Man Up!

As your new publisher, I would like to sincerely thank the many people who have welcomed me into the community. I look forward to meeting many more of you.

As males, we all possess different qualities and traits that define our individuality. Yet at the same time there are vast commonalities that characterize us as men. In this issue, we highlight just a handful of local, man-friendly places where we can experience some of the “guy” things that we inherently enjoy. The opportunity for manly endeavors are abundant and endless in our great community, whether actively playing a round of golf at one of the many magnificent courses in the area, reminiscing at a car show amidst hundreds of classic automobiles and motorcycles, hiking on one of the nearby trails, enjoying succulent, lip smackin’ barbecue or kicking back at a local sports bar or brewery with a cold beverage while watching the game and engaging in camaraderie.

Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, also opens up about his battle with cancer and the foundation, Pro-State, that was founded through his beating it. He is an inspiration to not only just men but also to all people who have ever gone through a battle and come through victorious.

With Father’s Day being celebrated this month, I would like to salute all dads who unselfishly commit themselves to raising a family by giving their unconditional love, devotion and most importantly, the priceless gift of time. To me, that’s being a great man! Looking back, it was the love, support, knowledge, kindness, patience and life lessons my father gave me that allowed me to grow into the person I have become today. For this and many other reasons, I am dedicating this issue to the greatest man in my life, my father. Dad, I love you and am grateful for everything you have done for me. Happy Father’s Day!