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Monday, April 15, 2024

Thank you, Laura!

What’s not to like about tomorrow? It’s Friday heading into Labor Day and at the office, we’ll complete the September/October 2014 Evansville Living deadline.  It will be a day of celebration — and sadness: Tomorrow also is the last day Creative Director Laura M. Mathis will drive from her Owensboro, Kentucky, home to design and lay out magazine pages.

Laura, a Louisville, Kentucky, native, has been creative director (first she was art director) at Tucker Publishing Group for 15 years, since the company began. She learned about TPG in a chance encounter as she  prepared to leave the printing company where she’d worked for nearly a decade, Link Graphics. Laura planned to offer freelance graphic design services while she stayed home with her newborn and 3-year-old daughters. Laura competed for the job (freelance, at first) to produce all graphic design for Evansville Living and won.

We have said that the early issues of Evansville Living were produced by moms — Laura and me — with infants on our laps (my oldest son was just one), working from home offices at 1 a.m.  As TPG has grown, so have our families. Laura’s daughters have become teenagers with both parents working in the print media business; Mark Mathis writes sports for the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. This family knows deadlines! Laura has, by our count, presided over 341 deadlines of issues and special inserts.

Laura leaves us to work as the new Marketing Director for First Security Bank, in her adopted hometown of Owensboro. She’ll do a great job and bring a lot of energy to the bank.

TPG magazine brands are very much the result of Laura’s design aesthetic and her refined ability to combine images and words to tell engaging stories.

If you know Laura, please consider thanking her for her contributions to our city and our magazines and wish her well!

Thank you, Laura!

▲ At the company’s 10th anniversary party, photographer Daniel Knight shot mocked-up magazine covers of employees and guests.
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