SIPA November Member News

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Hargreaves Leaves FiscalNote to Start Rush River Media


After nearly 10 years at CQ Roll Call, including its sale and transition from The Economist Group to FiscalNote, veteran publishing executive Meg Hargreaves has exited FiscalNote and launched a new consulting practice, Rush River Media.

"It has truly been the highlight of my career to represent the stellar CQ Roll Call and Economist brands for these last many years and to partner and work with so many wonderful people," Hargreaves said.

In this next chapter, she will be helping clients unlock their value via everything from strategy development to operational execution, placing a special focus on continuing to mentor up-and-coming women in the industry. At BIMS next Monday, Hargreaves will interview Sean Griffey, CEO of Industry Dive, in a Fireside Chat. 

Association TRENDS Launches New Data Transformation Tool, Bumblebee, Designed to Help Associations Tackle Data Duplication and Maintenance Challenges

Association TRENDS, a division of Columbia Books & Information Services, has launched Bumblebee, a data transformation tool designed to help associations tackle two of their biggest data challenges: duplication and data quality.

Bumblebee automates data transformation and cleansing activities while using data science to provide fast and accurate duplicate identification and record matching between data silos. Using Bumblebee, association data is assessed and transformed across four key areas: record duplication ID & matching, format standardization, data validation, and field completeness.


"About a year ago we looked around and realized there were virtually no resources to help associations de-duplicate, cleanse and maintain their data at scale," said Brittany Carter, president of CBIS. "Data is a huge asset to these organizations and there is so much that can be done with it - provided the data is clean. CBIS, our parent company, has a deep history in data research and management and it made sense for us to step in and build a data tool specifically for associations."

Keeeb Welcomes a New QA Engineer, VP of Sales and Chief Solution Architect

Keeeb, a SIPA vendor member, bolstered its team with the addition of Scott Griffin as quality assurance engineer, Tracy Linne as VP of sales, and Tom Barfield as chief solution architect. Barfield comes to Keeeb after nearly three decades at Accenture where he served as director of social learning & knowledge sharing. At Keeeb, he will work with customers to drive business growth and improve organizational performance and sharing through the Keeeb Intelligence Platform.

Ragan Communications Runs a New Video-to-Promote-Video Feature on Facebook


"Meet the Consultant: Justin Allen is head of production and video strategy for Ragan Consulting Group. He is a Chicago-based content strategist, writer, filmmaker, producer and entrepreneur."

That's the introduction for an excellent 45-second video ad on Facebook from Ragan Communications. "Find a good story, fill it with emotion. Give me lots of good hooks that keep me watching or make me want to come back for more or share it or come back later," Allen recites.

Take a look here.

Spidell Publishing Alerts Fire Victims to Available Tax Relief

In response to all of the horrible fires and destruction taking place in California, Spidell Publishing issued the following information today:

"As a result of [the governor's] declarations, taxpayers directly impacted by these fires may:

  • Make a throwback election to claim a disaster loss on their 2018 California income tax return to secure faster refunds; this election may not be made on a federal return because the President has not issued a disaster declaration for these areas;
  • Request a 60-day extension to file state payroll reports and/or deposit payroll taxes; and
  • Receive a three-month extension to file returns with the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration."

Speaking of Insurance...

Remember that as a SIPA member you are entitled to a special Pro Media/Professional Insurance Multimedia Liability policy from Axis Insurance. Contact George Ramirez, Broker – Professional Liability, at (727) 310-2921 or He can walk you through the process of obtaining media insurance.

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…