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New Book Reveals Insights into California Test Bureau

In her latest venture, “The Twenty-Five Cent Gamble” (published by AuthorHouse), author June Duran Stock tells the story of how her mother transformed herself from a housewife to the CEO of a most sought-after company.

In the early 1920’s a restless Ethel Clark, without any prior business experience, accidentally stepped into the educational testing industry. Her business, California Test Bureau (CTB), became one of the leading players in the industry and was later acquired by McGraw-Hill when she retired.

From the farmlands of North Dakota to the high profile lifestyles of Hollywood, the story traces the scandalous and complex lives of Ethel, her husband Willis and their daughter, June. Set in the era when the educational industry had a dramatic rise, the book explores the unique relationships within this successful family business and their many obstacles with unions, the IRS, the Army and politics. Crucial players in the industry also share the limelight in this thoughtful and informative memoir.

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Born to Ethel and Wills Clark, June Duran Stock lived a life that revolved around the education test publishing industry. Rising up to become the assistant vice president of CTB/McGraw-Hill, Stock has been exposed to the challenges and issues of succeeding in the corporate world. She was a member of the Test Committee of the Association of American Publishers and serves on the board of the Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation. Ranked among the Who’s Who of America, she currently resides in Pebble Beach, California.

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