Meet Ken DiMare, Employee of the Month
In the 10 years Ken DiMare has worked as the textbook and general book coordinator at the De Anza Bookstore, he's created a general reference book department, an art department, discount art supply kits and a children's book corner.
"I'm especially proud of the children's book corner," DiMare said. "The Bookstore now offers more books of interest than just textbooks."
His nominator, Jeri Montgomery, said DiMare also works tirelessly with the requisitions from faculty, returning phone calls, answering questions, researching ISBNs, placing orders and resolving problems for clients.
"He always goes above and beyond the call of duty," Montgomery said. "He makes sure the book orders are accurate and timely, particularly during the month of September for fall quarter classes." Montgomery said DiMare is very knowledgeable about the text industry and remains vigilant to publisher or vendor policy changes, current practices, industry changes and updates. "Ken is always polite and considerate and willing to help in other areas of the Bookstore," she said.
DiMare credits Montgomery with keeping him motivated and challenged. "She helps me be the best I can be." DiMare enjoys serving the campus community and assisting students with their academic needs.
"They keep me focused on why I enjoy working here," he said. DiMare holds an A.A. in retail merchandise management.