Member News: Chemical Watch Changes Models; insideARM Adds a VP; Diversified Acquires Events

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Chemical Watch Makes Switch to Membership Model and Reveals New Service and Brand Identity

B2B publisher Chemical Watch has revealed the launch of its new service , alongside a new brand identity. Coming after a year of development, the service will feature the company's award-winning global news and intelligence, alongside a comprehensive library of resources, diagnostic tools and customer support from a newly formed analyst team, all of which will be accessible via a brand new online platform.

The service will form part of a corporate membership package, marking a change from the company's previous subscription offering. A new brand identity, featuring an "iris" logo and turquoise and charcoal brand colors (abandoning the brand's previous red), will also debut. The brand's new tagline, "Intelligence to transform product safety," reflects its shift from news publisher to insight and intelligence provider.

The company has consolidated its three sub-brands (AsiaHub, BiocidesHub and Chemical Risk Manager) into the single Chemical Watch brand. The feedback they received in this process highlighted some important trends within their community, including the fact that regulatory compliance is becoming more complicated,

"Our mission when we launched Chemical Watch in 2007 was to provide businesses with the information they need to manage the risks of chemicals responsibly," said CEO Mamta Patel. "For a decade we served that purpose with a news service now referenced across the world.

"In 2019 after a deep look at our marketplace we are responding with the launch of a future-fit Chemical Watch that will augment our existing services with exciting new possibilities to interact and service our customers' needs now and in coming years."

insideARM Hires Expert to Launch Commercial Credit and Collections Vertical

insideARM and the iA Institute announced yesterday that Katie Keich has joined its leadership team as vice president of commercial services.

Keich is an experienced credit and collections leader with an extensive background in the logistics and supply chain industry. In her last position, she worked her way up from being an accounts receivable specialist to director of credit & collections as the organization grew from a franchise with under $5M in revenue to a global logistics organization with nearly $2B in revenue.

"As the architect of her firm's credit and collection policy, Katie achieved credit losses of .3% on revenues of $650M, a record unheard of in the commercial space," said Stephanie Eidelman, CEO of insideARM. "We are excited to bring the strategies she developed to the thousands of organizations that could reap a meaningful return by implementing her proven processes."

Through its new commercial division led by Keich, insideARM will deliver workshops, training, conferences and more. "I've spent most of my career learning and developing a system that works. Now I can't wait to share what I've learned and to make a broader impact," said Keich.

Diversified Acquires Intersolar, ees and Power2Drive North America From German-based Organizers

Diversified Communications has acquired three North American events—Intersolar, ees (electrical energy storage) and Power2Drive North America—from German-based organizers, Solar Promotion International and FMMI.

Diversified also announced that the next Intersolar, ees and Power2Drive North America events, co-located for the past 11 years in San Francisco in July, will move to San Diego Convention Center for Feb. 4-6, 2020.

Diversified owns and operates a 1.5 Megawatt solar farm in Brunswick, Maine. "Our interest in solar stems from our Board of Directors, and growing our own event series in solar and energy storage is an exciting way to further contribute to the renewable energy industry," said Theodore Wirth, Diversified's president and CEO.

According to Florian Wessendorf, Solar Promotion International's managing director, "With the strong interest shown by Diversified, and their desire to expand into the solar and storage market, it was an ideal time for us to turn over the next phase of growth to their very capable and experienced team."

Mary Larkin, president of Diversified's U.S. operating division said, "Our teams are very excited to be a part of the solar and energy storage industries, and for our part in energizing these rapidly growing markets with a world-class event experience."

Almanac of American Politics Names Charlie Cook as Co-Author

The soon-to-be released 2020 Almanac of American Politics, a division of Columbia Books & Information Services, has named Charlie Cook as co-author alongside chief author Richard Cohen. Cook is editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and an analyst for National Journal Group and NBC News.

"I am honored to be named the co-author of the 2020 Almanac of American Politics," said Cook. "As a senior in high school, I bought the first edition of the Almanac in 1972, as soon as it came out, and it has been my bible ever since.  I'm not sure how many people have two complete sets, one for my office and one at home, but I can't imagine doing my job without it. 

"Before there was an Internet, there was the Almanac of American Politics. It is the go-to place for any serious student of American politics.  I look forward to working alongside Rich Cohen and the CBIS team producing the Almanac and carrying on the tradition started by Michael Barone, Grant Ujifusa and Douglas Matthews 47 years ago."

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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…