From the Editor – Issue 60

Steven J. Bell is owner and president of Pacific Crest Industries. He was selected Washington state’s Small Business Person of the Year in 2005, and it will be easy to see why when you read the Conversation. His courage, commitment, and passion for doing business well are evident throughout. Since so many business people are involved in small businesses, we hope to make a concerted effort to more regularly include small business features in future issues.

This issue marks the 10th anniversary of Ethix! I hope our readers will support our decision to use some of this issue for reflection and celebration. On p. 14, we have compiled a list of 76 business, academic, technology, and ethics leaders with whom we have visited over the years. I’ve included some of my reflections on Ethix and these Conversations on p. 12. We also appreciated the number of readers who wrote in with their reflections about Ethix. Our Letters section is expanded to two pages for this issue to accommodate many of the submittals. David W. Gill, who founded Ethix with me, has written an essay for this issue on p. 19.

Some of you have been with us from the beginning. Thanks for making this anniversary possible.

The next two issues promise to be a bit more controversial. I was encouraged to get the letter from Bud Boughton who liked the idea that we have not been afraid to address controversial subjects (see Dear Ethix, pp. 4−5). Our next Conversation will be with Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the U.S. military from September 2005 to October 2007. There are two challenges for this discussion: He was the leader for a most unpopular war, and he is not connected to business. I was surprised at the discussion, and I think you will also find his viewpoints surprising. The following issue, our Conversation will be with Clive Mather, retired president of Shell, Canada. Just as the war is at the center of controversy, so is the oil industry. I look forward to your comments on these issues.


Al Erisman
Executive Editor