Saturday, March 25 , 2017, 2:08 pm | Partly Cloudy 63º


Business Ushers in New Era with Acquisition by John Glanville

Purchase marks the retirement of outgoing chairman and co-founder Bob Temkin, the cartographic publisher and retailer based in Goleta, this week welcomed in a new era under the ownership and guidance of John Glanville.

Glanville comes with a 20-plus-year track record in investment and portfolio management specializing in early stage technology venture capital.

The brand encompasses the world’s largest online retail store for map-related products and an online education resource used by thousands of U.S. schools. With more than 20 years of trading also comes a strong customer base in print, online and mobile location solutions to educational publishers, travel and tourism, directories, newspapers, government and military and many other markets.

This is the second acquisition Glanville has made in the cartographic arena, and follows his purchase of Benchmark Maps, publisher of high-quality road and recreational maps of the American West.

“Mapping and location-based technologies are proving central to the strategies of iconic brands including Apple, Google and now Amazon,” he said. “Through its diverse customer base, established online presence, extensive content library and its uniqueness as a one-stop-shop for content delivery, is well positioned to profit from this renewed excitement.”

Glanville also heads a coaching practice focused on vision, creativity and execution based in Santa Barbara, and as chairman of the board at, he is relishing the prospect of guiding the growth and direction of the company.

The purchase includes all of the assets of, which employs more than 30 people between remote locations and its office in Goleta. The purchase also signals the retirement of outgoing Chairman Bob Temkin, one of the founders of the company in 1991.

— Stephanie Jensen is e-marketing manager at

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >