It’s just about a wrap on 2023, but what a wonderful year it’s been! I know I’m grateful for all the opportunities and growth this year has afforded me, and I hope 2023 has been just as kind to all of you.
I’ve learned a lot this year. Becoming the editor for Professional Distributor and PTEN, I learned how to be a manager – looking after not only myself but my team as well. I found I really had to hone in on my time management skills, become better at delegating tasks where I could (Still working on this one!), and put in extra work on nights and weekends.
Whether you’re a new tool distributor or have been at this for years, whether you’re a team of one or a team of many, I know all of you have been doing much the same as I have throughout this year. I know it’s not easy being a small business owner and fighting battles you often have no control over – the pandemic, the supply chain, online retailers, etc. But I’m always so impressed by the passion and resilience of this industry, and I’m so proud to be able to feature many of you within the pages of PD.
Though we won’t be ringing in the new year together, I’d like to raise a glass to all of you for all the hard work you’ve put in this year. The PD team wishes you all a happy and prosperous new year. Cheers!
Updates for 2024
Looking forward, I have a few updates to share with you as we move into the new year. The first being that VehicleServicePros.com is getting an update. As you may know, back in June of 2022 Endeavor Business Media joined forces with 10 Missions Media creating a stronger-than-ever Vehicle Repair Group. (Learn more about the acquisition here: VehicleServicePros.com/21269661.)
So, after adding five new publications to the group, we’ve spent the last year and a half learning about each other’s publications and figuring out the best ways to serve you, our readers. Long story short, in 2024, VehicleServicePros.com will be merging Auto Service Professional with Motor Age to continue providing technical content on the website. Additionally, ABRN will no longer be a part of VehicleServicePros.com as it will be integrated with the FenderBender website.
We believe this transition will provide readers with a more satisfying website experience. With content geared toward the same parts of the industry being grouped together, users will have an easier time finding exactly the content they are searching for.
The website update is set to launch in early 2024 and will continue to provide information, insight, and intelligence on industry trends and technology so you can stay engaged and well-informed.
In other news, starting in 2024, Professional Distributor will be running eight print issues a year instead of 10. The February and August issues are being dropped, but don’t worry! We’ve been cooking up lots of new ideas to up our digital content game and provide you with more articles, sales tips, and videos than ever. See you in the new year!