Brian Juenemann has been named executive director of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, effective March 1. Juenemann, who has been marketing director of the organization for the past 10 years, is replacing outgoing executive director Thom Chambliss.

Chambliss is retiring after more than 22 years with the PNBA. He said that he's pleased with Juenemann's appointment, in part because it confirms that the work the two have done together "will continue in Brian’s capable hands for the future.” He went on: “PNBA will see improved communications with authors and publishers, and I am totally confident that Brian will be an even better representative of the association than I have been.”

As marketing director, Juenemann managed the holiday catalog, developed relationships to benefit bookstores, authors, and publishers, and helped organize trade show events. He also handled the promotion and presentation of the Pacific Northwest Book Awards. Prior to joining PNBA, Juenemann worked as a bookseller, returns coordinator, and author event coordinator at the University of Oregon Bookstore.

In addition to his work for the booksellers organization, Juenemann writes a monthly literary column, The Local Shelf, for the Eugene, Ore., newspaper The Register-Guard.