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 31st 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. Mr. Dyer holds
a B.B.A. in Economics and Finance, East Texas State University, 1975.
Career Highlights: 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 is currently
Vice President of Texas Book Company, a position he has held for over 25 years. Mr. Griffin is responsible
for the Company’s multi-million dollar Wholesale Division, now the largest supplier of used books in the Southwest.
Mr. Griffin holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Biology from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce).
Mr. Griffin paid his way through school by working for over 3 years as a commissioned peace officer for the State of Texas.
Career Highlights: 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 ~ Buy back implementation ~ Insurance and workers compensation ~ Public speaking and training ~ Contract negotiations ~ Project management ~ Customer relations
Darren Croom has
over 15 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 with Barnes and Noble College Bookstores, Inc. In seven years with B&N, he was promoted
to manager, general manager, district manager and finally regional manager overseeing 19 stores with an annual volume of $46
million. Darren left B&N to join Texas Book Company in November 2001. Mr. Croom holds a B.A. in History, Texas A&M
Career Highlights: Highest regional sales percent increase, 1995-1996; grew sales over budgeted dollars in each
category of responsibility for seven continuous years; headed transition team for three new accounts with five total stores
and assisted in the transition of seven other bookstores; mentored three store managers and successfully piloted new District
Manager position of running a big box store of $11 million and having regional responsibility for five other accounts.
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 25 years of retail experience with 20 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 w
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