The year 1986 was a turning point in my life. It was the year I began my journey into the world of food and beverage manufacturing. I admit it was a little overwhelming at first. Earlier that decade, I had started my journalism career on a medical publication and then as an editor for a major management consulting firm. My experience as a technical writer for a major software provider, followed by a position as an editor for information technology/software publications, helped ease the transition to covering the food industry.
Thirty-six years later, I know I made the right decision, but I am soon ending my career in an industry I have grown to love. Although you may see a few articles from me later this year in ProFood World, this is my final issue as a PMMI Media Group employee.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the people who stood beside me in both prosperous and challenging times. Without your support, I would not have been able to deliver the best content for our industry.
A million thanks to the food and beverage manufacturing professionals, advisory board members, industry suppliers, consultants, public relations professionals, and association partners, many of whom became friends and provided great story ideas, industry insights, and many laughs along the way.
I also had the tremendous fortune to work with some wonderful mentors and scores of phenomenal coworkers and publishing industry professionals over the past three and a half decades.
In the remaining months of this year, I plan to do some PART-TIME consulting work for PFW on our Manufacturing Innovation Awards and Sustainability Excellence Manufacturing Awards. Please note the emphasis on part-time work in the previous sentence!
Finally, I am looking forward to getting in some “me” time and continuing my passion for international travel and ballroom dancing.
Thank you for reading ProFood World and Joyce’s Voice.
Joyce Fassl has left the building.