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We are excited to welcome the following new members to the SIPA community:

BLR Acquires Navis Learning

BLR, a business unit of Simplify Compliance, has acquired Navis Learning, a provider of award-winning custom learning and development solutions.

"Corporate learning and development continues to take on significantly greater importance," said Rafael Cardoso, president of BLR. "With this, training programs have become more complex. The addition of Navis Learning to BLR's established training solutions allows us to serve the evolving needs of our audience by delivering a truly customized approach."

Navis Learning brings a complete range of custom learning solutions to the acquisition, complementing BLR's existing TrainingToday platform. "Listening to our customers and understanding the increasing importance they are placing on their corporate learning and development programs made this acquisition a natural fit for BLR," said Dan Oswald, CEO of Simplify Compliance.

David Gomes, former CEO of Navis Learning, will be taking a role on the BLR leadership team as vice president, learning and development solutions. "Joining the BLR team enables us to share our experience and expertise, expand our footprint, and offer additional custom learning solutions to our combined clients. I'm excited to continue our growth with the new team that resulted from this acquisition," said Gomes.

BusinessWatch Network Acquires PresentationXpert & WorkforceXpert Brands 

BusinessWatch Network (BWN), a specialty publisher for business professionals, announced the addition of two new eNewsletter brands to its suite of email newsletters. PresentationXpert and WorkforceXpert are now part of BWN's suite of ePublications.

BusinessWatch Network President and Publisher Mark Ulian commented: "PresentationXpert and WorkforceXpert are two highly respected brands delivering best-in-class content to their readers since 2002. Both e-Publications represent a perfect complement in terms of editorial content, active subscribers, and advertisers. From ownership to editorial and everyplace in between, we are thrilled to add the PresentationXpert and WorkforceXpert company, culture and content to the BusinessWatch Network. We are very excited about building both brands and their readership."

SIPA Hall of Famer's Son Runs for Congress

A March 3 New Yorker magazine article began like this: 

Last Saturday, Jon Ossoff, a tall, skinny, thirty-year-old candidate for the U.S. Congress with Kennedy-ish features and a deliberate, Obama-like manner of speaking, was scheduled to knock on doors in Roswell, a city in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District. Over the past three decades, the district has been represented by Newt Gingrich, current Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, and Tom Price, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price's appointment to the Cabinet left the seat empty, and a special election to fill it will be held on April 18th.

Ossoff is the son of 2013 SIPA Hall of Fame inductee Richard Ossoff, president and CEO of longtime SIPA member Strafford, which helps attorneys and business professionals get the information they need to stay on the cutting edge.

Were Jon Ossoff to win, it would be the first time a Georgia congressional seat has flipped parties in a special election since 1872.

CQ Roll Call Introduces New Alerting System, Other Enhancements 

CQ Roll Call, an Economist Group business, has announced several product improvements to its best-in-class federal legislative tracking service, including an updated alerting system designed to keep busy professionals in the know faster than ever.

The new alert system, which clients began seeing in beta form in January, provides up-to-the-second information in users' inboxes or in mobile notifications. Users can set alerts from dozens of suggestions or customize alerts for any issue or combination of topics, creating endless ways to stay informed.

"CQ provides a powerful combination of data with expert knowledge that empowers our users to drive success," said Matt Mansfield, chief innovation officer. "Our clients trust us to provide essential context. Things move fast in Washington. We want to help clients cut through the clutter."

The company has been working directly with its users to engineer comprehensive productivity tools for tracking Congress, federal agencies and the administration.

"We have worked on deeply understanding our users' needs, and that work will never stop," said Paige K. Connor, the product manager for legislative tracking products. "Every phase of the beta process allows us to continually adjust course based on what we hear. We want to be constantly identifying improvements for our users."

Launched: NGL Basket OPIS Mont Belvieu Non-TET

OPIS has launched its NGL Basket OPIS Mont Belvieu Non-TET, a single daily price based on and derived from the daily averages of the components of Y-Grade that allows for pricing of the total slate of NGL products priced by OPIS. 

Additionally, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is launching a futures contract for the same index, which will allow for hedging NGLs over one contract, reducing expenses and price volatility of individual products, simplifying exposure to the NGL market, and providing ease of entry for market participants.

This new product joins a long list of OPIS-referenced products available on ICE including NGLs and refined products listings. 

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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…