The Ojai Valley Directory was purchased by its current publisher, Ren L. Adam, in 1992, as part of the Ojai Valley News group of publications, and became wholly independent in 2000, when Adam sold the News, and the Visitors Guide.
Since 2003, the Directory has consistently been voted a Gold Book winner by members of its trade group, the Association of Directory Publishers (ADP). In 2006 in fact, the Ojai Valley Directory was voted Gold Book Publisher of the Year, which was essentially being recognized as the best of the best from among all independent directories across the country and around the world. Since joining ADP in 2003, the Directory has won some 35 Gold Books awards in all areas of directory publishing and marketing. At the latest ADP convention in April 2017, the Ojai Valley Directory was voted the highest award – 1st Place in Directory Excellence in the 25,000 and under circulation category.
Also, in 2008, the membership of the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce voted the Directory Best Small Business in the chamber.
Each year the Directory is a reflection of the vision and hard work of just three people – Victoria Adam, co-publisher, graphic artist, sales associate and all-around force of nature; Teresa Smith, our General Manager, as well as chief sales person, queen of pagination, and herder of the cats; and Ren Adam, co-publisher in charge of distribution, and also involved with sales.
In addition to the day-to-day tasks involved with publishing the Directory, Teresa has served as the president of the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Guild and is active with the Ojai chamber’s Business Referral Group; Victoria is on the board of directors of the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce; and Ren is on the board of the Association of Directory Publishers, which represents hundreds of independent directories internationally. We are also members of the Ojai Chamber of Commerce, Ventura Chamber of Commerce, California Newspaper Publishers Association, Ojai Valley Board of Realtors, Rotary International, and the Ojai Community Hospital Foundation Guild.