ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced that Idalia Rodriguez will serve as the Chair of the 2019 NIRI Senior Roundtable (SRT) Steering Committee, and Tabitha Zane will serve as Vice Chair.
Rodriguez is a Partner and Senior Advisor with Arbor Advisory Group. She has served on the SRT Steering Committee since 2017, and as an officer and president of the NIRI Philadelphia chapter.
Zane is Vice President, Investor Relations, for TopBuild. She has served on the NIRI Board of Directors, the NIRI Ethics Council, as Co-Chair of the NIRI Annual Conference Committee, on several NIRI Investor Relations Charter™ credential committees, and as an officer and director for several NIRI chapters.
Joining the SRT Steering Committee in 2019 are: Carol Murray-Negron, President, Equanimity, Inc.; Katie Royce, AVP, Investor Relations, Cognizant Technology Solutions; and Edward Vallejo, IRC, Vice President, Investor Relations, American Water. The full SRT Steering Committee is listed below.
The NIRI Senior Roundtable Steering Committee defines and develops compelling and engaging experiences for SRT events, facilitates SRT networking, considers SRT membership applications, and works to broaden SRT awareness.
The SRT Steering Committee’s work culminates each year with the SRT Annual Meeting, which will take place at The Ritz Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, CA, December 4-6, 2019. The 2019 SRT Annual Meeting will be a particularly auspicious event as it will culminate a year in which NIRI celebrates both the 50th anniversary of NIRI’s founding, and the 25th anniversary of the SRT.
NIRI President and CEO, Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE, said, “I want to thank Idalia Rodriguez and Tabitha Zane for their continued commitment to the Senior Roundtable, and it is a privilege to welcome the new Steering Committee members. It is through the selfless contribution of our members’ volunteer time that the Senior Roundtable maintains its standard of excellence.”
LaBranche continued, “I want also to recognize the SRT Steering Committee members whose volunteer service is ending after having served diligently over their three-year terms: Sally Curley, IRC, Founder and CEO, Curley Global IR, LLC; Elizabeth M. Higashi, CFA, Vice President, Investor Relations, Herc Holdings Inc.; and Jane Okun Bomba, President, Saddle Ridge Consulting, LLC. I also thank Deb Wasser, IRC, Vice President of Investor Relations, Etsy, Inc., as she steps down from the Steering Committee in order to devote her efforts to the NIRI National Board of Directors and the New York chapter Board. And a special note of appreciation for Matthew Stroud, VP, Investor Relations, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, who served as 2018 Steering Committee Chair, and who has graciously agreed to continue his volunteer service for an additional year.”
NIRI 2019 Senior Roundtable Steering Committee
  • Idalia Rodriguez (Chair), Partner and Senior Advisor, Arbor Advisory Group
  • Tabitha Zane (Vice Chair), Vice President, Investor Relations, TopBuild 
  • Carol Murray-Negron, President, Equanimity, Inc.
  • Katie Royce, AVP, Investor Relations, Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Jerry Sisitsky, Vice President, Investor Relations, Carbonite
  • Chris Stent, Founder, Mission Street Capital Advisors, LLC
  • Matthew Stroud, Vice President, Investor Relations, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc.
  • Edward Vallejo, IRC, Vice President, Investor Relations, American Water
Special SRT Steering Committee members include Ron Parham, NIRI Board Chair, and Vice President, Investor Relations, Cura Cannabis Solutions, and Lee Ahlstrom, IRC, NIRI Board Immediate Past Chair, and Senior Vice President & CFO, RigNet, Inc.
The NIRI Senior Roundtable was formed in November 1994 to respond to the needs and interest of NIRI's growing number of senior members. The Roundtable membership cap is set to 250 members in order to maintain a more informal, small group atmosphere requested by this group of leading investor relations officers. More information about the NIRI Senior Roundtable, including membership eligibility and how to apply, is available at
About the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)
Founded in 1969, the National Investor Relations Institute ( 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. Through its collaborative community, NIRI advances engagement in the capital markets and drives best practices in corporate disclosures, governance, and informed investing.

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