The Institutes Acquire Risk & Insurance, National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo, and National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo

MALVERN, Pa. (PRWEB) December 09, 2019

The Institutes, the leading risk management and insurance knowledge provider, today announced it has acquired three valuable knowledge-sharing platforms from LRP Media Group: Risk & Insurance®, National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo (NWCDC), and National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo® (ErgoExpo). The deal closed on December 9, 2019.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Risk & Insurance, NWCDC, and ErgoExpo teams to The Institutes,” said Peter Miller, CPCU, president and CEO of The Institutes. “Each of these entities offers new and unique opportunities to provide knowledge and education to those interested in risk management and insurance.”

Risk & Insurance is the leading digital and print platform for risk management and insurance news and information. It is also known for its award programs, including the Power Broker award. NWCDC and ErgoExpo will expand The Institutes’ educational offerings into the area of workplace-injury mitigation. NWCDC is the largest national workers compensation exposition, and ErgoExpo is the nation’s largest and longest-running ergonomics event, focused on providing knowledge about making employees safer by mitigating workplace injuries.

“Joining The Institutes is beyond exciting for our entire team. Our shared values on the importance of knowledge and education create the core of our organizational synergies,” said Matthew Kahn, president of Risk & Insurance, NWCDC, and ErgoExpo. “Our assets will help expand The Institutes’ offerings into new topics like workers compensation and ergonomics, while The Institutes’ long-term commitment will enable us to expand our digital platforms and develop some very exciting and innovative approaches at our events.”

JEGI | CLARITY, the leading independent investment bank for the global media, events, information, marketing, software, and tech-enabled services sectors, was the exclusive financial adviser to LRP Media Group in this transaction.


About The Institutes | Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group

The Institutes, the leading provider of risk management and insurance knowledge solutions, offer professional designations, including the CPCU® program. In addition, The Institutes provide introductory, foundational, and leadership programs; online and continuing education courses; events and conferences; custom solutions; and assessment tools. Affiliates include CEU, Claims Pages, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the CPCU-Loman Education Foundation, The Institutes CPCU Society, The Institutes Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, The Institutes RiskStream CollaborativeTM, the Insurance Research Council, the International Insurance Society, MyPath, the Pacific Insurance Conference, Risk & Insurance, NWCDC, and ErgoExpo.

CPCU is a registered trademark of The Institutes. All rights reserved.

About LRP Media Group

LRP Media Group, headquartered in Palm Beach County, Florida, since 1996, is an innovative media company serving millions of business and education professionals worldwide. Specializing in education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers compensation, and disability, LRP publishes thousands of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos, and online resources. The company also produces four industry-leading print and digital magazines for key decision-makers: District Administration, Human Resource Executive®, HRM Asia, and University Business. Additionally, LRP annually delivers top-quality training and professional development to thousands of professionals through its award-winning conferences and tradeshows in China, Singapore, and the United States. LRP currently employs more than 500 professionals in its Connecticut; Florida; Pennsylvania; Singapore; and Washington, D.C., offices.

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Everyone’s Invited to Surf with Santa on Cocoa Beach this Christmas Eve

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (PRWEB) December 09, 2019

Cocoa Beach is preparing to host its 10th annual “Surfing Santas” event, an all-comers extravaganza that has become one of the world’s most-dazzling Santa-themed gatherings.

What began as a simple family beach day a decade ago has grown into the nation’s most beloved – and slightly zany – holiday tradition. Now, ten years in, there’s no better place for Santa to loosen up as he gets ready for his one annual workday than the surfing capital of the East Coast.

Last year, with a massive beachside crowd of more than 10,000 cheering them on, nearly 600 surfers took to the Atlantic all decked out in their best St. Nick outfits. This Christmas Eve morning, the infamous group of Surfing Santas are ready to hit the beach again with hopes of breaking their own record for the number of Santa Clauses simultaneously riding the waves.

“Surfing Santas is truly a sight to behold,” said event organizer George Trosset, who got the craze rolling somewhat innocently on Dec. 24, 2009, when a news photographer captured him wearing a Santa getup while surfing with his family. “Watching this explode into one of the largest and most-talked about holiday events has been nothing short of phenomenal.”

There are no skill or age requirements to participate as a Surfing Santa and the event is free. Just don your most-festive holiday garb and grab a board. Spectators are invited to dress up as well – cash prizes are in store for the best themed costumes, and one “people’s choice” grand prize winner in the costume contest will take home a Surfing Santas surfboard.

“This is a festive, fun in the sun family event. Whether you’re big into surfing or just looking to make more unforgettable holiday memories, Surfing Santas should be at the top of your holiday bucket list,” said Peter Cranis, the executive director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. “For our guests from out of town, it’s a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit while soaking up our Florida sunshine and unbeatable, laid-back Space Coast vibe.”

Since 2013, Surfing Santas has raised more than $130,000 for charity, through donations and sales of official Surfing Santas T-shirts. All proceeds benefit the work of two local organizations: the Grind for Life cancer support group and the 20-year-old Florida Surf Museum.

For more information about Surfing Santas and where to stay along the Space Coast, visit The Dec. 24 event will begin at 8 a.m. along the beach near 2 Minutemen Causeway (where the causeway intersects with Route A1A N. Atlantic Avenue) and is expected to continue until noon. Plenty of parking is available and numerous area restaurants will be open to serve Surfing Santa participants and spectators.

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Kathy Cunningham Tapped As Keynote Speaker On Building Lasting Brands At The 2019 Women In Automotive Palm Springs Conference

PALM SPRINGS, Ca. (PRWEB) December 09, 2019

The Women in Automotive conference educational content fulfills a gap in the automotive community. The goal is to move the automotive industry forward as it relates to the most influential segment of the market: women.

“More than 300 professionals from across the country attended the inaugural Women in Automotive Conference in 2015, and over 400 attended each in our 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 events. We expect our numbers to grow at an exponential rate in our upcoming Winter event.” – Christy Roman, WIA Founder

The two-day conference draws upon top female success stories as it assists the automotive community in recruiting, retaining, and developing female employees and leaders. It includes a networking event, speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, and booth displays – all centered on the goal of educating and inspiring women in all areas of the automotive industry.

Advanced Marketing Strategies Founder, Kathy Cunningham will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Palm Springs event. She will be speaking on how to build lasting brands. As Kathy says, “branding isn’t just a marketing or advertising term, it should be a way for you and your teams to crystallize what you make happen for your customers and the unique value you can add to their experience. In this new customer-centric market, the buyer is controlling the narrative and the omnichannel customer experience should be at the forefront of the sales and marketing conversation.”

Kathy further relates, “I am a huge fan of WIA and all they are doing for the automotive industry. Being a 30-year industry veteran myself, finding WIA has reignited my passion for the industry and opened my eyes to more opportunities. I’m looking forward to sharing my years of experience in retail branding with the Women of Automotive. Given the tectonic shifts going on in the marketplace today, branding is becoming more important for everyone from manufacturers and dealers to vendors and suppliers. We all need to differentiate our products and services and stand out in the new retail environment.”

Kathy will also be hosting the popular Show Runner Marketing Podcast from the floor of the Women in Automotive Conference. The show has featured past WIA keynote speakers like Julie Kratz, Owner of Pivot Point; and Lisa Copeland, owner of Cars Her Way, Shari Fitzpatrick, CEO of Berried in Chocolate, as well as 2019 Every Women Award Winner Amanda Hoffmann. Also featured on the podcast are automotive superstars Tiffany Stroupe and Rose Castillo from Hyundai North America, as well as WIA Board of Directors Jody DeVere, and Subi Ghosh. Get a behind the scenes look inside the automotive industry from the female perspective, with inspiring stories of how these top women have navigated their careers and the lessons they have learned along the way.

Advanced Marketing Strategies will be posting updates directly from the Women in Automotive convention, with exclusive content only available through their Facebook,, Instagram,, and LinkedIn accounts,

Women in Automotive is offering code WIA100 to save $100.00 on admission.


  • Jill Trotta, Vice President/GM Industry, Sales, and Marketing with RepairPal and Tammy Tecklenburg, President, Women in Auto Care – Fireside Chat: Creating your Tribe
  • Courtney White, Director, Marketing, Communications at Dealerware – From Transactions Economics to Customer Economics: What Retail Automotive Can Learn from Amazon to Drive Growth
  • Thomais Zaremba, Director of Automotive at Google – Finding Athena: Current female leadership and developing our female leaders of the future
  • Paul Faletti, Jr., President & CEO, NCM Associates – Empower your Employees and Increase Retention through Employee-Ownership and Diversity
  • Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Company Manager, Global Consumer Trends & Futuring – Trends Panel – Trends for the Shifting Automotive Industry


Women in Automotive was founded by six female industry leaders in partnership with JKR Advertising out of Orlando. The group is particularly interested in empowering and developing women in the auto industry. The philosophy is that this benefits both the women and the dealerships and will help facilitate the training and hiring of more females in dealerships.

Currently, the percentage of female employees remains stagnant at just 17% of all employees (according to NADA 2014 data). A major recruiter mentioned that they had received over 1,000,000 resumes, of which 40%+ were from women – but only 1 out of 4 is actually hired by dealers. Whether that’s a function of the job requirements or dealer preference, Women In Auto is committed to bringing the two sides together. On the dealer side, by training and educating them on how to create a balanced position for women, and for women – by providing them a network and opportunities for skill set development. For more information or to register for the 2019 Women in Automotive Conference this winter in Palm Springs, visit:


The Show Runner Marketing Podcast is a new effort from Advanced Marketing Strategies (AMS) that aims to recognize top women in marketing “running the show” and give them a platform to share their knowledge and life lessons with others. By creating an accessible network of amazing business women and those that are thirsty for continued learning, Show Runner provides speakers and listeners a mentoring opportunity through the podcast platform. The show is hosted by AMS Founder and President, Kathy Cunningham. For more information visit:


Incorporated in 1991, the San Diego ad agency, Advanced Marketing Strategies is proud to have provided over twenty-five years of strategy-based, results-oriented marketing solutions that have increased traffic, sales, and profits for large consumer clients. Over the years, we have developed fully integrated traditional, digital and social media marketing for IKEA, Mossy Automotive, Soboba Casino, Quechan Casino Resort, Sky Ute Casino and Resort, McMillan Homes, Point Loma Credit Union, LPGA Kia Classic and others. Learn more about AMS by visiting


Kathy is the Founder and President of Advanced Marketing Strategies, one of San Diego’s most prominent advertising agencies. Having founded Advanced Marketing Strategies over 27 years ago, Kathy is passionate about combining the latest, most innovative communication tools with solid, tested principles of marketing, for exponential results. She and her team use research, targeting, and strategy to bring together compelling messages and an optimum combination of both digital and traditional media. Kathy is also the host of The Show Runner Marketing Podcast, which recognizes top females in business and marketing who are running the show.

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