They Knew Him When …
Sandra Steiner, executive director of the Adams County Education Consortium—who hired Weinstein as the director of production for Prentice Hall Business Publishing in the late 1980s—says, “[He is an] outstanding choice of a recipient for this award. Michael is one of the most progressive managers I have ever known.”
Steiner believes one of Weinstein’s greatest strengths is having an inclusive management style that is critical to transforming a department.
“He is constantly looking for ways to sensibly innovate, to enhance opportunities, and never forgets that the people of his department and his authors are … the support he needs to achieve the great success only possible through collaboration,” she says.
Peter Conway—vice president of Courier Cos. Inc., a book publisher, printer and seller located in North Chelmsford, Mass.—has known Weinstein for more than 15 years. “Michael’s greatest strength is his ability to understand what is important and what is not,” he says. “It’s not that he disregards the ‘not important’ stuff, but he focuses on the important tasks first.”
Conway adds, “I think Michael is a genuine, nice guy, who happens to be in the publishing industry.”
Besides being a nice guy, Weinstein is also very passionate about promoting literacy. He is proud of his work as co-chairman of the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York Charity Committee for the past 15 years, which has raised $300,000. All of the funds raised go to local organizations helping those who have made the commitment to learn. BB