With each New Year comes new challenges, new opportunities, and even new faces.

I am thrilled to join Lighting Dimensions, Entertainment Design, and SRO magazines as the new group publisher and to be a part of the industry's leading publishing team.

Filling the shoes of my predecessor, Bob MacArthur, the former group publisher, will be no easy task. However, Bob's tremendous leadership has been recognized by Primedia Business, as he has been promoted to the position of vice president.

Our goals for 2005 are clear: to continue bringing you the best editorial in the industry; to deliver the smartest media buy for our advertisers; and to continue to leverage the vast resources of our parent company, which will directly benefit our readers, marketing partners, and trade show attendees and sponsors. I intend to travel to as many industry functions as possible, and I hope to meet you all in the coming months.