Director Jenn Haines
Jennifer Haines opened The Dragon in Guelph, Ontario, in 1998. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Classical Studies and a Bachelor of Education. She then taught for 10 years, teaching Latin, Drama, English, and History. She has used this training and experience to create a comprehensive programme for schools, providing workshops for students and teachers, as well as library consultations and book fairs. She has also written two articles for the Diamond Bookshelf publication on using comics in the classroom, as well as presenting talks on topics such as women in comics, comics for kids, and comics and Classics at various events. In 2009, in conjunction with the Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards, Jennifer created The Dragon Prize, recognizing the best all-ages book by a Canadian each year. In addition, Jennifer has acted as a Classics consultant for Eric Shanower and Bill Willingham. She has been a board member of the Comic Book Legends Legal Defense Fund (the Canadian version of the CBLDF) since 2011. In 2012, The Dragon received the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award. That same year, Jennifer was awarded the Guelph Mercury 40 Under 40 award, recognizing valuable community members. This past year, she was the recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Business category. She lives in Guelph, Ontario, with her two children, Junia and Darwin, and husband, Robert.
Director Patrick Brower
Life-long comic book reader Patrick Brower has degrees in Illustration and Art History and has been a full-time comic book retailer since August, 1990. He started out working for other people and learned a whole lot about selling comics. He also learned a whole lot of what NOT to do, and in 2007 when his long-time colleague W. Dal Bush convinced him there was a better way to provide comics to people in the 21st century, Challengers Comics + Conversation was born. Challengers was the 2013 recipient of the Will Eisner "Spirit of Comics" Retail Award and strives to prove that the best thing about being in a comic book store, is being in a comic book store. Patrick endeavors to bring Chicago a full-service, technologically interactive comic store that has the same level of wonder and enjoyment as the comics he sells. And reads. And talks about. And champions. Patrick has been a ComicsPRO member since 2009 and was elected to the Board in 2016.
Director Steven Olsen
Steven Olsen has been reading comics since the age of eight. When Steve was old enough he decided to open up his own shop. In 1995 during some lean times in the comic industry, throw in a distribution war and learning the comic business fast and furiously A Little Shop of Comics was born. Over the years Steve has attended trade shows in both the Comic and Gaming industries, which have helped in evolving the store into its new location. Steven also works in labor relations. With that experience, he has used it to work with publishers and distributors alike to resolve issues that arise in our industry.
Executive Director, Marco Davanzo
Marco is the owner of Alakazam Comics in Irvine. He has been involved in comic book retailing since 1999. In a previous career, Marco was a business loan officer and a stock broker for a top 5 bank. Marco has an MBA from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. He has been Executive Director since December 2014.
About ComicsPRO as an association
ComicsPRO is a not for profit trade
organization dedicated to the progress of direct market comic book
retailers. While we as an organization value our individual members and
work diligantly in promoting industry issues, no individual retailer or
board member is authorized to speak on behalf of the ComicsPRO
organization. Only the Executive Director and/or the President can speak for or take action on behalf of ComicsPRO.
It is the policy of ComicsPRO to abide by and follow both the letter and the spirit of all U.S. and International Antitrust and Competition laws. ComicsPRO does not advocate or sanction any agreement or understanding with respect to group or collective purchasing, pricing, or refusals to deal with any supplier, vendor, retail chain participant, customer or groups of customers. Members of ComicsPRO may decide unilaterally to sell to or to buy from whomever they wish and ComicsPRO takes no position with respect to our members' individually considered business decisions. ComicsPRO also does not take any position with respect to the terms and conditions that its members establish or agree to when contracting with suppliers, vendors, or retail chain participants. The decision to enter into a business relationship or contract, and the terms under which the relationship shall be governed, is an individual decision for each member. It is ComicsPRO's position that all such contracts should be reviewed carefully and if any member has concerns or questions, they should seek guidance from their independent counsel.