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Each of our sales managers is prepared to help you purchase the right books for your customers. Please contact us if you would like information about using our catalogs in Edelweiss, an interactive and comprehensive online cataloging service.

Eerdmans offers competitive discounts to teachers, librarians, churches, and bookstores. We look forward to helping you take advantage of these savings. Please contact the sales manager in your territory for more information. If your state is not listed below, please contact our department coordinator by e-mail.

Bob Hetico

Director of Sales

Phone: 616-459-4591
Contact Bobby e-mail

Although sales director Bob Hetico came to Eerdmans most directly from another publishing house (InterVarsity Press) he has spent most of his career as a bookseller, having owned and managed an independent Christian bookstore for more than twenty-five years. It was in that role that he first came to know and respect the sales team he now leads: “The Eerdmans reps were always some of the most knowledgeable, best read, and friendly folks in the business,” he recalls. “Their goal was to understand me and my customers and never to try to up-sell me anything that would not get them invited back into my store.” When he’s not reading or working, Bob, a Wisconsin native, enjoys fishing and kayaking, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and playing the part of his alter-ego — Santa Claus — during the holiday season. Learn more about Bob on EerdWord, the Eerdmans blog.

Tom DeVries
Subsidiary Rights Manager

Phone: 616-459-4591 ext. 551
Fax: 616-742-6111
Contact Tom by e-mail.

Tom DeVries has worked at Eerdmans since 2001, first in the warehouse and eventually in his current position. Having grown up on the mission field in the Philippines and Guam, he is passionate about everything international, and the years he spent working alongside his parents at Faith Bookstore in Guam gave him an early interest in the international book business. To keep up with the latest news, Tom has a habit of trying to read between five and ten international newspapers every day.

Jerry Arends

Field Sales Manager

Phone: 678-520-7238
Contact Jerry by e-mail.

Sales Territories:

  • National ABA and CBA chains
  • Bookfairs
  • Select independent bookstores

Jerry Arends is a 20-year veteran of the Eerdmans sales department. Prior to his time at Eerdmans, he attended seminary, taught in a pastor’s training institute in Nigeria for five years, and managed the Calvin Seminary Bookstore. He enjoys getting outdoors whenever he can — hiking and biking in the mountains of north Georgia and North Carolina near his Atlanta home — and (what else?) reading, especially history books that explore the clash of world cultures and clever mysteries featuring thoroughly jaded detectives.

Bob Gaudet

Field Sales Manager

phone: 616-459-4591 x515
Contact Bob by e-mail.

Sales Territories:

  • Libraries and library jobbers
  • Colleges, universities, and professors
  • Select independent general trade stores

Bob Gaudet has been with Eerdmans since 2012. After growing up in Austria he completed a Master of Divinity and was pastor of a church in the US for several years. In addition to his ministry background he has almost a decade of experience in sales. His favorite thing to do in his spare time is hanging out with his wife and two children. He is also an avid New England sports fan.

Jessica VanBuren

Inside Sales Representative

phone: 616-459-4591 x510
fax: 616-776-7628
Contact Jessica by e-mail.

Sales Territories:

  • Select independent trade bookstores
  • Museum, hospital, and other gift shops

Jessica VanBuren is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she earned a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations and gained experience in marketing and market research. Jessica grew up around small children, thanks to the in-home daycare her mother ran throughout her formative years, and she brings a wealth of understanding and intuition to her work with titles from Eerdmans's children's imprint, EBYR. A lover of many things crafty (she likes scrapbooking, drawing, making cloth and paper flowers, pottery, jewelry making, and even creating handmade paper), Jessica also enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures. She shares her home with a Hemingway cat and two cockatiels.

Joel Lawrence

Field Sales Manager

Phone: 616-459-4591 x514
Contact Joel by e-mail.

Sales Territories:

  • Major distributors
  • International accounts

Joel Lawrence is a Grand Rapids native who joined Eerdmans after five years at Baker Book House, most recently as a book buyer. Eerdmans has long been a local landmark for Joel. "I grew up going to the bookstore, so when the opportunity to work at Eerdmans came knocking, I took it," he said. Joel is currently completing a Master of Divinity degree at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In addition to his interest in theology, Joel is an avid golfer, an avid — or is it rabid? — Michigan sports fan, and a skilled gardener. He also enjoys woodworking, being outdoors, and hanging out with his wife.