IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards – US 2018
Celebrating IR excellence

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY

About the awards

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 the IR Magazine Awards – US 2018 will honor excellence in the investor relations profession at Cipriani Wall Street. Since the annual event first launched in 1996, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. The result: vital benchmarking information on which companies do the best IR.

Over the last two decades the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of investor relations, particularly the contributions of senior management, as well as to identify the best IR by sector. In addition, the research now covers the perspective of winning companies in addition to the views of analysts and investors.

In 2018, for the very first time, we will be presenting two types of award categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across the US. For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in the US. In our nominated categories, companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. More information on the categories and how winners are chosen can be found below.

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Awards by research

For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in the US. To view the full list of 2017 winners, please click here.

2018 nominees will be announced in February!

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

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Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

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Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

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Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

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Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

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Best IR by senior management team (small & mid-cap)

Best IR by senior management team (small & mid-cap)

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Best IR by senior management team (large cap)

Best IR by senior management team (large cap)

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Best IR for an IPO

Best IR for an IPO

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Most progress in IR

Most progress in IR

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Best corporate governance

Best corporate governance

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Best IR by a non-US company in the US market

Best IR by a non-US company in the US market

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Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

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Best sustainability practice

Best sustainability practice

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Best use of technology and social media for IR

Best use of technology and social media for IR

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Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

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Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples

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Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy

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Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

Best in sector: financials (including real estate)

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Best in sector: healthcare

Best in sector: healthcare

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Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials

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Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials

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Best in sector: technology

Best in sector: technology

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Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities

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The first thing to explain is that our awards are different from most others: for our awards by research, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, via a combination of an electronic survey and one-to-one telephone interviews, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.

August 2017: Sample selection

IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock. These details are combined with Ipreo’s list of US investment community contacts and are passed to Fox Insight

September 2017: Electronic survey

Fox Insight conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. The electronic survey typically receives 400 individual responses from the investment community. These responses then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for industry sector.

October 2017: Telephone survey

The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with an additional 400 portfolio managers and analysts across the US. Many of them participate in the study year after year, but there is always a healthy proportion of new respondents each year as well. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.

November 2017: Results analysis

Once the survey stage of the research is completed, the final analysis is undertaken. The companies with the highest scores make the short lists for the awards categories, and the points are further analyzed to identify the best exponents of IR by sector. The 100 companies with the highest points tallies are ranked in the US Top 100 league table. The independence of our research is crucial to the integrity of the whole awards program, so IR Magazine sees the results only once the research is complete. This ensures a transparent, independent set of results that IROs can trust as a valuable benchmarking tool.

December 2017: Short list compiled

IR Magazine receives the results in December and contacts the short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short list is then published to the entire IR community the month before the event.

January-February 2018: Corporate research

Before the research is published on our website (as the IR Magazine Award Winning IR – US 2018), our in-house team undertakes a combination of desk research and interviews with IROs and other executives at US Top 100 companies. They are invited to discuss the special challenges they may have faced in the past year, or the changes made to their programs, budgets and staffing. This allows us to provide the corporate context to the study and better understand the factors underlying IR success.

 March 22, 2018: Winners announced

And finally… on the night of the awards, the winners are announced, trophies given out and the US Top 100 is revealed, all at a black-tie gala dinner in New York.

March 23, 2018: Report published

Shortly after the awards, the IR Magazine Award Winning IR – US 2018 is published and the data incorporated into our website in interactive form. Professional subscribers have full access to the data from all regions so they can benchmark their company’s performance against that of other companies worldwide.

For further information on the 2018 report, please contact IR Magazine’s head of research, Janet Dignan, at janet.dignan@irmagazine.com.

 

Master of ceremonies

Jordyn Rolling is a dynamic journalist, producer and entertainer on the rise in New York City. Born and raised in Utah, she is a producer and host for BET, The Hollywood Reporter and VICE, and a former associate producer of Al Roker Entertainment’s BizWireTV and the CBS-produced, three-time Emmy Award-winning entertainment TV show Mark at the Movies.

A former Division 1 soccer player at Virginia Commonwealth University and Sac State, Rolling has hosted for numerous brands including NBC, Time, AOL, USA Today, CBS, Music Choice and Entravision. She has covered red carpets and interviewed A-list stars one-on-one in Los Angeles, New York City and Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. She has also served as master of ceremonies for various events.

In December 2016 Rolling received her master’s degree in multimedia journalism from NYU’s Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute.

Awards by Nomination

In our awards by nomination categories, we offer individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. Click on the category names below to find out more. The nomination period is now closed.

2018 nominees will be announced in February!

Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

Recognizing an outstanding career in investor relations, this award is presented to the brightest and best American IROs.

Rising star

Rising star

Open to IR professionals under 35, this award is looking for individuals bringing fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession.

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Describe how you successfully dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation.  

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Have you successfully changed or updated your message to the Street? Give us your vision of best practice.

Best investor meetings

Best investor meetings

Did you hold an investor day, site visit or other investor event that marked your company out from the crowd?

Ben Ashwell

IR Magazine

Mickey Foster

FedEx

Barbara Gasper

Arbor Advisory Group

Gary LaBranche

NIRI

Smooch Repovich Reynolds

ZRG Partners

In 2018, we have introduced categories which are open to self-nomination. These categories differ from our traditional researched awards, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.

The judging process is made up of two simple phases:

PHASE 1: Judges are sent all submissions after the entry deadline for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the given criteria. This will form the initial shortlists.

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

The 2018 nomination period is now closed.

Sponsors

On the night

Venue

Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

ACCOMMODATION

Looking for the perfect place to stay before or after the event? Why not try IR Magazine’s exclusive HotelMap to browse real-time room rates of hotels close in proximity to Cipriani Wall Street.

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Would you like to sponsor?

Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in North-America. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region.

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 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
  • Exposure as the market leader in your chosen area by sponsoring the awards that best reflect your area of expertise

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

Book your seat

The tickets below will provide you with full access to the awards ceremony. If you have any questions regarding booking seats and tables for the awards, please contact Brigitte Toledano on +1 212 430 6861.

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