Aloha & Aloha as We Say Goodbye and Hello!
I love the word Aloha because it means both hello and goodbye. It’s an appropriate word this month for us here at Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles because as I say Aloha on my way out to experience new adventures, editor Carla Dubis says Aloha as she comes in to take over editing the publications that I’ve cared so much about throughout my years working for Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles of East Lake, of Odessa/Lutz/Land O’ Lakes, and of Trinity.
Carla has a passion for graphic arts and designing layouts, as well as writing, and I’ve caught myself looking over her shoulder to see what magic she’s working while laying out the New Tampa and South Tampa editions of Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles. I know readers will enjoy Carla’s fresh ideas, and can look forward to receiving the same quality, community-oriented publication.
It has been an honor to write and edit for this publication and to meet so many of the business owners who have advertised throughout the years, many of whom have consistently been with Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles from the start of each of seven publications.
I am so grateful to publishers Tim and Doreen Selby for trusting in me to edit East Lake Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles, which first delivered to mailboxes in May 2008. Not long after, they asked me to edit their Trinity Area publication, and then in 2010, when they expanded to the Odessa/Lutz/Land O’ Lakes Area, I was eager to be on board.
I am proud to have been a part of this publication, which has hit some milestones requiring some changes. The name change for one – Tampa Bay News & Lifestyles is reflective of the major growth it’s had, now with seven publications reaching approximately 130,000 homes and businesses in the Tampa Bay Area.
I’ve loved my job! It feels great to help local businesses gain recognition and to have a platform to help bring attention to important local issues.
While I’ve been busy writing about businesses in N. Pinellas and W. Pasco, my husband Jack has been building our family business in Dade City. Along with Jack’s brother Steve Thomas (the major shareholder), we are part owners of Surecrete Design Products, a manufacturer of decorative concrete supplies. Our son Sawyer and daughter-in-law Madi also work at Surecrete and our youngest, Axel, recently started his own decorative concrete company, AT Decorative Concrete. Our oldest, Katie, is now a real estate agent and will continue writing for this publication as she’s done for 11 years.
My focus turns to helping my children in their business endeavors, and while Jack says he doesn’t need me at his office (he must be scared!), I look forward to accompanying him on some of his business trips, which have taken him to places like China, Africa, Trinidad and Canada. The last trip I took with him was to Hawaii! I’ll say Aloha now, and thank you!