SIPA April Member News

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Kiplinger Names Stevens as VP of Content 

Kiplinger has appointed Sarah Stevens as vice president, content, to lead editorial operations across the company's multiple distribution channels, including Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Kiplinger's Retirement Report, and the iconic Kiplinger Letter dating back to 1923.

The announcement was made by Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief and president, Kiplinger. Stevens replaces Kevin McCormally, who retired in March. She brings extensive senior level management and publishing experience to Kiplinger, most recently leading the federal tax publishing division of Wolters Kluwer and prior to that Bloomberg BNA.

"We welcome Sarah to the Kiplinger family. She is an exceptional leader with a successful track record in publishing and digital brand extensions," said Knight Kiplinger. "We look forward to her collaboration with our editorial team as we continue to produce and deliver trusted personal finance advice to millions of consumers every day."

Ellis Named Director of Sales at Lessiter Media

Earlier this year, Lessiter Media promoted publisher and senior account executive Michael Ellis to director of sales. In his expanded role, Ellis is responsible for overseeing sales and sponsorships across all Lessiter Media titles (including print, event and digital sponsorships) as well as the ongoing development and management of the sales and advertising services staff.

"Michael has a 9-year track record and has taken on new leadership roles and responsibilities during this chapter of growth," said Mike Lessiter, president. "He understands our unique position in delivering specific knowledge for highly targeted audiences and has long demonstrated the core values of the organization. He is respected by Lessiter Media staff, the management team and the niche industries that we serve."

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John McGovern Acquires M&A Firm W.B. Grimes

Media industry M&A advisory firm W.B. Grimes & Co. has been acquired by John McGovern, a senior associate and seven-year veteran of the firm, for an undisclosed sum.

The newly renamed Grimes, McGovern& Associates will be led by McGovern as CEO; former owner and president Larry Grimes, whose father Walter founded the firm in 1959, will transition to chairman and advisor.

"I could not be more excited about having a long-standing member of our team take the company reins," said Grimes. "John has been an industry trailblazer, always at the cutting edge of new technologies. As the media industry continues to evolve there is no doubt the new company will remain an industry leader."

BLR Launches HR Hero, New Workflow Solution

Business and Legal Resources (BLR), a Simplify Compliance business, has announced the release of the highly-anticipated HR solution suite HR Hero. The comprehensive digital platform empowers and informs HR teams of all sizes, delivering the step-by-step guidance and tools they need to drive business performance in a one-stop, fully-customizable dashboard.

"Listening to our customers has been integral to the development of the HR Hero solution," said Rafael Cardoso, BLR president. "A single point of access to powerful tools and resources, developed by an impressive team of employment law attorneys will provide organizations the confidence they need in their foundational compliance."

New White Paper From Matt Bailey

Matt Bailey has published a new white paper titled Digital Marketing Training: Effective Methods for Teaching Your Staff New Skills. A longtime SIPA member and frequent speaker, Bailey is the author of the best-selling books Internet Marketing: An Hour a Day (2011) and SOS! A CEO's Guide to Digital Media (2014).

The white paper addresses company owners and managers of employee teams. It goes over industry best practices, getting certified in specific programs and niche areas—and most importantly—helping employees retain all that information they are taking in so they can actually apply it.

It isf ree to download here.

EvidenceCare Launches Partnership with EB Medicine to Bring Robust Clinical Decision Support to the Bedside

EvidenceCare, a Nashville-based clinical decision support (CDS) tool for healthcare providers, has announced a development partnership with EB Medicine, one of the industry's most respected publishers of peer-reviewed clinical content. The partnership allows EvidenceCare to reference EB Medicine's content as it delivers patient-specific clinical decision support at the point-of-care.

"As an Emergency Room physician, I have relied upon EB Medicine's content throughout my career," noted EvidenceCare founder and CEO, Brian Fengler. "Their expert editorial content is among the most respected in the industry. We are thrilled that they have chosen to partner with us."

"We align with the best physician editors to provide information and insights that make an immediate impact on the way our readers practice medicine, with the goals of improving patient outcomes, enhancing efficiency, and elevating the quality of care," said EB Medicine CEO, Stephanie Williford. "Being able to deliver that content as a part of a provider's workflow only enhances both their experience and the patient's."

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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…