Texas Book Company difference is the corporate support and executive participation. All corporate executives, including
the president of the company, are available to our customers. TBC's customer satisfaction is largely due to our
diverse, highly qualified team.
Please choose from the following to learn more about our Executive Team.
Brent Dyer began
his career in 1971 as a student worker at the East Texas Bookstore while attending East Texas State University. Mr. Dyer
started the Company in 1975 and has served as the President since that time. Texas Book Company began as a used book distributorship
and today has grown into a multi-division corporation, celebrating its 38th consecutive year of sales growth and profitability.
Mr. Dyer is a past member of the Associate Advisory Board to the National Association of College Stores.
Career Highlights: B.B.A. in Economics and Finance, East Texas State University, 1975; Highest ranking senior in business and economics, East Texas State University, 1975; Wall Street
Journal Student Achievement Award; exceeded over $1 million in scholarship and endowment contributions.
Expertise: Financial Management; Capital Expansion; Total Quality Management; Growth Management; University
Administration Relations; Textbook Management; Conflict and Change Management; Contract Negotiations; Corporate Policy and
Rene’ Griffin joined Texas Book Company as a used book buyer. He was named the vice president of Texas Book Company in 1977. Mr. Griffin is responsible for the Company's multi-million dollar Wholesale Division, now the largest supplier of used books in the Southwest.
Career Highlights: B.S. in Computer Science and Biology, East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce), 1975; Commissioned peace officer for the State of Texas, 1973; Elected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities; Elected president of the local chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity; Elected a class favorite; Presented over 20 education seminars to the bookstore industry on the state, regional, and national level.
Expertise: Safety and Risk Management; Policy and Procedure; Computer Systems Technology; Electronic Commerce; Textbook Management; Sales Staff Coordination; Buyback Implementation; Insurance and Workers Compensation; Public Speaking and Training; Contract Negotiations; Project Management; Customer Relations
Vice President of College Bookstore Division
Darren Croom has over 18 years in the retail industry. He began his college bookstore career in 1994 as an assistant manager at the South Texas College of Law Bookstore, and has held the positions of manager, general manager, district manager and regional manager. Darren took the position of Assistant Vice President of Texas Book Company’s retail division in November 2001 and was promoted to Vice President in 2009. In his time with Texas Book Company, Darren’s focus has been on maximizing operational efficiency and client satisfaction. Darren has overseen management of critical performance stores and new store transitions as well as remodels and technology implementation. Darren’s focus on “New Store” transition accounts enables new store personnel and education partners to experience a smooth transition and an ongoing administrative partner for strategic decision making and growth planning. As Vice President, Darren works with each division level of management to ensure that the interaction between TBC personnel and Texas Book Company clients is one of the highest in terms of caliber of partnership and collaboration.
Career Highlights: B.A. in History, Texas A&M University, 1993; Oversight of 18 continuous years surpassing budgeted profit goals; Overseen 19 new store transitions with Texas Book Company; Designed and coordinated 16 Texas Book Company store remodels; Managed oversight of 24 Point of Sale installations; 2012 Texas Book Company “Eagle Award” for recognition of continuous outstanding achievement in management.
Expertise: Multi-unit Store Management Operations; Training and Personnel Development; Textbook Management; Campus Relations; Store Transition Implementation
Thomas E. Steele, C.P.A.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom has over 28 years of retail experience with 23 of those in the bookstore industry.
Tom worked full-time at the University Co-op while attending The University of Texas at
Austin rising from a Textbook Order Clerk to the Vice President of Operations. During his tenure,
Tom was responsible for seven stores with an annual volume of over $50,000,000. Tom now directs the
financial plans and accounting practices of Texas Book Company. Tom oversees the financial and accounting
system controls and standards and ensures timely financial and statistical reporting.
Career Highlights: BBA with High Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1995; First Del Webb employee to make Employee of the Year in their first year of employment; 1996; Passed CPA exam on first attempt, 1997; ICBA Board of Directors, 2000-2003; ICBA Outstanding Store Performance Award, 2005; Harvard School of Negotiation, 2007
Expertise: Financial Management; Lease Negotiations; Budgeting; Accounting; Customs and Importing; Licensing Negotiations; Store Operations; Loss Prevention; Human Resources and Employee Development; Online Fulfillment; Warehouse Operations
Director of Information Technology
Debbie brings to Texas Book Company over 20 years experience in providing technology solutions to address complex business problems.
In her career, she has served as the Senior Information Technology leader and business liaison for global manufacturing organizations,
providing superior customer service to all areas of the business.
Career Highlights: B.B.A. in Accounting and Computer Science, Hardin-Simmons University, 1986; Certified Public Accountant, licensed since 1999;
Continuing education includes 40+ hours per year including areas such as Information Systems project management, Strategic planning, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Successful team leadership.
Expertise: BI Analytics; Inventory Management Systems; Bar Code & Data Warehouse; Project Planning & Management; IT Transformation; Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems; Disaster Recovery; Strategic Planning, Analysis and Implementation; Technology Vision and Functional Leadership