Brian Juenemann Named PNBA Executive Director

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Brian Juenemann will succeed Thom Chambliss as executive director of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, the organization announced on Tuesday. Juenemann, who has been PNBA’s marketing director for the past 10 years, will assume the role of executive director on March 1, following Chambliss’ retirement.

As marketing director, Juenemann managed PNBA’s annual holiday catalog program; developed relationships to benefit stores, authors, and publishers; and helped organize trade show events as well as the promotion and presentation of the Pacific Northwest Book Awards. Prior to joining PNBA, he worked as a bookseller, returns coordinator, and author events coordinator at the University of Oregon Bookstore for more than 10 years. Juenemann also currently writes the monthly literary column “The Local Shelf” for The Register-Guard’s Oregon Life section.

Juenemann was selected by the PNBA Board following a national search to replace Chambliss, who announced his plans to retire in November. In his more than 22 years at the helm of PNBA, Chambliss championed independent bookstores and Pacific Northwest authors through myriad industry changes.

“I feel very lucky to have worked with Brian for more than 10 years, and I am really pleased that the PNBA Board of Directors has confirmed that the work Brian and I have done together will continue in Brian’s capable hands for the future,” Chambliss said. “PNBA will see improved communications with authors and publishers, and I am totally confident that Brian will be an even better representative of the association than I have been.”