PUBLISHER’S NOTE: A Personal Note

By Steve Murray, president

After 30 years as the editor or publisher of REAL Trends, I have relinquished both of those roles to Tracey Velt, who now assumes the roles of chief editor and publisher of all REAL Trends publications. With over 13 years of excellent work for our company, she has proved to be the right choice to lead our editorial efforts forward. I do not know anyone who cares more about the industry, the people who work in it and the continuation of the high standards we have set for our writing.

I also decided—for the first time since founding REAL Trends—to accept a Board of Directors position. On November 2, it was announced that I had been appointed to the Board of Lone Wolf Technologies. I consider it an honor to be asked, and I have the greatest respect for the firm built by my friend Lorne Wallace and the partners he has in Vista Equities. They are a valued part of our industry, and I hope that I will be able to repay their trust in my role on their Board.

For 30 years, I had avoided any such roles as I believed that so long as I had overall responsibility for our publications, such board or advisory board positions would compromise our writing. With the change in my role in the company, I felt that when and if the right opportunity came along, I would feel free for
the first time to consider it.

Because of changes at our company and this new role with Lone Wolf, I will now recuse myself from any editorial comment that concerns Lone Wolf or any of its competitors. Nor will I look over Tracey’s, or any of the members of our team who write for REAL Trends about this topic area or any companies in its business segment. I think this is as it should be.