Letter from the Editor: Shearer is inspiration as first Person of the Year | January 2011

I am inspired by Bob Shearer. After reading our cover story this month, featuring Shearer as About magazine’s first Person of the Year, it’s hard not to be inspired.

I am inspired by Bob Shearer. After reading our cover story this month, featuring Shearer as About magazine’s first Person of the Year, it’s hard not to be inspired.

The story, written by Tim Botos, paints a picture of a man who sets the bar high for himself and his company — and pays attention to all of the little details along the way.

Shearer, CEO of Shearer’s Foods, was a natural choice for our first Person of the Year award. He was one of a dozen or so people who were nominated. This award will become an annual honor, and the recipient was selected through nominations from our advisory board, readers and other community members.

The selection criteria are simple: a local person who made a significant positive impact on Stark County in the previous year.

Shearer’s impact is clear both through his business — which he decided to grow in Stark County with the Millennium project in Massillon — and his personal life, where he gives back to the community and inspires his employees to do the same.

People like Shearer make Stark County what it is, and About is proud to feature him for this honor.

Snapshots

It’s no secret that our Snapshots section is among the most popular features of this magazine. Many people tell me that they flip to that section first when they get their magazine — it’s almost a guilty pleasure to see people we know spotted around town.

I’ve been at events where I’ve overheard someone whose just been photographed say, “I hope my picture will be in About magazine!” I’ve seen others roam in search of someone taking photos for the magazine. I love it.

I also love all of the photos you send us (you have to see photo No. 9 this month — my favorite submitted photo ever).

In fact, this month we packed 12 pages full of these event photos — our most ever — and still needed to hold several events for next issue. It’s good to see so many events highlighted as well as the people who support them.

Keep them coming!

About Weddings

This issue of About includes a special 24-page Weddings magazine. It’s filled with stories and photos from local newlyweds who responded to our request to tell us about their special day. Their stories are enchanting and fun — whether you are planning a wedding of your own or not. Congratulations to all of the newlyweds, and thank you for sharing your stories.

Blessings,
Darla A. Brown