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Theodore P. Savas graduated from The University of Iowa College of Law in 1986 (With Distinction). He practiced law in Silicon Valley for twelve years and co-founded Savas Woodbury Publishers (subsequently Savas Publishing) in 1990. The company was sold to an East coast publisher in 2001. He has been teaching legal, history, and business college classes since 1992. He is the author or editor of fourteen books (published in five languages) including A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution (with J. David Dameron, Spellmount and SBLLC, 2006), Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-Boat War in the Atlantic (Spellmount, SBLLC, 2004), Silent Hunters: German U-boat Commanders of World War II (Campbell, 1997; Naval Institute Press, 2003) and Nazi Millionaires: The Allied Search for Hidden SS Gold (Casemate, 2002), as well as a score of articles in a variety of journals and magazines. He also wrote an opinion-editorial column for a northern California newspaper. Contact him at: teds@savasbeatie.com.

Russel H. "Cap" Beatie graduated from Princeton University and Columbia Law School, has been a trial lawyer in New York City for more than three decades. He is the author of several articles and books, including Road to Manassas (Cooper Square, 1961), and The Army of the Potomac, vol. 1: Birth of Command, September 1860 - September 1861 (Da Capo, 2002), and The Army of the Potomac, vol. 2: McClellan Takes Command: September 1861-February 1862 (August 2004). His interest in the Civil War first began at a young age when he read Douglas Southall Freeman's Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command. A Kansas native and former lieutenant in the field artillery and infantry, Cap lived in the New York City area most of his life.

Sarah Keeney (Marketing Director) graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, with a degree in journalism (with a public relations concentration). In addition to working closely with authors during the pre-launch phase, Sarah manages publicity tours, including radio, TV, print; handles specialty sales; and maintains a popular book marketing blog at www.savasbeatiemarketing.blogspot.com. Contact her at: sarahs@savasbeatie.com.

Lee Merideth (Production Manager) is the author or editor of several books, including the best-selling 1912 Facts About Titanic (Savas Publishing, Rocklin) and Grey Ghost: The Story of the Aircraft Carrier Hornet (Rocklin). Lee is well known in the book world as an indexer and compiler of arcana. historyindex@earthlink.net.

Helene Dodier (Accounts Manager) graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Business Finance. Helene works to establish and maintain a strong relationship with our reseller accounts. She also oversees accounting issues, including royalties. Contact her at: helene@savasbeatie.com.

Yvette Lewis (Administrative Coordinator) graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Yvette handles our switchboard and processes all book orders. Contact her at: yvette@savasbeatie.com.

Michele Sams (Author Liaison) graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Business Marketing. Michele works to brand and market Savas Beatie authors and works closely with Sarah Keeney in scheduling publicity tours, including radio, TV, and print. Contact her at: michele@savasbeatie.com.

Alex Beall is currently attending California State University of Sacramento, working towards earning a BA in Psychology. Alex works closely with Helene Dodier on a wide variety of sales tasks, as well as with Sarah Keeney to market Savas Beatie books. Contact her at: alexb@savasbeatie.com.

James Zach (graphic designer, ZGrafix) is a graduate of Iowa State University and a graphic designer par excellence. His remarkable and original dust jacket designs and interior design work have been turning heads for many years. Jim can be contacted at: zachjame@niacc.cc.ia.us.

Ian Hughes (graphic designer, Mousemat Design, Ltd.), lives and works in London. He designs original jackets and other materials, especially when we sell co-edition books to publishers in the UK. Ian can be reached at: ian@hughes-design.demon.co.uk.

Rob Ayer (developmental editor) has over thirty years of military service, and has spent over twenty years as an educator. He has a PhD in International Law and Diplomacy, and has taught history (maritime, American, Latin American), political science (American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations) and political theory. His research and writing interests include Civil War, maritime and Coast Guard topics. He has edited multiple political science textbooks, as well as several works of military and political history for Savas Beatie. Rob can be contacted at: rayer@comcast.net.

Terry A. Johnston Jr. (developmental editor) holds degrees from Tufts University (BA, history and economics) and Clemson University (MA, history), and is currently working toward his Ph.D. in history. A specialist in the American Civil War, he worked as assistant editor (1999-2004) then editor (2005-2007) of North & South magazine. He is the editor of “Him on the One Side and Me on the Other”: The Civil War Letters of Alexander Campbell, 79th New York Infantry Regiment, and James Campbell, 1st South Carolina Battalion (University of South Carolina Press, 1999).

Alex Savas (Copy Editor) is a graduate of University of Santa Clara. She is currently living and working in Germany.

Mary Gutzke (Copy Editor) is a graduate of Carroll University (BA, History and English). She lives in the Chicago suburbs and enjoys her work as a full-time professional proofreader. Proving she and her husband are true history nuts, they've named their twin boys after famous historical figures.

Mary Holuta (Copy Editor) recently graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a B.A. in English Literature. She lives near Detroit, Michigan and enjoys working as a proofreader while she pursues her Master's.