IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum & Awards
Small Cap

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

OTC Markets, New York

About the event

The IR Magazine Forum & Awards – Small Cap US is IR Magazine’s best practice event in New York designed exclusively for CEOs, CFOs, IROs and advisors from small cap companies. Spanning multiple industries, the one-day conference focuses on key issues affecting small cap companies.

We will also host an awards ceremony specifically tailored to small cap companies. The awards categories offer individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for two aspects of IR:  best investor engagement and best investor relations (by market cap; micro and small-cap). More details on this can be found below.

Why attend?

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 2019
  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 a maximum strategic impact with limited resources – do more with less, learn how seasoned IR professionals prioritize 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




The awards-by-nomination categories offers individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for two aspects of IR:  best investor engagement and best investor relations (by market cap; micro and small-cap). Click on the categories below to find out more and view the criteria.

The nomination period is now closed. Shortlisted companies can be viewed below.

Best investor engagement

Best investor engagement

This category is intended to recognize excellence and innovation in investor engagement, whether that is through hosting an analyst day, participating in investor conferences, hosting on-site meetings or using technology in an innovative way to engage investors.


  • Meritage Hospitality Group

  • Repro Med Systems

  • Spartan Motors


  • The Singing Machine Company

Best IR by a micro-cap company (less than $500mn)

Best IR by a micro-cap company (less than $500mn)

Best performance by an IR team, which can include a CFO, CEO or other c-suite professional that contributes to the IR function of your company.


  • Alpha & Omega Semiconductor


  • First Resource Bank

  • Idera Pharmaceuticals

  • Suncrest Bank

  • TGR Financial

  • The OurPet’s Company

Best IR by a small-cap company ($500mn - $2bn)

Best IR by a small-cap company ($500mn - $2bn)

Best performance by an IR team, which can include a CFO, CEO or other c-suite professional that contributes to the IR function of your company.


  • Computer Services

  • MPM Holdings

  • Primoris Services Corporation

  • Revance Therapeutics


  • Stoneridge

Stephen Amsterdam, senior research analyst , Emerald Advisers

Mr. Amsterdam is a senior research analyst and a member of the Emerald Advisers Technology Research Team.  He also serves as a member of the Mid Cap Growth and All Cap Growth Portfolio Management Teams.  He has been with Emerald since 2001 and currently focuses his efforts on network infrastructure, optical technologies, embedded electronics, and unified communications.

Prior to joining Emerald Asset Management, Mr. Amsterdam spent a decade investing in, and advising, early stage technology companies as a founding managing director of PA Early Stage Partners, a $50M early stage venture capital fund and senior associate of TLVentures, an $800M venture capital fund associated with Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.

He is a graduate of Lehigh University.

Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, IR Magazine

Ben Ashwell is the digital editor at IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary, covering investor relations, governance, risk and compliance. Prior to this, he was the founder and editor of Executive Talent, the global quarterly magazine from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. Before moving to the US, Ben was the vice president and editor at Executive Grapevine, overseeing a daily news website, ten annual supplements and HR Grapevine, the UK’s leading HR and talent management magazine.

Julie Dewey, Senior vice president & chief communications officer, Wright Medical Group

Julie Dewey is senior vice president and chief communications officer for Wright Medical Group, a global orthopedic medical device company and recognized leader in surgical solutions for the extremities and biologics markets. As a member of the company’s executive team, she leads the IR and corporate communication functions and is responsible for developing and executing investor relations programs to support the valuation of the company’s stock. She is also Wright Medical’s primary liaison with institutional investors and analysts.

Dewey and Wright Medical were ranked #1 in Institutional Investor’s 2017 and 2018 All-America executive team mid-cap rankings in the Life Science & Diagnostic Tools and Medical Supplies & Devices category. For the last five years (2014-2018), Dewey has been named best IRO in the small/mid-cap category at the IR Magazine Awards – US. In 2014 she was also named IR Magazine’s global top small/mid-cap IRO. Wright Medical won the award for best overall small-cap IR program at IR Magazine’s 2014 and 2015 US Awards and the award for best overall mid-cap IR program at the 2016 and 2018 US Awards. In 2018 Wright Medical also won the award for best use of technology & social media for IR at IR Magazine’s US Awards.

Dewey currently serves as a member of NIRI’s national board of directors and is a member of the inaugural class that earned the Investor Relations Charter (IRC) credential in April 2016. She also is a member of NIRI’s Senior Roundtable.

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a BS in business administration and received her MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business.

Robert Kosowsky, Senior analyst and assistant portfolio manager, Royce Funds

Before joining the firm in 2015, Robert Kosowsky was an equity analyst at Sidoti & Company from 2009 to 2015, and a research analyst at OFI Institutional Asset Management from 2008 to 2009. Prior to this, he was a research analyst at Ballentine Partners (2007-2008), an equity analyst at Sidoti & Company (2002-2005) and a research analyst at Thomas Financial (2000-2001).

Kosowsky holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is a CFA charterholder.

Stephen Amsterdam

Emerald Advisers

Ben Ashwell

IR Magazine

Julie (Tracey) Dewey

Wright Medical Grou

Rob Kosowsky

Royce Funds

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Who's attending?

At this event, each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. Some of the attendees joining us this year include:

Title Company Title Company
CEO & Chairman TGR Financial, Inc Managing Partner Harbor Access
VP of investor relations Weight Watchers International MD & Head of Corporate Access Telsey Advisory Group
CEO Open Exchange National director of business developments Lambert IR
CFO Repro Med Systems, Inc President Blender Media
CFO and Executive Vice President, IR VolitionRx President The Equity Group
CFO/Secretary HDQA Elderly Life Network Corp. VP of investor relations iHeartMedia
Chief Accounting Officer Dyadic International President and CEO First Resource Bank
Chief Executive Officer and President Deep Down Inc. Regional Sales Director QuoteMedia, Inc
Chief Financial Officer Deep Down Inc. Senior Analyst Corporate Development Stoneridge
Chief Financial Officer Smith Midland Senior associate of investor relations Lambert IR
Chief Financial Officer Orhub, Inc. Senior director Gilead sciences
COO WeConvene Senior director of investor relations Lambert IR
Corporate access, Americas HSBC Securities Senior Vice President The Equity Group
Digital editor IR Magazine Sr. Director, IR & Corporate Communications Revance
Director EM Advisors SVP TGR Financial, Inc
Director of Corporate Communications pdvWireless SVP Investor Relations & Finance MDC Partners
Director of investor relations Erytech SVP, IR & Corporate Communications Safeguard
Director, M&A and IR Stoneridge US-Investor Relations Implanet
EVP & CFO First Resource Bank Vice president Citigroup
Executive Vice President, Corporate Services OTC Markets Vice president – IR FuelCell Energy
Head of client strategy Open Exchange Vice president of investor relations MasTec
Head-Investor Relations & Media MPM Holdings Vice President Relationship Management Computershare
Investor Relations Chimera Investment Corporation VP of Investor Relations Hudson Ltd.
Investor relations – consultant Alpha and Omega Semiconductor VP of investor relations Burns McClellan
IR Vitamin Shoppe VP, Investor Relations Idera Pharmaceuticals
Manager – Investor Engagement Zacks SCR VP, Investor Relations Telaria, Inc.
Managing director of investor relations BBX Capital VP, Senior Client Relationship Manager Computershare

NIRI IRC® credential

Holders of the NIRI IRC® credential can earn up to 4 professional development units (PDUs) at this event. IRC-credentialed speakers may also earn PDUs.  Find out more information at

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Venue and location

Our 2018 event will be held at:

OTC Markets
304 Hudson Street
3rd Floor

New York, NY 10013

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The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for publicly listed companies only. All others will have to book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate. If you have any questions or need assistance with your booking, please contact [email protected].

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