Meet our Authors

Alison Blankenship

Senior Marketing Manager
I graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with degrees in Marketing and Communications. I’ve been working in the textbook industry for over 10 years, and my work has been featured by College Confidential, Mercy College of Health Sciences, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Tribune, Montana Technological University, Oregon Live, and other organizations.

I’m an obsessive lover of dachshunds and a passionate reader of books. I’m an avid Pinner and poster, and I’m all over our Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Phil Smyres

Phil Smyres

CEO & Founder of
I graduated from Ohio State University, and I’ve been in Columbus, OH ever since.  In 1994, I started buying and selling books on campus with two brick and mortar stores.  Those stores have since closed but has remained a premier online retailer for all your textbook needs.  During this time, we’ve also added two online retailers, and 

My interests include spending time with my family, traveling everywhere and watching Ohio State football.

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Dan Kidd


Business Intelligence Developer
I have been working in the textbook business for over a decade now, and currently work as a business intelligence developer. I am certified in Tableau (Fundamentals/Advanced from InterWorks). I live in Columbus, OH with my wife, Sarah and our rabbit named Puppy. I was educated in English Lit at East Tennessee State University and recently received my MDiv from Ashland Theological Seminary. I love a great story; which leads me to be an avid reader and devoted film junkie.

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Kendra Shacklett


Content Coordinator
I went to Oklahoma State University where I received my BA in Strategic Marketing and Communications. I have worked in the textbook industry for two years, and I specialize in social media marketing and content creation here at TextbookRush.

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