Monday, May 23, 2011

BEA Announces Industry Ambassador Award

It was my great pleasure and a true honor to name the recipient of the first Annual BEA Industry Ambassador Award this morning at the opening of the IDPF Digital Book 2011 program.  The winner was Mr. Steve Potash, CEO of Overdrive. 

The BEA Industry Ambassador will honor publishing industry professionals who distinguish themselves by representing, promoting and advancing the interests of publishing as a whole.  Those characteristics define BEA's role as an industry platform to promote and advance the interests of BEA's various stakeholders - that includes authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, increasingly technology companies as well as the media that make BEA the great industry event that it is. 

It was over due to recognize someone who embodies those characteristics from the industry.  I could not think of a more deserving person who is as tireless as he is selfless in what he contributes to publishing as a whole.  I look forward to growing the stature of this award, but  it will be defined by Mr. Potash who as the first recipient truly defines the intent and spirit of this award.

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