Published on Nov 15, 2012
Today I had the opportunity to talk with one of the areas leading magazine and web publishers, Mr. Tom Britt. I've known Tom for a few years first meeting him during the time when we were both beginning to stream video over the web. Ever since then I have followed Tom's journey into what has become a great success story.
This journey for Tom started out from his home at Geist. One of his earliest attempts at local publishing was when he put together a local newsletter and distributed copies he had made with his home printer. I don't know if Tom had made it back home from his first delivery before Geist resident's started contacting him to find out how they could get more news like this from him.
During that time Tom was also publishing his first website, atGeist.com, which also took off immediately. Today Tom's magazine reaches over 15,000 homes in the Geist area.
While a lot of publishers, both large and small were struggling with even some shutting down completely, Tom's operating continued to flourish and grow. All of this success didn't come without some setbacks which he talked about during his interview.
Today Tom publishes five hyper-local websites plus four of the nicest magazines you'll find anywhere. In each monthly publication you'll find stories that cover local businesses. Tom also publishes and manages another website called TownPost.com. Here's an amazing story as well. When Tom started the TownePost.com site it was planned to be a companion to his atGeist.com site. It wasn't long after it went online it took on a life of its own and today it is one of the main engines for his other hyper-local sites.
There's something else Tom and a few friends started in the area that has to be one of the things Tom has to count as one of his greatest community achievements to date, the Geist Half Marathon and 5K . Each year, two weeks after the Mini Marathon, this much anticipated event draws thousands. Tom said this past year there were some 6,550 that took part in the Geist Half. Tom said of the number eighteen hundred were less than 18 years of age.
What Tom and his Geist Half group do each year from money from this event is to fund local youth school programs. This past year Tom said they generated $70,000, of which $60,000 has been distributed to-date. There will be another distribution early next year of the remaining $10,000 that will go to other youth focused programs in the Geist area.
If you haven't had an opportunity to meet Tom put it on your list of things to do.
Tom Britt on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tombritt?fref=ts
Be sure to check out Tom's websites too:
• atGeist.com: http://atgeist.com/
• atCarmel.com: http://atcarmel.com/
• atCenterGrove.com: http://atcentergrove.com/
• atFishers.com: http://atfishers.com/
• atLawrence.com: http://atlawrence.com/
• TownePost: http://www.townepost.com/
• Geist Half Marathon: http://geisthalf.com/