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Volume 36 , Issue 1
Winter 2022

Page 5

A Well-Deserved Retirement: Congratulations, Lori!

Willam Hartman, Executive Vice President & Director, Quintessence Publishing

In 1988 we hired a new journal editor. Unlike other editors we had working at Quintessence at that time, she came in with experience. She was a professional young woman who was very good at her job and spent a lot of time diligently working to support the journals that we had recently started. Her name: Lori Bateman.

To be successful, journals need a lot of work, especially in the first years, and Lori understood that. She kept her focus on what was importantóthe development of our journalsóand never became involved in office politics. She developed invaluable relationships with our authors and editors-in-chief as well as with industry partners. There were hiccups along the way, but Lori always kept a level head and knew how to resolve problems with the least amount of disruption. I know that her dedication to The International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants , the Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache (formerly Journal of Orofacial Pain ), The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry , and The International Journal of Prosthodontics helped to turn each of these into successful journals with a legacy of which both she and Quintessence can be proud.

Her development of young editors cannot be overlooked. Lori trained every journal editor that came to Quintessence, and while our journals department has seen many excellent editors, none are as good as the three we have now: Hallie Koontz, Julie Rule, and Kristen Henningson. They all learned how to handle editorial challenges with the professional grace that was Loriís hallmark. These young women (and many more that came before) owe their training and experience to Lori.

When it came time to think about the future, Lori trained Hallie with the understanding that she would be her replacement someday. Hallie is ready for that challenge and given her professional acumen, she reminds me of a young Lori.

For me personally, Loriís heart has been a guide. In business, there are always the hard decisions that need to be made, but Lori helped me to temper them with empathy and understanding for our editors-in-chief, our contributors, and our authors. Lori cared so much for the people she worked with.

Together, Lori and I have attended the funerals of many members of the Quintessence family. I have attended funerals for members of Loriís family when tragedy has struck, and she has done the same for me. No matter how difficult, Lori was just always there for me. What can you say? When you work with someone over 33 years, you become more than co-workers, more than friends. Lori will just always be a part of the Quintessence family.

Now that Lori is no longer in the office, I catch myself getting out of my chair to go discuss something with her, only to remember she is not there anymore. It only reminds me how much I miss her. But I am not alone. I am certain Rafi will miss her, Irena will miss her, and Marc and Myron will miss her. But she deserves this retirement, and I hope she is blessed with a long, happy, and wonderful retirement. She deserves it!

Willam Hartman

Executive Vice President & Director

Quintessence Publishing

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