His editorial policy of “serve the reader first” was paramount. High-quality editorial pages allowed the magazine to attract personally bylined articles from CEOs at IBM, GM, General Foods, Xerox, Boeing, Rockwell, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. Equally as impressive were the U.S. Cabinet members like Malcolm Baldrige, Donald Regan, and Paul Volcker who contributed articles to the magazine. However, its monthly stream of insightful editorial that helped expanding companies understand the “site selection process” made Area Development a thought leader that still continues to this day.
Syd did not set out to create a successful three-generation legacy business. After his retirement, his son and son-in-law continued the family business. More than a half century after he founded the company, his two grandsons are prominent partners today. Fortunately, he was happily aware of this three-generation legacy up to his last days.
Syd was a proud member of the Greatest Generation — a WWII veteran who served four years in North Africa and Italy as a medic and an unabashed patriot thereafter.
More importantly, he was a much beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and my father-in-law and mentor.
- Dennis Shea, Publisher and President, Area Development