I asked RV Baugus, editor at IAVM, for some of his thoughts on this new issue of the magazine:
How has the content changed in the new magazine?
RV: Our members told us in a loud voice, through a recent magazine survey, that they wanted relevant, useful and timely news as well as the industry’s latest technology, trends and tips. In addition to developing content around those topics, we will also be incorporating more data and statistics applicable to our industry. Finally, I would add that readers will see more “wow” types of features that will be educational, informative and, we hope, will invite plenty of discussion.
Any hints at future stories coming in 2013?
RV: We’ve got a cool list of stories coming up this year, including one in the April/May issue that shall remain a secret, but will be quite the exclusive. We will be looking at offering more on the touring side of the industry, digging up some non-traditional revenue source stories, some top apps used in our industry, and to be honest quite a number of stories that will demand coverage that are not yet even known. To that end I would add that we strongly encourage our members to share their stories and ideas with us. We want to put all the cards on the table and look at all the fascinating stories out there that will get our members to act, laugh, cry, dream, challenge and more. Tell us about them!
What are you most excited about with Facility Manager’s new direction?
RV: I have been a part of Facility Manager magazine for half of the publication’s 28-year existence, and can honestly say this is the most exciting time for change and growth in the magazine’s history. I know that the February/March issue includes the most dramatic design overhaul and, coupled with the new content direction, we now have a magazine poised for great things and will be must-reading for our members.