President’s Column:
PMA University & The Ben Franklin Awards

July 2003
by Don Tubesing

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The Publishing University was a great success, with 500 participants and almost 200 staff and instructors interacting for three days. There’s nothing quite like it in the publishing world for great exchanges of information and camaraderie. It’s clear that the foundation of expertise among our members has been significantly raised. All participants are starting at a new and higher level of knowledge, and the superb quality of their books shows the positive results.

At the Ben Franklin Awards Ceremony, the PMA Board of Directors, joined by past Presidents and past Board members, presented a special Ben Franklin Award to Jan Nathan for her 20 years of service to independent publishing and to PMA. Jan has been the only Executive Director in PMA’s history, and she has always been the brains and energy behind PMA’s continued success and growth. Thank you, Jan. We have all benefited from your commitment, your skills, and your kindness!

Board of Directors Action Agenda

Your PMA Board met formally in early May, and again briefly at PMA University in late May. While we are celebrating PMA’s 20th year—and what a great celebration we had at the Ben Franklin Awards!—we are also focused intensely on moving into the future by creating more ways to meet the needs of the ever-growing number of successful independent publishers.

Your Board is a high-energy, creative, and hard-working group. We are in the process of organizing ourselves to focus on specific action p…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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