Hector Martinez, a national accounts manager at Hachette Book Group, died on July 27 of cancer. He was 56.

Martinez held his role as national accounts manager for the last four years, selling to Baker & Taylor and Ingram. Prior to joining HBG, Martinez worked at Random House, Simon & Schuster, Follett Educational Services, and Santillana USA.

"Hector was a dear friend and valued colleague," a spokesperson for Hachette said. "His customers and colleagues adored him, and Hector cherished the people who made work so much more than a job. We will all miss Hector's kindness, good humor, and steadfast friendship."