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This issue's cover is by Johanna Goodman, an artist and illustrator who lives in Nyack, New York. She attended Boston University's School for the Arts and received her BFA from the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. Johanna's paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely and her illustration work has appeared just about everywhere — she has painted portraits of world leaders for the cover of Time, rock stars for Rolling Stone, CEO's for the Wall Street Journal, and everyone in between. You can see more of Johanna's work at:

Susan Konig, who wrote a feature about providing advice to pro athletes in this month's issue, is a business writer based on Long Island. After graduating from Adelphi University with a degree in journalism, she toiled at On Wall Street magazine for 11 years. She has also written for The New York Times' Long Island Weekly section, Crain's New York Business, Kiplinger's, Fortune and Entrepreneur magazines; she has co-authored three annual editions of The American Almanac of Jobs and Salaries (Penguin Books). In her spare time, she loves to travel. Susan is not afraid to admit that she is a devoted fan of “hair bands,” and has been ever since they were actually popular. In fact, Susan follows them around as often as she can (her husband begrudgingly in tow), and may hold the record for attending the most Bon Jovi concerts ever.

A lifetime ago, Brad Zigler, author of the article on page 43 about inflation versus deflation scenarios and how to invest for them, headed up marketing, research and education at the Pacific Exchange's option marketplace, and then at Barclays iShares. Since then, Brad's articles have graced these pages, and those of Futures magazine. His white papers have also appeared in various Institutional Investor journals. In addition, Brad has been a regular columnist and editor for CRB Trader,, the Journal of Indexes and the Corporate Communications Broadcast Network, and has served as a financial correspondent for the European Press Network and National Public Radio.

Art director Sean Barrow has been with Registered Rep. for a full year after long stints art directing other Penton publications Retail Traffic and Trusts & Estates. The Carnegie Mellon graduate has worked for numerous print magazines over the past two decades, including Individual Investor and Folio. His shortest tenure was at a title he had hoped would last a lot longer, a Gothic rock fanzine he created with friends in the 90s called Darkside. “It was the first time I ever got to design an entire book myself and I had the greatest time doing it, but it folded after only two issues. It's a shame because I felt we really had something special.” But that was then, he says. “Print is so over in 2010 and I'm so over Goth. You can't go home again.”

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