In our “Tales of Sales” feature, we report on ownership transitions at hot tub retail stores, and it turns out we have another story to add — mine. As of this publication, I am the owner of SpaRetailer, along with our other publications PoolPro, Spasearch and Poolsearch. Go ahead and insert all the emojis right here, because they sum up how I’m feeling: excited, shocked, overwhelmed, happy, terrified and thankful. I still can’t really believe it.
The last month has been a whirlwind, but in some ways a long time coming. When David Wood, our founder and publisher, told me he was ready to sell, it all became clear: I’d been preparing for this. Even though I’ve dreamed of owning my own business and I’m often inspired by your stories of entrepreneurship, I wasn’t sure I’d ever be brave enough to pull the trigger. I have a lot to learn, and I’ll make mistakes along the way, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had such clarity. This is absolutely what I should be doing.
I’m incredibly grateful to Dave, who has been my cheerleader throughout this process. He’s mentored and encouraged me as I’ve worked for him the last 10 years. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for him.
I am committed to carrying on his legacy and to making SpaRetailer the best it can be. There are also new things coming that I can’t wait to unveil.
Thanks to all of you for such kindness and generosity over the years. I guess the chlorine has gotten in my blood as well. Though I’m passionate about our industry and its products, it’s really the people that make me want to stick around. I’m delighted I will be continuing to work with you, talk with you and tell your stories for years to come.
As many of you have already heard, this will be my last issue as publisher of SpaRetailer. We recently completed the sale of our four industry magazines to Megan Kendrick.
For the last 19 years, building this business and our team has been among the most joyful and rewarding aspects of my life. Yet at 52, with my kids now in college, I find myself transitioning to full-time ‘empty-nester.’ I want to reprioritize the next chapter of my life, and explore other professional and personal passions beyond date-sensitive trade publishing.
Thank you so much to all our subscribers, advertisers and industry loyalists that have played such a critical role in our success. There are simply no words to convey my profound appreciation.
I am confident that Megan will keep providing the great content that we’re known for, but will grow the business in ways that I haven’t even imagined. She knows this industry inside and out and has been integral to our success.
As the saying goes, once a spa guy, always a spa guy. So don’t be surprised if our paths cross again at some future industry event or trade show.