About Us

Excellence is our single focus.

Excellence in service, experience, and value—that's our promise to every organization, individual, and author.

This purpose goes back to 2005 when Tony DiCostanzo first started the company as Centurian Health. Its reputation in bulk book sales grew rapidly among business, education, and other markets. We changed our name to BookPal in 2008 to reflect our expansion with these customers. Today, we are an international business that has sold millions of books, inspiring individuals and organizations to connect, learn, and grow through new ideas.

Highlights of our journey include:

  • Accolades for our innovative model by Publishers Weekly in 2010
  • Prestigious contract from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2011, where we shipped thousands of books to Afghanistan as part of their humanitarian program
  • Debut as #350 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in 2013
  • Custom journals offered to personalize an organization’s events in 2015
  • Launch of The OWL Award program in 2017
  • Launch of our AuthorConnect Chat program in 2018
  • Accolades for our innovative model by Publishers Weekly in 2010
  • Prestigious contract from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2011, where we shipped thousands of books to Afghanistan as part of their humanitarian program
  • Debut as #350 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in 2013
  • Custom journals offered to personalize an organization’s events in 2015
  • Launch of The OWL Awards program in 2017
  • Launch of our AuthorConnect Chat program in 2018

People always here for you.

Meet our team of book experts—people who are as passionate about the power of books as you are. As avid readers ourselves, we can personally guide your organization on choosing the best books based on our deep knowledge across categories. For authors and publishers, BookPal's Business Services gives you creative and effective ways to connect your books to more organizations and audiences.

Tony DiCostanzo
PRESIDENT

Originally from Nome, Alaska, Tony has since become a thoroughly Southern California family man. He enjoys golf, photography, and CrossFit—almost as much as he's passionate about helping his staff realize their full potential.

Favorite Book:

Stefanie Gordon-Lim
SR. ACCOUNT MANAGER, EDUCATION

Newly wed as of May 13, 2016, Stef and her husband have a stage five clingy puppy named Simba, whom they adore. She is obsessed with podcasts and listens to Criminal, TED Talks, Anna Faris is Unqualified, Sword and Scale, and the Tough Girls Podcast.

Favorite Book:

Lynette Washington
MANAGER, OPERATIONS

Lynette is a rookie coffee drinker, who only started liking the drink a year ago. Her favorite football team is the Green Bay Packers and the first thing she does when she wakes up is reach for her phone.

Favorite Book:

Jessie Garcia
ACCOUNTANT

Jessie is a driven mother of two who loves dogs and believes in aliens.

Favorite Book:

Megan Habel
BRAND STRATEGIST

Megan is an identical twin, who made her own prom dress and graduated college in 3 years.

Favorite Book:

Ireland Duvall
CHIEF OF STAFF

Ireland is originally from Brooklyn, NY. Her favorite things in life consist of lemons, coffee, Nat King Cole, and her dog named Little Dume.

Favorite Book:

Mary Hy
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Mary is a fraternal twin, she was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, is a DIY craft queen who lives to hike and be outdoors, and is slightly obsessed with her dog, Winter and cat, Stormy.

Favorite Book:

Danielle Brown
ACCOUNT MANAGER, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & EDITORIAL

Danielle is an aspiring author with her own fantasy novel near finished. When she's not gallivanting between the pages of imaginary worlds, you can find her co-hosting the "Currently Obsessed" podcast, fangirling on #bookstagram, and speaking at her local Toastmasters club.

Favorite Book:

Kayla Brown
MANAGER, MARKETING & ECOMMERCE

Kayla is a fitness enthusiast whose favorite activities include working out, yoga, and playing tennis. Her favorite TV show is New Girl (shout out to Winston Bishop, her favorite character). She is also a firm believer in the Law of Attraction and positive thinking!

Favorite Book:

How we live and work.

The BookPal team holds itself to the highest level of personal and professional behaviors. These six values inspire and guide our relationships with each other—but most importantly, with our customers:

  • Positivity
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • K(C)reativity
  • Learning
  • Excellence