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Five years of Innovators

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Yes, this is our fifth annual edition of Media Business' Top Innovators in Business Publishing. It's our most important issue of the year in many ways, because this group of people we honor represents our future, and we need to put the best people in the spotlight in order to keep our industry moving ahead.

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Since introducing the Top Innovators in Business Publishing Awards in spring 2004, we have honored many of the most forward-looking thinkers in our business. This year, we offer another terrific list of top innovators. These executives come from the large trade, small trade and general business publishing categories.

There is no better way to salute the ongoing excellence in our business than to join in the Top Innovators Awards celebration June 4 in Manhattan. There you can hear Frank Anton, CEO of Hanley Wood; Neil Vitale, president-CEO of 1105 Media; and John Koten, CEO-editor in chief of Mansueto Ventures, give their take on innovation in our industry today.

What always strikes me at this event is the tremendous pride that we all have in our industry as well as the warm atmosphere that exists among so many who, while competitors, are happy to share the spotlight and celebrate our future.

The business media industry has such a strong future, despite the turbulence of the transition to new channels for delivering our content and advertisers' messages, and the people highlighted this year—and in years past—are the reason why.

It's always the people who matter most. Bob Felsenthal can be reached at bfelsenthal@crain.com.

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