President’s Report:
The Spring Status Report, and the Beginning of a Name-Change Conversation

April 2004
by Don Tubesing

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At its most recent meeting, the PMA board focused on several significant milestones and dealt with a host of issues that relate to current challenges facing our association and our members. The details of two days of discussions won’t fit into this column, but here are some highlights.

The State of Our Association

All is well and humming nicely at the home office. During the past three months the PMA staff has navigated the transfer of the PMA Web site and Internet system to a new server. A new financial software system has also been installed, which will facilitate management of various lists and reporting of increasingly complex financial data. The bottom-line financial pictures for the first two quarters of this fiscal year have been a bit better than projected, and, at this halfway point, PMA is well positioned to accomplish all our work-plan goals for the year.

The State of Our Industry

 

Our industry remains in a state of flux, with various big players continually shifting strategies to shore up their leadership positions and their profits. If it’s not a book chain going big-time into publishing, then it’s a wholesaler demanding an inordinately large discount, or an Internet retailer focusing more on reselling used books. As you well know, these changes often present additional challenges to our ranks of independent publishers. PMA has continued to represent our members’ interests to other players in our…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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