The HMEB Players
Let's recognize the most talented, skilled, hardworking team in the magazine business.
- By David Kopf
- Feb 01, 2017
Anybody who knows me personally
knows that I’m nuts about soul music. I don’t
know what it is, but the glory days of Stax, Motown
and Atlantic (as well as the lesser known labels)
produced music that absolutely moves me.
Mind you, this is not the music of my high
school or college cohort. I’m your classic GenXer,
and the hot music of my youth was new wave,
punk, synth-pop and all sorts of music that was just
about as far removed from soul as you can imagine.
But play a YouTube snippet of Otis Redding playing
in England with Booker T & The MGs backing him
and I will immediately be sucked in.
My fondness for soul started back when I was in
high school. I heard some Rufus Thomas and Sam
and Dave, and I was instantly intrigued enough to
head to the record store. I still remember the car
stereo blasting a newly acquired cassette of “James
Brown’s Greatest Hits” on the way home.
From then on it’s been a life-long love affair. So
much so that even as a dorky middle-aged guy on
the cusp of 50, I dragged my family to the Stax
Museum in Memphis this summer to take in all
it had to offer. Sure, Elvis Presley’s Graceland was
cool, but did it have Albert King’s flying-V guitar,
or Isaac Hayes’ gold-plated Cadillac?
One of my absolute favorite things about soul
acts is when the front man or woman would
take a moment to recognize or interact with the
band and its members. James Brown calling out
to his horns to hit him one more time, or Archie
Bell enlisting each of the Drells to contribute to
the “Tighten up?” Boom. I’m hooked. I think it’s
because all those artists work together as a team
to make a unified sound. Sure, each artist has
a moment to shine, but they are all working on
something that is bigger than themselves.
And maybe that’s why I picked writing and
editing for periodicals as my career. I like being on
a team. I like working with a group of people to
produce a publication that other people enjoy or
find useful. A magazine is more of than the words
on the pages. There is a whole lot of work by a
whole lot of people that go into making it. From
the sources we interview to the staff doing final
page checks before we go to press, it’s a team sport.
Bearing that in mind, permit me to introduce the
HME Business band:
On the editorial team, besides myself, we
have Sydny Shepard who is handing our products
coverage. She works in our Dallas office,
here she puts together our Product Solutions
and Inventory departments, as well as Medtrade
Joseph Duffy is a name you probably recognize.
Since 2008, Joe has been a primary freelance
contributor to HMEB. In addition to writing feature
and department stories, Joe is often the person who
puts together our special supplements and publications,
such as DME Pharmacy.
Newest to the team is Leila Meyer. Leila is a
longtime freelancer for some sister publications
on 1105 Media’s Education publications, and now
she’s started to branch out into covering the HME
industry. You’ll see her in our online news coverage
on HME-business.com and in the print magazine’s
News, Trends & Analysis section (page 8) at first,
but I’m guessing it won’t be too much longer before
she starts tackling larger assignments.
Putting the pages together, we have freelance
designer Wendy Byle, who’s been working with
us over the last couple of issues. Take one look at
2017’s eye-grabbing covers and feature stories so
far and you can see she’s helping us shine.
When it comes to HME-business.com, Marlin
Mowatt, who heads up our online site production,
is a pivotal player in ensuring that the site runs
properly and that we are adding new features for
readers. Moreover, she handles all the logistics of
our webinars; doing all the heavy lifting of setting
up the presentations in our webinar system and
keeping everyone on-schedule.
Lastly, helping keep the whole show together is
Chuck Johnson, our production coordinator. Not
only does he help make sure that every element of
every issue goes exactly where it should, but he’s
also a wildly talented jazz musician.
So that’s the HME Business team. I hope you
enjoy this hard-working group of performers as
much as I do.
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of HME Business.
About the Author
David Kopf is the Publisher and Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazines. Follow him on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/dkopf/ and on Twitter at @postacutenews.