Meet Church Publishing Incorporated’s New Publisher Mark Dazzo
On April 1, Mark Dazzo assumed the title of Publisher for Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI), replacing Davis Perkins, who retired after ten years of service. You can read the press release here. Perspective recently spoke with Mark about his career, including his new role at CPI.
How has your background prepared you for working at Church Publishing?
I have always had an appreciation for books, authors, and ideas. This is why I went into publishing. I have worked for educational, general interest, scientific, and religious publishers, Random House and Pearson Education included, and they have all been entrepreneurial situations. I am most energized when problem solving, seeking out new opportunities, and launching new products. I especially enjoy using technology to deliver new marketing solutions, and I look forward to bringing all of this knowledge to my new role as Publisher.
How are you approaching your new role?
I am excited and optimistic. I am focused on how CPI can support Church Pension Group’s vision and how our resources can bring greater value to the Episcopal Church and its members.
Our clients view CPI as a trusted source of core Episcopal worship, faith formation, and professional resources. This trust is an asset that needs to be maintained and nurtured. While we live with the reality of declining Church membership, tightening budgets, and a challenging economic environment, we understand the importance of meeting the needs of the Church and our clients.
What do you personally like to read?
I have very eclectic tastes. Current favorites are Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, and The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis. It is about these two amazing Israeli psychologists, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, who changed the way we think about human decision-making processes. I also recently finished The Underground Railroad, an incredible novel by Colson Whitehead.
What professional development book has influenced you the most?
If I had to cite one book that has influenced me professionally, it would be A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, by Ed Friedman. I highly recommend it to all Church leaders. We are publishing the 10th Anniversary edition later this spring. I encourage anyone interested in purchasing it, or viewing our latest releases, to visit our website at www.churchpublishing.org.
What do you enjoy doing when you are away from the office?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, working on causes that help the environment, and staying fit. I always try to maintain a good and healthy balance. Each should complement the other, and I find enjoyment and passion in both!
What do you value most about Church Publishing?
Our three best assets are our authors, our employees, and our clients. I am grateful for these relationships and for the ability to be deeply involved in the process of bringing important books to the market. For a lover of books, what can be better than that?