Auburn Magazine

We’re Taking Care of Business

Spring Issue 2017

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Auburn Entrepreneurs are front and center in this issue, as we feature just a few of the AU alumni who have successfully pursued their dreams of owning and growing their own businesses. You’ll meet, among others:

  • Doug Fraser ’83, whose The Art of the Game provides marketing and live event organization for an impressive roster of big-name clients;
  • Twin brothers Ashley and Brandon Wright, both class of 1996, who are growing the Hamburger Mary’s franchise into a national foodie presence; and
  • Susan Stachler ’04, whose SusanSnaps not only benefit cancer research but have become favorites endorsed by such luminaries as Oprah and Martha Stewart

Online Content

  • Auburn Magazine Winter 2016 Issue
  • Auburn Magazine 2016 Fall Issue Cover
  • Auburn Magazine Summer 2016 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Spring 2016 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Winter 2015 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Summer 2015 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Fall 2015 Feature
  • Auburn Magazine Spring 2015 Feature

From the Editor

Dreams and Pathways Outside the Box

Entrepreneurs are dreamers. Their ambitions might be small or grand in scale, their motivations driven by money or community or justice or the undeniable urge to create. They dream in gears and motors, paint and guitar strings, threads and words, trees and tilapia, filling needs or providing services we didn’t realize we needed.

It’s no wonder that the ABC-TV show “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch ideas to billionaire “sharks” hoping to attract investments, has been a hit, or why the entrepreneurship program in Auburn’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business (which has its own “Tiger Cage” version of the TV show for student entrepreneurs each year) is one of its shining stars.

Auburn entrepreneurs number in the thousands, and we’ve touched on only a very few in this issue.

Are you an Auburn entrepreneur? We want to know who you are. Auburn Magazine will be starting a directory of alumni entrepreneurs on its website at auburnmagazine.auburn.edu. Tell us about your entrepreneurial endeavors and be a part of what I hope will be an ever-growing list.

This issue holds a special place in my heart, as I leave Auburn University next month to follow my own entrepreneurial path after more than 30 years in higher education. I’ve edited university magazines from Chicago to Houston, San Diego to New Orleans, but it’s only fitting that this chapter of my career closes after a decade at the finest university in my home state. I’ve come to love All Things Auburn University, the special place that it is and the spot it holds in the hearts of those who believe in Auburn and love it.

I’ll be around, so if you see me out and about on the Plains, be sure and shout out a big “War Eagle”!

Suzanne Johnson
Editor, Auburn Magazine
suzannejohnson@auburn.edu

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Magazine Awards

Over the years, Auburn Magazine has been recognized for excellence at both the national and regional level.

National Honors

  • Gold Award, College and University General Interest Magazines, CASE, 2016.
  • Silver Award, Best Articles of the Year, “The Dearth of Newspapers” by Suzanne Johnson, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2013.
  • Gold Award, Periodicals Publishing Improvement, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2010
  • Silver Award, Best Articles of the Year, “Veggie Tales” by Suzanne Johnson, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2010
  • Silver Award, Best Articles of the Year, “God’s Man: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Millard Fuller” by Suzanne Johnson, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2009
  • Silver Award, Periodical Staff Writing for External Audiences, CASE Circle of Excellence, 2009
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Print Media and Printing Impressions magazines, 2002
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Publishing & Printing Executives and Printing Impressions magazines, 2001
  • Pewter Award, National Gold Ink Awards, Publishing & Printing Executives and Printing Impressions magazines, 2000
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Personality Profile, Educational Press Association of America, 1996

Regional Honors

  • Grand Gold Award, Photography “Summer 2015 Cover”, CASE III, 2016
  • Award of Excellence, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2016
  • Award of Excellence, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2015
  • Grand Gold Award, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2014
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2014
  • Silver Award, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2013
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2011
  • Special Merit Award, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2006
  • Special Merit Award, Alumni Magazines II (5,000+ enrollment), CASE III, 2005
  • Special Merit Award, University Magazines, CASE III, 2004
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2003
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2002
  • Special Merit Award, University Magazines, CASE III, 2001
  • Award of Excellence, Feature Writing, CASE III, 2000
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2010
  • Grand Award, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2009
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines III, CASE III, 2009
  • Special Merit Award, Improvement in Design, CASE III, 2009
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2008
  • Award of Excellence, Excellence in Feature Writing, CASE III, 2008
  • Award of Excellence, Alumni Magazines II, CASE III, 2007
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 2000
  • Award of Excellence for Magazines / Periodicals (4 or more colors), Printing Industry Association of the South, 1999
  • Award of Excellence, University Magazines, CASE III, 1997
  • Special Merit Award, Paid Advertising, CASE III, 1997
  • Special Merit Award, Editorial Design, CASE III, 1996
  • Award of Excellence, Feature Writing, CASE III, 1995
  • Award of Excellence, Editorial Design, CASE III, 1995

Other Recognition

  • Mark of Quality for Graphic Excellence, Repap Paper Corp., 1995
  • Print Excellence Award, Printing Industry Association of Georgia, 1999

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Advisory Council

The Auburn Magazine Advisory Council is a group of 15 outstanding alumni and friends in the fields of journalism, business, magazine production, graphic design, etc., who meet annually on campus to provide input, advice and support for the regular magazine staff.

  • Neil Reynolds ’77, Chairman
  • Kay Acton ’84
  • Maria Baugh ’87
  • John Carvalho ’78
  • John Cole ’88
  • Christian Flathman ’97
  • Tom Ford ’67
  • Mary Lou Foy ’66
  • Julie Keith ’90
  • Eric Ludgood ’78
  • Cindy McDaniel ’80
  • Napo Monasterio ’02
  • Carol Pappas ’77
  • Joyce Reynolds Ringer ’59
  • Allen Vaughan ’75

Staff

Auburn Magazine Staff – Since its debut in Spring 1994, Auburn Magazine has won more than two dozen regional and national awards for writing, design, and printing excellence. Subscribe to the Auburn Magazine blog and get exclusive content available only online.

Heather Peevy

Heather Peevy

Art Director

Jeff Etheridge photo

Jeff Etheridge

University Chief Photographer

A profile shot of Derek Herscovici

Derek Herscovici

Assistant Editor

Aaron Blackmon

Aaron Blackmon

Digital Strategist