Tom and Jeanne Britt in their Geist home holding the first issue of the Geist Magazine published in April, 2004. (Photos by Stefanie Neer-daughter)

Geist Magazine Celebrates 20 Years

Dear Geist Neighbor,

Reflecting back twenty years ago, delivering the first “ Community Newsletter” was a moment filled with joy and satisfaction. It began as a simple idea, born out of owning a publishing company and a dot com in the late ’90s. With no expectations, business plan, or significant financial investment other than time, that black and white “newsletter” evolved into a full-fledged “magazine,” then expanded into a successful franchise system spanning 20 communities in Indiana and northern Kentucky. This journey not only enriched our family but also touched countless others, showcasing local individuals, businesses, and nonprofits along the way.

After much consideration, we made the decision last year to sell the Geist Magazine franchise, enabling us to transition to the next phase as franchisors with the Towne Post Network, spreading our positive platform regionally. We derive immense joy from assisting others in highlighting their extraordinary communities.

Starting with the Geist Magazine, the Britts have grown into a franchise system with 20 local community magazines in Indiana and Kentucky.

As we bid farewell to publishing the Geist Magazine after two successful decades, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who have been pivotal in our journey.
First, a special acknowledgment goes out to our dedicated support team, including Erin Turk, Toni Eads, and Valerie Austin, who ensure the magazines maintain their quality and punctuality. We also want to thank Justin Biehl, the new owner of Geist Magazine, for embracing the baton and providing us the platform to share this letter. To our extended team of freelance writers, photographers, editors, and designers, a heartfelt “thank you” for exemplifying our brand and serving your communities with excellence.

Lastly, we wish to convey our sincere appreciation to our neighbors at Geist Reservoir. Your friendships, feedback, and encouragement have been invaluable. As we navigated through annexations, blue-green algae scares, half marathons, charity events, and HOA gatherings, we have had the privilege of getting to know and appreciate each one of you through community service. It has been an honor to serve as the inaugural publishers of the Geist Magazine in this remarkable community.


Tom & Jeanne Britt

Comments 5

  1. Mike Copper says:

    Tom & Jeanne,
    Congratulations on wonderful ideas and a sincere appreciation for people & community. Suzanne and I moved to Lawrence and Admirals Bay in 2002 and have chosen to remain here through our retirement years because of innovation & positive influences by leaders like you. Thank You.
    Mike & Suzanne Copper

  2. Brian Hall says:

    Tom & Jeanne,
    You two are the real deal, I’m blessed to know you and having had the opportunity to work with you on behalf of the Geist Lake Coalition and more! Thanks for your efforts in making the community of Geist a better place!!
    Cheers to your continued success and your future endeavors!
    Warmest Regards,
    Brian Hall

  3. Dan Root says:

    Congrats Tom!

    I have enjoyed watching you grow over the years and working with you as part of the Fishers Freedom Festival. Keep up the great work and expansion. Cheers!

  4. Dave & Janelle McCauley says:

    Congratulations Tom. I am sure your publications have been enjoyed countless times and have helped many a small businesses in your communities.

  5. Pamala Evans says:

    I remember those good old days! Congratulations neighbors! Job well done! What a force for good and “connection” you have been for our community.
    God bless! Love you both!

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