ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 25, 2021) – The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced the 2021 class of “30 Under 40,” which honors the most talented young individuals in the investor relations community. 

The annual program recognizes young professionals who have made noticeable contributions to their companies, NIRI chapters, and the capital markets.
“The IR profession continues to grow thanks to the development of young talent that will help lead NIRI into the future,” said NIRI President and CEO Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE. “This year’s group also reflects greater diversity than ever before, which demonstrates how the IR profession is becoming more inclusive.”
The honorees, who were selected by a committee of NIRI Fellows, met at least two of the following qualifications:
  • Outstanding leadership in business.
  • Outstanding engagement in community activities.
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership within a NIRI chapter.
  • Provided collegial and supportive efforts for a NIRI National program or project or was engaged in a meaningful way in serving members.
  • Exceptional growth and development as an IR professional and an aspiration to pursue investor relations as a career.
  • Advancement of NIRI’s public policy agenda.
  • Commitment to NIRI’s Code of Ethics and to advancing best practices in investor relations, corporate disclosure, and informed investing.
  • Attainment of the Investor Relations Charter (IRC®) certification.
2021 honorees include:

Peter Azzarone, Senior Marketing Manager, Nasdaq
Kelly Brame, Senior Manager of Investor Relations, Danaher
Catharine Brierre, Senior Investor Relations Analyst, ONEOK, Inc.
Mei Ni Chu, Director of Investor Relations, Voya Financial
Amanda Cimaglia, Vice President, ESG, The AZEK Company
Patricia Cruz, Manager of Investor Relations, Etsy, Inc.
Nikhil Dixit, Director of Investor Relations, Square, Inc.
Mark Fasken, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Irwin 
Faten Freiha, Vice President of Investor Relations, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Lawrence Goldberg, CFA, CAIA, IRC, Director of Research and Analysis, IHS Markit
Enrique González Casillas, Head of Investor Relations and Finance, Genomma Lab
Andrew Hedberg, Director of Investor Relations, Ecolab Inc.
Mike Houston, Partner, Lambert & Co.
Allysa Howell, Investor Relations Manager, OceanaGold
KC Katten, Vice President of Investor Relations, e.l.f. Beauty
Taylor Krafchik, Senior Director, Ellipsis
Garrett Low, Senior Managing Director, Nasdaq
Christina Maldonado, Senior Associate, Teneo
Kristen  Manginelli, Director of Investor Relations, Webster Financial Corporation
Galina Meleger, Director of Investor Relations, Endeavor Silver Corporation
Joe Noyons, Managing Director, Three Part Advisors
Chad Reed, Vice President of IR and ESG , Hannon Armstrong
Zach Rothberg, Head of Investor Relations Services, AlphaSense
Mallory Schmitz, Senior Manager of Investor Relations, VF Corporation
Mac Schmitz, IRC, Capital Markets Coordinator, Matador Resources Company
Lauren Scott, Senior Vice President, Edelman
Lindsey Smith, Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, Corbus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Hunter Stenback, Vice President, Financial Communications & Capital Markets, Edelman
Michael (Minye) Tang, Assistant Professor of Accounting, College of Business, Florida International University
Brian Vereb, Head of Investor Relations, Alliance Data Systems

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Contact:  Al Rickard,, 703-402-9713