LOOKING BACK OVER 21 YEARS OF TOP 50 CEO AWARDS, I can’t believe how much they’ve grown. From a modest concept around recognizing local leadership excellence, to the decision to dedicate one of our six issues a year to Top 50 coverage, to a day-long golf networking event, to a red carpet awards gala that has become one of the region’s premiere corporate recognition programs (held this year, for the first time, in Fredericton, N.B. on May 9)…I’m proud to say we really have come a long way.
While this edition is focused on profiling and celebrating this year’s award winners, I’d like to use this page to thank the people behind the scenes.
Firstly, our ABM team. Each of you has been a valuable contributor to the success of this issue. From administration and sales to production and editorial, I am awed by your dedication. Some of you, I know, have worked seven days (and nights) a week because “good enough” is never good enough. Carolyn Greene, Gabby Peyton, Sharon Hurley, Stéphane Picard, Sharon Resky, Stephen Kimber, Dawn Chafe and Tonia Sheridan—you have my heartfelt thanks.
Credit is equally due to the sponsors and advertisers who share our vision.
We could never have grown the Top 50 CEO awards into such a multi-faceted programme without the generosity of our corporate sponsors. These companies—the ones whose logos you see on this page—make it possible for us to give these 50 exceptional corporate leaders the stage their efforts deserve. If you’re one of this year’s award winners, take note: these sponsors have invested considerable resources to celebrate your work. Please join me in thanking them for making the Top 50 CEO awards such a prestigious honour.
Finally, but far from least, I want to recognize the advertisers. So many people talk about earned media these days and how press coverage is such a great (free) marketing tool—and it is. But media have to earn too: it costs a lot of money to produce and publish a magazine. If we didn’t have the loyal support of advertisers like the ones in this magazine—some of whom have been with us for all 21 Top 50 issues (and more)—this publication wouldn’t be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And without Atlantic Business Magazine, the Top 50 CEO awards would never have launched in the first place.
But thanks to our generous supporters past and present, we can look forward to a prosperous future. For that, you have my eternal gratitude.