content BeaconWho We Are
Rick Grant and Brian Rieger have held key roles with familiar trade publications and managed successful marketing communications firms since the early 2000s. Both know the industry–how it works; its history; its thought leaders and its trends. Both have produced and managed successful content programs for clients. We know what we’re doing and who we’re doing it for. We won’t waste your time getting up to speed.
Content Beacon is also staffed by a team of trade publication and association editors, writers and content producers. Which means you can expect trade publication quality from your content every time when you engage Content Beacon.
chief EXECUTIVE officer
When Brian first set foot into one of New Haven’s leading litigation firms as a new associate, law degree in hand, the last thing he anticipated was a two-year legal career. Yet, by 2001, he knew that the law was not his calling. Today, Brian can say he’s been part of the mortgage and settlement services industry far longer than he ever expected. Since 2003, he’s served as a Vice President with leading publisher October Research (The Title Report, The Legal Description), where he helped launch both the eRadio webinar series as well as the National Settlement Services Summit. He also piloted the company’s spin off PR firm, Northpointe Communications. In 2008, Brian launched his own PR and marketing agency, True Impact Communications, which is still going strong today. Brian has worked with mortgage lenders, title underwriters, former agency presidents, HUD and CFPB leaders, tech developers, title agents, brokerages and appraisal managers. Through it all, he’s built and maintained relationships with reporters, editors, trade association directors and publishers. For Content Beacon clients, Brian’s experience means minimal on-boarding and maximum results.
chief Operating officer
Rick Grant became a professional trade journalist in 1995 when he became associate editor at World Industrial Reporter in New York. An engineering publication with English and Spanish translations, it served a global audience. In 1997 he became Special Reports Editor for National Mortgage News in the financial district of New York City. Now known as SourceMedia, Grant founded four new publications for the company and planned a number of successful mortgage technology conferences. He served as Managing Editor for Origination News magazine, Broker magazine, Mortgage Technology magazine, and the HomeEquityWire electronic newsletter. Later, he served as a featured columnist for HousingWire and a blogger on real estate firm Zillow’s consumer-facing blog. His articles have been featured in national newspapers, magazines and online publications and he is recognized as one the first bloggers in the financial services industry. Grant is frequently featured in the financial industry’s top publications as a contributing writer and is often asked to share his expertise by speaking at national conferences and hosting seminars. You can find samples of his recent writing on LinkedIn, on HousingWire.com, The Mortgage Leader website and in the pages of National Mortgage Professional.