TOMO TRAN, Marketing Director

Born in Japan and grew up in Texas, Tomo moved to NYC in 2011. With knowledge of publicity, marketing, event management and public relations, he brings his expertise of promoting Japanese contents in the U.S. market.

He previously worked at a major record label promoting music and artists from Japan and has also worked as an assistant for a Major League Baseball player from Japan.
Phone: (212) 730-5047

IOANNIS MENTZAS, Editorial Director

Mr. Mentzas, A.B. Princeton University (Comparative Literature); M.A. Columbia University (English), is an editorial director perfectly matched to Vertical’s goals, Having grown up in Kobe, Japan, Mr. Mentzas is himself an able, accomplished translator.
Phone: 212-730-7982

MAYA, Editor

B.F.A. University of Hartford. Maya is an all-around bad-ass ninja. Her current disguise is working at Vertical as an “editor.” Hopefully they won’t blow her cover.


Peter Mendelsund is a multiple award-winning graphic designer, part-time classical pianist, and full-time gadfly. He has jacketed books for almost every major publisher in America and abroad, his design work appears in several permanent museum collections, has been featured in numerous magazines, and his editorial illustrations show up frequently in The New York Times and other publications. As well as art-directing the Vertical list, Peter is the senior designer at Alfred A. Knopf.