Many many years ago, when I was in the third grade, I remember seeing this poster hanging on a wall. It was of a guy snow skiing off a huge cliff with nothing but fresh powder and a crowded tree line below. At the bottom of the poster was only one sentence that read, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” I am not sure if it was the image, the quote, or the poster as a whole but for some reason it resonated with me so strongly that I still remember it to this day. I am by no means saying that I have reflected that quote in my lifestyle by spending my days as some kind of wild daredevil or stuntman taking unnecessary risks or putting my physical wellbeing in harm’s way. Rather, I have taken that philosophy and applied it in my own way to the tough decisions in my life.
After 10-and-a-half years working as an editor or contributing editor in some capacity, on all of the titles in this company’s American Motorcycle Group (Baggers, HOT BIKE, Street Chopper, American Trike, HOT BIKE Buyer’s Guide), I have come to the decision that it is time for me to take on a new adventure. Over the years many great opportunities have been afforded me through my positions with the magazines and I greatly appreciate every single one. I whole-heartedly thank Source Interlink and all those involved who have provided me with these amazing experiences, it has been an absolute honor and privilege. I have had many great mentors over the years that have helped me develop and sharpen my skills and continue to grow in an industry that I truly love, and I thank each one of them for their time, patience, and effort.
I remember when Jordan first started with the magazines-his excitement and enthusiasm reminded me of how thrilled I was when I came on board. It has been awesome to watch Jordan’s knowledge, experience, and passion grow over the years as he traveled up the ladder from editorial assistant to editor. Jordan has become a well-respected and well-liked figure in the industry and I look forward to watching him continue to succeed. I can’t thank him enough for all his help, support, advice, and hard work over the years.
I have met many great people and made many lasting friendships during my tenure with the magazines. But most importantly it has been you, the readers, who have helped inspire and drive me along the way. Each month brought new excitement as Jordan and I worked on putting an issue together with what we thought was the best bikes, most insightful tech articles, fun road trips and rallies, and just an all-around solid magazine that motorcycle enthusiasts could appreciate. I always looked forward to hearing from the readers about their thoughts and feedback on each issue, good or bad. Sure it was hard to hear or read the criticisms and sometimes it might have been a blow to the ego, but it also helped us steer the magazine in the right directions and create a publication that you wanted to see and read. But what I really liked most about the readers was meeting you guys in person. It’s awesome to meet someone who reads your articles or wants to talk about something you’ve written, or is just a fan of the magazine. I mean this is why we do this, to inform, entertain, and connect the readers. So whenever we were able to meet face to face, shake hands, and share stories with one another, it made it all worth while.
I promise this won’t be the last you see of me. My passion for writing/shooting/creating stories is just as strong as it is as being in the saddle of a motorcycle. I love having a hand in anything that can make a motorcycle ride or look better. But most of all, I love being involved with anything that can help this industry continue to thrive and prosper.
Take care, ride safe, and I’ll see you on the next adventure.