SIPA News - Jeff Joseph Named New SIIA President

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Washington, D.C. Trade Association Veteran Jeff Joseph Will Be SIIA's New President and CEO 


The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), SIPA's parent organization, has selected Jeff Joseph as its new president and CEO. Joseph joins SIIA after holding senior positions in major global high-tech trade associations and heading his own company, Starlight Public Affairs. He succeeds Ken Wasch, who founded the trade association 35 years ago, and is retiring at the end of this month. Joseph will start on Jan. 3, 2019.

"Jeff brings to SIIA a wealth of invaluable experience in association management and strategic communications," said Wasch. "He is well-equipped to serve the diverse interests and needs of SIIA, from planning and executing our numerous conferences and awards programs to building the profile of the association's public policy efforts.  We are very excited for Jeff's arrival and look forward to having him onboard as our new leader."

 Said Joseph: "This is an exciting time to take the helm of this dynamic organization. Data and information are the key currencies of the 21st century economy. With its diverse membership, policy expertise and educational events, SIIA is well positioned to lead the next wave of the Information Age."

Industry Dive Ranked Number 195 Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte's 2018 Technology Fast 500™ 

Industry Dive has ranked #195 on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. Industry Dive grew revenue 493% over the 2014-2017 period.

"Industry Dive's continued growth and success is a testament to the strong team we have built," said Sean Griffey, co-founder and CEO. "Recognition of the entire company's efforts to become the fastest-growing source for business journalism is well-earned."

'Kiplinger' Debuts First Weekly Podcast 

Kiplinger, the personal finance and business forecasting publisher, has debuted its first podcast, a weekly, personal finance audio series called "Your Money's Worth." Sarah Stevens, vice president of content at Kiplinger, said the company is looking at ways to "expand the Kiplinger brand and provide different avenues for consumers to reach our personal finance and investing information."

Stevens said podcasts are "a natural next step into the digital world," and the right platform to "showcase the knowledge and character of our experts while relaying personal finance information in a way that's quick and easy to digest."

CredSpark Reports on BIMS: 'A New Wave Forward for Publishers'

On their blog, Barry Tonoff of SIPA member CredSpark, wrote an excellent piece about our recent BIMS event in Fort Lauderdale.

"The CredSpark team recently returned from the 2018 Business & Information Media Summit (BIMS), where leaders in the B2B publishing world gathered to meet and discuss trends, innovations, and disruptions happening in the industry.

"You don't have to be an industry insider to know that media and publishing businesses—especially advertising-supported print publications—have been through a maelstrom of havoc and disruption over the last decade, wreaked by the Internet and the painful transition to new, more viable business models.

"But this year, we noticed that a long-lost friend had reappeared: Optimism."

Read more here.

Revmade Quote

"I saw a great tweet from Andrew Hanelly, partner at [SIPA member] Revmade, the other day," writes Lauren McMenemy on Skyword. "'If you're ever feeling down, just remember: Someone, somewhere out there, considers you to be a qualified lead.'"

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…