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ELS12 Attendee comments

"Through this conference, ECPA's sense of service to its membership and its broad and strategic engagement with the issues we face brings us something truly worthwhile and actionable in what for all stakeholders is a season of changes, questions, and significant opportunities in the publishing industry."

-- Jeff Crosby, Associate Publisher / Director of Sales and Marketing, InterVarsity Press

"This was an excellent conference. Joe Wikert’s presentation on the evolution of content and distribution and the ways that O’Reilly is engaging their customers was intriguing.  The Bowker research and Dr. Jenkin’s Changes in Religious Geography was pertinent. Every single speaker was thought provoking and gave me information that I could take back to my organization and use. I appreciated that it went beyond the digital discussion to talk about global opportunities and trends."

-- Tammy Gaines, VP of Business Operations, United Methodist Publishing House

"The conference was fantastic. I filled pages and pages with notes and ideas. What a strong set of presenters and the perfect blend of themes. Our team was enriched and energized. Great job!"
-- Paul Santhouse, Publisher, Moody Publishers

"One of the things I most appreciate about ELS and its conference approach is the fact that they give each speaker an hour to develop their thoughts which provides attendees the opportunity for significant take-away. This conference was no exception." 

-- Kelly Gallager, VP, Bowker

"I was extremely impressed with the line up of speakers, particularly the number that came from outside the traditional ECPA group -- always eye opening to learn from professionals who are in the same space and facing the same challenges, but perhaps not in the exact same way. I thought most of the speakers did a great job of addressing the question 'why is what I know relevant to you'. Jason Illian and Joe Wikert blew me away -- more than what they said, the way it got me thinking about the business and where it is going in the future."

-- Leah Milliken, Acquisitions Director, Ingram Publisher Services, an Ingram Content Group company


The ECPA Executive Leadership Summit (ELS) is designed for Christian publishing executives and their management teams, who gather to network and learn from world-class experts who speak on current issues important to the industry.  Plan now to attend the upcoming  program to be held at the beautiful Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (just outside Chicago) from April 30 to May 2, 2012.


Len Vlahos Philip Jenkins
Pat Lencioni
Tom Allen
Len Vlahos
Executive Director Book Industry Study Group

Dr. Philip Jenkins
Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion

Pat Lencioni
"The Advantage" "Five Dysfunctions of a Team"

"Getting Naked"

Tom Allen
President and CEO
Association of American Publishers

Joshua Tallent
Founder and President, eBook Architects
Gary HopwoodRob Eagar

Gary Hopwood
China Director
David C Cook
Mark Carpenter
CEO, Mundo Cristao, Brazil
Rob Eagar
Wildfire Marketing
Jason Illian
Founder and CEO

Joe Wikert
General Manager and Publisher, O'Reilly Media
Bob Pritchett
Bob Pritchett
Logos Bible Software

Bowker's David Campbell and Mark Kuyper, ECPA

Mark Jobe

Mark Jobe
Lead Pastor
New Life Community Church


Ruth Haley Barton

Transforming Center

All Sons & Daughters

All Sons & Daughters
Hailed by Worship Leader magazine as "the most enchanting sound emerging in the worship genre."
2012 Annual Member Meeting for ECPA designated representatives
Christian Book Awards
ECPA Awards Banquet
featuring the 2012 Christian Book Award winners, Jordon Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and more.

Event Registration and Pricing

Plan to register your entire executive team so they can strategically discuss topics as they come up at the conference, and network with their peers. Multiple attendee discounts are available.

through March 31
after March 31


Single attendee

$ 649

$ 749

from same co.

2-3 attendees

$ 599

$ 699

from same co.

4+ attendees

$ 549

$ 649


Per attendee

$ 749

$ 849

Guest *
Single attendee
$ 199
$ 199

* The guest rate is reserved for guests and spouses of registered attendees who will not attend the sessions, but will attend meals and be on-site to network, etc.

Registrations are fully transferable. Cancellations received prior to April 25 will be fully refunded minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received April 25 or later (including event "no-shows") will forfeit the entire event registration.


We thank our sponsors for their support of the industry and of this event

Christianity Today    Market Financial Group

Courier Color House Graphics      

Firebrand Technologies Net GalleyBowker


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