Henry Fuhrmann Assistant Managing Editor (retired), Los Angeles Times; Adjunct Instructor, University of Southern California Number of years in editing: 31 years
Why do you choose to serve on the ACES Executive Committee?
I joined the Executive Committee in 2016 upon being elected president of the ACES Education Fund. While my main role is to represent the Ed Fund and advocate for its interests, I am privileged to serve on the diversity and inclusion subcommittee, which focuses on issues that have been at the core of my career as an editor and now an educator.
What is your favorite ACES memory?
It's hard to choose one, but I would single out having the chance to invite one of my heroes, mathematician and author John Allen Paulos, to co-present with me at #ACES2005 in Hollywood. It was a bit of nerd heaven for those of us who love numbers as well as words.
How do you balance your time as an editor with your time serving on the ACES Executive Committee?
I'm semiretired, so it's not much of a challenge to balance work with ACES.
What advice do you have for others who are looking to serve in a leadership role?
Serving as a leader in ACES provides an opportunity to contribute to a vital organization while working alongside (and learning from) a group of highly talented people from all walks of editing. It's highly rewarding and worth pursuing. If you are unsure about taking the plunge, just ask any of us who have already done so.
What city/state do you live in? If someone was visiting your city/town what is one place you would recommend they visit?
I just moved to the suburbs about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, but I consider downtown, where I worked for 25 years, to be a main haunt. Grand Central Market is a must stop, especially if you have arrived to town hungry. :-) It's a mix of a few holdout old-school vendors with dozens of newer restaurants covering the wide spectrum of L.A.'s essential cuisines (Mexican, Asian, all kinds of fusion, burgers, etc.). The market's resurgent popularity has turned into a bit of a tourist destination, but it's still worth checking out.
Are you interested in serving on the Executive Committee?
ACES conducts elections each February for its Executive Committee. The number of positions varies by year, as the officer and board positions are staggered.
Nominations are accepted Dec. 15 to Jan. 15 each year. Voting takes place Feb. 15 through March 1 each year, by members in good standing as of the previous Feb. 1. Information on the candidates is posted online before voting begins.