Breaking the Mold: NIRI’s 2017 Annual Conference
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NIRI Reveals Conference Theme, Co-Chairs and Planning Committee
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced that the 2017 Annual Conference, the largest gathering of IR professionals in the world, will take place June 4-7, 2017, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida. This must-attend event for members of the investor relations community from all experience levels delivers valuable networking, education, and idea sharing opportunities.
The theme for the 2017 Conference is “Breaking the Mold: Defy Convention / Shatter Expectations / Shape the Future.” The Annual Conference Committee will be led by Conference Co-Chairs, Karen Fisher, Senior Vice President, FSW Communications, and Dennis Walsh, Senior Manager, Investor Relations at Zillow Group, Inc. NIRI is also introducing a new Honorary Annual Conference Chair position who, for the 2017 Annual Conference, is NIRI Fellow Mickey Foster, Vice President, Investor Relations, FedEx Corporation.
In planning the 2017 conference, NIRI is asking all members of the IR community to participate in a survey to indicate which topics they would like addressed at this annual event. Please visit the following link to complete the survey:
“With the theme ‘Breaking the Mold,’ we’re taking a bold step,” said Annual Conference Co-Chair Dennis Walsh. “New regulations, advancements in technology, more engaged investors and even the diverse professional backgrounds of IR practitioners are just a few of the catalysts changing the IR profession. Today’s IRO is faced with many new challenges that are not addressed in the old IR playbook. One of the goals for the 2017 Conference is to inform attendees about the latest disruptive trends and how to solve them through informative sessions and networking opportunities. The theme also is applicable to the Conference format. As part of the “Reimagine NIRI” strategy, we’re breaking the mold of the historic NIRI Conferences. The Conference Committee is already hard at work and we know attendees will be delighted with the outcome.” 
Annual Conference Co-Chair Karen Fisher added, “The NIRI Annual Conference attracts IR professionals from around the world. At the Conference, IROs can efficiently gain a wealth of actionable takeaways that can immediately improve their IR programs, develop a network of  experienced IR colleagues, and get a hands-on understanding of the many products and services that can make them more effective in their jobs. With this goal in mind, we are asking for feedback from all NIRI members to help guide and support the Conference by completing a brief Conference survey. Member input is critical to developing a conference that serves all members and at all levels of experience.”
About the Annual Conference Committee
The 2017 NIRI Annual Conference Committee consists of volunteers who were carefully selected to represent the entire IR community. Members include corporate IR practitioners, consultants, corporate access and service providers. Other considerations included company industry, market capitalization, years of IR experience, exchange listing, geographic location, and past volunteer service to NIRI.
The 2017 Annual Conference Committee includes: Debbie Belevan, Party City; Rob Berick, Falls Communications; Karen Blomquist, C&S Wholesale Grocers; Lee Coker, The Coca-Cola Company; Alexandra Deignan, Schnitzer Steel Industries; Carlynn Finn, Deutsche Bank; Jeff Hansen, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation; Jeanne Hess, Virtus Investment Partners; Sydney Isaacs, Abernathy MacGregor; Kevin Kalicak, Darden Restaurants; Meredith Kaya, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals; Angie McCabe, WellCare Health Plans; Ivan Peill, NYSE; Terri Anne Powers, Veolia Environnement; Moriah Shilton; Andrew Siegel, Joele Frank; Neil Stewart, Citi; Mary Turnbull, Raymond James; Cherryl Valenzuela, Twitter; Debra Wasser, Edelman Financial Communications; and Rich Yerganian, Xcerra Corporation.
About the Conference Co-Chairs
Karen Fisher is Senior Vice President for FSW Communications, and works with several private and public small to mid-size technology and healthcare companies as their investor relations and compliance officer. Karen has advised private and public companies on their domestic and international IR strategies and compliance programs for more than 30 years. During this time she has worked with a wide cross-section of companies covering most sectors and market cap sizes. Most recently, Karen was the Vice President of Investor Relations and Compliance for OneRoof Energy Group, Inc. In her role, she was responsible for all areas of investor relations including corporate governance and compliance. Karen is an advisory board member of the San Diego NIRI chapter having served over 10 years on its Board of Directors. In 2009, Karen was the recipient of the NIRI scholarship from the University of Michigan. She attended Arizona State University and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in communications and finance at the University of Phoenix. Karen is serving her second year as Co-Chair for the NIRI Annual Conference which is a change from previous conferences adding a strong element of continuity to the planning process. 
Dennis Walsh is Senior Manager, Investor Relations at Zillow Group, Inc. Prior to joining Zillow Group, Dennis was Vice President, IR Advisory at Citi, where he was an investor relations consultant for international issuers with a Depositary Receipt program. From 2005 until 2015, Dennis was at Sharon Merrill Associates, a strategic communications consulting firm, where he served in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently Vice President. Dennis began his career as a First Call Analyst at Thomson Financial. An active member of NIRI, Dennis has served on the Annual Conference Committee for three consecutive years. Dennis also was a director on the NIRI Boston Chapter’s Board for three years. In 2006, Dennis was the recipient of the R. Scott Higgins Memorial Scholarship, presented by the NIRI Boston Chapter. In 2013, he received NIRI National's Individual Chapter Leadership Award. He earned a B.A. degree in Economics from Saint Anselm College.
Early-Bird Registration rates for the 2017 NIRI Annual Conference are available through October 31, 2016 on the NIRI website.

About the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) 
Founded in 1969, NIRI is the professional association of corporate officers and investor relations consultants responsible for communication among corporate management, shareholders, securities analysts and other financial community constituents. NIRI is the largest professional investor relations association in the world with more than 3,300 members representing over 1,600 publicly held companies and $9 trillion in stock market capitalization.

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