Welcome to the fourth annual GameChangers issue of NorthBay biz. Believe it or not, the magazine does follow a traditional monthly format, but we also publish several bonus issues throughout the course of the year (Top 500, BEST Of the North Bay, Wine/Harvest Fair and North Bay Perspective: A Climate for Success). The publication of these bonus issues lets us provide additional coverage on topics not regularly covered by the monthly issues.
Originally cast as a bonus issue, GameChangers, for the first time, is being published as our regular August issue. Its purpose is to provide a special focus on the people and organizations that are shaping the future of the North Bay. The idea had been ruminating for a few years and finally found fruition in its 2013 debut. The feedback following the first three publications has been overwhelmingly positive and has established this issue as a reader favorite. So, as we transition to what’s become an annual feature, we have heightened expectations to meet.
One advantage we had this year is that all the work we put into compiling lists of worthy candidates over the past few years is still viable. Eligible for consideration are businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and philanthropists. And much like years past, there were significantly more candidates meriting inclusion than space available. And so the internal debate was ignited anew.
Originally to solve this dilemma, we reached out to North Bay leaders across geographic and business sectors to help us refine the list of candidates. Each of the individuals who responded contributed candidates we hadn’t considered in our original ponderings.
This year, we reached out to different leaders across the North Bay for their input. The fresh suggestions we received were invaluable, adding several organizations, businesses and individuals to the list to be considered. Then, with an updated list, the difficult part remained—culling the candidates and choosing who was to be included. We were assisted by the insightful commentary provided by the leaders we contacted, but it boiled down to lots of detailed discussion with the editors and further research until we were confident we’d made the right choices for this year’s GameChangers issue.
Geographically, the GameChangers stories are fairly evenly spread throughout the North Bay this year with individual and overlapping focus on Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties. There were dozens of other companies, organizations and individuals worthy of inclusion in this issue—they’ll be considered again next year. This exercise confirmed what we already knew: The region is blessed to have so many extraordinary people living and working within its boundaries.
As you read, you’ll notice this issue differs significantly from our regular publication. It contains none of our normal features or columnists. You’ll also note that the layout and design has been altered to better align with the special nature of this issue.
That’s it for now. Hope you enjoy reading, as much as we enjoyed creating, this special GameChangers issue of NorthBay biz magazine.
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