About Us

Welcome to Sagamore Publishing LLC.

For over three decades, Sagamore has provided educational material for the park and recreation industry. As we move forward in the twenty-first century, the field continues to evolve and expand into a multitude of individualized areas. We are seemingly faced with new and advanced technology and challenges on a daily basis. The one constant that remains the same is Sagamore's mission "to meet the educational needs of the profession."
 

Joseph J. Bannon, Sr., Ph.D.

Publisher

Dr. Joseph J. Bannon, Sr. has over 40 years of experience in the parks, recreation, the leisure field, and in publishing. A recognized leader in both fields, Dr. Bannon has received numerous awards for outstanding service. He began his career in 1957 as the director of Parks and Recreation in Leonia, New Jersey and moved on to Topeka, Kansas as the director in 1962. In 1966 he joined the staff at the University of Illinois, and in 1972, Bannon was appointed the head of the Department of Leisure Studies.

Dr. Bannon developed Management Strategy in 1977. The publication was dedicated to disseminating management information to parks and recreation professionals throughout the world. Dr. Bannon has also written many articles and authored and co-authored more than 10 books. Dr. Bannon retired from the University of Illinois in 1991 and now works full time acquiring and developing titles for Sagamore.

 

Peter L. Bannon, MBA

President

Peter Bannon joined Sagamore in 1988 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has a BS from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He has been active in the publishing industry for over 20 years, and was once named the Mid-America Publishing Association’s “Man of the Year.” He has gained extensive experience in management, marketing, administration, and financial management. Bannon was promoted to the position of president and oversees general operations of the company.

 

William Anderson, M.S.

Director of Sales and Marketing

William Anderson joined Sagamore in 2012 as the Director of Sales and Marketing. He has a BS in recreation from Southern Illinois University and an MS in recreation, parks, and tourism administration from Western Illinois University. Anderson has provided leadership for several non-profit agencies including park districts, school districts, and national youth organizations. He is responsible for the marketing component of projects and uses traditional and trending technologies to reach target audiences. 

 

Susan M. Davis, BS

Director of Production and Development

Susan Davis has been with the Bannon-owned companies Sports Publishing and Sagamore as head of the production department for over 22 years. She has a BS in English and Communications from Illinois State University and worked as a teacher for several years before joining Sagamore in 1987. During her tenure at Sports Publishing and Sagamore Davis has edited, designed, and overseen the production of hundreds of books, journals, and newsletters, as well as authored several trade books. She is responsible for all editorial and design functions and also secures and supervises all freelance editors and any additional personnel utilized by Sagamore in the production process. Davis has attended numerous workshops, classes, conferences, and trade shows to keep abreast of the latest trends in management and book production, and has given presentations to the Mid-America Publishers Association regarding efficient book production.