From Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrating People Who Make a Difference

Who Is Peter Vegso?

Peter cofounded Health Commumnciations, Inc. (HCI Books) in 1978 after immigrating from Canada to South Florida.

Twice recognized by Publishers Weekly as the #1 Self-Help Publisher, Health Communications’ first New York Times bestseller, Adult Children of Alcoholics by Dr. Janet Woititz, appeared on the list in 1985 and remained there for fifty-one weeks.

Since then, HCI Books has been the home of dozens more national, USA Today, and New York Times bestsellers in the areas of mental health, recovery, spirituality, and self-help, including A Child Called It and The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer.

With the debut of the first book in the phenomenal Chicken Soup for the Soul series in 1993, HCI Books began an expansion of their publishing interests to include the inspirational genre.

HCI Books continues to “publish people, not books.” Peter’s personal goal became the company’s mission statement, to “make a difference in the lives of our readers and the people they come in contact with.”

Diversification within Peter’s businesses includes magazine publishing and a conference management division, which is an approved source for Continuing Education credits for professionals working in the mental health and social work community.

Peter enjoys spending (rare) spare time at his successful Thoroughbred breeding and training facility in Ocala, Florida, with his wife, Anne, and his two daughters, Melinda and Hayley. One of the few goals he has not yet realized, but certainly will, given his track record of success in anything he tackles, is to win the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown.

Peter Vegso
Health Communications, Inc.
3201 S. W. 15th Street • Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Phone: 954-360-0909• Fax: 954-360-0034
Website: www.hcibooks.com

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