To Have And To Hold

David R. Brousell was almost out the door. He was set to resign in April from his job as director of market research for Sentry Publishing Co., a small Massachusetts publisher. New York-based Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. had offered him new duties overseeing a startup magazine, a larger staff, and a pay raise. What happened when he tendered his resignation still amazes Brousell, 42. His employer made an unexpected counteroffer too good to refuse. Today, Brousell is Sentry's newest vice-president--with an equity stake. "It almost knocked me for a loop," Brousell says. "I expected a goodbye."

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