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Meet Our Staff 2016

The elusive Vic Herman founded Horizon Books in 1961; he is now President of the corporation and is rarely seen in the store. This photograph was captured in the wild using a motion-activated lens. Amy is the sales manager at Horizon. She has worked here since 1977, and still finds her job fresh and challenging every day. She says she'll never feel as if she's read enough books. Lois is our Children's Book Specialist. She works with schools and libraries,   and she can help you find that perfect book for your child or grandchild.
Terry works hard after hours at Horizon, keeping the entire store clean and in top-notch condition for our customers. Joseph is Vic and Amy's son. He frequents Horizon Books after school on weeknights and was recently promoted to Head of Store Security. Margaret is our resident book sleuth. If you've got a rare or out-of-print edition you'd like to special order, she can find it for you.
Jill is one of our store managers and events coordinator at Horizon. She is dedicated to bringing in all the local authors Traverse City and Michigan have to offer. Gary is CEO of Horizon Books.  This is Gary's second career.  He retired the first time in 2004 from engineering/manufacturing and expects to be at Horizon Books for many, many, many more years.

Bob began working at Horizon Books in 1969, and is our employee of longest tenure. He manages all the receiving for all three of our bookstore locations

Leigh Anne is our resident editor-in-chief. She works each month to write and compile the Horizon Books newsletter, as well as creating all our events posters. Marla has worked for Horizon Books since 2000, and is the "book whisperer" in-residence. If you want to know what you should be reading next, please see Marla. Erica takes care of the accounting at Horizon. One of Vic Herman's daughters, she has worked at the bookstore all her life.
Laurie has worked here since 2013, in the cafe, coffee bar, and most of at the front desk, where she is a passionate book lover and seller. Megan books musicians for our weekend concerts. She works upstairs at the main desk, as well as downstairs keeping our magazines in order. Kathy works most weeknights in the lower level. This is her 26th year at Horizon, and she's become "one with the woodwork," as she puts it.
Jinhee works in Receiving with Bob. She also handles all our book returns, works the lower level counter, and takes care of all the internet orders for the store. Lana is our cafe manager, but she can also find you a good book. Ben is the website maintenance man. You may find him on one of our many computers, shelving books or magazines, or perhaps making sandwiches in the Shine Cafe. He's tall with very long hair and always wears a hat. You can't miss him!
Kate Hansen moonlights here. Her day job is as an amazingly cool teacher of journalism and Spanish.
Tara Chalut is our administrative assistant, and a member of the accounting department.
A.J. is the main baker and cook in charge of all the delicious food from the cafe!
  Linda does it all, from bookselling to latte making to book searches. Carrie is a barista here who always has a smile.


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