Tom Payton has been in the book and publishing industry for more than 25 years. Payton has served on industry boards and committees for the Publishers Association of the South, the Georgia Center for the Book, and other organizations. He has participated in or moderated discussions at an array of literary conferences, book festivals, and continuing education classes nationally. He previously worked for the University of Georgia Press, Hill Street Press, American Institute of Architects, Oxford Bookstores, and several consulting clients. He has experience in all aspects of the business including acquisitions, project development, digital content, publicity, marketing, sales, subsidiary rights, special events, contracts, manufacturing, and financial analysis. His work with Trinity primarily focuses on digital project development, books in architecture, urban planning, sustainability, literature/history of place, and Texas and southwestern regional interests, developing co-publishing partnerships, and marketing and sales. He is a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership and a special commendation from the American Institute of Architects. In San Antonio he has written for several publications, and had worked with Texas Book Festival/San Antonio and Gemini Ink. He has served on the board for Say Sí, an advisory board for the Center for Non-Profit Support at the San Antonio Area Foundation, and he works with several other volunteer and civic organizations including the Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association. He blogs on a variety of topics at one-block.com. He is a native of Georgia and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.