Parnassus Books is excited to welcome Keel Hunt, author of The Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books, in conversation with John Ingram.
This is a virtual event which will take place on the Parnassus Books Facebook page.
The conversation will occur on Wednesday, April 28th at 6:00pm Central time.
After the live talk has ended, the video will be archived on the Parnassus Books Facebook page under Videos.
About the Book
The first book to tell the story of one of the world's most influential media businesses, The Family Business draws on more than 70 interviews with company insiders as well as book-industry luminaries to present the Ingram story and how a little-known Nashville-based company grew to play a pivotal role in transforming book publishing around the world.
The history of the Ingram Content Group is one of the most important and remarkable business stories that almost no one knows. Launched as a favor to a family friend, it started as a local textbook distributor--one tiny division within a thriving corporation focused on oil, construction supplies, and shipping. It grew into the world's largest book wholesaler, then into the most influential and innovative supplier of infrastructure and services to publishers around the world.
Over the past 50 years, from its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, Ingram has played a pivotal role in modernizing the book business. Two members of the founding family have led the way: Bronson Ingram, a tough-minded industrialist who instinctively recognized a golden opportunity to apply modern efficiencies to antiquated logistical systems, and Bronson's son John Ingram, an "intrapreneur" with a keen understanding of both the opportunities and the risks created by the new digital technologies. Led by these two brilliant managers, Ingram has used its unparalleled industry-wide connections to help transform book publishing from a tradition-bound business into a dynamic, global twenty-first century powerhouse.
Today, with Ingram's expanding portfolio of service and infrastructure businesses playing an ever-growing role in the world of publishing, the company stands ready to help lead the industry into an era of even more dramatic change.
The Family Business is the first book to recount the story of this strategic powerhouse that everyone in the publishing industry does business with, and that practically everyone admires--but that few people really understand. A must-read for people in the book business and the world of media, and anyone else who wants to understand how this vastly influential industry really works, this book fascinates with the story of the ways today's electronic information technologies are transforming the world.
About Keel Hunt
Keel Hunt is an editorial columnist for The Tennessean and author of Coup: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor and Crossing the Aisle, How Bipartisanship Brought Tennessee to the 21st Century and Could Save America. His new book is The Family Business: How Ingram Transformed the World of Books.
About John Ingram
John R. Ingram was named Chairman of the Ingram Industries Inc. Board of Directors in April 2008, having served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 1999. He is also Chairman of Ingram Content Group. Mr. Ingram is a graduate of Princeton University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1984. In 1986, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Mr. Ingram is active as a volunteer in a number of educational and charitable organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University and also serves on the boards of Montgomery Bell Academy and The Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, and he actively supports Vanderbilt Athletics and Currey Ingram Academy. He is Chair of the Tennessee Advisory Board of Western Governors University, Vice Chair of the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee, and chairman emeritus of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.