March 5, 2024

David G. Denor

Florida Trend Publisherddenor@floridatrend.com

David Denor David Denor

David is the publisher of Florida Trend, the highly regarded statewide magazine and website read and visited by business executives, government officials and civic leaders. As publisher, David’s responsibilities include direct oversight of Trend’s editorial, sales, marketing, digital, audience development, creative, production and business operations. He leads the company’s continued growth in the areas of new digital products, audience development efforts, specialty annual supplements and the ongoing curation of custom content. David is also on the board of directors for Florida Trend.

David joined Florida Trend as associate publisher in July of 2016, was promoted to deputy publisher May 2017 and announced publisher January 2019. Prior to joining Florida Trend, he spent two-years as vice president, business development for Hanson Dodge Creative, a full service digital agency in Milwaukee, WI. Before returning to his home state of Wisconsin in 2014, David spent nearly 15 years overseeing the business and sales operations (print, digital, events and custom content) for Crain’s Chicago Business, the nation’s preeminent weekly business to business publication and website. Prior to Crain’s Chicago Business, David spent 5 years as a senior account executive with the Milwaukee Business Journal

Throughout his career, David has participated and been actively involved in numerous organizations, associations and non-profits, and has continued those endeavors in Florida.

David is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned his bachelor of science, majoring in criminal justice. David and his wife Jessica, an elementary education teacher at Plato Academy, St. Pete, have four adult children. Their oldest son, a young executive at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, their daughter, a neonatal nurse at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Pete, their second youngest son, a December 2022 business and computer information systems graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and their youngest son, also recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University – earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice. David and Jessica reside near the Indian Rocks Beach area.

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Columns by Denor:

The growth of Florida's economy over the past few years has been impressive. Yes, we have great weather and beaches, but we also have a terrific post-secondary education system, a strong talent pool and workforce readiness programs that are second to none — not to mention no state income tax and a business-friendly environment.
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Education is the differentiator. It helps define who we are and what is important to us, while providing an opportunity to grow personally and professionally while uncovering new career paths and opportunities. Whether it is in the form of a technical degree, certificate program, micro-credentials, a traditional two- or four-year degree, a graduate degree or post-graduate studies, higher education provides the ladder to help individuals climb higher.
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Access to trusted, quality health care is important to all of us — regardless of background or economic standing — especially when it comes to our children.
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This past December, I had the distinct honor of delivering the commencement address at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
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As you know from my past columns, education is an important topic to me. My parents instilled in me at a very young age the value of a good education. They emphasized that education is the key that unlocks so many doors. Both of my parents were the first in their families to get college degrees. My siblings and I heeded their advice, though we took different paths. My sister earned her master's degree, my older brother and I graduated from a four-year university, one of my younger brothers received an associate's degree and another pursued a technical degree. It didn't matter which route we took, we all understood the importance of a post-secondary education.
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As the end of the year approaches, I like to look back at the past 12 issues of FLORIDA TREND. It gives me a great sense of gratitude and appreciation for our entire staff and the work that they accomplish. Every department — from editorial, art, administration, circulation, marketing, production, digital publishing and advertising — plays a critical role in keeping FLORIDA TREND moving in the right direction.
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We will not soon forget the devastation that Hurricane Ian brought to Florida. Our two youngest boys, both finishing their final year at Florida Gulf Coast University, saw firsthand the power of a Cat 4 hurricane as they remained in Fort Myers during the storm. Even though they were safe and well-secured, my wife and I were still naturally on edge. We were glad when they returned safely to our home near Indian Rocks Beach after the hurricane passed.
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Every month, our editorial team impresses and amazes me with the quality of the content they produce.
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The very first cover of Florida Trend in April 1958 featured an illustration of a futuristic rocket blasting off from Cape Canaveral. Just six months earlier, the Soviets had launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite to transmit radio signals back to Earth, sending the Space Race into overdrive. The U.S. countered with the launch of Explorer 1 from Cape Canaveral in early 1958. Harris Mullen, Florida Trend's founding publisher, was a visionary. He could clearly see the rocket testing and launch activity at the cape was significant, but even he could not have imagined the role the Space Race would play in shaping Florida as we know it today.
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