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Tim MacDonald tapped as David C Cook CAO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Beech   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:01 AM EST

Tim-McDonaldAfter an extensive search utilizing an outside firm, David C Cook announces that Tim MacDonald has agreed to become the chief advancement officer, a newly created position, beginning March 2. MacDonald will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Chris Dornboos and will serve as a member of the David C Cook leadership team.

MacDonald is an accomplished senior leader with over 20 years of experience with nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including Focus on the Family, The Jenkins Companies, Woodmen Valley Chapel and, most recently, the Dexter Group. Notably, he served as chief of advancement for Gary Bauer in his run for president in 1999.

“I am thrilled to have someone with Tim’s experience and giftedness joining the leadership team at David C Cook,” Doornbos says. “His passion for our global mission, combined with his heart for relationships and his business acumen make him a perfect fit for this role.”

MacDonald’s primary responsibilities will be the creation, documentation and execution of a five-year Donor Development Plan, which will be designed to “message the mission” and increase the size of the donor base and their contributions to the ministry.

MacDonald will also be responsible for building a cross-departmental team of marketing experts from each department to lead Corporate Communication Strategies and campaigns to the ministry’s key stakeholders. Accordingly, he will also act as chief public relations officer for the entire organization.

“It is exciting to see the team that the Lord has put together under Cris’ leadership, and it is even more exciting to be a part of that team,” MacDonald said. “I’m honored at the opportunity to expand the relationships with investors/donors for this ministry, across the country and around the world. With God, nothing is impossible when He directs our path.”

David C Cook hires new senior acquisitions development editor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Beech   
Monday, 23 February 2015 03:56 PM EST

Alice-CriderDavid C Cook announces the recent hiring of Alice Crider as the new senior acquisitions and development editor for its book team. Crider’s main responsibilities will be acquiring women’s nonfiction Christian living and spiritual growth books.

Crider began her career in Christian publishing at David C Cook in 1999, starting in Curriculum department and then moving to books. She moved to Alive Communications in 2001 and then to WaterBrook Publishing in 2004, where she progressed through the editorial ranks acquiring and developing manuscripts, writing marketing and back cover copy, and handling author relation issues.

The last two years, Crider has worked as an Agent with WordServe Literary Group representing over 40 authors where she focused on women's Christian living, spiritual growth and women’s devotionals. 

“I am excited to be back at David C Cook and excited to be developing books that transform lives,” Crider said.

“With women’s books being one of our growing genres in the next five years, I am very encouraged and pleased that someone with Alice’s credentials and experience has chosen to join our publishing team,” said Dan Rich, David C Cook’s chief publishing officer.

Concordia Publishing House taps Pawlitz as executive director of marketing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Martie   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 01:49 PM EST

Lawren-PaulitzConcordia Publishing House has named four-year company veteran Loren Pawlitz as its new executive director of marketing and eCommerce. Pawlitz is the first person to hold this role at CPH.

Pawlitz leads a diverse team charged with creation, content and execution of videos, websites, digital marketing, traditional marketing and social media. Additionally, he oversees the communications vision and strategy for CPH.

Since coming to Concordia in 2010, Pawlitz has made major strides in the progression of digital marketing and eCommerce.

“Everything we do at CPH is designed to connect people to the Lord,” Pawlitz said. “Our day-to-day work will impact the faith life of individuals for generations to come. What a great reason to come to work each day.”

Prior to joining CPH, Pawlitz served as director of retail for Delaware North Companies Sportservice at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. He was responsible for creating the region’s most exclusive shopping experience for St. Louis Cardinals fans.

He oversaw more than 20 stores and a 200-person staff throughout the ballpark, facilitating events such as baseball games, playoffs, concerts and the Major League Baseball All-Star game.

Publicist Sarah Rice joins New Leaf Publishing Group PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christian Retailing Staff   
Thursday, 05 February 2015 10:46 AM EST

Sarah-Rice-NLPG-PicNew Leaf Publishing Group has hired recent College of the Ozarks graduate Sarah Rice as its new publicist for Master Books and New Leaf Press divisions. Rice Sarah will be handling media requests, communicating with New Leaf’s community of reviewers, and helping with homeschool convention activities. 

Rice said she feels blessed with the opportunity to launch her career at the Northwest Arkansas-based New Leaf Publishing Group.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity and I am so excited to be a part of such a unique company,” Rice says. “I am looking forward to working with our wonderful group of authors and with media professionals within the Christian book industry.”

New Leaf CEO Tim Dudley said of Rice’s hiring, “We are happy to have Sarah on board as we celebrate our 40th year serving this industry and His kingdom.”

Zondervan promotes Melinda Bouma to associate publisher of Bibles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Casey Harrell   
Friday, 30 January 2015 10:17 AM EST

Melinda-BoumaA 12-year company veteran, Melinda Bouma has been promoted to associate publisher of The Zondervan Bible publishing team. Zondervan’s Bible publishing program is the longtime North American commercial publisher of the New International Version, the world’s most read Bible translation.

Bouma joined the Zondervan publishing group in 2003 as a marketing coordinator for the Bibles team. After several promotions within its marketing structure, she successfully transitioned to editorial in 2013 as the editorial director for Zondervan Bibles.

During her tenure, Bouma has gained experience working with multiple areas of the business including: acquisitions, working with authors, and product development. As associate publisher, she will continue to use these skills, in addition to project oversight and strategy to generate awareness for the NIV and valuable partnerships for the entire Zondervan Bible publishing program.

“I am grateful for the leaders before me who brought Melinda into our organization and allowed her to grow,” said John Kramp, SVP of Bible Resources for HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

Kramp oversees Bible publishing for both Thomas Nelson and Zondervan publishing groups. “Melinda has proven her ability to lead and this promotion will allow her to expand upon the great work she was already doing for our company.”

Bouma received a BA in Business from Calvin College and a MBA from Grand Valley State University.   

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