By Kent Larsen
Signature Books Announces Management Change
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The start of a new foundation by Signature
Books publisher George D. Smith has led to a management change at the
academic Mormon publisher. Longtime Signature associate publisher
Gary Bergara will become the managing director of the new
Smith-Pettit Foundation, and the associate publisher position will be
filled by Bergara's associate and collaborator Ron Priddis, until now
the company's marketing director.
The new foundation was formed to foster research in Mormon history
and in other related areas, and owns two-thirds of Signature Books.
The other third is owned by Signature's publisher, George D. Smith,
through a holding company that also owns and renovates historic
houses in downtown Salt Lake City.
In his new position, Priddis will act as primary editor for the
manuscripts that Signature Books publishes and manage the workflow in
the office. He will be replaced as marketing director by Tom Kimball,
an industry veteran who has worked at both Deseret Book and at used
and rare book dealer Benchmark Books. Kimball was most recently
involved in the start-up of leatherbound collectible publisher Greg
Changes at Signature: Good Bye to Gary, Hello to Tom
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