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“There are two powerful things in business that really cannot be engineered: Synchronicity and chemistry,” Phil Matten reflected on his fastener career as he retires as editor of Fastener + Fixing Magazine.
“Jerry, Jamie and myself came together at the right time, really by accident, to form a potently complimentary bond of skills. Jerry was a serial entrepreneur, imbued with a sometimes breath-taking risk orientation. Jamie was an outstanding salesman then and has become a highly competent director. I contributed a more strategic marketing approach, a network of European fastener contacts, and, perhaps above all, the recognition that Fastener Fairs and Fastener + Fixing were nascent brands with huge potential.”
Matten was describing 2002 when he joined Jerry Ramsdale, publisher of Fastener + Fixing magazine, organizer and founder of the fledgling UK-based Fastener Fair. (…)