International Focus Magazine Vol. 3, #1 - Page 50

the last word S Publisher’s Note ome of the most interest- ing people in the world live right here in the city of Houston. With all due respect to native Houstonians, I’ve found our international immi- grant communities to be the most inter- esting — especially Houston’s diplomatic com- munity. Over the past year, iF Magazine has interviewed Consul Generals and community leaders from the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe, and Cen- tral and South America. I was amazed to learn about the many positive contributions that these people are making to the outcomes of global events. We know that the global landscape is rapidly changing. No longer can we just say, “it’s my way or the highway.” That’s why diplomacy is more important than ever in our fast-chang- ing and potentially dangerous world. 50 iF Magazine | January 2018 As I’ve mentioned before, I love the unique po- sition of serving as the publisher of a one-of-a- kind publication such as the International Focus (iF) Magazine. Here I can interview fascinating people and learn more about Houston’s interna- tional leadership. I’d do it without pay — but an occasional advertisement every now and then is always nice! I’m looking forward to a new year, new people, and new ideas and opportunities for iF Maga- zine. Meanwhile, our team of directors, contrib- utors, reporters, photographers, graphic artists, and writers are gearing up to make iF Magazine Houston’s “go-to” publication for information about its vibrant international communities. Happy New Year! And, as always — thank you for your readership! Val Val Thompson Publisher & CEO