Statement from Kent Watson

My last thirteen years as the Executive Director of PubWest have been the most rewarding of my career. PubWest allowed me the opportunity to utilize my background in bookselling, purchasing, distribution, and warehousing of many genres—including academic, trade, and textbooks—to help the membership and the industry.

My success with PubWest would have never been accomplished without the assistance of so many publishing professionals. Each year as I started to plan the annual conference, the Book Design Awards, roundtables, webinars, and more, I relied on thousands of people to offer their time and professional knowledge to enhance PubWest’s programs to benefit the membership. I thank all of you for the work you did and your assistance to me on behalf of the association.

As PubWest moves forward through new leadership, I see great things ahead and know that my accomplishments will not only be added to, but enriched.

As for me, I am working on beginning a new chapter, and it will include work that I see as helping the entire industry. I hope to make an announcement soon, but for now if you want to contact me, please use LinkedIn.


Kent Watson