PRG Executive
Executive Personnel:
  Publishers
Bob Towery, Publisher
Ardith Bradshaw, Executive Publisher
Jim Tomlinson, Executive Publisher
  Finance and Operations

The Publishing Resources Group is a diversified supplier of publishing products and services. Its principals have more than a hundred years of combined printing and publishing experience with national and international companies. They understand how to merge the art and science of printing with a unique understanding of storytelling and are steeped in the business of marketing published products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRG

Ardith Bradshaw, executive publisher

Ardith Reynolds Bradshaw has had a passion for the printed word most of her life. A love of reading and writing along with an avid interest in current events led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in journalism and a career in the printing and publishing industries.

For the past 15 years, her involvement has been with every aspect of the development and production of award-winning community cookbooks. She has guided publishers from the initial concept phase of their cookbook projects, through recipe collection, testing and selection, and consulted with them regarding decisions about the design and editorial content of their books. This concentration in creating and publishing cookbooks paralleled her development as a gourmet cook and professional caterer, which pursuits informed her growth as a publishing executive.

Ardith has developed training materials and led workshops designed to help novice publishers succeed in creating professional products. The result has been that many of the publishers with whom she has worked have gone on to win national awards for their cookbooks, including the coveted McIlhaney Tabasco Community Cookbook Award.

In addition to sales efforts with Books a la Carte, she is working with publishers in helping put the finishing touches on their books and is assisting them with their marketing efforts. Her overall goal is to reach new markets of cookbook publishers-- not-for-profit groups wishing to create a continuing source of revenue and independent publishers looking to realize their dream of sharing stories and recipes with everyone who loves to cook.

But as first stated above, it was her early fascination with language and communication that led her, after graduation from high school in her hometown of Mayfield, Kentucky in 1967, to study journalism. That natural inclination and her nascent leadership skills led her to become associate editor of the college newspaper while a student at Freed Hardeman University and led her to be tapped as editor of the campus newspaper during her senior year at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

After a few years of school teaching, she began her career in the printing and publishing industry in 1976 and has never looked back. During this time, she has worked in the design arena, and in production, sales and consulting, along with copywriting and editing.

Ardith now lives in West Memphis, AR and shares her home with her father. She has one daughter, Lauren, who is a junior high school English teacher in Marion, AR. She enjoys needlework and cooking and is active in her church.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”                                                                                                    J.R.R. Tolkein