From the Editor

Of Selling, Sailing and a CEO



Photograph by ChiChi UbiƱa

Welcome to February — the shortest, maybe the coldest and decidedly the most romantic month of the year. A good time to snuggle up to your valentine — or, actually, head to Antigua.

February is the month when we traditionally focus on finance, so in this issue we offer our readers some interesting tales from the world of business. We have Bill Slocum’s inspiring story about how Ray Joslin, a well-known figure in Greenwich, overcame a challenging childhood to become one of the key founders of the cable business and then retired — only to turn around and unleash his talents in the field of medicine. He is now CEO of an exciting new firm in cancer diagnosis technology.

We have Steve Sawicki’s eye-opening interview with Tim Armstrong, Google’s vice president of advertising sales. With Armstrong’s help, the company is transforming Internet advertising and striking it very rich indeed.

We visit with Eleanor Hewlett Gimon and learn how two generations of her family have taught their children the meaning and art of philanthropy. And we join John-Frederick Thye and his mates for a 30,000-mile sail on the Wildlife catamaran, as they hook up with scientists from marine conservation projects and spread the word about their findings.

Do make sure to fill out the Best Of survey inserted in this issue — the Best Of the Gold Coast Connecticut, that is — or log on to our website, BestOfGoldCoastCT.com. If you don’t have time to complete the whole thing, just send us what you can. The surprising — and some not-so-surprising — opinions of our readers will be tallied and published in our August issue.

Now get out your pens to mark your calendars, because we’re also planning another Best Of party at the Hyatt — on Wednesday evening, August 9 — where you can meet the winners and sample their wares. Dare I tell you how popular this first-time event was last year? Nearly 2,000 people turned up in the dead of summer when nobody was supposed to be in town.

Besides being a blast, the party was a boon to Kids in Crisis, who received all raffle proceeds and part of every ticket sale.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day.