August SIPA Member News

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Access Intelligence's Marketing & Media Group Announces Structural Changes

Access Intelligence's Kerry Smith, divisional president, marketing & media group, has announced some significant changes to the structure of his brands and teams as follows:


Dan Hanover (pictured) has been promoted to senior vice president of the marketing group, where he will oversee growth and expansion of Event Marketer, Chief Marketer, LeadsCon, Multichannel Merchant, VMA Media, and now PR News and The Social Shake-Up event. The PRNews group marketing team, led by Laura Snitkovskiy, who was promoted last month to group marketing director of PRNews and The Social Shake-Up, will continue to oversee marketing for the group, and along with Melissa Hoffmann on content, report into the PRNews Group Publisher.

Jessica Heasley has been promoted from content director to group publisher of Event Marketer and Chief Marketer, with responsibility for content, sales, event strategy and overall management of these brands. Heather O'Connell, who currently runs LeadsCon, Connect to Convert and Etail Operations Summit, will take over management of Multichannel Merchant.

Bill Amstutz has been promoted to group publisher of AdMonsters and AdExchanger. In addition, FOLIO: will move into Amstutz's group. This will also allow Robbie Caploe to devote her full attention to managing AI's Cynopsis business. Mike Grebb will continue to manage both the Cablefax and Studio brands, and Megan Kuczynski will manage AI's Esports Business Summit, reporting in to Smith.

"I'm excited about these changes," noted Smith. "This new structure will create better alignment of roles and responsibilities as well as a stronger platform for growth across the group."

Industry Dive's Growth Continues, Adds Eight New Journalists to Newsroom

Industry Dive has hired eight journalists to support its expanding coverage and deepen its newsroom expertise across its 18 publications. (CEO Sean Griffey will be a keynote speaker at our Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS) Nov. 11-13 in Hollywood, Fla., to talk about their amazing growth.)

Cailin Crowe joins the team as an associate editor for Smart Cities Dive.

Dan Ennis is a new editor for Banking Dive.

Morgan Forde becomes the new associate editor for Supply Chain Dive.

Robert Freedman joins as an editor for CFO Dive. Freedman has spent the majority of his career with the National Association of Realtors.

Anna Hrushka is now a reporter for Banking Dive. She most recently covered banking, retail and technology for Pacific Business News in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Naaz Modan joins as an associate editor for Education Dive: K-12. Modan most recently worked as the national communications manager with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Shailaja Neelakantan joins as a reporter for Education Dive: Higher Ed. She most recently covered breaking news and analysis for The Times of India, Asia's largest English language newspaper.

Jane Thier becomes associate editor for CFO Dive. She most recently covered food for Sauce Magazine.

Industry Dive currently employs 72 journalists in its newsroom. The company publishes 22 daily online publications covering news and providing insights in 18 different industries. The publications reach over seven million readers monthly across various platforms, with over $22 million in revenue in 2018.

Headline in Forbes This Week: A Cold Email to Mark Cuban Led This Entrepreneur to Raise $230 Million to Predict Politics With AI

"Tim Hwang cold emailed Mark Cuban to fund his big data startup, FiscalNote, at just 21 years old." That's how a really interesting article on the Forbes website begins about Tim Hwang, founder and CEO of SIPA member FiscalNote.

The article, by Alejandro Cremades, goes on. "Tim sent a cold email to Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank's star. To his surprise, Cuban replied in just 45 minutes. They traded a couple more emails and Cuban said he would be their lead investor. Along with Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo, and NEA, that seed round grew to $1.3 million."

Cabot Publishes New Investing Book 


From Cabot Wealth Network president Ed Coburn: "We have just published our latest book, Making Money Buying and Selling Stocks: The Cabot Wealth Introduction to Investing, authored by investing expert Nancy Zambell, chief analyst of Wall Street's Best Investments, with a foreword by our very own Tim Lutts, CEO and chief investment strategist of Cabot Wealth Network."

You can purchase the book on Amazon at this link.



 insideARM Hires New Digital Marketing Strategist


insideARM and the iA Institute have announced that Mwika Kankwenda has joined their team as digital marketing strategist. Kankwenda is a seasoned digital marketer, having worked her way up from marketing coordinator to assistant marketing manager at ASAE: the Center for Association Leadership.

At insideARM, she will handle digital marketing for their full range of events, products and services, including the upcoming Women in Consumer & Commercial Finance (Dec. 11-13), and their legal and compliance tools, including the Case Law Tracker and iA Research Assistant.

"Mwika is a creative, organized and effective digital marketer and copywriter. We're fortunate to have her on staff," said Aaron Steinberg, publisher, the iA Institute. "With Mwika contributing, we're looking forward to more visibility and more growth for iA."

And a Final Congrats and Shout-out 

Lee Landenberger, a staff writer for Clarivate and longtime editor and SIPA member, was kind enough to tell me that last Tuesday was the last day for Don Johnston at Clarivate.

In a Facebook post, Johnston wrote that he came up "just shy of 30 years at Clarivate Analytics-Thomson Reuters-Thompson Media Group-BioWorld-AHC. I had a good run. Thank you to all of my colleagues over the years, and a special shout-out to Lynn, Holland and Penney, with whom I have worked for a quarter century and who are still at Clarivate, and to Lee, who had circled back to join us."

I will miss Don, especially when the SIPAwards judging comes around. He was always there to be counted on (as is Lee and many others).

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…