Dean Winegardner is the founder and CEO of American Book Company. American Book Company is the largest wholesale remainder book company in the industry. Dean began his career in the banking industry, however he opened his first retail book store in Florida in 1990 and by 1997 had grown Publisher’s Warehouse into a 73-store chain. Dean sold the retail stores in 1997 to focus on the wholesale business, American Book Company. Dean is also very active in and supportive of several charitable organizations and began Winegardner Charities in 1990 for that purpose.