Just last night, Frank, Carol and I had the opportunity to have dinner with one of 2014’s inaugural Young Influencers, Aaron Dyck, now Digitek’s Senior Director of Solution Sales, and his wife, Julie, in my hometown of New York City. Evenings like spending time with this couple are some of my favorite times””and remind me just how vital executives and other professionals aged 40 and under are to the future of this industry.
This month’s theme, as reflected in our special Young Influencers double-issue and in complementary content on TheCannataReport.com, expands a bit on last year’s coverage. This year, you will find the individuals we selected for inclusion represent different management levels, but overall, the subjects skew more senior and include two young dealer principals, a dealer CIO and the CEO of a major industry software player””all 40 and under.
We also expanded on the coverage of each individual and took a deeper dive this year into the roles they play in driving their companies toward success in today’s evolving economy and amidst industry challenges.
We feature 10 Young Influencers this year. Five are from the dealer segment, four of which are all covered within the umbrella cover story and leading magazine feature story on TheCannataReport.com this month, and one in a first-ever dealer profile featuring an interview with a principal under 40. Two come from the manufacturing side, two from the software side, and one from the services segment of the business. Due to the extensive amount of coverage we generated from these individuals, the printed issue includes coverage of the five Young Influencers from the dealer segment, with the five representing other segments behind featured at TheCannataReport.com/This-Week.
With the majority of featured young professionals achieving recognition for roles pertaining to the soft side of the business and digital communication, it seems appropriate timing to announce our recent update of TheCannataReport.com (Version 2.0). The update includes a more self-sufficient logo in system, one-click access to monthly issue PDFs for registered and logged-in users, a digital table of contents that links to all monthly magazine features, which are also posted Online, and two new digital-only content areas in addition to the Live Wire blog: This Week and Video. Live Wire will feature more straight-forward news-oriented content and select press releases, while This Week will feature more timely, brief, and analytical and opinion-oriented pieces, in contrast to the magazine’s longer, more in-depth coverage in a similar vein.
Other features include alerts for all digital-only content (those who have already signed up to receive Live Wire blog alerts will automatically begin to receive alerts when content is posted in This Week or Video as well), streamlined navigation and design, and more prominently displayed photos.
Should you have any question about this issue, the YI franchise or related content””or TheCannataReport.com (Version 2.0) “”please email me CJCannata@CannataReport.com or call at (917) 514-9501.
I hope all of our audience and partners are enjoying the summer and that this makes for compelling outdoor reading.
Charles J. Cannata (CJ) | SVP, Brand Strategy and Development