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v25 #1 Profiles Encouraged: Zac Rolnik

by | Apr 3, 2013 | 0 comments

President and Publisher
(and Co-Founder)
now publishers
P.O. Box 1024
Hanover, MA  02339
Phone:  +1-781-871-0245
Fax:  +1-781-871-6172
<[email protected]>

Born and lived:  I was born and raised in Bayonne, NJ, spent two summers in an NSF high school biology program at UT Austin, went to college at the University of Rochester, and graduate school in Cambridge, MA.  After spending a couple of years in Washington, DC, I returned to the Boston area and have lived here since with the exception of a two-year work assignment in the Netherlands.

Early life:  I was a science nerd, loved science fairs, biology class, and chemistry experiments.

Professional career and activities:  After receiving my Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard, I worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Office of the Secretary.   I had a good job but was not happy.  A college friend worked at Kluwer Academic Publishers as an acquisitions editor and it sounded interesting.  One thing led to another, and long story short, I spent 17 years at Kluwer including two years in the Netherlands.  I left Kluwer as Vice President of Global Publishing.

Family:  I have known my wife, Diana Murray, for 29 years, and we have been married for 20 years.  Our daughter Olivia is 15 years old and we have a six-year-old Belgian Shepherd.

In my spare time:  I love to cook (and eat).  Believe it or not, even with all my work travel, I still love to travel.

Favorite books:  I’m a foodie, so probably something like Map of Another Town by MFK Fisher or A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle.

Most memorable career achievement:  Starting my own business.

How/where do I see the industry in five years:  I believe that the proliferation of scholarly information on the Web will increase the demand for information professionals (librarians, subscription vendors, publishers) to help information consumers (students, researchers, professors, professionals) find, evaluate, and assimilate the unmanageable level of data available to them.  On the business side, this will continue to drive new entries into the market, often to be eventually swallowed up by larger players in the market.  But in five years my guess is most of us will still be doing what we do in this interesting business we inhabit.


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