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Investor Relations continues to evolve while the environment that IR Professionals operate in advances at breathtaking speed. As a modern IR practitioner, you are often responsible for a number of different functions on top of your IR duties, including corporate communications, financial reporting, treasury, strategic planning, and more.
This conference centers around the IR Enigma and providing insight on some of the most compelling complexities of today's IR world. 

We are once again delivering Texas-sized NIRI programming and networking at the annual NIRI Southwest Regional Conference. Join us in Austin to collaborate, learn and share best practices during this valuable two-day event.

Our exciting program will include a deep dive into the current economic and market dynamics of Texas, complemented by strategies to decipher the indicators and the real influencers impacting our stock prices. We will decode the changing regulations that are currently, and are expected to, impact us every day and reveal some of the best IR practices for managing their requirements. We will crystallize many of the challenges facing the modern IR professional and decrypt priorities for focus when tackling these complex conundrums. Panel discussions highlighting best practices to address some of the most puzzling dilemmas include the 'how to' of creating value-driving investor presentations, media engagement and other pertinent topics. Finally, we will unpack the enigma of the evolving role of the modern IR professional, today and into the future.


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Wednesday, August 22


Welcome Reception & Recognition Of IRC Holders

6:00pm - 7:30pm 


Let's meet and kick off the conference in style at the Welcome Reception. Room - 303–304


Sponsored by Briley Design Group.


Thursday, August 23


Registration & Breakfast

7:00am - 8:00am


Lone Star Salon A-C


Sponsored by NYSE and Business Wire.


Introduction To The Enigma Of Some Of The Most Compelling Complexities Of IR 

8:00 am - 8:15 am


IR has changed over the last generation and is now a multi-disciplinary function.  Many IROs are also handling public relations, corporate and internal communications, financial reporting, strategy, etc. and doing it all with fewer people.



Keynote From The Head of NIRI

8:15 am - 8:45 am


Gary LaBranche, President and CEO of NIRI

Click here for speaker bio 


Clarify perspectives with regards to the landscape of the Investor Relations environment. Hear an overview of the current status and the way forward of NIRI's agenda. From advocacy to skills development and training, find out more about the hot topic items that are top of mind for IR Professionals across the globe. 


IRO Solutions For Maximizing The Use Of Technology On Limited Budgets 

8:45 am - 9:30 am


  • Chris Venti, Virtua Research  Click here for speaker bio
  • Michael Miller Director of Investor Relations Advisory at IPREO    Click here for speaker bio
  • Zach Rothberg, Head of Investor Relations and Sales, Alpha-Sense    Click here for speaker bio
  • Moderated by Suzanne Ogle, VP of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Approach Resources    Click here for speaker bio 

Technology has played a key role in solving some of the most puzzling enigmas. This session focuses on maximizing efficiency when it comes to such a critical instrument in the IR professional's toolbox. 




Break & Vendor Showcase

9:30 am - 10:00 am


Mingle with conference attendees and visit the vendor showcase area to learn more about the latest innovations and tools that can strengthen your IR program.


 Click here for vendor showcase participants.



Breaking Through The Noise: Understanding Trading Behaviors And The Structures Of Today's Markets 

10:00 am - 10:45 am


Break through the noise and develop an understanding of the latest developments with regards to the structure and trading behaviors in the modern-day market. Explore hot topics such as cryptocurrencies, the equities melt-up, and the impact of banking and liquidity reforms over the last decade. 


  • Mark Flannery, Point72      Click here for speaker bio
  • John Longobardi, IEX    Click here for speaker bio
  • Moderated by Tim Quast, Modern IR      Click here for speaker bio



Managing Proxy Season - Effectively! 

10:45 am - 11:30 am


  • Ron Schneider, Donnelley   Click here for speaker bio
  • Lyndon Park, Dimensional Fund Advisors 
  • Jason Alexander, Okapi Partners
  • Jennifer Flynn Greaner, Broadridge    Click here for speaker bio


11:30 am - 12:00 pm


  • Business Wire

Sponsored by: Business Wire.


Working Lunch - The Texas Financial Perspective  

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller 

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Mr. Hegar is set to discuss Texas’ State of the State, with an overview of the state’s financial position and trends impacting the state’s overall financial health (including the $11 Billion Rainy Day Fund) as well as future state budget projections. Mr. Hegar will also address state and corporate hot topics such as the benefits of being located in Texas, taxes, minimum wage, employee rights and paid sick leave.



Unpacking The Current And Future Impact Of MiFID II  

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


  • James Wong, Senior Vice President, Raymond James     Click here for speaker bio
  • Lisa Rubinger, Corporate Access Origination, UBS Investment Banks      Click here for speaker bio
  • Kip Rupp, IRO, Quanta   Click here for speaker bio
  • Moderated by Dan Cravens, Managing Director of Investor Relations, American Airlines     Click here for speaker bio

MiFID II is set to present a new set of challenges to the IR Professional. Unlike the norm of years past, research (analyst reports, access to analyst calls and other added benefits) will no longer be bundled into broker service costs - leaving analysts and investment managers with an "additional" expense for research. This is likely to impact the lower to medium cap space significantly, thereby challenging the IR professional to find innovative ways in order to gain exposure and sell their investment story. 




IR And Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Factors 

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm


  • Leah Rozin, ISS Corporate Solutions   Click here for speaker bio
  • Dan Romito, NASDAQ   Click here for speaker bio 
  • Barb Brown, BrownFlynn   Click Here for speaker bio
  • Moderated by Peggy Jansen, Southwest Airlines     Click here for speaker bio

ESG, CSR, SRI are all part of the framework for long-termism. Investors are increasingly focused on these factors to navigate emerging risks and opportunities. With trillions of assets being professionally managed under responsible investment strategies, the impact of ESG investment decisions is now mainstream. How does this really integrate into the IRO role? Are you prepared for the passive and active investor scrutiny on your social stewardship? And, how do you stack up against your peers? Increase your understanding of ESG and best practices on approach, disclosure, engagement and communications from IR practitioners and industry experts.




Break & Vendor Showcase

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm


Mingle with conference attendees and visit the vendor showcase area to learn more about the latest innovations and tools that can strengthen your IR program.


 Click here for vendor showcase participants.



IR Topic Tables - Deep Dives! 

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Activism and Proxy Plumbing: Issues In A Contest (speaker: Rick Grubaugh, Senior VP, D.F. King, an AST Company   Click here for speaker bio)
  • SEC's Transaction Fee Pilot (speaker: a representative from IEX Group)
  • Planning & Executing a Successful Investor Day (speaker: AJ Kowalski, VP from Corbin Advisors.   Click here for speaker bio)
  • IR Planning - Establishing KPIs and Benchmarking your IR Program (speaker: Michael Miller, Investor Relations Advisory Director, Ipreo IHS Markit.    Click here for speaker bio

Sponsored by IEX.


Raising Your Company's Wall Street Profile - Gaining Visibility For Small/Medium-Cap Companies In The Ever-Changing World Of Diminishing Sell-Side Coverage

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


  • Mark Pellegrino, Managing Director, Balyasny Asset Management   Click here for speaker bio
  • Peter Sidoti, Founder, Sidoti & Company  Click here for speaker bio
  • Victoria Hyde-Dunn, Investor Relations Director, 8x8 Inc  Click here for speaker bio 
  • Moderated  by: Steve Calk, Sr. Managing Director, Alpha IR


Sponsored by: Virtua Research.



Networking Reception And Vendor Showcase 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Mingle with conference attendees, and visit the vendor showcase area to learn more about the latest tools that can strengthen your IR program. Located at Lone Star Salon A–C.


Click here for vendor showcase participants.



Dinner Reception at Malverde 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Location – Malverde 400-B W. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701


Sponsored by IPREO by IHS Markit.


Late Night Cocktails

8:30 pm - 10:00 PM 


Lone Star Salon B–C Foyer


Sponsored by EQS Group.


Friday, August 24


   Breakfast & Vendor Showcase

    8:00 am - 8:45 am

    Lone Star Salon A-C


    Breakfast buffet. Mingle with conference attendees, and visit the vendor showcase area to learn about the latest innovations  

                                                 that can strengthen your IR Toolbox.


                                                 Click here for vendor showcase participants.


Effective IR Presentations

9:00 am - 10:30 am


David Fine, Principal, Fine Communications

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David is an expert at creating best in class Investor Presentations.  The landscape is changing and the increasingly complex IR industry requires carefully crafted messaging. David’s 1-1/2 time slot is dedicated to helping craft investor presentations for companies with complex stories.




Break - Networking & Vendor Showcase

10:30 am - 10:45 am


Mingle with conference attendees, and visit the vendor showcase area to learn about the latest innovations that can strengthen your IR Toolbox.


Click here for vendor showcase participants.



Today's IRO Career/The IRC/The Future of IR

10:45 am - 11:45 am


Career navigation tools for the modern IR Professional.


  • Lee Ahlstrom - Former SVP and CFO at Paragon Offshore     Click here for speaker bio
  • Bruce Peterson, Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry   Click here for speaker bio
  • Sam Ramraj, VP of Investor Relations at Edison International   Click here for speaker bio
  • Moderated by Gary LaBranche, President and CEO of NIRI   Click here for speaker bio 



Prize Drawings and Conference Closing 

11:45 am - 12:00 pm




NIRI Southwest Regional Conference continues to offer outstanding value to attendees and sponsors.

Conference Attire is Business Casual.

Conference Registration Rates

Early Bird

Before Jun 30

Member: $400

Early Bird

Before Jun 30

Non-Member: $500


After Jun 30

Member: $450


After Jun 30

Non-Member: $550

All cancellations must be in writing and refunds will be less $100 administration fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after Noon on Friday July 21, 2018.

Please note that this cancellation policy does not apply to hotel rooms. 

Conference Registration Information

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Superbly priced, luxurious accommodation with fantastic amenities

In a city known for having an endless list of around-the-clock entertainment possibilities, you may not want to spend a lot of time in your guest room. But when it’s finally time to recharge and refresh, you’ll find no better place than the JW Marriott, Austin, the leader among luxury hotels in Austin, and a 2016 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award Winner as a Top 50 Hotel in the World. Situated in the heart of the downtown area, this Austin luxury hotel is just a 15-minute drive from Austin International Airport. The hotel is located on Congress Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets and within walking distance of enticing restaurants and bars, the Capitol, and exciting attractions.

Click here to learn more about the JW Marriott, Austin.

Room Rates

We have negotiated a group rate of $214 plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 6% city and 9% sales tax) in effect at the time of check-out.

This rate is available for the nights of 08/21/2018, 08/22/2018 and 08/23/2018

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Location + Contact

JW Marriott Austin
110 East 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78701


Reservations be made by clicking the link above or via telephone by calling Marriott Reservations at 888-236-2427; reference our group name NIRI in order to make reservations within the block.




In grand Texas-style, Austin is known for being the Live Music Capital of the World. It not only is the fastest growing of the largest 50 U.S. cities, it's the second largest state capital.

Join us as we 'keep Austin weird' and usher in a high-powered Southwest Regional Conference experience.

Getting to Austin/Transportation by Air

Austin is easy to get to by flying into Austin-Bergstrom International Airporat (ABIA). The Austin airport is approximately 15 minutes from the JW Marriott. The following major airlines fly into Austin:

  1. American Airlines
  2. Delta Airlines
  3. Frontier Airlines
  4. jetBlue Airways
  5. Southwest Airlines
  6. United Airlines

Getting to Austin/Transportation by Vonlane

Consider taking Vonlane to and from Austin, a premium bus service offered from Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The Austin terminal at Hyatt Regency Austin, is just a short distance from the JW Marriott Austin. To learn more, visit


There are several options available. Call in advance to get an approximate cost. Some options:

  • Carpitality Transportation Services: Tel - 512-985-7933 or visit
  • Thomas: Tel - 512-662-2040
  • Joseph Beers, Austin Cab 12: Tel: 512-587-6654


Airport Super Shuttle provides transportation to and from the hotel and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, 24-hours a day, every day. At the airport, follow the signs from the baggage claim area to the Super Shuttle ticket counter located near baggage carousel one. You can purchase your shuttle ticket there. Advance reservations via Super Shuttle are also available. You may also schedule your return shuttle reservation at the Super Shuttle ticket counter.

  1. Super Shuttle: 1-800-BLUE VAN (258-3826)
  2. On-Line Reservations:
  3. 24-hour advance notice is recommended for trips from the hotel to the airport.


  1. Self Parking: $30 per day plus applicable tax
  2. Valet Parking: $43 per day plus applicable tax 

NIRI Chapters could not offer the educational opportunities to members and guests without the continuing support from our service providers.  

On behalf of all NIRI members in the Southwest - THANK YOU!

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Southwest Regional Conference has proven to attract IR practitioners from all areas of the region. We expect sold out attendance at this year’s conference. Several sponsorship and vendor showcase opportunities have been developed so you can maximize the return on your promotion budget while supporting the conference.

Sponsorship Inquiries, contact Liz Kline on

Our Valued Sponsors



Ipreo powers the networks that connect capital to ideas. We are a leading global provider of financial services technology, data and analytics, supporting all participants in the capital-raising process, including banks, public and private companies, institutional and individual investors, as well as research, asset management and wealth management firms. Our unique, cross-asset class solutions equip our clients with the information and tools they need for more effective decision-making and a more efficient workflow. Ipreo is private-equity held by Blackstone and Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, and has more than 1700 people serving clients in every major financial hub around the world. For more information, visit

EQS Group

As a listed company with around 400 employees in 11 countries throughout the world, EQS understands the requirements of being a stock-listed company. We were pioneers in recognizing the potential of digitally implementing reporting obligations and disclosure requirements for stakeholders. In the past 16 years, we have become the market leader for digital investor relations.Now we’re taking the next step forward. EQS now provides cutting edge solutions for communications and compliance obligations. We are passionate about producing Best Digital Solutions to professionally master new disclosure requirements facing companies. For more information, visit

EQS Group

Over the last three decades, Briley Design Group has built a solid reputation in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and beyond for exceptional graphic design. We’re equally committed to exemplary client service. Our staff is known for being responsive, proactive and prompt. We keep a sharp eye on schedules and follow up to ensure that project milestones are met. Our clients rely on us for keen insights and creative solutions that solve communications challenges and sync with their brand. We believe that working as a team—with our clients, vendors and staff—enables us to do what we say and deliver what we promise, all the while keeping the process as simple as possible for the client. Visit




Today, we’re a Fortune 500 company that connects the largest community of participants in all major markets at key phases of the investing, trading, hedging and capital raising lifecycle. Our comprehensive markets, clearing houses and data solutions mean that we uniquely deliver more mission critical markets, risk management and data for our customers’ workflow than any other exchange operator in the world.With a leading-edge approach to developing technology platforms, we have built market infrastructure in all major trading centers, offering customers the ability to manage risk and make informed decisions in the geography of their choice. By leveraging our core strengths in our markets, clearing, data and technology, we continue to identify new ways to serve our customers and transform global markets. Visit

Virtua Research

Virtua is a financial services technology company focused on providing platform-based analytical tools and services specifically tailored to the workflow needs of Investor Relations (IR) professionals and publicly traded issuers. Built upon years of buy-side and sell-side research experience, Virtua brings together a unique combination of investment knowledge, financial modeling expertise, and software development capability. With Virtua’s customizable research applications – from consensus estimate analytics and comparable company benchmarking to proprietary data resources and financial reporting – company professionals can more efficiently collaborate, analyze and communicate internally as well as with investors. Virtua’s strong commitment to both quality and customer service has resulted in it being a trusted partner to many of the world’s most innovative and leading companies. Visit


With the right solutions in moments that matter, Donnelley Financial Solutions (NYSE: DFIN) delivers risk and compliance solutions that fuse deep industry experience, unparalleled service, and elegant technologies to provide our clients with insights that power their decisions and shape global markets. The company has 3,400 employees in 61 locations across 18 countries, serving thousands of clients globally. To learn more about our solutions, visit


Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multi-platform press release distribution and financial disclosure services. Thousands of organizations and communications professionals turn to Business Wire for superior optimization, presentation and distribution of their news, photos and multimedia to news media, websites, search engines and wireless services. A recognized disclosure service in the United States, Canada, and a dozen European countries, Business Wire handles regulatory filing into EDGAR, SEDAR and other systems. With more distribution options in more countries than any other commercial newswire, Business Wire provides members with targeted reach to virtually any market or industry worldwide. For more information, visit us online at


Designed for companies of all sizes and at every stage of the corporate lifecycle, Nasdaq Investor Relations Solutions delivers comprehensive content with innovative technology tools in an integrated IR workflow. Nasdaq IR Solutions offers a suite of IR content, analytics and advisory services to help investor relations professionals gain insight into market developments and institutional investor activities, understand investor opportunities and risks, define and prioritize outreach, and measure the impact of your IR program. To learn more, visit



UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. UBS' strategy is centered on our leading global wealth management business and our premier universal bank in Switzerland, enhanced by Asset Management and the Investment Bank. The bank focuses on businesses that have a strong competitive position in their targeted markets, are capital efficient, and have an attractive long-term structural growth or profitability outlook. For more, visit



AST is a full-service, tech-enabled professional services firm helping companies and shareholders maintain momentum through secure corporate data, analytics, advisory services, and a strategic approach to every interaction. AST pioneered a new model of integrated services. Affiliates include AST Trust Company (Canada), D.F. King & Co., Inc., and Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. We provide registry services, corporate governance and advisory services, issuer and mutual fund proxy services, equity plan solutions, restructuring services, and class action and mission critical services. D.F. King offers expertise in corporate governance, proxy solicitation, advisory services, credit markets intelligence and more to enhance shareholder engagement.For more, visit



IEX is on a mission to build fairer markets. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York City, IEX introduced its first trading venue in 2013 and launched as a U.S. stock exchange in 2016. IEX is the stock exchange that believes that exchanges should put the interests of companies and long-term investors front and center. Learn more at:



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Market Structure Analytics is a well-defined IR discipline arming you with the data and practices for success. ModernIR invented Market Structure Analytics for IR. Our Equity Analysis product gives IR a demographic profile of all the money behind price and volume in your shares.Our game-changing, Tableau-powered Market Structure Report is a snapshot of price-setting behavior during the period, longer term trends, and comparisons to the general market. ModernIR’s six Key Metrics provide a quick and easy-to-understand dashboard for tracking fair value, price-setters and Sentiment-shifts. We make market data holistic, simple, predictive and consistent. And we have solutions for every budget. Don’t spend another day in the dark or with the same dreary “stock” answers from others. Visit

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Point72 is a global asset management firm led by Steven Cohen that uses Discretionary Long/Short, Macro, and Systematic strategies to invest in eight offices across the globe. We look for people who want to build a career with us – people who want to innovate, experiment, and be the best at what they do – while adhering to the highest ethical standards. Point72 is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, and maintains affiliated offices in New York, Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, Singapore, Paris, and Palo Alto. We invest in a wide range of asset classes and situations through our businesses: Point72 Asset Management, EverPoint Asset Management, Point72 Ventures, Cohen Private Ventures, and Cubist Systematic Strategies. Learn more at:

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Corbin Advisors is a specialized investor relations advisory firm that partners with IR and C-suite executives to drive long-term shareholder value.  We bring third-party objectivity as well as deep best practice knowledge and collaborate with our clients to execute sound, effective investor communication and engagement strategies. Our proven methodology, proprietary analytics database, trusted reputation and in-depth experience generate a foundation of unique insights.  This marriage of research and rigor delivers comprehensive, actionable recommendations for internal and external value creation. From research-based insights to actionable strategies that differentiate our clients, Corbin Advisors unlocks thoughtful, positive change. Check us out at

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Computershare | Georgeson is a global leader in transfer agency, employee equity plans, ​mortgage servicing, proxy solicitation, stakeholder communications, and other diversified financial and governance services. The world's leading organizations work with Computershare | Georgeson ​to maximize their relationships with investors, employees, creditors, members and customers.​​​​​ The team offers unsurpassed expertise and responsive client service as well as innovative technology and tools to help you navigate today’s complex environment. Representing more than 6,000 issuers and managing more than 17 million shareholder accounts, our proven solutions deliver proactive ways to stay compliant and minimize risk in an ever increasing regulatory environment.

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Chorus Call, Inc. is a world-class teleconferencing service provider with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and satellite offices in thirteen countries around the world.  As the pioneer of high quality, high-touch conferencing, Chorus Call offers a full suite of Investor Relations services, including audio conferencing, webcasts, and Analyst Days. Chorus Call's exceptional customer retention rate is the greatest testament to the quality of our service – when an earnings event has to be executed flawlessly, the IR community calls Chorus Call. Find out more at

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Alpha IR Group is a full-service investor relations consulting firm that partners with companies to deliver best-in-class investor relations, from strategic insights to daily, tactical execution. Alpha IR offers a range of tailored programs, as well as sophisticated insights and significant experience with activist preparedness, investor day preparation and execution, earnings support, M&A/transaction support, perception studies, and more. The firm’s leaders have over 100 years of combined sell-side, buy-side, investment banking, and IR consulting experience. Alpha’s growing staff supports a client base that spans seven industry verticals and represents over $100 billion of equity value trading on public exchanges in North America. Visit

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Broadridge, a global fintech leader with $4 billion in revenue, provides communications, technology, data and analytics. We help drive business transformation with solutions for enriching customer engagement, navigating risk and optimizing efficiency. Our proprietary data and technology support insight, compliance and governance while enhancing the shareholder experience. Visit


Q4 is a leading global provider of cloud-based investor relations and capital market solutions. Q4 empowers customers to be leaders in IR through innovative technology and exceptional customer service. Our comprehensive portfolio of IR solutions, including quantitative and real-time shareholder analytics, IR desktop, websites, and webcasting arm industry professionals with the tools and insights required to run award-winning IR programs, make effective business decisions, and better engage with the street. Q4 has offices in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Copenhagen, and London. To learn more, visit:


EQ, formerly known as Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, combines vast industry experience and industry-leading customer service with powerful tools and technology. At EQ we take care of everything from managing share registers, payments and investment plans, virtual annual meetings, to delivering cutting edge augmented reality apps that create new levels of employee and shareholder engagement. It’s not just about technology it’s about finding insightful solutions that make our clients work easier and allow them to exceed their goals – simply and effectively.




Okapi Partners is a full service proxy solicitation and investor response firm, headquartered in New York City.  At Okapi Partners we pride ourselves on having unrivaled insight into how investors think and behave. We design and execute thoughtful, results-oriented strategies that ensure our clients succeed in any scenario requiring an investor response including director elections, proxy contests, M&A transactions, annual meetings, governance and compensations issues and tender offers. We have advised hundreds of clients including corporations of all sizes including Fortune 500 companies, mutual funds, private equity firms and leading activist investors. Unlike others in the industry, our understanding of what resonates with investors and how they make voting decisions stems directly from our experience working for them.  Okapi Partners offers clients superior intellectual capital, extensive industry relationships and unmatched execution capabilities. Visit for more information.

Eisenberg Inc.

Eisenberg And Associates is an award-winning, full-service marketing communications firm providing branding, marketing, annual reports and creative services to clients across the U.S. for the last 40 years. E&A has successfully assisted clients by developing strategic marketing and branding platforms to achieve and exceed their sales and marketing communications goals. Visit to learn more.

Eisenberg Inc.

Dennard Lascar Investor Relations specializes in providing innovative investor relations counsel and analytical services for publicly traded and pre-IPO companies. For more than two decades, we have earned a reputation for candid and insightful IR counsel, unmatched customer service and innovation in best practices to meet a continually changing marketplace. Founded in 1997, Dennard Lascar is the largest IR firm in the Southwest, serving more than 30 public and private company clients. Visit

Eisenberg Inc.

Sidoti & Company, LLC is the largest independent provider of equity research, generally focused on small-cap companies with market capitalizations of under $3 billion. We cover over 250 companies across a range of industries and have a dedicated institutional sales force and trading desk.  Sidoti also offers company-sponsored research and hosts biannual conferences in NY for small and micro-cap equities.. Visit to learn more.

Eisenberg Inc.

Halliburton Investor Relations (HIR) is a strategic investor relations and communications firm that partners with client companies to execute a proactive, results-driven outreach program. HIR adds value for client companies through an innovative, tailored approach to the client’s investor relations and communications needs. Leveraging our extensive expertise and a breadth of industry knowledge, HIR works with clients to deliver critical communications while leading them through all market cycles. HIR provides a host of services to public companies, private companies and IPOs. Throughout its 28-year history, HIR has worked hard to provide service that is proactive, consistent and personal. Find out more at

Eisenberg Inc.

Meetyl is corporate access on-demand. Our intelligent matchmaking means using our investor database or importing yours, you'll drive higher ROI. Our easy automated scheduling, booking, itinerary and reporting system saves you time, money and headaches. Our live investors respond quicker than any repetitive emailing. Book your next meeting in minutes at!

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Texas State Capitol

The Texas State Capitol in Austin is hailed as one of the most remarkable capitol buildings in the nation. Not only is it known for its rich history, but it is also noted for its architecture. The State Capitol and surrounding area is a common tourist destination for those visiting the Austin area. The State Capitol is literally minutes away from the JW Marriott, giving you more time to enjoy all that the Texas State Capitol has to offer.

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Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Lake’s 416 acres are perfect for soaking up the sun while leisurely paddling around in a kayak or canoe. Although swimming isn’t permitted in the lake, Deep Eddy Pool, the oldest swimming pool in Texas, is nearby, as is Barton Springs Pool, a natural pool situated near Barton Creek. Don't miss the 10 mile hike and bike trail bordering the lake which serves as a social hub for runners, walkers and cyclists.

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Zilker Park

The hotel's distinct central location provides easy access to iconic things to do in Austin, such as exploring Zilker Park. Recreation options there include:

  • Barton Springs: Located in Zilker Park near Barton Springs Road, Barton Springs is one of the best places to spend a hot summer day in Austin. At nearly 900 feet long and just over three acres, it’s one of Austin’s most popular landmarks and easily the city’s most famous spring-fed swimming hole. The water temperature averages a chilly 70-degrees year round, and there are varying depths, stairs, ladders, and diving boards.
  • Zilker Botanical Garden: The Zilker Botanical Garden is in the heart of Austin. The garden is filled with natural grottoes, aquatic features, and trees, all integrated into a spectacularly beautiful and tranquil design.
  • Austin Nature and Science Center: On the western side of Zilker Park is the Austin Nature and Science Center. Hands-on exhibits for children, teachers, and visitors of all ages increase appreciation and awareness of the natural environment on topics ranging from paleontology to astronomy, biology, and more.
  • Zilker Hillside Theatre: Zilker Hillside Theater has hosted entertaining concerts, shows, and events for over half a century. Some of the annual events include Shakespeare in the Park, the South Asian New Year, and Zilker Theatre Production’s Summer Musical.
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Historic Sixth Street

Sixth Street is a historic street and entertainment district located within the city's urban core in downtown Austin. The nine-block area of East Sixth Street roughly between Lavaca Street to the west and Interstate 35 to the east is recognized as the Sixth Street Historic District and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 30, 1975. Developed as one of Austin's trade and commercial districts in the late 1800s, the predominant building style is two- or three-story masonry Victorian commercial architecture. Most structures in the area had already been built by the 1880s, though a few notable exceptions include the Driskill Hotel (1886), the Scarbrough Building (1910), and the Littlefield Building. The area around nearby 4th Street and 6th Street has been a major entertainment district since the 1970s. Many bars, clubs, music venues, and shopping destinations are located on East 6th Street between Congress Avenue and Interstate 35, and many offer live music at one time or another during the week.


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