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From Site Selection magazine, January 2019
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A Commitment to Connect

SAPPHIRE ANNIVERSARY
by ADAM JONES-KELLEY

They say the phrase "aging gracefully" is just a nice way of being told you're slowly looking worse.

We respectfully disagree. At 65, we've never looked better.

As the nation's most trusted corporate expansion and FDI publication reaches an age where we don't so much blow out our birthday candles as blast 'em with a fire extinguisher, we thought it worthwhile to reminisce about where we started, highlight some of our successes and chuckle at some of our faceplants. And, more importantly, to thank both the extraordinary men and women who create this best-in-class magazine and the corporate leaders and site consultants who trust us to help guide them in the corporate expansion and relocation process.

The Best
MAY 2018

Designed by Sean Scantland


2ND Best
NOVEMBER 2018

Designed by Negin Momtaz

Three great magazines were born in 1954: Site Selection, Sports Illustrated and Playboy. We decided early on not to pressure them by competing too directly, and gave up our swimsuit issue and centerfold.

When this magazine was born, the average American could buy a new car for $1,700, a new house for $10,000 and go see a movie for 70 cents. The Dow hit a post-Depression high of 381.17. And Betty White started thinking about early retirement.

We've been through a lot over the years, from the booming economy of the '80s to the collapse of 2008. Through it all one thing never changed — our commitment to excellence in journalism — and one thing did — our dogged early determination to produce some of the world's most hideous magazine covers.

Yes, folks, for our first five decades-plus, we used our covers as a repository for head-shots of middle-aged white guys and aerial shots of piles of dirt. For sex-appeal, we sometimes tossed in a little scaffolding or backhoe. That changed in recent years when it occurred to us that a topic as exciting and varied as corporate expansion could look beautiful as well as be beautiful. We hired a top graduate, Sean Scantland, from the famed Atlanta design school The Creative Circus, and tasked him with making our venerated publication look as modern and significant as the field it covers.

It worked. Since then, we've quadrupled the size of our design team and won countless awards for excellence in design. We celebrate these achievements, and embrace our unpolished past, by showcasing the top 10 covers in our history, and worst five, as voted on by our teams across the world.

Site Selection has been the public face of a great company for a very long time. We stand today taller and stronger than we've ever been, precisely because we've been so willing to change, to adapt to the needs of our clients in a fast-changing world, and to never settle for good enough.

3RD Best

Designed by Scott Larsen

4TH Best

Designed by Richard Nenoff

5TH Best

Designed by Bob Gravlee

6TH Best

Designed by Sean Scantland

7TH Best

Designed by Sean Scantland

8TH Best

Designed by Richard Nenoff

9TH Best

Designed by Tyler Dawson

10TH Best

Designed by Bob Gravlee

TOP 5 WORST COVERS

5TH

4TH

3RD

2ND

THE WORST


Meet the Team

We're better than we've ever been because of the incredible people that make up the Site Selection family. And that's important, because what we do is so critically important.

Wendell Phillips once said, "What gunpowder did for war, the printing press did for the mind." There's an emotional connection to the printed word, especially when, through that word, we are connected to those who create the jobs that put food on the tables of countless families across the world. The connections we make are to those who build the R&D centers creating the technologies of the future. The connections we make are to those who make the expansion decisions so critical in sustaining economies, as evidenced by the fact that Site Selection subscriber companies have invested a staggering $2.1 trillion in new corporate facilities in the last decade alone. Talk about making a difference!

Each of us at Site Selection contributes some small part to that process. So, as we celebrate our 65th anniversary, we'd like to introduce ourselves — via these original pencil drawings by our very own in-house caricaturist/production coordinator Bob Gravlee — and say thank you. Thank you to our loyal readers, advertisers and supporters for allowing us the privilege of doing this important work, of playing our part in making that difference in the world we've inhabited for six-and-a-half decades.

 
AJK
Adam Jones-Kelley
President & Publisher

 

President

 

 

 

Editors
Mark Arend
Mark Arend
Vice President of Publications, Editor in Chief
Adam Bruns
Adam Bruns
Managing Editor
Ron Starner
Ron Starner
Executive Vice President
Gary Daughters
Gary Daughters
Senior Editor
Savannah King
Savannah King
Managing Editor, Custom Content

 

 

 

Design team
Scott Larsen
Scott Larsen
Art Director
Bob Gravlee
Bob Gravlee
Production Coordinator
Sean Scantland
Sean Scantland
Lead Designer
Richard Nenoff
Richard Nenoff
Lead Designer
Negan Momtaz
Negan Momtaz
Lead Designer
Whitney Oni
Whitney Oni
Junior Designer

 

 
Ben Yawn
Ben Yawn
Webmaster

 

Mouse

 

Julie Clarke
Julie Clarke
Circulation Manager
Karen Medernach
Karen Medernach
Editorial Database Manager

 

 

 

Sales Team
Charles Fitzgibbon
Charles FitzGibbon
Vice President of Sales
Paul Tarrants
Paul Tarrants
Vice President of Corporate Development
Mike Glennon
Mike Glennon
Regional Director
Cathy McFarland
Cathy McFarland
Regional Director
Harry Neill
Harry Neill
Regional Director
Paul Newman
Paul Newman
Regional Director
Kristin Pickett
Kristin Pickett
Regional Director
Margaret Rose
Margaret Rose
Regional Director
Polly Townsend-Rose
Polly Townsend-Rose
Global Director
Bobby Pereira
Bobby Pereira
Director - Latin America
Chul Lee
Chull Lee
Media Representative - Korea
Drago Napotnik
Drago Napotnik
Country Head - China

Adam Jones-Kelley
President of Conway, Inc.

Adam Jones-Kelley

Adam Jones-Kelley serves as President of Conway and Publisher of Site Selection magazine, having been with the company for nearly 20 years. Adam is a featured speaker at events around the world and a regular contributor to Conway's various publications.

 




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