SIPA April Member News

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Welcome New Members

We are excited to welcome the following new SIPA member companies:

BLR acquires select assets from Thompson Information Services

In a transaction between two SIPA member companies, BLR has reached an agreement to acquire Thompson Information Services' HR, Health Care and Environmental divisions from Columbia Books & Information Services.

"As we welcome these new divisions into the BLR brand family, we're looking forward to capitalizing on the natural synergies of our respective operations," said BLR CEO Dan Oswald in a release. "This will result in a more comprehensive product portfolio for our customers and support the continued growth of BLR as a market leader in industry specific compliance solutions."

Thompson Information Services echoes this sentiment. "It is rewarding to see our in-depth, specialized compliance offerings joined with BLR, the clear leader in HR and health care publishing," said Joel Poznansky, president, Columbia Books & Information Services.  "This acquisition also allows us to focus more on [our] roots as a specialized publisher for Washington D.C.-centered industries." 

Bruce Guzowski, managing partner of Guzowski Advisory LLC, another SIPA member, represented BLR on this transaction.

Vantage Production announces expansion of sales team, new market guide

Vantage Production, LLC, a division of UCG, and a leading provider of innovative automated marketing and enterprise sales acceleration solutions for mortgage lenders, has announced the expansion of its sales team. The new additions include Jim Flood, Southeast sales region, Gregg Palmer, West Coast sales region and John Shaver, Midwest sales region. All three report to Tim Murphy, executive vice president of sales. "We are pleased to welcome three proven sales executives to our team," said Murphy.  


Vantage Production also recently announced the successful launch of its newly designed mobile-optimized Mortgage Market Guide (MMG) technology. "Members of MMG welcomed the launch with great enthusiasm," said Sue Woodard, president and CEO. "MMG's new design offers an enhanced user interface that is intuitively designed, providing an organized approach of data, advice, sales, marketing intelligence and guidance mortgage originators must have in order to compete in today's marketplace and effectively close more loans."


Magna Publications schedules a new conference

Magna Publications has announced a new conference for academic leaders, including department chairs, deans, provosts, and faculty development directors. The three-day conference will be held Oct. 6-8, 2016 in Atlanta.


"This conference is an opportunity for leaders in higher education to learn innovative strategies, trends, and best practices for effective management from nationally recognized experts and to network with like-minded peers from a wide range of academic institutions," said William Haight, president, Magna Publications. "Magna is always looking for ways better serve the higher education community and our launch of this conference is the next step in our continued commitment to professional development in the education market."


Customer experience pro to deliver keynote at Chartwell's EMACS 2016

Renowned customer experience expert Colin Shaw, founder and CEO of Beyond Philosophy, a customer experience consultancy and training company, will outline his "Seven Imperatives for Moving Your Customer Experience to the Next Level" at Chartwell's EMACS – The Customer Experience Conference. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Oct. 3-6, 2016 in Orlando

In developing his advice, Shaw, who founded Beyond Philosophy in 2002, notes that many organizations are witnessing their customer measures stalling and are unclear on what to do to move their customer experience to the next level.

Quorum's Data Driven Insights blog does a good job of focusing on what they do best. Wrote Emma Thomas in a recent post: "This past Wednesday, Americans gathered in honor of Freedom Day to celebrate the U.S. Constitution and the rights every American is guaranteed. In commemoration of Freedom Day, we looked at every Member of Congress' press releases, floor statements, tweets, and Facebook posts to identify which legislators talked about the following 10 words the most..."

Kiplinger lists a whole page of quizzes, making many of their topics more enjoyable for their audience. Some examples: Is it Taxable? Test Your Small Business Know-How. The Get-Out-of-Debt Quiz. How Much Do You Really Know About Roth IRAs? Test Your Retirement IQ.

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Ronn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 and SIIA in 2013 as editorial director…