Thom Chambliss Announces Retirement


Thom Chambliss

After 22 years of running Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, executive director Thom Chambliss announced earlier this month that he will retire in February of 2016. “After this year’s show in Portland, it was obvious to me that that was my last show. I was worse than exhausted; I was drained. I could not believe how badly my feet hurt. And, yes, I wore my most comfortable shoes,” he said in a recent Footnotes article.

PNBA’s Board of Directors has begun the search for a new Director with an open application process through Nov. 30. The job description and submission guidelines can be found at the organization’s website.

Book Publishers Northwest owes many promotions and past programs to Chambliss’ unflagging goodwill. He often dropped by when he was in Seattle and constantly recommended the group to publishers getting started. “We wish him the very best in retirement,” said Rosemary Jones. “And I’ll miss all those great conversations about the book business that we had at so many shows.”

One thought on “Thom Chambliss Announces Retirement

  1. Thom was very kind in allowing my participation as a media blogger for the trade show four years ago when I approched him about it. His willingness and professionalism helped to give me added insights into a fascinating corner of the book business. If he was so kind to an outsider like myself, I’m sure his reach and positive impact on others travels very far and wide. I wish him all the best in his retirement!

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