Information Today Acquires SpeechTEK and Speech Technology Magazine

Information Today, Inc. (ITI), a diversified media company specializing in creating effective communications strategies for practitioners, suppliers and industry leaders within communities of practice, has acquired SpeechTEK Conferences and Expositions and Speech Technology Magazine of Lexington from AmComm Holdings, Inc.

Thomas H. Hogan, president and CEO of Information Today, and John Kelly, CEO of AmComm Holdings, announced that SpeechTEK, SpeechTEK West, Speech Technology Magazine, the STM NewsBlast, SpeechSource and speechtoolbox.com will become a part of Information Today.

Hogan is a past president of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) as well as the Association of Information and Dissemination Centers (ASIDIC). He co-authored one of the first books in the field of electronic information, Online Searching: A Primer, in 1981 and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of electronic publishing. A graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, Hogan is profiled in Marquis Who's Who in America.

Kelly, a Kentucky native (Stanton), has owned and operated AmComm since 2000 building the company into the leading source of news, information and analysis on the products and technologies affecting the speech technology industry. 

With the acquisition of SpeechTEK and Speech Technology Magazine, Information Today is adding a significant new service of benefit to the users and producers of information, knowledge and content management products and services.

A 28-year-old company based in Medford, New Jersey, ITI uses magazines, conferences, trade shows, Web sites, email newsletters, webinars, blogs and other forms of peer-to-peer communication to provide comprehensive, engaging and effective media opportunities for industry practitioners, particularly in areas of information technology applications.

"Speech technology is a natural fit for ITI's expertise in the information technology and knowledge management industries," says Hogan.  "Our experience in publishing and trade show management can do nothing but enhance the communications strategies and marketing opportunities already in place and effectively managed for the past six years by John Kelly and his staff."

Information Today, Inc. also publishes Information Today, Online, CRM, KMWorld, Streaming Media, and many other periodicals, books, directories, and online products. ITI is the organizer and producer of events such as KMWorld, Streaming Media, Buying & Selling EContent, Computers in Libraries, Internet Librarian, and other prestigious conferences and exhibitions.

Information Today is a leader in print and electronic media, covering specialized applications of information technologies in such fields as customer relationship management, knowledge and content management, library systems, and streaming media.

 "I've seen speech technology evolve from an emerging technology into an essential mainstream application for any successful organization," says Kelly.  "ITI is going to bring a tremendous depth of experience and new energy that will be of great benefit to the industry and the people in it."

Under Kelly's guidance SpeechTEK and Speech Technology Magazine became recognized as the primary sources of information for people wanting to gain insight into the speech technology industry.  SpeechTEK and Speech Technology Magazine are recognized as the leading source of news and analysis on products and applications using speech technology.

Corporate Solutions of Westport, Connecticut, a leading merger and acquisition advisory firm specializing in the trade show and trade publishing industries, was AmComm Holdings' exclusive financial advisor in arranging, structuring and negotiating this transaction.


For information: 

Tom Hogan, Jr., vice president, Marketing, Information Today
Toll-Free: 800-300-9868
143 Old Marlton Pike
Medford, NJ 08055-8750 USA

John Kelly, AmComm Holdings
Toll Free:  877-993-9767
2628 Wilhite Court
Lexington, KY  40503
www.speechtek.com, www.speechtechmag.com

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