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  Turner, Joel C.
NameJoel C. Turner
Shaker Heights, Ohio , United States
Born May 26, 1951 (72 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedRBH
Nov 12, 2017 06:46pm
InfoName - Joel Carl Turner

� Job - President and CEO of Undercover Book Service, a small, independent, international bookseller.

� Age - 48, born in Cleveland, Ohio, May 26th, 1951.

� Hometown - Shaker Heights

� Education - 1969 graduate of Shaker Heights High School, attended college 1969-1974 at American University, the University of Idaho, Case Western Reserve University, and Evergreen State College .

� Family - single, father Earl (Glenville Class of 1936, deceased -- 1991), mother Sylvia and sister Pamela are business partners, younger brother Philip is New York City book editor, uncle to Ben (13), Emma (11), and Ewan (3).

� Religion - Jewish

� Career - 1975-1978 worked in scrap metal recycling industry as laborer, railroad car dismantler, equipment operator, salesman, broker, and executor of bids. Traveled to scrap yards, automobile factories, foundries, and steel mills in the Midwest. Was involved in the scrapping of railroad gondola and box cars, railroad locomotives, railroad bridges, ordnance gun barrels, naval gun carriages, and a WWII submarine.

Founded Under Cover Books with family in 1978. Subject of eight-page article in Publishers Weekly in 1982 titled �Sales Reps are the Key to Bold New Ordering System.� Grew to three stores by 1984. Elected in 1984 to three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Booksellers Association. Profiled in Crain�s Cleveland Business in June 1984, and in Publishers Weekly in January 1986. Published article �Fine-Tuning Your Books on Tape Business� in Publishers Weekly in April 1987.

Re-engineered company in 1992 by closing storefront locations and becoming Undercover Book Service, a locator and supplier of books of all types to individuals, corporations, academics, and organizations in the United States, England, Scotland, Wales, Monaco, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, the Caribbean, and Israel.

Profiled as on-line entrepreneur in Business Week in November 1995, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine in November 1997, and in the Plain Dealer Business section in September 1998. First web site in 1997, second version in 1998, third version in 1998 with 500,000+ title database.

Loves to travel by car and has visited all 48 contiguous states. Besides Ohio, has lived in Washington, DC; Sag Harbor, New York; Olympia and Raymond, Washington; Northern California; and Moscow, Idaho. In the Caribbean, has been to Grenada, St. Thomas, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Sint Maarten, Saba, Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman, and Barbados.

To build his business exporting titles from all U.S. publishers, has gone to the United Kingdom three times. In England, visited Oxford, Cambridge, Windsor, London, York, Cheltenham, Durham, and the Cotswolds. In Scotland, went to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Inverness. In Wales, spent time in Cardiff, Swansea, and Aberystwyth. As a result of developing business contacts, now supplies U.S. titles to scores of UK bookstores and sends air shipments to a dozen or more shops at least once each week.

Hopes in the future to travel to the European continent, to his ancestral villages in Eastern Europe, to New Zealand, to Australia, and to as many other islands and countries as possible. Once elected to Congress, expects to use Internet technology, frequent emails, faxes, phone calls, and occasional trips home to stay in command of Undercover Book Service and to serve constituents through his home district office.


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