Position: Director of Sales and Marketing
Organization: IGI Global
Born and Lived: I was born in the 60’s in Banbury, England. Moved to the US as a babe in arms and then bounced back across the pond at 4 for schooling in the UK before returning back to the US on a more permanent basis in the Winter of 96′.
The rest as they say is history, I now live in Fairfield CT.
Professional Career and Activities: Started out in the newspaper industry in the UK, transitioned to academic publishing in the mid 90’s, have worked in the industry ever since in the US working in the social and hard sciences, book and journal, print and electronic.
Have worked for several different companies during that period but publishing being what it is it’s amazing how you see the same faces time and time again…
Family: One wife, two step children (boy and girl, long since flown the coup), one son, 12 years old who drives me crazy but keeps me sane(ish). One dog (English bulldog, Winnie), one cat (polydactyl, 26 toes), and one leopard gecko.
In My Spare Time: Listen to vinyl records, teach 7th grade soccer, hike, and bird watch.
Favorite Books: The Godfather, Serpico, Jaws, The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, A Liar’s Autobiography Volume VI , How to Read an Unwritten Language,
Pet Peeves: People who don’t say what’s on their mind, get to the point, life is short.
Philosophy: Make a decision and go with it. If it’s right all well and good, if it’s wrong change. Don’t hide when you make a mistake learn from it and move forward.
Ideas can come from the most unlikely of places, always listen to those around you, their perspective
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Being part of the team to win the Dartmouth medal for an electronic product for the first time. While I love print this was a momentous occasion and showed a true level of transition within the reference side of the industry.
Goals I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: To be doing what I love with a great team of people around me and still enjoying my work. To have taught my son how to drive stick shift, and to hopefully have him prepared for college…
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: If publishing for tenure changes to allow for online publishing to be considered viable (as some feel it should) then I think we can expect to see a drastic shift on the academic model as a whole.
I think we can expect to see more consortium groups developing to take advantage of limited funding. Will be very interesting to see what impact this has on the established book distribution resellers.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.