The IR Magazine Awards & Conference – Small Cap is the first best practice event in New York exclusively for CEOs, CFOs, IROs and advisors from small cap companies. Spanning multiple industries, the one-day conference will focus on key issues affecting small cap companies including crisis planning, investor relations 101, Q & A with the investment community, how to get coverage, effectively using social media and global best practices.
The conference will also boast an awards ceremony specifically tailored to small cap companies. Awards categories are self-nominated and shortlisted companies will be announced mid-August. Entry information can be found below.
Timely event: with the year-end fast approaching, this event is perfectly positioned to help you take stock of the year-to-date, refocus and plan for 2018
Benchmarking: it is a great opportunity to evaluate where you stand in comparison to your peers, how other small cap companies have managed and overcome similar situations
Run lean: learn how to have maximum strategic impact with limited resources – do more with less, learn how seasoned IR professionals prioritise their team
Unique format: our format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues
Discover something new: learn about new technologies, innovations, and services that are available to help to transform your IR strategy, increase productivity and make better decisions
Network with the community: meet with investors, analysts, experts, and peers
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OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.
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Breakfast and registration
Welcome and opening remarks
Macroeconomic briefing: The year in review, year-end predictions & looking into 2018
Investor relations 101: Setting up, elevating an IR program – Are you representing yourself right?
Investor intelligence 1: Q&A with the investment community
Investor intelligence 2: Expanding your investor base with high impact targeting
Sticking to script: Crisis planning, communication and competition
Digitisation of IR: Using social media and third party tools to differentiate your business
Best practice from award-winning IR professionals at small cap companies
End of discussions
Cocktail reception & IR Magazine Small Cap awards
To nominate yourself or your company for an IR Magazine Small Cap award or to find entry criteria, please click here.
The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 21. Winners will be announced at the IR Magazine Awards & Conference ‒ Small Cap on September 13 in New York. Good luck!
Julie Tracy, IRC
Sr. Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
Wright Medical Group N.V.
Julie Tracy is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Wright Medical Group N.V., a global orthopaedic medical device company and recognized leader of surgical solutions for the extremities and biologics markets. As a member of the company’s executive team, she leads the investor relations and corporate communication functions and is responsible for developing and executing investor relations programs to support the valuation of the company’s stock and is Wright’s primary liaison with institutional investors and analysts.
Wright Medical has been consistently recognized for its best-in-class investor relations programs. Ms. Tracy and Wright Medical were ranked #1 in Institutional Investor’s 2017 All-America Executive Team midcap rankings in the Life Science & Diagnostic Tools and Medical Supplies & Devices category. At the IR Magazine Awards – US 2017, Ms. Tracy was named Best IR officer in the small/mid cap category. At the 2014, 2015 and 2016 IR Magazine Awards – US, Wright Medical won the Grand Prix award for best overall small cap IR program, and Ms. Tracy was named Best IR officer in the small cap category. Ms. Tracy was also named the Global Top Small/Mid-Cap Investor Relations Officer in 2014 by IR Magazine.
Investor relations leader & finance executive
Steve West, an investor relations leader, spent three years leading an award winning IR program at Panera Bread Co. Before his career in IR, he spent 10 years as a highly recognized sell-side analyst at ITG, Stifel Nicolaus and A.G. Edwards. Steve was also a financial analyst for Procter & Gamble.
Steve has won numerous awards, including Institutional Investor’s Best IR Professional- Restaurants, Institutional Investor’s Best IR Program- Restaurants. Wall Street Journal Best on the Street 2009- Restaurants, and Starmine Best Stock Picker 2009- Restaurants.
Wright Medical Group N.V.
Investor relations leader
Winners will be announced September 13, following the IR Magazine Conference – Small Cap.
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A new social network for IR professionals! Connect with your peers via private messaging and groups, share ideas and know-how in the community forum, read all the latest IR news and download IR resources from the extensive, free knowledge base. Site features include:
Networking: Network with your peers by searching based on their sector, market cap, location and role, or look for individuals by their name or company. Connect with other members via private messaging and open or private groups.
Share knowledge and ideas: IRspace’s professionally moderated community forum will allow members to post queries and discussion topics and receive answers from a community of global IROs. This provides an opportunity for members to compare best practices and promote their own blog posts and thought leadership. Members can post queries anonymously or as themselves.
Knowledge base: The site contains an extensive, free and searchable knowledge base, granting IROs access to white papers, strategy and planning guides, research reports, investor perception studies and webinar recordings, as well as all the latest news and articles in the world of IR.
In association with
The mission of the Gabelli School of Business is to develop business leaders who are equipped for continuous growth in the changing global environment. Located in New York City, the commercial capital of the world, the Gabelli School is uniquely positioned to offer students the opportunity to participate in both regional and international economies. Its reputation will continue to be built upon excellence in teaching and scholarship. Learn more about our graduate business programs, which can provide targeted knowledge and skills in finance, information technology, business communication, accounting, law, strategic relationship management, and more. For more information, visit www.fordham.edu/business
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQX® Best Market, the OTCQB® Venture Market, and the Pink® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC Link® ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.
To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient markets, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.
Blender is an award-winning design agency and a leader of investor marketing in North America. We’ve worked with over 500 private and publicly traded companies on all major stock exchanges including NYSE, NASDAQ, and TSX.
For more information, visit www.blendermedia.com
Harbor Access LLC represents and advises Micro to Mega market cap companies. Whether you are a venture-backed company planning a stock exchange listing or a listed multi-national conglomerate, we can help optimize your visibility in the U.S. Equity market. We can also build out a capital market communications program or calibrate an existing one. Harbor Access brings extensive experience and professionalism to every client and customizes its work to meet their individual goals.
Our team has been directly involved in the capital markets for over 60 years, collectively, and has operated through the markets’ various stages, from the Tiger economy era to the internet boom and bust of the late 90s to the financial crisis that began in 2008. We are on the cutting edge of Investor Relations and Corporate Access, offering best practices for both of these disciplines.
For more information, please visit www.harboraccessllc.com
Issuer Direct® is an industry-leading communications and compliance company focusing on the needs of corporate issuers. Issuer Direct’s principal platform, Platform id., empowers users by thoughtfully integrating the most relevant tools, technologies and services, thus eliminating the complexity associated with producing and distributing financial and business communications. Headquartered in RTP N.C., Issuer Direct serves more than 2,000 public and private companies in more than 18 countries.
For more information, please visit www.issuerdirect.com.
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 89 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to 3,800 total listings with a market value of $11 trillion.
Sidoti & Company, LLC is Wall Street’s preeminent provider of equity research generally focused on companies with market capitalizations of under $3 billion. We cover over 250 companies across a range of industries. The companies covered by our traditional research typically have a history of profitability, maintain strong balance sheets, and tend to have limited, if any, coverage by other Wall Street firms.
Our approach affords institutional investor clients a combination of high-quality research, a small- and micro-cap company focused nationwide sales effort, broad access to corporate management teams, and extensive trading support. We serve nearly 500 institutional clients in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., including many leading managers of portfolios with $200 million to $2 billion of assets. We believe that these asset managers are generally underserved by other larger brokerage firms that typically target larger managers.
Sidoti & Company also hosts a fee-based biannual convention in New York focusing small- and micro-cap companies. Sidoti is a provider of company sponsored research.
We are a broker-dealer registered with the SEC and a FINRA member firm. We provide a broad range of securities-related services. In addition to our high-quality research, our sales and trading services are distinguished by prompt execution, a competitive commission structure and access to smart order routing that utilizes all available sources of liquidity. From time to time, we are invited to participate as an underwriter, dealer, placement agent or initial purchaser in securities offerings for issuers for which we provide research coverage. Given our knowledge of the companies we cover, we believe that we are able to contribute to these capital-raising transactions. We also assist our issuers with stock repurchase programs, block trades and organized (Rule 10b5-1) trading plans.
For more information, please visit www.sidoti.com
Founded in 1974, The Equity Group is an investor relations firm headquartered in New York City with expertise in strategic communications, investment community outreach and relations, market intelligence and advisory for micro through mid-cap companies, with a strong focus on both planning and execution. For some clients, we serve as an outsourced investor relations department – a virtual “office down the hall.” For larger companies with an IRO or similar internal capabilities, we provide an array of support services. We measure our client relationships in years – not months – and view each engagement as a long-term partnership opportunity. Our capabilities, results-oriented approach and commitment to clients lead to relationships that average 7 years and often span 10-20 years.
We are led by a seasoned team of professionals with over 175 years of aggregate experience. We combine legacy knowledge of capital markets communications, and an unparalleled reputation for integrity and client service with evolving industry best practices to design and execute investor relations programs that help deliver long-term stakeholder value. No magic wands, no smoke and mirrors, no special sauce – just hard work, tangible results, and a respect for clients’ time.
For more information, please visit www.theequitygroup.com
NIRI New York is the largest chapter in the NIRI network. Our unique position at the cross roads of the world’s largest financial center and proximity to a large number of Fortune 500 companies, enables us to deliver cutting edge programs featuring our industry’s most respected leaders, unparalleled peer-to-peer networking opportunities and access to thought leadership across multiple channels. No other local investor relations organization offers the breadth and depth of our outstanding membership benefits.
For more information, please visit www.niriny.org
The passes below will provide you with full access to the event and networking breaks. The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for publicly listed companies only. All others will have to book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate.
Please note that the rates below are our early bird rates which will expire on August 18, 2017. Any bookings made after this date, will be charged at the standard rate.