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Access Intelligence Selected for Fourth Consecutive Year as a Top Place to Work

Access Intelligence has been named one of the top 50 workplaces in Southern Connecticut in a just-released survey published by Hearst Media Services. The company was also honored at a gala last Wednesday in Monroe, Conn. This is the third consecutive year the Norwalk office has earned this honor and the fourth straight year the company has been so recognized—in 2014, the Rockville, Md.-based organization's headquarters was similarly cited in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area survey.

The Top Workplaces are selected solely based upon employee feedback. "Our employees work very hard to create a rewarding culture with a supportive atmosphere and excellent opportunities for accelerated career growth, a place where they are empowered and energized, and provided with a multitude of opportunities," said Don Pazour, president and CEO.

"We again realize that the growth of our employees is the most important part of why we have grown as an organization. Receiving this honor four consecutive years running shows the consistency of the Access Intelligence brand and lets everybody know what we already know—that [we are] a fantastic place to work."

Irving Levin Associates Named One of Fastest Growing Companies for Third Year on Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazine has, for the third time, recognized Irving Levin Associates on its annual Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

Irving Levin Associates was the only media company in Connecticut to make the Inc. 5000 list. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino's Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

"We are thrilled to make this exclusive list," said Publisher and Partner Eleanor Meredith. "Today, media is a highly competitive and rapidly changing industry and to have made it three years in a row is a testament to our top quality editorial and the commitment of our team.  We are especially proud to be one of only 34 Connecticut businesses, from all industries, recognized for this award."

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Promotes Smith to Executive Editor

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has promoted Anne Kates Smith to executive editor, overseeing all investment content for the magazine, reports Talking Biz News.

Smith joined Kiplinger in 2001 and has covered a range of investing and personal finance-related topics, most recently serving as editor of the "Ahead" section. Although moving to a new role, she will continue to write Kiplinger's "Investing Outlook" features for the magazine's January and July issues. She will also continue her column on behavioral finance and economics, "Your Mind & Your Money."

"Anne has a successful track record of helping readers build and maintain investing plans that work in good and bad markets, and preserve financial security," said Mark Solheim, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. "We look forward to her continued leadership, and congratulate her on a well-deserved promotion."

Clarivate Analytics' 2017 State of Innovation Report Shows That Global Innovation Is Growing, but at a Slower Rate

According to the 2017 State of Innovation Report: The Relentless Desire to Advance, released yesterday, analysis of year-over-year research and patent activity across 12 key industries shows that the growth rate slowed in 2016.

The eighth annual study from Clarivate Analytics analyzed global intellectual property data, including worldwide patent application activity and scientific literature publications, as a leading indicator of innovation. Patent volume is still on an upward trajectory, with over 2.6 million published patents in 2016.

"While it is undeniable that innovation growth has slowed, it has not stalled out," said Jay Nadler, CEO of Clarivate Analytics. "Innovation remains on an upward trajectory, which is why we consistently benchmark innovation with concrete metrics to gain a clear look into the future."

Download the report here.

Top Editor Bigman Joins Chief Executive Group

Veteran editor Dan Bigman has joined Chief Executive Group as chief content officer and editor-in-chief. He formerly worked at Forbes for 10 years, first as executive editor, rising to managing editor, as well as The New York Times for six years, where he served as lead editor for news at and business editor.

"This is an extraordinary time for corporate leaders, and Dan's hire reaffirms our deep commitment to serving and championing our vibrant communities," said Marshall Cooper, CEO of Chief Executive Group. "Dan has a long track record of editorial excellence and digital innovation, and we're excited he'll help lead our rapidly expanding operations. We have big plans for the next few years—especially online—and Dan will help make them a reality." 

Most recently, Bigman worked as a publisher at Verse.

If you have any news, hirings, transactions, awards or anything else you'd like fellow members to know about, please email me at Thank you!

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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…