On Friday evening, February 13, Publisher Steve Gierhart, Ardent Writer Press, entertained PDMI Publishing owners, Todd and Nessa McKinney, at Top of the River in Guntersville.

They met to discuss their enterprises and for Todd and Nessa to talk about their successful business model for publishing. Attending with the McKinneys was their son, Christian, as well as Steve’s son, Justin Gierhart, his wife, Faith, and their two children, Brayden and Beckett.

The two publishers will collaborate from time to time to help build the business base for both.  PDMI Publishing is located in Albertville.  The McKinneys are also owners of Tyward Books on Highway 431 in Albertville.

PDMI Publishing’s website is at:  https://pdmipublishing.com/

 

The Gierharts and the McKinneys at Top of the River in Guntersville.  McKinney's son, Christian in front of Nessa at top left.

The Gierharts and the McKinneys at Top of the River in Guntersville. McKinney’s son, Christian in front of Nessa at top left.

Publisher Steve Gierhart with fellow publishers, Todd and Nessa McKinney with PDMI Publishing

Publisher Steve Gierhart with fellow publishers, Todd and Nessa McKinney with PDMI Publishing

Todd and Nessa McKinney with the Gierhart grandchildren, Brayden and Beckett.

Todd and Nessa McKinney with the Gierhart grandchildren, Brayden and Beckett.

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.