PUB­LISHER’S LET­TER

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It all started in 1996 when we pub­lished the first is­sue of Times of the Is­lands. It was the Pre­miere Is­sue, which reached the pub­lic through­out our com­mu­ni­ties in Novem­ber— just in time for Thanks­giv­ing. This marked the be­gin­ning of TOTI Me­dia. Lit­tle did we know then that sev­eral other mag­a­zines would fol­low: Gulf &

Main, Bonita & Es­tero, RSW Liv­ing and Cape Coral Liv­ing, along with nu­mer­ous cus­tom pub­li­ca­tions and web­sites.

As we wrap up 2019, we re­al­ize how quickly time passes. For sure, we can say that there was never a dull mo­ment. Of­ten­times we lean back and re­flect on what we ac­com­plished in those years. We dive into the past, turn­ing up mem­o­rable mo­ments that may seem dis­tant or foggy, but are truly etched into our minds and bring smiles to our faces. (If you haven’t taken a deep dive into the past lately, try it. You’ll be sur­prised at what pleas­ant thoughts come to mind.)

Over the years we have been for­tune enough to meet and work with so many lovely peo­ple. Our grat­i­tude goes out to all of them—for in or­der to be suc­cess­ful, one de­pends on the help of oth­ers.

In the pub­lish­ing busi­ness, there are so many peo­ple in­volved in pro­duc­ing each is­sue in a timely man­ner. There­fore, we want to thank ev­ery­one who is part of our TOTI fam­ily. Many of them have been with us since the start, al­most 25 years, and this is ab­so­lutely won­der­ful. Our grat­i­tude goes out to our loyal sub­scribers, ad­ver­tis­ing part­ners, con­tribut­ing writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, ed­i­tors, proof­read­ers, de­sign­ers, print­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and IT spe­cial­ists.

With such a list of peo­ple to thank, it’s clearly ev­i­dent that it re­quires an abun­dance of tal­ent to pro­duce qual­ity prod­ucts. Even though pub­lish­ing these days is of­ten con­sid­ered a “free” source by many, some­one has to put ev­ery­thing to­gether, some­one has to make it hap­pen. And thanks to the sup­port we re­ceive from the com­mu­ni­ties we serve, the TOTI team has been able to do so for many years.

We also want to ex­press our grat­i­tude to our fam­ily mem­bers, es­pe­cially our sons. We wish the best to all of them. It is only when your chil­dren grad­u­ate col­lege, es­tab­lish them­selves in jobs they dreamed of and are suc­cess­fully liv­ing on their own, that you re­al­ize you must have done some­thing right. Our grat­i­tude goes to a higher power, who guides and pro­tects ev­ery per­son each day.

In this is­sue we high­light young en­trepreneur­s, mem­bers of the “next gen­er­a­tion” who are step­ping up and tak­ing the reins at suc­cess­ful busi­nesses started by fam­ily mem­bers. You can read about how they got where they are to­day thanks to the fam­ily bond. (See Tasty Tran­si­tions on page 34).

We wish you and your fam­i­lies a blessed hol­i­day sea­son and a new year that prom­ises a healthy and pros­per­ous fu­ture—an­other year for which to be grate­ful.

Daniela J. Jaeger Friedrich Jaeger Pub­lisher Daniela and & Founder Friedrich of Jaeger TOTI Me­dia

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