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Publisher’s Note – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2024

Publisher’s Note – JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2024

Joanne Hayes Publisher
Joanne Hayes Publisher
Joanne Hayes
photo: Erik Meadows

This issue marks our 100th of Simply Buckhead. It is nearly impossible to adequately express my gratitude for the 13 years this community has supported our magazine. In 2009, when I moved to Atlanta, a city where I knew no one, and decided to start a publication from scratch, I could not have dreamed it would blossom into what you currently read.

I have many people to thank, including editors Giannina Smith Bedford and Jennifer Bradley Franklin, copy editor Helen Cauley and creative director Alan Platten, as well as partners Tim Massey (Walton Press) and Terry Caudy (Distribution Services Group), who have been with me from the beginning. In a time when relationships are often transactional, we are also blessed with a plethora of talented writers, many of whom have been with us for more than a decade.

We are grateful for our advertisers whose support, belief in our magazine and the results they see for their businesses keep them renewing year after year. Many of you have been in our pages more than a decade (you know who you are!), and we would like to acknowledge your immense contributions to our continued success. Producing a magazine of this caliber would not be possible without you.

The biggest thanks go to my husband, Sonny, who believed in me and encouraged my entrepreneurial journey while raising two boys and taught me so much about running a business. Without a partner who is “all-in,” none of it would have been possible.

We are truly blessed to celebrate this milestone, and you can expect our journalistic integrity to continue to flourish. Cheers to the next 100 issues!

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