The opportunity for small-cap companies in the current environment is extensive. Those investor relations teams that can attract the attention of both institutional and retail investors and build analyst coverage will be set up for long-term success.
The IR Magazine Forum – Small Cap will aim to help public companies stand out in the capital markets by overcoming the time and resource pressures that smaller companies face.
We will be joined by over a hundred CEOs, CFOs and IROs in New York on Thursday, September 28 and we will discuss how to effectively target investors, stand out in the financial press, build analyst coverage and engage retail investors in today’s macro environment.
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We will be announcing our 2023 agenda shortly. In the meantime, click here to view the 2022 agenda.
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Registration, refreshments and networking
Welcome to the IR Magazine Forum
Lucy Fato, executive VP, GC and global head of communications, AIG
Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
A global recession: The impact of market forces on small-cap companies
We will start our day with this view of capital markets and macroeconomic trends. The session will set the scene with an update on global markets, fund flows, where the economy is headed in ten years, M&A and how IR teams at small-cap companies can prepare for what is to come in 2023.
Jonathan Paterson, founder and managing partner, Harbor Access
Increasing analyst coverage and targeting investors in a hybrid, uncertain market
This panel will discuss innovative and new ways of targeting potential investors. What are the best practices around scheduling NDRs and determining which cities are open and which are closed? How to attract the right investors with the tools available and fewer resources? What opportunities created by the pandemic can help ‘globalize’ your shareholder base? How are companies providing financial guidance during these times?
We’ll explore new ways to secure additional sell-side coverage, maximize the use of management’s time, and weigh the pros and cons of paid analyst coverage, social media, and recent corporate access trends going into 2023.
Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
Adele Carey, VP of investor relations, BTCS
Stan Kovler, VP of corporate strategy and IR, Extreme Networks
John Nunziati, investor relations partner, Q4
Coffee break and networking
Running a strategic IR function: Top-down approach to delivering shareholder value
What is the role of an IRO during a post-pandemic downturn? How does it compare to the 2008 recession, and what can we learn from those who successfully navigated past market uncertainty? How should you restructure resources when access to capital markets is challenging?
Given the outlook for the next 18 months, what are the priorities and expectations of IR teams to effectively communicate shareholder value? How will this change in ten years? We’ll explore how to run an IR team, what CFOs expect from IR teams, how to manage up and coach your c-suite, and emerging best practices.
Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine
Aaron Howald, VP of IR and business development, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Julie MacMedan, vice president of investor relations, LL Flooring
Quentin McMillan, vice president, managing director & head of investor relations, AIG
Daniel Virgilio, executive director, global head of surveillance & targeting, S&P Global Market Intelligence
ESG strategy: Meeting increasing investor expectations as a small cap
Keeping on top of ESG alongside existing IR responsibilities can be challenging for an IR team with limited resources. We’ll discuss strategies to deliver a concise ESG story that communicates long-term value creation to investors and wider stakeholders.
With the announcement of the new regulations, the expectations around the quality of ESG disclosures have increased significantly. We will discuss how to create a comprehensive engagement strategy that effectively communicates the risks and opportunities that are material to your business.
Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine
Seth Forman, president of ESG, Socialsuite
Anthony Garcia, senior director of investment stewardship, Nuveen Responsible Investing
Neil Stewart, director of corporate outreach, IFRS Foundation
Small stocks, big money: How small cap investors develop their investment strategy
Dave Gentry, CEO, RedChip Companies
Investor and analyst Q&A: Expectations of small-cap IR teams in the coming months
During this session, our panel of investors and analysts will address any concerns and questions you may have about the coming months. Are investors tired of virtual events? How to increase analyst coverage? What do investors want from IR in a hybrid world and during a downturn? What are the predictions for the coming months? What sectors are investors favouring going into 2023?
Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
Sourabh Banerji, small-cap equity PM, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Thaddeus Pollock, portfolio manager, Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn
James Wong, head of corporate access origination, Millennium Management
Champagne roundtables: Exchange ideas and best practices with a glass of champagne!
How the roundtables work
Topics to choose from
Roundtable summary and closing remarks
Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
Drinks reception and networking
Small-cap equity portfolio management
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Sourabh Banerji is a member of the Small Cap Value portfolio management team at Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Prior to joining the firm in 2019 Mr. Banerji was an equity analyst at Cutler Group, an equity analyst at Integre Asset Management, and a portfolio analyst at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He joined the industry in 1999. Mr. Banerji earned a Masters of Business Administration at the Columbia Business School, New York and a Bachelor of Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, India.
VP of investor relations
Adele Carey is the VP of Investor Relations at BTCS. In this role, she serves as a liaison to the investment community and will lead the investor relations program. Adele has over a decade of experience in marketing and investor relations. Prior to BTCS, she worked at CrowdStreet where she raised capital for their private funds and supported the investor onboarding process. Prior to that, Adele was an Investor Relations Analyst at Synchrony Financial. In 2014, she received two Synchrony Star Awards for Collaboration and Strong Governance. Adele started her career in investor services at UBS Alternative Investment Solutions. Ms. Carey worked closely with the investment committee and business development teams. Adele earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pace University.
Executive VP, GC and global head of communications
Lucy oversees AIG’s Global Legal, Compliance and Regulatory groups. She is also Global Head of Communications and Government Affairs.
Prior to joining AIG, Ms. Fato was Managing Director, Head of the Americas & General Counsel of Nardello & Co., a global private investigative firm. Previously, Ms. Fato was EVP & General Counsel of S&P Global. Prior to that, Ms. Fato was Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Marsh McLennan. Ms. Fato began her legal career at Davis Polk & Wardwell where she spent fourteen years, including five as a partner in the capital markets group. Ms. Fato is a member of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Advisory Board and the Life Insurance Council of NY (LICONY) Board of Directors. From 2018 to 2021, Ms. Fato was included in NACD Directorship magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom community. In 2015 and 2017, she was named by Ethisphere magazine as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” for her dedication to furthering corporate ethics.
President of ESG
Socialsuite’s President, Seth Forman, is a veteran sales and business development executive in the technology and media industries. Based in New York City, Forman is focused on driving business growth, advancing the company’s product offerings, and helping organizations across the globe to track, measure, and disclose ESG. Prior to joining Socialsuite in April 2022, Forman spent five years as Global Managing Director at Quantcast, a global online measurement and advertising technology company, helping to develop and grow its AI driven audience platform.
Senior director of investment stewardship
Nuveen Responsible Investing
Anthony is a director with the Responsible Investing (RI) team at Nuveen, the investment management arm of TIAA. Nuveen’s Responsible Investing team is responsible for creating a firm-wide holistic RI vision, executing a unified framework across Nuveen’s multi-affiliate structure, and expanding strategic business relationships across the firm. Nuveen’s RI framework establishes the firm’s overall RI philosophy as well as guidelines for incorporating RI disciplines in investment decisions and new product development. Anthony’s responsibilities include leading the engagement efforts across Nuveen, including for its largest affiliate TIAA Investments, by working directly with companies to discuss important ESG issues and developing standards for proxy voting. Prior to joining Nuveen, Anthony worked as a policy advisor to institutional investors at Institutional Shareholder Services. His other professional experiences include a variety of financial and legal research positions. He received a JD from Vanderbilt University and a BA in Economics from Hamilton College.
Founder and managing partner
Dr. Matthew Gardner is a Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainserv (www.sustainserv.com), a Boston Massachusetts and Zurich Switzerland-based firm that works with public and private sector organizations to design and implement sustainability strategies, programs and communications. His work includes a wide variety of sustainability strategy, data and communications-focused projects across many sectors in many countries, including manufacturing, banking and financial services, logistics, chemicals, electronics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer products.
Matt received his doctorate in Chemistry from Michigan State University, and was a postdoctoral researcher in Chemistry at MIT, where he spent five years as the Executive Director of the Earth System Initiative. He currently teaches sustainability strategy and entrepreneurship in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program at the Harvard University Extension School.
Dave Gentry is the author of Small Stocks, Big Money (Wiley), a book of interviews with the world’s most successful small-cap investors. He has been a consultant to more than 700 public companies and assisted dozens of public companies in the up-listing and capital-raise process. In 2012 he founded The RedChip Money Report™, a weekly cable TV financial news show broadcast in 177 million homes. He has appeared on CNBC and Fox Business News and is widely known as a thought leader in the small-cap space. Mr. Gentry has been a presenter at the New York Society of Security Analysts, Deal Flow Media conferences, and other small-cap conferences, and he has rung the NASDAQ bell on three occasions representing RedChip Companies. In 2011, he was honored by Inc. Magazine as the CEO of one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. In 1996, he won the Republican nomination in the 5th District of Florida for the United States House of Representatives. In 1994 he co-founded the First Amendment Coalition, an independent, nonprofit, collegiate-based student organization, and received national and international attention for his work defending free speech on college campuses. Mr. Gentry’s activism led to his book 100+ Cases of Campus Censorship, published by David Horowitz’s Second Thoughts Books. Mr. Gentry earned his master’s of education from the University of Florida in 1993.
VP of IR and business development
Aaron Howald joined LP in 2011 and has worked in various roles within the OSB business and corporate finance, including strategy, business development, and continuous improvement before becoming director of investor relations in 2019. He was appointed vice president, investor relations and business development in November 2021. He holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Franklin College.
CEO & founder
High Touch Investor Relations
Laura Kiernan, is the CEO & Founder of High Touch Investor Relations, a boutique investor relations firm based in New York providing high-quality, transformative investor relations services. She has been recognized as an award-winning Investor Relations Officer (IRO), with more than two decades of experience as an investor relations, finance, and accounting expert. She serves as a key advisor to Boards of Directors, CEOs, and management teams. She is also an “Angel Investor” providing both services, financial literacy education, and capital to start-ups.
Laura has worked in investor relations for several Fortune 500 and Russell 2000 companies, most recently as the head of investor relations at Ubiquiti Inc., a ~$15B disruptive wireless technology firm. Her strategic approach to investor relations helped transform this disruptive networking technology company’s reputation in the equity markets and more than double their valuation on Wall Street in less than two years. Previously, Laura has held senior investor relations positions at Ubiquiti Inc., World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Harry Winston Diamond Corporation, Phillip Morris International (Altria), Playtex Products, Inc., Revlon, and others. She currently acts as a fractional Chief Financial Officer or Investor Relations officer for smaller public companies and private companies.
Laura’s expertise transcends industries and she has successfully dealt with a variety of complex shareholder-related issues including predatory short interest, activist investor campaigns, new issuances for complex securities and insider transactions.
Laura is a Board Member of the National Investor Relations Institute, New York. She has served as VP Programs and Sponsorship for NIRI NY, and on the NIRI National Advocacy Agenda (Washington DC Ambassador) and the IRC Examination Development Committee. In 2018, she completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program titled Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director.
She is a frequent guest lecturer in Finance, Investments, and Investor Relations at Northeastern University and Fordham Gabelli School of Management.
Laura graduated at the top of her class from NYU’s Stern School of Business with a Masters of Finance and Strategic Marketing, and from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is a CPA and an IRC (Investor Relations Charter), and is a registered representative with and securities are offered through Finalis Securities Inc. Member FINRA*SIPC.
VP of corporate strategy and IR
Stan Kovler is Vice President of Strategy and Investor Relations. In his role he advises senior leadership on various strategic initiatives working directly under the CEO and in concert with the executive team. He was a key advisor to the Extreme senior leadership team on the acquisition of Aerohive Networks. As head of Investor Relations, Stan is also responsible for communicating Extreme’s strategy and value proposition to investors, analysts, and the greater Wall Street community.
Prior to joining Extreme, Stan was the Small / Midcap IT Hardware and Networking analyst at Citi Research covering stocks across Communications Equipment, Storage, and Consumer Technology sectors. In that role he was recognized as an Institutional Investor Magazine 2017 “Rising Star” in both the IT Hardware and Networking sectors. Prior to Citi Research, Stan worked on teams covering networking and telecom equipment at Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Susquehanna. He started his career at Clearbridge Advisors, formerly Smith Barney Asset Management, on the buy-side.
Stan has an MBA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from CUNY Baruch College.
Vice president of investor relations
Ms. MacMedan is a senior investor relations executive, with more than 25 years of experience overseeing strategic investor relations programs for consumer-focused companies.
Ms. MacMedan joined LL Flooring from Tailored Brands, the parent company of The Men’s Wearhouse and Jos A Bank. Previously, she served as vice president, investor relations for internet publisher and e-commerce marketplace operator Demand Media, Inc. Prior to Demand Media, Ms. MacMedan was vice president of investor relations and corporate communications for leading videogame publisher and interactive entertainment company, THQ Inc.
Ms. MacMedan began her career with The Nasdaq Stock Market in Washington, D.C., where she listed initial public offerings and counseled public companies regarding market dynamics, corporate governance and the strategy and practice of investor relations.
Julie earned an MBA from George Mason University, and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, where she graduated magna cum laude.
Vice president, managing director & head of investor relations
Presently, Quentin McMillan holds the position of Managing Director & Vice President at American International Group, Inc.
In the past he was Senior Director-Investor Relations at Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc., Principal-Equity Sales at Fulcrum Global Partners LLC, Research Analyst at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., Equity Research Associate at Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Sales Associate at Canaccord Adams, Inc. and Sales Associate for Canaccord Genuity, Inc.
Quentin McMillan received an MBA from The Trustees of Columbia University in The City of New York, an MBA from Columbia Business School and an undergraduate degree from Wallace E Carroll School of Management.
Executive director, issuer solutions, global head of GMI & targeting
S&P Global Market Intelligence
Over his 20+yr career in the financial markets, Dan has held numerous leadership positions within the IR advisory field as well as front-line, buy-side trading desk experience in the commodities pits at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Regarding the IR arena, Dan began his career back in 2000 as one of the last employees hired by The Carson Group prior to the firm’s merger with Thomson Financial. Over a seven-year run at Thomson Financial/Carson, Dan worked his way up through the ranks to manage the firm’s consumer team where he honed his surveillance and targeting skills within the IR industry. In 2007, Dan left the IR field to return to the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he previously worked as a floor clerk from 1997 – 2000. In this new venture, Dan was provided the opportunity to trade commodities for a division of MF Global, specializing in Crude Oil, Natural Gas and S&P 500 futures contracts. After a four-year stint on MF’s internal prop desk, Dan returned to the newly formed Thomson Reuters as a Director in Corporate Advisory Services where he took over leadership of the firm’s Industrial team. In 2013, Dan left Thomson Reuters to join Ipreo as a Director within the firm’s Global Markets Intelligence division, where he was brought in to build out their industrial sector team, which grew to the largest sector team within the division over a seven-year period before being moved up to lead the company’s North American business. Currently, Dan is the global head of S&P Global’s Surveillance and Targeting division specializing in providing corporate clients with actionable insights into trading market dynamics, buy-side intelligence and best practices across the IR industry. In terms of education, Dan graduated from Columbia University in New York City back in 2000 where he also played Varsity Baseball.
Investor relations partner
John Nunziati is an Investor Relations Partner at Q4. He has spent much of his career in Investor Relations and also has broad financial and operational experience at a number of Silicon Valley technology firms. Most recently, he managed Corporate Relationships at IEX, the Investors Exchange. He is active in NIRI and currently serves on the board of directors for the Virtual chapter as President.
Founder and managing partner
Jonathan Paterson is a founding managing partner at Harbor Access. Harbor Access is a Strategic Investor Relations and Investor Access Advisory firm. Jonathan and his team advise/support small and mid capcompanies in all facets of Investor Relations. Jonathan has worked on both the Buyside and Sellside, at firms such as Coutts, HSBC and J.P. Morgan. On the Sellside, he was involved with U.S. Investors for over 19 years in various capacities, including running several successful Corporate Access desks. During this time, Jonathan developed a virtually encyclopedic knowledge of the U.S. investor base. He is also involved in Cpoint, a company that provides digital roadshow itineraries.
Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn, LLC
Thad joined Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn (CRM) in 2003, a fundamental bottom-up research-driven investment firm focused on identifying under-appreciated value in small and mid capitalization equities since 1973. He currently serves as the portfolio manager of the CRM Small/Mid Cap Value and CRM Mid Cap Value strategies and a senior research analyst in CRM’s investment group covering the healthcare, industrials, business services and consumer sectors. Thad also leads the Firm’s Responsible Investing and sustainability efforts, including as a Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) signatory as well as engagements with portfolio companies. Prior to CRM, he spent three years as an analyst in Corporate Finance at Lehman Brothers, as well as other roles in strategy and competitive intelligence. He holds Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and Certified Management Accountant designations. He also holds FSA Credential from the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board and is a member of the CFA Society of New York. Thad received a BS from Yale University.
Director of corporate outreach
Neil Stewart is the New York-based Director of Corporate Outreach for the IFRS Foundation, which houses the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the newly created International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), the SASB Standards and the Integrated Reporting Framework. Neil joined SASB in 2020, bringing more than 25 years of experience in and around investor relations and corporate governance. Previously at Citigroup as VP IR Advisory on the ADR team, helping non-US issuers develop IR and ESG strategies, Neil is a board member of NIRI NY, the New York chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute.
Senior conference producer
Laurence Taylor is a content researcher and conference producer at IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary where he is responsible for crowd-sourcing intelligence on the big global issues facing public companies. In this role, Laurence creates industry-wide conferences overseeing the event all the way from conception to completion.
Prior to this role, Laurence held similar roles with Westminster insight, A UK-based policy organisation for both the private and public sectors. Laurence also produced events for Metal Bulletin, American Metal Market, and Industrial Minerals market.
Head of event content
Steve Wade is a content researcher and conference producer at IR Magazine where he is responsible for crowd-sourcing intelligence on the big global issues facing investor relations. Steve also creates events where the IROs and the wider financial community can discuss, debate and learn about ways to develop the IR function.
Prior to IR Magazine, Steven’s background has been in corporate social responsibility and responsible investment. During his time at Ethical Corporation (now Reuters Events), Steve launched the ESG symposium, an event focused on connecting the socially responsible investment community with corporate sustainability leaders at listed companies. Steve was a judge for the Deloitte Green Frog Awards, celebrating the best corporate reporting in Eastern Europe. Steve also presented research at the Global Sustainable Event Summit in London and has spoken about extra-financial reporting with the United Nations Global Compact, the World Bank and the Polish Ministry of Finance.
Steve has a degree in Event Management and enjoys playing rugby in his spare time.
Head of corporate access origination
James Wong is Head of Corporate Access Origination at Millennium Management, where he is responsible for corporate relationship development and directly connecting Millennium investment professionals and company management teams. Prior to joining Millennium, James held senior roles on the corporate access teams at UBS and at Raymond James where he advised and collaborated with investor relations professionals. James began his career in investment banking at Bear Stearns focusing on public and private equity financings for Asian, European and Latin American companies. James is a graduate of St. John’s University and is based in New York City.
"The content and discussion were very useful and quite in-depth, and the moderators Tim and Ben enhanced the quality of the sessions with their thoughtful comments and questions."
"Good array of topics covering the span of what's key to IROs currently."
"The networking was great, as were the speakers. IR Magazine is savvy to shine the light on what is usually an overlooked sector in small caps. "
"This was by far the most insightful IR event I’ve seen in my 14 years. "
"The event was very well organized, and incorporated a cross-section of experts that spoke to various aspects of IR."
Our attendees are leading IR practitioners with an established track record and strategic IR role within their company.
Below is a sample of some of our past attendees:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|CEO||Sidoti and company||SVP, capital markets||Weber Shandwick|
|CEO||Socialsuite||SVP, corporate development||First Wave BioPharma|
|CFO||Meduxus Pharmaceuticals||SVP, investor relations||High Touch IR|
|Director, financial services||Apex CoVantage||SVP, investor relations||Radius Global Infrastructure|
|Director, investor relations||Compass||SVP, investor relations and marketing||Safehold|
|Director, investor relations||Vuzix||VP||Willdan Group|
|Director, IR & corporate communications||aTyr Pharma||VP, capital markets||Weber Shandwick|
|Director, IR & finance strategy||Farmer Mac||VP, investor relations||Audiocodes|
|Founder and managing director||Catalyst IR||VP, investor relations||BioSig Technologies|
|Head, corporate affairs, IR, ESG & communications||Sterling Infrastructure||VP, investor relations||Exscientia|
|Head, investor relations||JOANN Stores||VP, investor relations||Gambling.com Group|
|Head, investor relations||MoneyLion||VP, investor relations||Opera|
|Head, investor relations||Redwood Trust||VP, investor relations||Traeger Grills|
|Head, investor relations||Sunlight Financial||VP, investor relations||Virtus Investment Partners|
|Head, investor relations||Veeco||VP, investor relations and corporate communications||Comtech|
|Head, investor relations & corporate development||1stDibs||VP, investor relations and corporate communications||Nyxoah|
|Managing director||Edison Group||VP, managing director & head of IR||AIG|
Why partner with us?
The IR Magazine Forum – Small Cap brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community.
The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their IR practice. Through our unrivaled knowledge of the subject matter and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience.
The unique buzz we create at our in-person events – a far cry from a traditional conference – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from heads of IR. This allows our partners to have meaningful conversations with corporates who are deciding which parts of their IR program to invest in, which service providers to engage and which consultants to retain. By partnering with us on an event, you can generate leads, showcase your thought leadership and position yourselves as the partner of choice to the IR community.
We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience at the IR Magazine Forum – Small Cap. Get in touch with Lucas Alexandre or call on +1 (646) 3275 725.
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