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ComicsPRO promotes Amanda Emmert to executive director

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm •  Published: November 8, 2010

ComicsPRO, the direct-market retailer organization, has announced the promotion of Amanda Emmert to Executive Director of the organization.   Emmert has been a member of the board of directors of the organization since its inception, and provided much of the critical groundwork to get the organization off the ground.

President Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, Calif., announced the promotion via a news release from the

Amanda Emmert, ComicsPRO executive director
Amanda Emmert, ComicsPRO executive director

organization.

“This is a great move forward for ComicsPRO,” Field said in the release. “In many ways, ComicsPRO would not have happened without Amanda Emmert’s vision and determination to develop a sustainable trade organization for comic book specialty retailers.”

Emmert will step down from the board of directors to take this position; the number of board members going forward will be seven.  Current board members are President Joe Field, Vice-President Gary Dills (Laughing Ogre, Fairfax VA and Columbus OH), Recording Secretary Carr D’Angelo (Earth-2 Comics, Sherman Oaks & Northridge CA), and Directors Brian Hibbs (Comix Experience, San Francisco CA), Calum Johnston (Strange Adventures, Halifax Nova Scotia), Eric Kirsammer (Chicago Comics, Chicago IL) and Rick Lowell (Casablanca Comics, Portland ME).

“I am grateful for the opportunity to help ComicsPRO continue to be a successful and lasting trade association for comic book retailers,” Emmert said. “I’m proud of the work comic book retailers are willing to do to improve our industry, and to help each other improve our profession,” Emmert added. “I appreciate being a part of this progress and for the opportunity to improve the efficiency of our operations.”

Click past the cut for the full release from ComicsPRO.

- Matt Price

ComicsPRO Promotes Amanda Emmert to Executive Director

ComicsPRO President Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, Concord CA) has announced the promotion of Amanda Emmert (Muse Comics, Missoula MT) to the new position of Executive Director of the organization. Emmert resigns her position on the organization’s board of directors to accept this role. The move is made in conjunction with an ongoing effort to operate the not-for-profit trade association more efficiently and will coincide with a reduction in its number of board members to seven.

Remaining ComicsPRO board members are President Joe Field, Vice-President Gary Dills (Laughing Ogre, Fairfax VA and Columbus OH), Recording Secretary Carr D’Angelo (Earth-2 Comics, Sherman Oaks & Northridge CA), and Directors Brian Hibbs (Comix Experience, San Francisco CA), Calum Johnston (Strange Adventures, Halifax Nova Scotia), Eric Kirsammer (Chicago Comics, Chicago IL) and Rick Lowell (Casablanca Comics, Portland ME).

As ComicsPRO’s former Secretary/Treasurer, Emmert has been overseeing the organization’s corporate operations and finances for several years and will continue those duties in her new role. In addition, her expanded role as Executive Director will give her responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the not-for-profit organization. She will work in concert with the Board of Directors on membership outreach and fundraising. The Executive Director will also serve as the official spokesperson for ComicsPRO.

“This is a great move forward for ComicsPRO,” said Joe Field. “In many ways, ComicsPRO would not have happened without Amanda Emmert’s vision and determination to develop a sustainable trade organization for comic book specialty retailers.”

Emmert’s involvement in ComicsPRO goes back to its beginnings with her helping to incorporate the not-for-profit organization in 2004. She has served on its board of directors since then. The organization’s founding members were officially invited to join at the beginning of 2005. She was hired as the organization’s part-time Communications Coordinator in late 2007, and the position was increased to full-time in 2008 as ComicsPRO continued to increase its growth and involvement in the industry.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to help ComicsPRO continue to be a successful and lasting trade association for comic book retailers,” Emmert said. “I’m proud of the work comic book retailers are willing to do to improve our industry, and to help each other improve our profession,” Emmert added. “I appreciate being a part of this progress and for the opportunity to improve the efficiency of our operations.”

ComicsPRO remains mostly a volunteer-run group, utilizing the participation of many of its retailer members all over North America. The organization provides many member benefits to help make running comic book stores more profitable. ComicsPRO also helps promote comic books and comic book stores in the mainstream media via 24 Hour Comics Day and Free Comic Book Day, as well as at many comic book conventions across the U.S.

For more information and retailer membership applications, please go to http://ComicsPRO.org.

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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