IBPA Welcomes New Board Members
Christopher Robbins is a husband and father of nine children. He is real and is not, contrary to those who meet him for the first time, a storybook character. He holds a BA in English and an MBA with an emphasis on Marketing from Brigham Young University—a perennial top 20 football program. He has been in the magazine and book publishing fields for 20 years. He currently chooses which 80 hours he works each week as CEO of Gibbs Smith, which just celebrated its 42nd year as an illustrated lifestyle publisher. Christopher enjoys dates with his wife, playing with his children, cooking, fly-fishing, playing his cello, and backpacking the backcountry of the western United States. His favorite movie is What’s Up, Doc! and his favorite book is Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather.
Janice Schnell is a Content Acquisition Account Executive for Ingram Content Group. Janice joined Ingram in January 2007, and has extensive knowledge of book publishing and offset and print-on-demand book manufacturing and distribution. In addition to Janice’s traditional book experience, Janice is well versed in digital content solutions for publishers. Ms. Schnell currently sits on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association. Janice received her bachelor’s degree from Furman University and earned her master’s degree from Belmont University.
Founded in 1983, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is the largest not-for-profit trade organization for publishers in the United States, serving more than 3000 book publishers of all sizes. IBPA's mission is to help independent publishers market their titles, to provide education on all aspects of publishing, and to act as an advocate for publishers' rights.