Editor-in-Chief Dan Ward Says Goodbye - Blessings And Beatings Editorial
During my 34 years on Earth, I’ve come to wholeheartedly appreciate two men: my dad and my grandpa. Both men were Marines. Both worked tirelessly to support their families. And, perhaps most important, both men were always eager to help others when the moment presented itself. I have been shown the right way to do things, and it is now my responsibility to show my two sons what I have been taught. Leaders don’t have to tell others they are leading—they simply have to look behind them and see if anyone is following. For the last six years, I’ve done my best to lead Truckin during the most difficult time in its 40-year history. Looking back, I’ve had an incredible team working diligently to bring you the best custom truck magazine available. It’s because of them that we have been so successful. It is because of the past and current team that makes this job one of the best anyone could ask for.
Because of these people—and because of our enthusiastic readers—it’s with a heavy and humble heart I announce this is my last issue as Editor-in-Chief of Truckin magazine. I began as the new guy more than 11 years ago. Moving to SoCal from Georgia, I didn’t know a soul, but I knew I had a dream and I was going to give 110 percent to make that dream a reality. Fast-forward three personal custom truck builds, helping countless others achieve their personal truck goals, and numerous SEMA builds later, and I’ve experienced a lifetime of fun. Fun is instantly turned into a memory when it happens with good friends, and thankfully I’ve made hundreds of them during my tenure here. Meeting a stranger who shares your passion for custom trucks usually means leaving that introduction with a newfound friend—and that is what I’ll miss the most: great friends, great coworkers, and great readers. You are why we do what we do and why we work so hard to bring you the world’s leading truck publication each and every month.
I’ve decided to take my family back to Georgia and raise my sons in a family-focused environment. I want to give them a better life, and I hope to do that by taking the skills I have learned and starting my own business. As a wise man once told me, you only have one chance to raise your kids—you better do it right.
It has been my honor and privilege to work at Truckin magazine for more than a decade. I accepted the role as Editor-in-Chief six years ago with humility and happiness. I leave this great magazine thanking you for the memories and thanking all of those who have helped me along the way. What a great ride it has been.