SIPA January Member News

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FiscalNote Names Josh Resnik Chief Content Officer and SVP/Publisher

FiscalNote has named Josh Resnik as chief content officer and SVP/publisher. In this role, Resnik will guide their strategy for producing, distributing, and monetizing content, including serving as SVP/publisher of CQ and Roll Call, as well as leading all content licensing and distribution partnerships.

Resnik joins amid the company's next phase of growth following the $180 million acquisition of CQ Roll Call in August. He will focus on elevating established media brands CQ and Roll Call by increasing coverage, driving more use of multimedia, and leveraging FiscalNote's expansive global government data, analytics and tools.

"I am thrilled to welcome Josh to the company, a forward-thinking executive who understands the power of combining technology with the award-winning journalism that is central to FiscalNote's mission," said Tim Hwang, founder and CEO of FiscalNote.

FiscalNote also recently announced a partnership with Georgetown Law Professor Chris Brummer to launch new coverage of fintech and its implications.

Reed Exhibitions Buys Mack Brooks Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions, a part of the RELX Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions, adding a few dozen events to Reed's global portfolio.

"Mack Brooks is an excellent fit with Reed Exhibitions' existing portfolio and the combination of the two businesses will deliver value for all stakeholders, including customers and staff," said Chet Burchett, CEO of Reed Exhibitions.

Mack Brooks Exhibitions, based in St. Albans, U.K., was established in 1965 and features more than 30 business-to-business events in 14 countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom, serving nine industry sectors.

Matt Shay, President and CEO, National Retail Federation, Named Association TRENDS' 2019 Association Executive of the Year

Matt Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, has been selected as the 2019 Association Executive of the Year. This honor will be presented at the 40th Annual Salute to Association Excellence hosted by Association TRENDS, a division of Columbia Books & Information Services.

"Matt's commitment to the association industry, his staff, and members is well known as evidenced by the numerous nominations and endorsements he received during the selection process. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Salute to Association Excellence, we could not think of a more deserving recipient of its highest honor," said Brittany Carter, president, Columbia Books.

Prime Publishing Launches RecipeLion Cooking Club

Prime Publishing, LLC recently launched its newest premium product with the RecipeLion Cooking Club with Chef Addie Gundry. The RecipeLion Cooking Club features a library of videos on a variety of cooking topics from how to cook a chicken to hosting a ladies' lunch. Each cooking class is about 25 minutes long and includes a printable eCookbook with all of the recipes. Select classes also offer helpful infographics to hang up on the fridge. A new class will be added each week.

Q&A With Rob Ristagno Appears in FIPP

In a Q&A on the FIPP global site, SIPA member Rob Ristagno of the Sterling Woods Group was asked which of the big media companies are doing membership schemes well? What differentiates them and what lessons can smaller companies learn from them?

"The New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico, and The Wall Street Journal are leading the way," Ristagno said. "I'd also encourage media executives to look at successful membership programs from outside our industry: the Sephora Beauty Insider or the Restoration Hardware Members Program, for example. The key to success is that these brands don't have a 'one size fits all' approach to their product or marketing. They make members feel special. They understand the true wants and needs of members, and how to use content and other benefits to solve real problems. They didn't just haphazardly bundle together stuff they already had."

See full Q&A here.

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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…