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Spotlight Lori Van Gerpen: You Need at Least One Foot on the Train

Posted by Lori Reese on Jan 30, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Territory Manager Lori Van Gerpen meets with college stores and campus administrators across the nation. With more than 15 years in the course material industry — plus several years’ experience working in collegiate retail — Van Gerpen has a wealth of knowledge to share with those struggling to find course material solutions. We sat down with her to discuss the future of the industry — digital, Open Educational Resources (OER) and the need for all stakeholders in the course material process to be prepared for change.

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Spotlight: Jim Luecke How Student Savings Impacts Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 24, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Jim Luecke is a strategic sales consultant for MBS. In the over 12 years he has worked with schools and stores, Jim has collected an abundance of industry knowledge. He uses that expertise to help schools find course materials distribution solutions that best suite their unique needs and situations. We sat down with him to discuss where he sees the industry heading and what trends are gaining momentum as he visits schools across the country.   

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Spotlight Bill Love: The No. 1 Challenge for K–12 Schools

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As a regional sales manager working with K–12 schools on the East Coast, Bill Love has a unique perspective on the changes and disruptors in the education industry. He helps all kinds of institutions — from the most established to the up-and-comers — find course materials solutions that serve their families, support student success and lower costs. We sat down to discuss the challenges private schools are facing right now and how the official school bookstore affects student outcomes and an institution’s financial viability.

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Spotlight Kim Miner:  The Branding Piece of the Puzzle

Posted by Lori Reese on Nov 13, 2017 5:30:00 AM

With over 13 years in the course materials industry, MBS sales consultant Kim Miner has amassed an abundance of wisdom. We sat down with her to discuss the rapidly-changing industry — inclusive access, OER, hybrid store solutions and the future of digital.

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