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SIPA June Member News

Joseph Wysocki, Husband of SIPA’s Former Longtime Managing Director Patti Wysocki, Passes Away at Age 72
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Joseph Wysocki, Jr., 72, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020, in Richmond, Va., of a heart attack while golfing. He was the husband of former longtime SIPA managing director Patti Wysocki, who served SIPA from March 1984 to October 2006.

A Citadel graduate, Joseph served his country in the Air Force while in the Vietnam War. Later on, he was an investigator for the Virginia government. Besides playing golf, he also enjoyed gardening.
“Joe was truly authentic,” said Phil Binkow, CEO of SIPA member Financial Operations Networks, where Patti has worked since leaving SIPA. “He exuded strength not just in his principles, but also in his genuine and gentle caring, humor and wit. To count Joe as your friend was a blessing; we will miss him greatly.”
Another memory, in his obituary, came from Sanford McAllister: “Joe was a prince and he will be missed. What a kind soul….he was always so sweet to me. You all had such a wonderful life together—know he loved living in Williamsburg close to all the golf courses!!”
Besides Patti, Joseph is survived by his daughter, Antoinette Wysocki-Sanchez; and grandsons, Greydon and Emerson Sanchez.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to The Citadel Diamond Dogs at this link.

Jon Ossoff Wins Georgia U.S. Senate Democratic Primary
Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff, 33, son of Richard Ossoff, owner of longtime SIPA member Strafford Publications, won the Democratic primary for a U.S. Senate seat last week.
Ossoff received over 50% of the vote, avoiding a runoff despite strong competition. He will now face incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue in the fall.
In his previous race, a close Congressional loss, Ossoff positioned himself as a practical-minded moderate. His recent TV ads focused on his vow to improve the health care system and his endorsement from Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the Democrat and storied civil rights leader.

Diversified’s Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 Shifts to Virtual Event in September – FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson to Keynote
Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2020 is going virtual, according to organizer Diversified Communications. “Due to ongoing health and safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the commercial drone community we serve have made it clear that it would be impossible to hold the live event as originally planned. We have reimagined [it] as a fully virtual event taking place Sept. 15-17, 2020,” said Lisa Murray, group director at Diversified.
FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson, an aviation professional with nearly 40 years of experience, will keynote the virtual event. Dickson leads an agency responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world. “We are thrilled that Administrator Dickson will be addressing the audience at such a critical time for the drone space,” said Murray.

Industry Dive Journalism Recognized by SPJ Awards for Washington, D.C.
Industry Dive publications won four recognitions last Tuesday in the 2020 Dateline Awards for Journalism Excellence presented by the Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Waste Dive, which covers the waste and recycling market, ultimately won an award for its recycling labor project in the Best Series for Newsletters and Trade Publications category.
“Our reporters and editors put tremendous effort into telling stories that illustrate the largest issues in the industries they cover,” said Davide Savenije, editor-in-chief at Industry Dive, also a multiple winner in the recent SIPAwards. “This was the first time we entered the local SPJ contest and we are excited to be recognized for our work.”