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Richard Cohn is Education Committee Chair of the IONS Board of Directors.

He founded Beyond Words Publishing in 1983 and works full time as the Publisher, overseeing Contract Negotiations, Marketing, Finance, Editorial, and Special Sales. He has worked with many first-time authors and projects like The Secret and Hidden Messages in Water, establishing a reputation for producing inspiring, high-quality books that can help make a difference in the lives of millions of readers. He has helped Beyond Words expand as an information and media company, providing DVD, audio, and product distribution through both traditional and non-traditional markets, webinars, and affiliate programs, as well as fulfillment services and warehousing for authors and film producers. Domestic and International travel are integral to the foreign licensing of books and films and he participates in a variety of Book Fairs worldwide including the Frankfurt International Book Fair, Book Expo America, International New Age Trade Show, and the Los Angeles Conscious Life Expo.

In 1990 he created and currently manages Literally Yours, a Division of Beyond Words, which customizes and personalizes books for end users. His customers include the last six Presidents of the United States, the U.S. State Department, National Geographic, the US Armed Forces, Corporations, publishers, and individuals nationally.  He is immensely proud of the company that Beyond Words has become and the recent co-publishing agreement with Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, giving the company a strong domestic and international distribution, as well as a strong foreign rights sales.

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