Four market-leading, SIPA member companies—BLR (Business and Legal Resources) and UCG-owned businesses DecisionHealth, Argosy and CCMI—have been merged and sold to Leeds Equity Partners, LLC. Leeds Equity created a new entity called Simplify Compliance Holdings, LLC to manage this new group. It will be led by Dan Oswald, the current CEO of BLR, and headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn.
Simplify Compliance represents the first investment for Leeds Equity Partners and will be a buy-and-build platform with an exclusive focus on the governance, risk and compliance market.
"We are excited to join the Leeds Equity team," said Oswald (pictured). "Leeds Equity's track record of providing support to leading businesses in the knowledge industries is unmatched, and we view our partnership with Leeds as a strategic asset of the company. We chose to work with Leeds Equity because of the depth of their experience and expertise, and we are confident that their resources ...
"UCG found out pretty quickly that the virtual cocktail reception—an oxymoron at best—was not the answer. Their belief that people need to meet in person at events large and small has already paid dividends." I wrote that almost seven years ago after listening to a talk by UCG co-founder Bruce Levenson.
"People will pay for customization," said Elizabeth Petersen (pictured), executive vice president, Health Care, at Business and Legal Resources (BLR). Because of new strides in data and tools and it brings in revenue, customization is becoming much more frequent today. Here are three examples of successful customization initiatives in the member/subscriber world: