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BISG Officers and Board Members

Board of Directors 2020 - 2021

BISG Officers

Chair: Andrew Savikas, getAbstract

Vice Chair: Kathleen Reid, Elsevier

Treasurer: David Hetherington, knk Software

Secretary: Kelvin Watson, Broward County Libraries

Immediate Past Chair: Maureen McMahon, Kaplan


Joshua Boisvert, ReaderLink

 

Josh BoisvertJosh Boisvertis the Senior Director of Supply Planning at ReaderLink Distribution Services. ReaderLink is the largest full-service distributor of hardcover, trade and paperback books to trade channel booksellers in North America. Josh has been with ReaderLink for fourteen years where he has worked to improve inventory efficiency and publisher collaboration on both sides of the supply chain.


Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, HarperCollins

 

Andrea Fleck-Nisbet is Publisher of Harper Horizon, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Previously, in her role as Director, Content Acquisition at Ingram Content Group, Andrea and her team worked with publishers to help them reach readers and book buyers worldwide. She is especially passionate about educating publishers on how to manage their business in efficient and cost-effective ways so they can focus on the joy of making good books.

 

Prior to joining Ingram in 2017, Andrea spent 15 years at Workman Publishing, helping to create, market and sell books of all shapes and sizes to passionate, curious readers. It was at Workman that she developed her love of independent book publishing, and the desire to foster its growth and success as the industry evolves. 


 

David Hetherington, knk Business Software (Treasurer)

 

David Hetherington is Chief Marketing Officer of knk Business Software. Mr. Hetherington’s publishing portfolio reflects a broad range of responsibilities, including both VP of Manufacturing as well as VP of Financial Planning for Simon & Schuster’s Higher Education Group. He has held other key positions in finance, operations, and sales at Reader’s Digest, Wolters Kluwer Health, Columbia University Press, and Baker & Taylor, as well as Chief Operating Officer of Klopotek North America.


Allen Johnson, Baker & Taylor

 Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson is currently Director of Data Management for Baker & Taylor, responsible for the Baker & Taylor book and entertainment databases. Allen has spent 25 years with Baker & Taylor holding positions in Merchandising and Inventory Planning before moving to Data Management. As Manager, Vendor of Record, he worked to help small presses get their books placed in Independent and Chain Bookstores. As Director of Merchandising, Allen was the primary B&T contact with textbook, academic, and university presses. As Director of Inventory Planning and Analysis, he was responsible for the inventory spend and budgets for B&T, as well as JA Majors and YBP. Prior to Baker & Taylor, Allen managed Campus Stores for Follett and Matthews Medical Books.

 


Dan Kok, Crossway

 

Dan Kok is the SVP of Operations at Crossway, a leading Chrisitan publisher. Dan has served with Crossway for 27 years, during which time he has helped them navigate through industry changes and the growth of Crossway as an organization. Dan is also currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Board of Directors. 


Kempton Mooney, NPD Bookscan

  

Kempton Mooney is the Executive Director of Product Development at the NPD Group where he provides market research information to companies with interests in the book market. Prior to NPD, he has held positions at Abrams, Random House, the Hachette Book Group, and Nielsen working in sales, inventory, operations, and strategic planning. 


Maureen McMahon, Kaplan Publishing (Immediate Past Chair)

 

As president and publisher of Kaplan Publishing, Maureen oversees content production, delivery, and management for Kaplan Test Prep’s course and retail products in print and digital formats, as well as content-related partnerships. Her professional experience includes retail merchandising as well as trade and educational publishing, a background that has made her a passionate advocate for BISG’s commitment to the entire book ecosystem.


Kathleen Reid, Elsevier (Vice Chair)

 

Kathleen Reid is VP and Commercial Leader of Medical Learning at Elsevier where she leads go to market strategy initiatives for Elsevier medical text and reference books, eBooks and continuing education solutions to support physician lifelong learning. Prior to this, she was Marketing Director for Elsevier’s Nursing Performance Portfolio, hospital solutions such as MD Consult, and Drug Information solutions from Gold Standard. She began her career in international marketing at Mosby and spent over 10 years in field sales and sales management calling on health science academic accounts on the west coast. She holds an MBA from UC Davis and an AB from Bowdoin College.


Michael Rentas, Ingram Content Group

 Michael Rentas image

Michael Rentas is Director of Business Operations and Analysis for Ingram Content Group. He joined Ingram after serving as Director of Sales and Inventory Analysis at Perseus Books Group, whose distribution arm was acquired by Ingram. Before working at Perseus, Rentas was Chief Financial Officer at Skyhorse Publishing. He has also worked in several operational roles for the Walt Disney Company's Hyperion Books.


Michael Shea, LSC Communications

 

Michael Shea, SVP, Book Division, LSC Communications, is a seasoned printing and publishing executive with over 20 years of pioneering ventures in content management, custom publishing and book manufacturing. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the vision and drive to capture high-growth opportunities in the rapidly changing publishing and printing industries. His early successes with technology driven print solutions led to more comprehensive solutions spanning the entire spectrum of book manufacturing including content management, physical and digital production, distribution and inventory management. His most recent focus has been working with industry supply chain participants to combat book piracy.


Andrew Savikas, getAbstract (Chair)

 

Andrew Savikas is President of the US subsidiary of getAbstract, the global leader in business book summaries for corporate learning, offering a library of more than 20,000 summaries in 7 languages that help authors and publishers find new readers. Prior to that, Andrew was CEO at Safari Books Online, and before that a vice president at O'Reilly Media, where he ran the highly regarded Tools of Change for Publishing conferences in New York and Frankfurt, and served on the board of the IDPF.


Patricia Simoes, Rakuten Kobo

 

Patricia Simoes is Director of Content Operations at Rakuten Kobo, where she leads an international team of metadata professionals who specialize in maintaining and expanding Kobo's global ebook and audiobook catalogue. Patricia began her career in the educational publishing sector, first in the scholarly division at University of Toronto Press, where she supported the editorial acquisitions and rights management teams. She also served as Developmental Editor at University of Oxford Press, specializing in the social sciences for the higher education market.


Joshua Tallent, Firebrand Technologies

 Joshua Tallent

Joshua Tallent is an acclaimed teacher and guide on the role of data in publishing, and a vocal advocate for high quality book metadata. He serves as the Director of Sales and Education at Firebrand Technologies, where his focus is helping publishers of all sizes learn about, and find solutions to their workflow and metadata problems. Joshua can often be found researching odd metadata issues, creating training videos and documentation about Firebrand services, and speaking at conferences about the latest innovations and advances in publishing data and workflow management. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys playing complex board games, playing Minecraft, and fiddling with his 3D printer.

 


Kelvin Watson, Broward County Libraries (Secretary)

 

Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries Division, has made transformative changes in his two and a half years with Broward County. He has led ambitious and innovative initiatives that have positioned the Broward County Libraries as a community leader by streamlining access to resources, introducing new technology, developing partnerships & new collaborative relationships with internal agencies and external organizations. 


Kelvin started his career as an officer in the US Army, then transitioned into the private sector as an executive with Ingram Library Services, Borders Group, and The Library Corporation (TLC), fueling his passion for the field of library science. He joined the USDA National Agricultural Library and then the Queens Borough Public Library in Queens, New York. In Queens, he was instrumental in the creation of QL Virtual Library, the Flexible Standard for E-content NISO (FASTEN) pilot project and a groundbreaking community mobile tablet lending program postHurricane Sandy.



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