All of us at IBPA wish former IBPA board of directors President Curt Matthews (1996-1998) the best!
This article originally appeared on PublishersWeekly.com. IBPA welcomes your personal well wishes to Curt in the comments section of this post.
By Claire Kirch
“An era has ended at Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of Independent Publishers Group (IPG), Chicago Review Press (CRP) and Triumph Books: the company announced Monday morning that CEO Curt Matthews, who founded CRP more than 40 years ago, is retiring as of December 31. Joe Matthews, Curt’s son, who has been with the company for 10 years in various capacities and has managed all operations of the business as its COO since 2013, will officially take over as CEO in January. Curt will continue to be the chairman, in order to facilitate a smooth transition. Curt’s wife, Linda Matthews, who retired at the end of 2013 from CRP, Inc., retains a seat on its board of directors.
Curt and Linda founded Chicago Review Press in 1973 in the basement of their Chicago home while he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago; its debut publications included contemporary Japanese poetry and what may have been the first graphic novel ever published, Prairie State Blues by Bill Bergeron. Today, the company is housed in a 22,000 square-foot former bicycle factory in Chicago’s River North neighborhood with 105 employees, plus 85 warehouse personnel at the company’s distribution center on the city’s west side….”
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