Our History • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine

Our History

 

Longevity and Mission

Our mission is to serve the public with trusted, reputable business and community information. Since our inception in 1991, we have seen and survived various changes, but our mission has always remained. Through the years, we have grown as a magazine and foster countless professional relationships throughout the Northwestern and Northcentral Indiana business community. Issue after issue, we service the Region with integrity and excitement, quality and reliability. Our readers expect nothing less.

History

In 1991, what is today Northwest Indiana Business Magazine, began as Northwest Indiana Magazine, an economic development business news publication founded by Indianapolis native Glee Renick-May. The magazine started as a joint venture and partnership with Northwest Indiana Forum, a regional economic development organization with a mission to spotlight local business success and economic vitality across 10 counties in Northern Indiana.

For more than a decade, the magazine was printed biannually under the ownership of Curtis Magazines Inc. and Eric Servaas, former publisher or Northwest Indiana Magazine. In 2002, the publication grew from a biannual to a quarterly magazine and was renamed Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly at the request of the forum’s executive board and former Executive Director Tom McDermott. The inaugural cover of its first quarterly issue featured Region real estate and advertising mogul the late Dean White, founder and CEO of Whiteco Industries.

In 2009, Glee formed May Communications Group LLC and obtained ownership as publisher and CEO of the quarterly magazine. Throughout the years, the magazine’s regional success was highly credited to her committed tradition for hand-selecting an executive editorial and advisory board, comprised of local business leaders and visionaries. Their role was to dig deep for story ideas that were essential to local businesses, organizations, and the community.

In 2016, after courageous fight, Glee lost her two-year battle with cancer. Her colleagues recall and attest to her dedication and passion for providing in-depth, informative articles using reputable sources. Glee’s legacy and mission continue today in Northwest Indiana Business Magazine.

Linker Media Group and its current CEO and Publisher Troy Linker purchased the magazine, moving it back to the Region in spring 2016. Having spent the previous 17 years in non-profit publishing in Chicago with the American Library Association, Troy was looking for a new challenge closer to his home in Dyer. The magazine was a perfect combination of his love of entrepreneurship and his commitment to publishing helpful, reliable information.

Under Troy’s leadership and with the hard work and dedication of its local editorial advisory board, editors, writers and photographers, the magazine has continued to succeed and grow. Growing once again in 2018 by adding two additional issues per year, for a total of six issues annually. The increased frequency led to changing the publication’s name to Northwest Indiana Business Magazine in February 2018.

Today Northwest Indiana Business Magazine serves its readers with quality information and articles. Its mission is to publish ideas that inform, inspire, challenge and educate local business and community leaders to improve the economy and quality of life in the Region. Its primary distribution includes the Northern Indiana region and surrounding 10 counties, including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Starke, Pulaski, Jasper and Newton, home to 1.36 million people. The current staff of the magazine carries on the values of its founder with a commitment to the integrity of its information and its role in promoting Northwest Indiana’s business community.

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