Folks often ask, “what’s a pediment?” so you might be wondering that very thing. Let us explain. As Wikipedia puts it, a pediment is an element of classical, neoclassical and baroque architecture. See, we are big fans of art, especially architecture, and even bigger fans of history. So “pediment” is a great term to showcase a union of art and history. In fact, if you want to think of us as an “art and history” publisher, that’d be just fine!
Publishers of art and history sounds pretty ambitious, especially for a small business like us, but we don’t have such lofty ambitions on our own. Really, our world-class clients—or partners, as we like to call them—are the reason we can aim for world-class projects (books, web sites and so on), and consistently deliver impeccable quality while adhering to the highest standard of customer support and service. In other words, our partners help us make great books, calendars and web sites, and we’re confident you’ll love them!
Pediment calls the Pacific Northwest home, which has many perks. Rivers, mountains, valleys, greenery … the list is long. A good number of our staff are photographers because it’s almost impossible to live in the Pacific Northwest and not get serious about capturing its beauty in a frame. We’re also an active bunch with Mt. Hood just a short drive and countless fishing streams, hiking trails and camping destinations right around the corner. In short, we wouldn’t pick anywhere else to live, work and play!
The Pacific Northwest—or more specifically, Battle Ground, Washington (a small town just north of Portland, Oregon)— as a location to grow a business allows us to hire some of the best creative folks anywhere. We started as a family business and we like to treat all of our employees as family. Business is about people, and we’re proud of the people we are. Here are our team members!
Brad Fenison, president and founder of the company, has a background in newspapers. After 13 years as a newspaper publisher, he started The Pediment Group with the idea of combining these key elements:
Promotional strength of a media partner (newspaper, television, radio), especially in a local market
Photo archives, and knowledge, from local historical organizations
On-site scanning of photo archives with extreme care
Superior photo reproduction, from print to screen to print
Design excellence (we’ve won design awards)
Extraordinary customer service and support
Brad believed a company founded on these principles would yield a superior product, well-received by its readers. The idea worked! Since 1997, Pediment has designed and published more than 1,000 titles totaling more than 2,000,000 copies.
Pediment was a family affair from the start. Brad started the company with his wife, Wendy, and traveled the United States with their children, Chris and Ashley, scanning photo archives in every corner of the country. By the time both kids graduated high school, they had been to every state save a handful and scanned hundreds of thousands of photos.
Chris Fenison always had an eye for photography and design, even as a young boy. Coupled with his interest in history, publishing and sales, he turned his part-time summer job in the family business into a career and currently serves as Pediment’s wearer of many hats, or director of many things (creative director, online director, operations director, and so on).
Likewise, Brad and Wendy’s daughter, Ashley (now Ainley), always had an interest in the company and a few years removed from graduating college, she jumped back into the family fold at Pediment. She also wears many hats, including sales, accounting, fulfillment and customer support. With Ashley at Pediment, the original four-pack of Fenisons are churning out quality products with the support of a tremendously-talented staff.
What we do
We publish high-quality books, calendars, post cards, web sites and book apps, often on behalf of our media clients, for local communities to enjoy today and cherish for a lifetime.
It’s quality that matters most—to us, to our partners and to our customers.
Our specialities can best be explained by highlighting a few of our titles from our early days and the growth we’ve seen year over year.
The very first Pediment Publishing title was A Pictorial History of Roseburg (Oregon). Roseburg was a quick drive from our home office and the publisher of The News-Review was a longtime friend, so it made perfect sense to start there. Brad’s vision of creating a three-pronged partnership between Pediment, a local media property and a local historical organization worked out perfectly as the Douglas County Historical Society came aboard to provide historic photos for the book. The community loved the hardcover book and it was an overwhelming success for all parties involved.
We took our model on the road and within the first couple years, Pediment had published dozens of hardcover pictorial history books with media and historical partners across the country. For the first few years in business, we believed we would forever be publishing pictorial history books, which we were quite happy to do. Our partners, however, pushed us to do more!
In 2000, the Asbury Park Press asked us to publish a book on their award-winning and nationally-syndicated editorial cartoonist, Steve Breen. Breen Damage was our first book in color, first softcover book and first book that didn’t neatly fit into our pictorial history book model.
From there, we added to our specialities as our partners approached us with new publishing ideas. We owe most of what we do today to our partners, who pushed us and helped us grow. Some of our “firsts” included:
Ground Zero Spirit, our first current event book commemorating the tragic events of September 11, 2001, in New York.
Mission Accomplished: A Perfect Season, our first college sports championship book chronicling the Buckeyes’ 2002 amazing year. Sports championship books for both college and pro sports would eventually become one of our strongest segments.
One Giant Leap, one of our first NFL championship books, produced with The Star-Ledger. Pediment partners with newspapers to repackage their content into a commemorative book. We’ve published books for six of the last seven Super Bowls.
Savage Storms, one of our first disaster books. Pediment now publishes books and book apps for communities hit by a disaster in an effort to document the tragedy in full and help support local relief funds.
Restaurant Nicholas, our first book with a chef and restaurateur and one of our first forays into publishing without a media partner. Chef Nicholas Harary ordered 5,000 copies of his book and offered the title exclusively to his patrons.
Capture Cincinnati, our first Capture project, which would lead to dozens and dozens of new and exciting projects. Capture is Pediment’s online platform for collecting photos from a local community on a brand’s behalf in a fun and engaging way. The end result is a fine-art book or calendar, “by the people, for the people.” Check out a few Capture sites in action: Capture Minnesota,Capture Arkansas and Capture Cincinnati.
Of course the titles above are just a few of the hundreds of unique products we’ve published. Along the way, we’ve grown to specialize in pretty much any sort of publication that features art or history. We are, in fact, an “art and history” publisher.
We owe much of who we are to our partners. We’ve worked with some of the biggest media brands in the country, as well as some of the finest small-town newspapers in the industry. In addition to our media partners, we’ve also worked with amazing chefs, photographers, missions organizations, storytellers, wine aficionados, and the list goes on and on … We have a unique relationship with each partner, and we truly love publishing things with them. Here are just a few of our partners.