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About J. Ross Publishing

With more than 100 years of combined professional experience and a commitment to meeting the needs of the marketplace, the executive team at J. Ross Publishing is redefining how our professional and technical books and multi-media products are brought to market. We recognize that the markets we serve are highly competitive and time sensitive, so instead of traditional corporate structures and operational roadblocks that can impede innovation and delay publication; we are committed to bringing quality products to market faster and at the time of greatest demand.

Although bringing quality information to the market quickly and at reasonable prices is important, it is not always enough. At J. Ross, we believe our customers expect more from the books they buy. In order to keep up with today's challenges, our book buyers need practical, hands-on solutions that solve real-world problems. The goal at J. Ross is to meet these expectations by creating new and innovative ways to add value to the learning experience.

Traditionally, books have been static and do not offer interaction or dialogue. This restrictive approach can limit a reader’s learning potential and at J. Ross, we plan to change that. Our objective is to maximize the use of technology by providing online services and interactive tools that accompany our publications. It is our belief that this applied learning approach will improve comprehension and provide our customers with a more complete learning experience, essential in today’s need for immediacy.

Our vision of the future is firmly grounded in the success of the past. The executive team at J. Ross has a proven track record of entrepreneurial achievement in the publishing industry. We have worked together in the past and continue today in setting innovative standards for getting quality products to market faster, and maintaining our reputation for being responsive to authors and customers alike.


At J. Ross, when we say we value our authors, we mean it. Our company is named in honor of Joel E. Ross, Ph.D., distinguished professor emeritus of management, internationally recognized consultant, and author of numerous successful business books. He wrote two best-selling books for St. Lucie Press, founded by the current owners of J. Ross Publishing. Each book went on to generate more than a million dollars in sales—which was integral to the initial success of the company. Currently, Dr. Ross is part of our editorial advisory committee, where his input is invaluable.


If you would like to find out about writing a book for J. Ross Publishing, or want more information about our authors, the editorial process, marketing and sales efforts, and what makes us different from traditional publishers, please read an Overview of Our Publishing Program in the Publish with Us section of our web site.


Our executive team sets J. Ross Publishing apart from other publishers. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest level of excellence. All have proven records of achievement in the publishing industry or in the markets we serve. A brief career summary of our executive team follows.

Dennis Buda, President and CEO

Drew Gierman, Publisher and Vice President of Sales

Gwen Eyeington, Publisher, Environmental Science

Sandy Pearlman, Vice President of Production



Dennis Buda, President and CEO

Dennis Buda has over 30 years of experience in professional book publishing. In 1991 he established St. Lucie Press, an innovative publisher of business and technical books. Within a few years the company became highly successful and in 1996 was sold to Information Holdings, Inc., managed by Warburg Pincus Venture Capital. St. Lucie Press was merged with CRC Press (a large scientific and technical publishing company), and Dennis became president of the combined companies. He rapidly brought the new venture to profitability and was instrumental in taking Information Holdings public (Information Holdings is listed on the NYSE under the symbol IHI).

Dennis has a strong background in all areas of publishing, including editorial acquisitions, marketing, production, and operations. He has created a number of profitable companies by using streamlined and effective marketing programs and has implemented time-saving systems to move publications through the production process as efficiently as possible, without sacrificing quality.

Dennis has an M.B.A. from George Washington University and a B.S. from Truman State University.

Drew Gierman, Publisher and Vice President of Sales

Drew Gierman has over 30 years of experience managing both sales and editorial programs in the publishing and management consulting industries. His reputation as a leader in business publishing stems from his indepth knowledge of the industry and his ability to consistently bring rapid growth and creative strategies to an organization. Using a win/win approach, Drew has developed long-term relationships in working with authors, associations, and customers. His previous experience as a management consultant allows him to better support authors in developing successful products that are relevant to the marketplace.

At Irwin Publishing, he had many noteworthy accomplishments, including developing a professional sales organization that was one of the best in the industry. He personally spearheaded many of the company's bestselling books, including Service America, which sold over one million copies in five years. As director of sales at St. Lucie Press, he was instrumental in taking the company to record sales levels. When the company was sold, Drew served as editor and publisher for the new management and continued to develop some of the finest business books on the market.

Before entering the publishing field, Drew gained valuable experience as a business improvement consultant, general manager, service manager, marketing supervisor, and personnel staffing specialist.

Drew has a B.S. from Southern Illinois University.

Gwen Eyeington, Publisher, Environmental Science

Gwen Eyeington earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Florida with a specialization in Management and Environmental Studies and a second Bachelors degree in Biology with a specialization in Marine Biology from Florida Atlantic University. Ms. Eyeington's professional experience includes working at the South Florida Water Management District in Environmental Research and Publication, assisting on the Kissimmee River Restoration Project and the Everglades Nutrient Removal Project, and coordinating scientific advisory panels for these endeavors. Gwen also worked in sales and marketing for an analytical laboratory whose clients included a broad spectrum of businesses and governmental agencies involved in environmental work, including all aspects of environmental monitoring and remediation. Early in her career she worked for the State of Florida inspecting various businesses and institutions to ensure compliance with state rules and regulations pertaining to public/environmental health.

Sandy Pearlman, Vice President, Production

Sandy Pearlman has over 25 years of publishing experience and an extensive and diverse background in all phases of document preparation for publication. She has worked with both large and small publishers, as the director of a large production department and as the owner or her own production services company. Her expertise in editing, composition, design, and prepress has kept pace with the latest developments in the publishing industry. Equally important, she has cultivated excellent rapport with authors.

Sandy has hands-on experience in producing books, technical documentation, journals, and magazines in a wide variety of subject matter, including business, management, scientific, technical, medical, self-help, psychology, and publications of interest to the general public. She has also conducted training programs and developed companion manuals.

Sandy has a B.S. and a Master's degree in Education from Ohio University.