It’s not everyday someone hands over the keys to a kingdom- a Fabrics & Furnishings kingdom that is! After building F&FI for 27 years, my father, Eric is turning the business over to me. But don’t worry, he will still be handling all things editorial, so you will still see him around!
Ten years ago, we worked together first with F&FI and then created Boutique Design for the hospitality industry. Subsequently, we sold Boutique Design to ST Media Group in 2008, and today that brand encompasses a magazine, two trade shows, conferences and events. I still work with Boutique Design as an independent sales manager alongside publishing F&FI.
Now, that F&FI is going into its 28th year, we believe that it’s time to revitalize and modernize the brand.
Here’s a taste of what’s to come:
• Brand new website (estimated May) with a revival of the Buyer’s Guide
• Requalification effort of the current circulation and adding additional subscribers
• Increased content striving for a 60% advertisement to 40% editorial ratio
• Additional editorial on topics you care about most
Eric has laid the foundation and has created a legacy not just for himself, but for the industry. He has touched so many people personally and business-wise. His shoes won’t be easy to fill, but I’m up for the challenge!
Dad, I dedicate this issue to you. You’ve worked hard for the past 27 years, now you can relax a little and let the next generation carry the torch. From one generation to the next, I’ll continue your legacy and make you proud.
Michael D. Schneider