February SIPA Member News

Relias Appoints New CEO

Relias, a trusted educational provider to more than 10,000 clients worldwide, announced last month that Kay Krafft has been appointed as the new CEO. He will assume this role on April 1, 2020, in addition to his responsibility as CEO of the Bertelsmann Education Group.

As part of this transition, the Bertelsmann Education Group headquarters will be fully based in the United States. Krafft succeeds Jim Triandiflou, who is leaving Relias for personal reasons and at his own request on March 31, after eight years at the helm. He will remain associated with the company in an advisory capacity until at least the end of the year.

Krafft, who as a member of the Relias Board has been instrumental in shaping the company’s business development, intends to adhere to the strategy pursued by Relias, which has become the leading online education provider in the U.S. healthcare sector.

“Relias is a fantastic growth platform for Bertelsmann, generating many new opportunities and possibilities for us. This is largely thanks to Jim Triandiflou,” Krafft said. “Under his leadership, Relias experienced a remarkable period of growth, which continues to this day.

Industry Dive’s Outlook on 2020 for 19 Industries

Every January, Industry Dive’s journalists home in on the trends that will shape the future of the industries they cover. They dive into their research and reporting from years past, talk to trusted sources far and wide, and ultimately develop their takeaways on what will matter most in the coming year. This results in a series of stories that help their readers operate their companies and navigate the ever-changing market.

Check out the 2020 trends here for the 19 industries.

2020 SIPAwards Now Open for Entries

If you produce outstanding content for your audiences—news, features, blogs, instructional, investigative, newsletters, reports, etc.—use video, social media or podcasts, run great events, excel in marketing or have a great team of people on a particular project, then you deserve recognition for your work.

Here’s how. The 41st Annual SIPAwards celebrates niche publishing excellence throughout our industry with 22 stellar categories. Early-bird entries are due by Feb. 28. Winners will be recognized at the Annual SIPAwards Luncheon on June 2. This is your opportunity to earn the recognition you and/or your colleagues deserve.

MedLearn Media’s Monitor Mondays Marks 10th Anniversary of Inaugural Broadcast

Monitor Mondays, the weekly live podcast produced by RACmonitor.com, marked the 10th anniversary of its inaugural edition with an extended hour-long live podcast last month.

“RACmonitor was launched in 2008 because, at that time, the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program was gaining traction…,” RACmonitor.com Publisher and Monitor Mondays Program Host and Executive Producer Chuck Buck recalled. “The federal auditing that began at that point has only intensified ever since, and Monitor Mondays quickly became a landmark, go-to feature that helps us keep readers and listeners informed.”

Nearly 12,400 professionals from across the U.S. healthcare system subscribe and listen in to Monitor Mondays each week—more than two listeners for each of the estimated 5,500-6,000 hospitals currently operating nationwide. Of those listeners, as many as 1,000 tend to tune in live each Monday morning.

SIPA Member in the News

Guy Cecala, chief executive of Inside Mortgage Finance, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on Jan. 24 titled Refinancing Boom Fuels Mortgages to Postcrisis Record. From the article:

Still, an expectation that interest rates will hold steady or even keep falling is a good sign for mortgage lending in 2020, analysts said. Some mortgage brokers said last year’s boom is extending into the new year. “It’s very likely that the first quarter or first half of 2020 will be bigger than the first half of 2019,” said Guy Cecala, chief executive of Inside Mortgage Finance. “People are encouraged by lower rates.”

SAE International Expands Global Footprint With Acquisition of SMi Group Ltd. SIPA Member Grimes, McGovern & Associates Represented the Seller.

SAE International has announced the acquisition of SMi Group Ltd, a United Kingdom-based company that specializes in the production of global events for the aerospace, defense and medical/pharmaceutical sectors. As part of the acquisition, SAE International will merge SMi Group with Tech Briefs Media Group (TBMG) to form the SAE Media Group. SIPA member Grimes, McGovern & Associates represented SMi Group.

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