Mark Gilroy is a 34-year veteran of that strange, fulfilling, and maddening world called the publishing industry. His first paid gig in publishing was as a sports writer for the Kankakee Journal while he was in college. He's packed boxes, edited manuscripts, wrote freelance articles, wrote award-winning video, wrote advertising copy, made sales calls to key accounts, created marketing plans, directed design and illustration, started companies, agented the works of other - sometimes all at the same time. He's authored, compiled, and ghost written books that have landed on an array of bestsellers lists and sold millions of copies.

He serves publishers, business organizations, ministries and non-profits, retail chains, and authors as a book packager, content manager, literary agent, and consultant.

In 2012 he put on a new hat in the publishing industry: novelist. Cuts Like a Knife and Every Breath You Take were released in March and October of 2012, respectively, by Worthy Publishing.

Most recently Mark in the corporate publishing world Mark served as publisher over the specialty, gift, and backlist divisions of Thomas Nelson, the leading Christian publisher in the world and one of the six largest publishers in the U.S.

Gilroy meets with George and Monk Foreman.

Gilroy served in the same role as senior vice president with Integrity Publishers, which was acquired by Nelson in September 2006. In his first months with Integrity, he acquired a project from Newt Gingrich, Rediscovering God in America, which quickly landed on the New York Times Bestseller List and was later turned into a documentary.

Previously, Mark held the position of Executive Vice President and Publisher of both Albury Publishing Company, where he launched the publishing phenomenon Jesus Freaks, and RiverOak Publishing, a trade publishing company he founded for the Eagle Communications International (ECI) family of publishers in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mark & Amy & 6 kids!

Gilroy came to Honor from Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was Director of WordAction Publishing Company, the curriculum division and the company's largest business unit. In the three years that he led the division, sales more than doubled. He held a variety of editorial, marketing, and management positions with NPH, starting with editor of senior high curriculum.

Gilroy has extensive writing credits, including his first book, Spending Time With God, a devotional guide for teens, which was licensed in many countries and languages, including Arabic. He is proud of the fact that it is still in print more than 30 years later. He scripted and served as creative consultant for a two-hour training video that was honored with the Award of Excellence by the International Television Association. He has compiled and written close to fifty books and penned several hundred articles and curriculum pieces for a variety of periodicals and publishers.

The kids at Lindsey's wedding.

Mark's customer and client list include Baker Books, Barbour Books, Barnes and Nobel, Campus Crusade for Christ, Costco, HarperOne, Random House, Regal Books, Sams Clubs, Simon and Schuster, Simple Truths, Standard Publishing, Thomas Nelson, Turning Point, Wal-Mart, Worthy Publishing, and numerous other authors, publishers, business organizations, ministries, and retailers.

Gilroy is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.A.) with a double major in Biblical Literature and Speech Communications/Journalism. He also holds two graduate degrees, the M.B.A. from Baker University, and the M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Gilroy and his wife Amy live in Brentwood, Tennessee, with just one child still at home. Their children are Lindsey, Merrick, Ashley, Caroline, Bo, and Zachary.