Northstar CEO 'Tired of Apologizing' for Print Success
Skodzinski: Where is Northstar Travel Media investing most heavily?
Kemp: Definitely our digital products. ... With digital, you constantly have to be developing new things and updating. If you have same website you had a few years ago, you aren't taking advantage of the new tools out there.
Skodzinski: Where do you see Northstar's print publications fitting in to the company's long-term strategy?
Kemp: I think that what's important to us is that these are brands ... that come to life in a variety of ways—print, digital, face-to-face. And, as far as we can see, print has a long-term part in our future.
Skodzinski: What are the company's biggest challenges?
Kemp: Continuing to invest in the future, to develop new products that create excitement among our customers, and to continue to be a valuable resource.
Skodzinski: Have you launched products in the mobile space?
Kemp: We have some mobile apps, specifically for our meetings area, and have some sponsorships around that.
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Skodzinski What are you most excited about this year?
Kemp: The growth of our face-to-face and digital products, and new marketing solutions initiative.
Skodzinski: What keeps you awake at night?
Kemp: A major disruption to the global economy over which I have no control. And in the last decade, we've seen too many of these.
Skodzinski: What helps you sleep?
Kemp: The fact that our company has a very strong balance sheet and very little debt. Two-thousand-nine was a tough year, but unlike a lot of other companies, we didn't suffer the major reorganizations and bankruptcies. Not having a lot of debt compared to our revenue helps me sleep.