|Peachtree Editorial Services owners announce retirement|
|Written by Taylor Berglund|
|Monday, 14 December 2015 02:35 PM America/New_York|
After 30 years of leading Peachtree Editorial Services, June and Doug Gunden will retire in early 2016 and have announced plans to transition the company to new leadership. Paige Drygas will become the company’s president and will co-own the company with Chris Hudson of Hudson Bible. The transition will occur Feb. 1.
Industry veteran Drygas will step into the role of president with a season of overlap and transition. Drygas' background includes writing and editing for more than 125 Christian books and Bibles.
Drygas commented on accepting the position at Peachtree, which works with nearly 30 Bible publishers and Bible typesetters.
“I have long had a deep respect for the Peachtree brand and for June personally,” she said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to blend my passions for ministry, the Bible, people, and accuracy.”
June Gunden said the decision was made to ensure Peachtree’s quality moving forward.
“Peachtree Editorial offers a unique service to the industry, and we wanted to ensure that its stability and our quality of service would continue into the future,” June said. “It was a matter of making the right connection, and now that we have, we can move on to the next chapter of our lives, knowing that the company is in good hands.
“We’ve been acquainted with Chris Hudson for over 20 years, and as we collaborated on a recent project, we reached out to him in August about possibly buying our business. It soon became apparent to both parties that there were important synergies in the ways we serve publishers. He understands the typesetting and proofreading process, knows many of our clients and has a deep appreciation for the uniqueness of the various Bible translations. And just as important, he has the business expertise to keep Peachtree growing and thriving.”
Hudson has great respect for Peachtree's key work in Bible publishing.
“No other organization does what Peachtree does,” Hudson said. “Their staff of 21 employees has created the gold standard of Bible proofreading. I feel privileged to help carry on its legacy of service to the Bible industry.”
Drygas noted that changes are being kept to a minimum in the transition.
“Our intent is to keep the office location, proprietary Bible proofing processes and valued employees intact,” Drygas said. “Chris will support Peachtree as an owner, but he will remain the president of Hudson Bible. The two companies will share an owner but will function independently.”
Peachtree works with every major English-language Bible publisher and Bible typesetter.