An ACP member is honored with entry into the Hall of Fame because he or she has made a significant and notable contribute to the Catholic book publishing industry at any point in their career. Nominees may be current, past, or retired members of the publishing community. This honor may be given posthumously.
Greg Erlandson began his career as a journalist with a dedication to and instinct for bringing readers timely, relevant, and practical content, and insisting on excellence. As a correspondent for the Rome bureau of Catholic News Service in the late 1980s, he developed important, lifelong connections that continue to serve Our Sunday Visitor (OSV). Under Erlandson's leadership, OSV has expanded in recent years by adding popular parish resources such as pamphlets and Catholic Parent Know-How. In 2009, Erlandson doubled the size of the OSV's publishing division with the acquisition of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt religion publishing and then promptly led the creation of the brand new basal series, Alive in Christ/Vivos En Cristo.
Through Erlandson's efforts, OSV was the official publisher of the 2015 World Meeting of Families preparatory catechesis Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive. As a leader in the Catholic publishing field, he served as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Social Communication under Pope Benedict XVI, and was selected in 2014 as one of only six international experts to serve on Pope Francis' task force charged with proposing reforms for the work of Vatican media. Erlandson has also been president of the Catholic Press Association, a board member of the Association of Catholic Publishers, and an advisor to the U.S. Bishops' Communications Committee.
The Gallagher family-owned Good Will Publishers has been Robert M. Gallagher's publishing career's home since he started selling Bibles at age 16. While he spent the next years completing his education including law school and practicing law, he ultimately returned to Good Will to direct the company's financial operations, then became president in 1988, initiating a period of unprecedented growth. In 1997, he co-founded the Catholic Company, the well-known Internet distributor of Catholic books and gifts. In 2005, he established Saint Benedict Press as a subsidiary of Good Will Publishers, with the mission of bringing the Catholic classics to a new generation of readers.
In the following ten years, Gallagher was instrumental in acquiring TAN Books and Neumann Press, launching the multimedia division Catholic Courses, and acquiring publication rights to Catholic Scripture Study International, the Confraternity of the Precious Blood, and ACS Books. Gallagher is a Knight of Malta and member of the Board of Trustees of Belmont Abbey College. He has served as a board member or volunteer with numerous religious, civic, and educational organizations.