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 – Sponsor Opportunities

Greg Ackerman

Ryan Ackerman

Mike Kobrin

Kimberly Hancock

Matt Honek – For Exhibitors

Susan Delaney – For Author’s Corner

Joan Wise – For Advertising


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 co-founder 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

Mike Kobrin:
Event Producer (email Mike)

Mike Kobrin has many years of experience as an operations manager and possesses strong leadership, project management, and people management skills. He has a broad background in operations management and extensive experience in product development and service management. Currently he is the Operations Manager at CEC Global Events (Irvine, CA), an event management company that produces conferences and expos. He also provides contract project management services for start-up companies. Previously as a director and group manager in the biotech industry at Hitachi Chemical Research Center (Irvine, CA), Stratagene Cloning Systems (San Diego, CA) and Long Beach Genetics (Rancho Dominquez, CA) he directed personnel and projects in product development, applications, manufacturing, operations and customer service functions. He also provided technical support for marketing and business development. Dr. Kobrin received a Ph.D. in clinical biochemistry from the University of Toronto. He was a research fellow at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) and then managed a molecular biology research laboratory at the University of California, Irvine.

With more than 12 years in the trade show, conference and event coordination industry at CEC Global Events, Mike has extensive experience in organizing and managing events including venue sourcing, contract negotiations, vendor relations, event staffing and supervision, budgeting, floor plans, sourcing speakers, marketing, sponsorships, exhibitors, AV, travel, insurance, entertainment, F&B, scheduling, and related service providers.

Pat Burns:

Pat Burns (email Pat) is the Executive Director and co-founder of The Orange County Children’s Book Festival. Passionate about family literacy, and introducing children and teens to the wonderful world of books, Pat continues to lead the charge with expanding the highest standard of excellence for the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. Additionally, Pat is a celebrity journalist for GRAND Magazine and the author of Grandparents Rock: The Grandparenting Guide for the Rock-n-Roll Generation.

Entrepreneurship, business development and event planning have been a part of Pat’s 40-year career. As a professional speaker, Pat has presented keynote addresses and countless workshops to business groups, associations and corporations throughout North America on sales, marketing, management and leadership. Pat applies her wealth of knowledge, her own special brand of uniqueness, experience and devotion to her work with the Orange County Children’s Book Festival.

Orange County through and through: Pat attended elementary school at the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, is a Tustin High graduate, a Chapman University alumni and a lifelong Costa Mesa resident. Her two grown daughters are living in Orange County and Colorado. Pat is also the VERY proud grandmother of Dylan, Skye, Cosette and Zeke – the most remarkable kids on the entire planet.

Matt Honek:
Event Coordinator – (email Matt)

Matt is the Events Coordinator at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival. For work, he is a professional airline pilot. He did his pilot training in the Midwest, then lived out of a suitcase in places like Raleigh, Richmond, Puerto Rico and Tortola, before finally settling in southern California.

Matt has a beautiful wife and two young daughters. They read to their kids every night, including many great books purchased at previous Festivals.

In his role as events coordinator, Matt is an initial point of contact for interested authors, illustrators and exhibitors. He is also available to answer questions and provide guidance in the lead up to the big day and make sure everyone has an enjoyable and memorable OCCBF experience.


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 has 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.


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.