Jeremy Ellis, Kelsey Myers Joining MPIBA Staff
Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association is adding two staff members, and one longtime staffer is leaving.
Effective August 13, Jeremy Ellis will become marketing & communications manager, a newly created position. He is currently manager of industry relations at Interabang Books in Dallas, Tex., and is treasurer and on the board of MPIBA. He has more than 20 years of experience in independent bookselling, with a strong background in marketing and graphic design. He began his career in bookselling at BookPeople in Austin, Tex., where he first was events coordinator, then marketing director. He next worked for the old Mid-South Independent Bookstore Association as graphic designer, and later at Brazos Bookstore in Houston, Tex., as general manager.
Ellis commented: "Over the past decades, I have made friends at bookstores across the region and in the publishing industry. Now, I can't wait to work with my publishing colleagues, and directly with MPIBA's amazing bookstore members, and do all I can to support their continued growth and success."
In addition, Kelsey Myers will become MPIBA's operations manager, effective in mid-September. A graduate of the University of Denver's Publishing Institute, Myers is currently events and development coordinator for the Larimer Humane Society in Loveland, Colo. Earlier, she worked at Old Firehouse Books, in Fort Collins, Colo., for eight years, first as a bookseller, then as events coordinator and store manager. She also was a marketing assistant at Author Planet Press.
Myers commented: "One of the most important things I've learned about nonprofit work is that a passion for the project cannot be understated. I love animals and I'm proud of Larimer Humane Society's contributions to my community, but my true affinity will always lie with independent bookstores. I'm glad I took time away from bookselling to expand my skills so that I might return to the industry as the operations manager for MPIBA."
Kathy Keel, MPIBA's operations manager and graphic designer, will shift to part time work in September before leaving the association later in the fall.
Heather Duncan, who became MPIBA executive director in January, said, "As a new MPIBA staff member myself, I am excited to have the opportunity to rethink our staffing needs, and to form a team to move the association forward. With Kathy Keel's departure, MPIBA is losing an incredible asset. Kathy has dedicated almost 30 years to helping our association and member stores survive and thrive. Now, with Jeremy and Kelsey coming on board, Kathy knows she's leaving the MPIBA in very capable hands."