Orange County Children’s Book Festival


Kids Drawing

Click below to contact and learn more about the
festival’s *cofounders and the festival committee.

*Barry Ackerman

*Pat Burns

Greg Ackerman

Ryan Ackerman

Paul Stamat

Kimberly Hancock

Richard Greninger

Robyn Hawk

Sandy O’Connor

Orange Coast College:

Festival Event Sponsor

Orange Coast College, located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California’s beautiful beaches, was founded in 1948 with an opening day enrollment of 500 students. In the years since, it has grown into one of the nation’s largest — and finest — community colleges, enrolling more than 28,000 students each semester. Featuring exceptional facilities and the latest in computer and high-tech equipment, OCC offers more than 130 academic and career programs, including one of the nation’s largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs. Nearly half the students on campus are enrolled in one of OCC’s career and technical programs.

Furthermore, Orange Coast College ranks first out of Orange County’s nine community colleges in the number of students it transfers to the University of California and California State University systems. Over the past decade, nearly 16,000 OCC students have transferred to UC and CSU campuses. Additionally, many Orange Coast students go on to transfer to private colleges and universities within California and across the nation. The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Barry Ackerman:

Barry Ackerman is the Executive Producer and cofounder of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. He has been involved in the Conference and Festival Industry for over 30 years. As Founder and CEO of InfoMedix / InfoMedia, Barry created the largest conference recording company in the industry, servicing over 3,000 conferences in 54 countries. More than 2 million people have benefited from the tapes and CDs produced by his company.

He has been an active leader in the community, having served as President of a community association of over 900 homes. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Irvine and works with the youth of the community. He was recently appointed as a Vice President of the OLLI senior education program at the University of California, Irvine. Barry and his artistically talented wife, Gayle, have lived in Orange County for over 45 years. They have two grown sons, a Cambodian foster son and three very active grandsons who love to read.

Festival Committee Chair People

Sandy O’Connor:
Exhibitor and Vendor Coordinator
Sandy’s former career in the Travel Industry included organizing and managing Conventions and Conferences and working with Vendors for these events. Her new career with her business partner is designing and making handcrafted jewelry and selling at Art Fairs throughout Southern California. Working for the Kids Book Festival was inviting because it combines experience and creative opportunities.

Pat Burns:

Pat Burns is the Executive Director and cofounder of The Orange County Children’s Book Festival. She is the author of a widely popular book Grandparents Rock: The Grandparenting Guide for the Rock-n-Roll Generation.

Entrepreneurship, business development and event planning have been apart of Pat’s 30-year career. Pat has presented keynote addresses and countless workshops to business groups, associations and corporations throughout Asia and North America on sales, marketing, management and leadership. Pat brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and devotion to her work. Pat brings her own special brand of uniqueness, natural good humor and positive attitude to every to every one of her projects.

Pat is a Tustin High graduate, Chapman University alumni and a life long Orange County resident. Her two daughters are now grown and living in Scottsdale, Arizona and Vail, Colorado. Pat is also the VERY proud grandmother of Dylan and Skye… two of the cutest kids on the entire planet.

Richard Greninger:

Event Production Producer
Richard prefers to work with fast paced, dynamic companies that utilize his 20 years of production experience. Pre-production, budgeting, crewing, staging, and executing the project have been part of his daily routine. Richard’s ability to work in all areas of production; Staging personal development based seminars has been a cornerstone of Richard’s career.

Web Design, Media and Internet Marketing Team

Greg Ackerman
Digital Media Strategist
Greg manages social strategy and email marketing for OCCBF. Greg has put us on Twitter. Please follow us @kidsbookfest . Greg consults on Digital Media Strategy for businesses and NPOs. He writes about music and sports online. You can find Greg’s work for MSN Music and on his blog.


Ryan Ackerman
Production and all things Technical
Ryan is an expert in live event production, with a focus on graphics and IT. He have an obsession about the look and details of a show. His ideal event consists of the ability to focus on the small things that make your event a professional affair. After almost 30 years in this industry, he has learned a lot about events and made a lot of contacts. His resources are your resources. Let Ryan offer up his experience to you.


Paul Stamat
Video and Content Producer
Paul is a screenwriter, filmmaker and a partner in The OC Guys. Paul specializes in editing and production of digital media.


Kimberly Hancock
Web Editing and Design
Kim started her first design company in 2001 and has been blessed to work with a variety of great clients over the years. She enjoys working with small businesses to evaluate their needs, analyze their current marketing strategies and create effective marketing campaigns, advertisements and web properties to boost their business.