March SIPA Member News

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Welcome New Members

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

AAA Northeast - AAA Northeast provides automotive, travel, insurance and financial services to over 5.6 million members across 6 states in the Northeast.

Blycroft  - Founded in 1999, Blycroft focuses on the emerging telecoms scene, primarily through its "Africa & Middle East Telecom-Week" information service. 

EB Medicine Announces New Editor-in-Chief

EB Medicine has named Tim Horeczko, MD, co-editor-in-chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. Dr. Horeczko is an associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a senior physician at Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Horeczko is an emergency physician with a subspecialty certification in pediatric emergency medicine and NIH training in clinical research. He is the host and coach at the Pediatric Emergency Playbook, a popular podcast that has been regularly published since September 2015

"Dr. Horeczko is well respected in the pediatric emergency medicine community, and is passionate about teaching and education—the principles upon which EB Medicine was founded—so it's a perfect match, " said Stephanie Williford, CEO of EB Medicine.

New Industry Dive Logo Design

From their website: "The team at Industry Dive is proud to announce a new logo we believe boldly embodies our forward-looking approach to business media. When we launched in 2012, Industry Dive was one of the first B2B media companies to optimize its website and newsletters for mobile. Six years later, our entire staff remains just as committed to that initial vision of innovation."

BLR's Erik Schelzig Weighs in on Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's Resignation

Earlier this month, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry announced her resignation after pleading guilty to felony theft of property. According to court documents, Barry has been accused of taking $10,000, and will serve three years of probation in addition to reimbursing the city of Nashville for $11,000.

CNN tapped into the expertise of BLR's Tennessee Journal editor Erik Schelzig for comments. "As far as the politics are concerned, the resignation kicks off an accelerated process for electing a new mayor in August," Schelzig said. "Barry's 2015 election was a victory for the Democrats' progressive wing, and it's unclear who might take up that mantle in her absence." Read the interview here.

"Megan Barry's political career is squandered," he said. "She would have been the prohibitive favorite to win re-election as mayor or to Congress whenever Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper decides to retire."

OPIS Establishes In-Person Presence in Mexico 

Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) by IHS Markit has announced a new physical presence in Mexico. Alexandra Kern, the new OPIS director of business development for Mexico, has joined 25 IHS Markit colleagues in the company's Mexico City office, established since 1993.

"Ms. Kern's move to Mexico demonstrates our growing commitment to bringing transparency to the fuel market there during a time of unprecedented change and government deregulation," said Brian Crotty, who leads the OPIS business as senior vice president of energy for IHS Markit. "Full-time personnel 'on the ground' in Mexico will enable OPIS to remain ahead of market developments and continue to bring clients the most timely news and analysis as reforms transpire." Database Tops 125,000 Association Executive Profiles

Columbia Books & Information Services (CBIS) has announced that their online database of associations and their executives,, now holds over 125,000 executive profiles. Subscribers will now receive online access to those profiles, plus 22,719 associations and 487 association management firms. Profiles contain contact information as well as reported 990 financial data, meetings information, organizational demographics and more.

Profiles can be searched by a range of criteria including name, title, location, staff size, industry, revenue, expenditures and more. AssociationExecs has also announced plans to include lobbying and advocacy data searchable by organization, registration status, lobbying expenditures and PAC information in 2018.

Diversified Communications Acquires Tent Exhibitions Ltd, Includes London Design Fair

Diversified Communications today announced they have acquired Tent Exhibitions Ltd., a UK company that owns London Design Fair and co-located events: Tent London and Super Brands London. Tent Exhibitions, based in London, has five employees under the company's founder, Jimmy MacDonald.

"The talented and experienced staff at Tent Exhibitions, including Jimmy MacDonald who will become group director, will continue to organize the events out of their office in London," said Theodore Wirth, president and CEO of Diversified Communications. "Tent Exhibitions will come under our Diversified Communications UK umbrella which is headquartered in Brighton with offices in Peterborough, Nailsworth and now London."

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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…