ALEXANDRIA, VA – Fifteen investor relations (IR) professionals have earned the Investor Relations Charter (IRC®) credential awarded by the Certification Council of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). 
Representing the fifth class of IRC credential holders, there are now a total of 133 IRC holders worldwide. These IR professionals successfully completed the IRC examination offered in September. A complete list of the September 2017 IRC class is at the end of this news release.

The IRC program defines the profession of investor relations through the IR Competency Framework, and provides IR professionals with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the profession. The IRC is NIRI’s first professional credential, and the program is dedicated to advancing the practice of investor relations and the professional competency and stature of IR professionals.
“Congratulations to this latest group of dedicated investor relations professionals who have earned the IRC,” said NIRI President and CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE. “I also want to thank the dozens of volunteers who have spent thousands of hours to create, revise, and continually refine questions for the IRC exam. Their behind-the-scenes work has elevated and shaped the knowledge and practice of investor relations.”    

To be eligible to earn and maintain the IRC credential, candidates must meet educational and professional experience requirements, adhere to the IRC Code of Conduct and to NIRI’s Code of Ethics, pass the IRC exam, and participate in ongoing professional development activities.
NIRI is now accepting applications to sit for the March 3-10, 2018 testing window. Program information and applications are available on the NIRI website: The initial application deadline for the March testing window is December 22. The IRC exam also will be offered during June 16-23, 2018 and November 13-20, 2018. 
September 2017 IRC Class
Michael Bender, IRC
Andrew D. Connor, IRC
Robert Debs, IRC
Suzanne DuLong, IRC
Bryan R. Dunn, IRC
Lisa A. Hayes, IRC
Conan J. Heelan, IRC
Tommy Lewis, IRC
John F. Nunziati, IRC
Emily S. Riley, IRC
David P. Soderquist, IRC
Carlo O. Tanzi, PhD, IRC
Edward D. Vallejo, IRC
Sarah E. Walas, IRC
Diane P. Weidner, IRC

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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