals. He also coordinated new media development across the 30 publications within the Cahners Electronics Group as well as M.net. Jeff joined Cahners as Director of Marketing for the Electronics Group in February 1998.      Andrew Curry Green was named Director of Business Development at eLogic after Cahners acquired the company in June 2000. Instrumental in the development of many of eLogic's key accounts, Andrew aggressively pursued sales leads and served such key clients as NewsEdge and Red Herring. Prior to his promotion to this position, Andrew served as Director of Product Development for Cahners, developing the online strategy for all Electronics publications and managing a team of product managers responsible for the execution of 40 separate Web initiatives. Andrew joined Cahners as a Product Manager in September 1999.


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