2014 was another big and exciting year at Binc. We launched a video about how we helped a veteran bookseller keep his bookstores, we traveled across the country to attend the IBA meetings and meet more book people, and we expanded our scholarship program, awarding almost $200,000 to booksellers and their families to pursue their higher education goals.
Pointing us in the right direction and keeping us on track is our fantastic board of directors. This group understands the importance of our mission and donates their time and effort to sustain and grow the Foundation for the future. We want to thank them for bringing their knowledge of the industry and individual talents in all areas of the nonprofit arena. We also want to thank them for their generosity in matching $3020 during our Book People Together year-end fundraising campaign.
As 2014 came to an end we said goodbye and thank you to several outstanding board members. At the start of 2015, we welcome a new member as well as a new board president.
Our new board members
Binc’s newest board member is Ken White, the manager of Books Inc. on Market Street in San Francisco, CA. Ken brings over 20 years of book industry experience to help support Binc’s mission. His background includes many years of independent bookselling, as well as five years as a director of the board for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) Ken also served for six years as a board member for the American Booksellers Association (ABA). We are excited to welcome Ken to the Binc board of directors.
Our newly elected board president is Lori Tucker-Sullivan. Lori joined the Binc board in August 2012 bringing with her over 20 years of experience in the book industry as well as a range of experience in the nonprofit world. Lori is the Executive Director of the Independent Booksellers Consortium, Inc. (IBC), a position she has held since 1998. She is a former board member of Washtenaw Literacy and a founding board member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival. Lori holds a BA in Communication and Journalism from the University of Michigan, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Spalding University. Lori, welcome and we are looking forward to benefiting from your leadership.
The Binc Board of Directors for 2015:
Chairperson – Anne Kubek, INscribe Digital
President – Lori Tucker-Sullivan, Independent Booksellers Consortium, Inc. (IBC)
Vice President – September Wynne, Dart Container
Treasurer – David Althoen, Forest Health Service
Secretary – Christie Roehl, PetSmart
Matthew Gildea, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Rockelle Henderson, Rock Inked, Inc.
Wanda Jewell, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
Mary Jane Karowski, Books-A-Million
Deb Leonard, Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA)
Kate McCune, HarperCollins
Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books
Ken White, Books Inc.
Thank you to all our new and continuing board members for your time and effort in supporting Binc’s mission. We couldn’t have been so successful this year without your help.