ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) today announced that Mike Conway will serve as the Chair of the 2019 Annual Conference and will work with the Annual Conference Committee, which will advise on the educational content for the conference at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge on June 2-5, 2019.
Conway is Director, Investor Relations/Corporate Communications at the Sherwin-Williams Company. He has served three times on the Annual Conference Committee and has held multiple leadership positions with the NIRI Cleveland/Northern Ohio chapter. 
Remy Bernarda, IRC, President of Sage IR, was named a Vice Chair for the 2019 Annual Conference. She has previously served on the Annual Conference Committee.
Tim Quast, President of Modern IR, also was named a Vice Chair. He will advise on the needs of exhibitors and sponsors and serve as their voice in the planning of the conference. 
The theme of the 2019 Annual Conference will be: “The Power of IR -- Reflect -- Renew -- Reinvent.” The conference, the world’s largest gathering of IR professionals, will include a celebration of NIRI’s 50th anniversary.
NIRI President and CEO, Gary A. LaBranche, FASAE, CAE said: “I look forward to working with Mike, Remy, and Tim, and the other enthusiastic volunteers on the committee as we plan for the 2019 conference and celebrate NIRI’s golden anniversary. The Annual Conference Committee will play an important role in developing the educational content and shaping how attendees experience the Annual Conference.”
Ronald A. Parham, NIRI’s incoming Board Chair, and Melissa Plaisance, who has been nominated for Board Chair-Elect, will represent NIRI’s Board of Directors on the committee. Parham is Vice President, IR, at Cura Cannabis Solutions, while Plaisance is Group Vice President, Treasury & IR, at Albertsons.    
NIRI also announced that the following members will serve on the 2019 Conference Committee:
  • Michele Backman, IRC, Director, IR Advisory Group, Depositary Receipts, Deutsche Bank
  • Andy Detwiler, CEO, Virtua Research
  • Paul Donnelly, Director of Investor Relations, Nucor Corporation
  • Bryan Dunn, IRC, Director, Investor Relations, Pfizer
  • Sherif El-Azzazi, IRC, Director, IR and Communications, Brookfield Property Partners
  • Joe Hassett, Vice President, IR, GregoryFCA
  • Victoria Hyde-Dunn, Head of IR, 8x8, Inc.
  • Martin Jarosick, IRC, Vice President, IR, CF Industries
  • Dave Martin, Director of Investor Relations, Harsco Corporation
  • Tom McCallum, IRC, Vice President, IR, Red Hat
  • Megan Patterson, Manager, IR, ONEOK, Inc.
  • Brian Rivel, President, Rivel Research Group
  • Angela Rodenhauser, Senior Vice President, IR, Dix & Eaton
  • David Rosenbaum, IRC, Head of IR, Brighthouse Financial
  • Zach Rothberg, Head of Investor Relations Sales, AlphaSense
  • Amy Wakeham, Vice President, IR and Corporate Communications, ResMed
  • Jim Zeumer, Vice President, Investor and Corporate Communications, PulteGroup
The Conference Committee gathered in New York on November 7-8 to kick off the content planning process for the 2019 Annual Conference.
Early registration for the 2019 conference is now open. Please visit the NIRI website to register. 

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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