From The Editor

John Guthrie

I can’t believe we have been publishing EVOLVE Magazine in the Greater Daytona Region for five years! When we launched in 2016, our goal was to shine a light on economic success in Volusia County. I’m proud to say, we have achieved that goal over the years, and we continue to do so with each issue. 

I appreciate all the kind words I have received since our launch, and I would like to take just a moment to offer a few kind words myself. To the editorial committee, our writers, and the entire behind-the-scenes team, thank you for your hard work and your creativity. I also want to thank our publisher, Howard Holley, for his passion and drive to tell the stories that set our region apart. And I want to thank you for reading EVOLVE. Were it not for our readers, EVOLVE would not be here today.

EVOLVE is…guess what…evolving. In the very near future, you will see a greater commitment to providing digital content. There are some exciting things in the works. More to come on that soon.

In the meantime, this issue is all about businesses and how they last. It’s focused on people and their passion and how that can lead to legacy. 

People like the great “Gator Bert” Reames have led the way for so many of us. Bert didn’t just chase success, he focused on helping others. That focus is one the common threads I see in the business and leaders we’ve focused on in this issue.

As you flip through the pages, I hope you will find other nuggets of wisdom to help you build a business that lasts. Because in the end, though you will find a story in this issue about the Daytona Magic Shop, building and sustaining a business isn’t magic. It seems to me the common thread is love–a love of employees, customers, of helping others, a love of business and a love of oneself. Where have we heard that before?