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IR Magazine Forum & Awards – Small Cap
Trends and best practices

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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 2019-2020
  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

Forum: Agenda

This year’s agenda and speaker line-up will be announced shortly. View 2018’s agenda here as PDF

NIRI IRC® credential

Holders of the NIRI IRC® credential can earn up to 4 professional development units (PDUs) per day. IRC-credentialed speakers may also earn PDUs. More information is available at

Awards: Categories and entry process

We are now accepting entries for this year's small cap awards! The list of categories open for nomination can be found below. Click here to submit a nomination and to view the entry criteria.

Deadline to enter: Friday, July 12, 2019

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.

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.

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.

How will my entry be judged?

The judging panel is made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members. The process is made up of two simple phases:

Phase 1: Judges are sent all submissions for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the category criteria. Scores are collated and averaged, which forms the initial short lists.

Phase 2: For the second phase, judges come together to discuss, with renewed scrutiny, those entries that have made it through to the shortlist. This final stage will determine the winners and runners up, where applicable, in each category.

The judges scores will not be shared with nominees, however, comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. The judges are not required to make comments against every submission.

For more information please contact [email protected]

Our top tips for submitting a winning entry

Our three awards-by-nomination categories at the small-cap awards provide a fantastic opportunity to ensure your team or client is recognized and acknowledged by the IR community, for their great achievements and successes over the past year.

Our entry process couldn’t be easier – click here to access our online submission form, which should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. We’ve also included our top tips below to assist you with catching the attention of the judges and making sure your nominations are in contention to be winning entries:

  1. Start early – with less than one month to go till the entry deadline, start now to get your application on a solid footing
  2. Crowd source – draft and share your entry with colleagues to get their feedback and ideas
  3. Create a story – judges like a clear narrative. Be focused in what you want to say
  4. Follow the criteria and provide evidence – focus on what the judges are asking for and ensure you demonstrate clearly and concisely how results were delivered
  5. Back it up – you can upload up to three supporting documents with your entry. This is a great way for the judges to explore in more detail the narrative you have presented, but choose carefully – and use only the best examples.

Have questions about the awards process or on how you can submit an entry? Contact Gargi Iyer on [email protected]

Who attends?

At this event, each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. Some of our past attendees 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

Venue and location

This year’s forum is hosted by OTC Markets and will take place at their corporate headquarters, in New York City:

OTC Markets
300 Vesey Street
New York
NY 10282


Looking for the perfect place to stay before or after the event? Why not try our exclusive HotelMap to browse real-time room rates of hotels close in proximity to OTC Markets.

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Would you like to sponsor in 2019?

Our forum and awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in small and micro-cap investor relations. As a sponsor, you will gain extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to showcase your expertise in the area, align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across the US.

Sponsoring the event will provide:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the IR community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with the region’s leading conference and awards
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients
  • The chance to entertain clients at the most respected event of the year for small and micro-cap companies
  • An opportunity to educate an influential and affluent audience about your products and services

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Brigitte Toledano or call on +1 212 430 6861.

Sponsored by

In association with

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 OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.

Book your place

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] Please note that these are our early bird rates which expire on Friday, August 16, 2019 – any bookings made after this date will be charged at the standard rate.

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