President’s Column
PMA at 20: Moving Forward Together

August 2002
by Don Tubesing

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You will notice that a new name appears in the “President’s Column” this month. Having been a member of PMA for the past 16 years and serving on the board for four years, I am now honored to accept this new responsibility as your President. Thanks goes to Linda Ligon who has served so well as our President the past two years and who leaves us with a strong organization and a most successful legacy. And, of course, thanks to Jan Nathan and her associates who have managed this organization and its growth from the very beginning.

PMA is now entering its 20th year–a milestone to celebrate. What began as an informal gathering of a few California publishers has now grown into a major force within the publishing industry with a membership of 3,600 thriving small and mid-sized independent publishers. Our members create in excess of 10,000 new books each year, and our association represents a segment of the industry that produces an estimated $15 billion in sales annually.

Current successful member-benefit programs include:

The PMA Publishing University–with 500 attendees at more than 60 high-impact courses a yearThe Ben Franklin Awards–with more than 40 annual awards, increasingly prominent in our industryThe Coop Marketing Programs–with shared conference exhibits; direct mailings to bookstores, libraries, and other buyers; and shared ad space in key industry trade journalsThe Resource Directory–ou…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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