PubWest Announces Michele Cobb and Forté Business Consulting as Interim Executive Director Team

Beginning July 1st, 2020, Forté Business Consulting, led by Michele Cobb, will serve as interim executive director.  Janet Benson and JoAnna Laskas will serve on the team as well. 

When announcing this appointment, board president Colleen Dunn Bates wrote: “In choosing an interim executive director, the search committee identified immediate priorities for the coming months, including growing membership, improving communications, and 2021 conference planning. They felt, and we agreed, that Michele and Forté Business Consulting are the ideal team to successfully take us to the next step.”

Upon accepting the appointment, Cobb wrote: “I want to thank the Board for this opportunity, and for their confidence in our team. We look forward to working with the PubWest members, who are such committed advocates for the community of the book, in all of its forms.”

As interim director, Michele and the team at Forté will report to the PubWest board of directors. 

The board will soon implement the search for a permanent executive director. More information about that process and future developments will be announced as information becomes available at