NIRI SOUTHWEST REGIONAL
CONFERENCE 2017

AUGUST 23-25 | AUSTIN | JW MARRIOTT

Hosted by the
NIRI Houston and DFW Chapters

REGISTRATION INFO

Houston and DFW Chapters are once again delivering Texas-sized NIRI programming and networking at the Annual NIRI Southwest Regional Conference.

Join us in Austin to collaborate and share best practices through a two-day agenda inspired by the six sides of a Rubik’s Cube®.

Investor Relations has evolved over the years and now IR practitioners are often responsible for a number of different functions including corporate communications, financial reporting, treasury, strategic planning, and more. The IR profession is complex and one must carefully move all the pieces into place to be successful. Get ready to solve The Rubik’s Cube® of IR.

In addition, valuable career development sessions will set you apart and enhance your career advancement goals.  CLE credits are being offered for the conference - more details on how to sign up for that will be available shortly.

The agenda will be updated regularly so check back for exciting developments!

For a complete biography of each speaker or to see our sponsors' websites, click on their names highlighted in blue. 

Wednesday, August 23

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Welcome Reception

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm      

Location TBD

Conference Organizers

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 24

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Breakfast / Vendor Showcase

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Vendor Showcase Area 

Breakfast Buffett. Mingle with conference attendees, and visit the vendor showcase area to see the latest tools that can strengthen your IR program.

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Opening Remarks

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Ballroom TBD

 

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Conference Kick-off and Introduction to The Rubik’s Cube® of IR.  www.rubiks.com

 

 

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Keynote Speaker

8:15 am - 9:00 am

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Understanding the Big Picture

9:00 am - 9:45 am     

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Vendor Showcase

9:45 am - 10:15 am

Vendor Showcase Area 

 

Mingle with conference attendees, and visit the vendor showcase area to see the latest tools that can strengthen your IR program.

 

 

 

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Working with the C-Suite

10:15 am - 11:00 am

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Figuring Out the Digital Era

11:00 am - 11:45 am

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Lunch

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

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Working with Buyside / Corporate Access

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Gaining Best Practices

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

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Vendor Showcase Break

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Vendor Showcase Area 

 

Mingle with conference attendees, and visit the vendor showcase area to see the latest tools that can strengthen your IR program.  

 

 

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Team Building

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Ballroom TBD

 

Fun games and exercises to get to know one another. The event promises to be fun-filled and memorable.  

 

Sponsored by the NIRI DFW and Houston chapters.

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IRO Survival Skills

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Network / Vendor Showcase 

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Vendor Showcase Area 

 

Mingle with conference attendees, and visit the vendor showcase area to see the latest tools that can strengthen your IR program.    

 

 

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Reception & Dinner

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Friday, August 25

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Breakfast / Vendor Showcase

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Vendor Showcase Area 

Grab a bite to eat and visit with our vendors in the showcase area.

 

 

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Morning Announcements

9:00 am - 9:15 am      

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Guest Speaker

9:15 am - 10:15 am       

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Subject Matter Breakouts

10:15 am - 10:45 am

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10:45 am - 11:15 am     

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Closing Remarks & Prize Drawings

11:45 am - Noon

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

 

Conference Registration Rates

Early Bird

Before May 15


Member: $400

Early Bird

Before May 15


Non-Member: $500

Standard

After May 15


Member: $450

Standard

After May 15


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, Friday, July 21, 2017.

Send written cancellations to Brook Wootton at BW_345@hotmail.com and call 214-855-6748 (office) or 713-828-0369 (cell).

This cancellation policy does NOT apply to hotel rooms.

Conference Registration Information

The registration website has been created for both attendees and sponsors. Just click the button below and follow the prompts.  

If you have any difficulty or questions, please contact Ann Tanabe, administrator@niri-houston.org or 713-979-9105.

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HOTEL

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.

Room Rates

We have negotiated a group rate of $209 plus applicable state and local taxes (currently 6% city and 9% sales tax) in effect at the time of check-out.

 

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Location + Contact

JW Marriott Austin
110 East 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78701
1.512.474.4777

BOOK HOTEL

 

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

PLEASE NOTE: THE ROOM BLOCK AND NEGOTIATED ROOM RATE EXPIRE 5 PM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017! 

For questions, please contact Ann Tanabe, administrator@niri-houston.org or 713-979-9105.

TRAVEL

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 SWR 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
  7. Virgin America

TAXICABS

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

Carpitality Transportation Services     512-985-7933     www.carpitality.com

Thomas     512-662-2040

Joseph Beers, Austin Cab 12     512-587-6654

 

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

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: www.supershuttle.com
  3. 24-hour advance notice is recommended for trips from the hotel to the airport.

HOTEL PARKING

  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, if not for 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. Through the combined efforts of both Houston and DFW chapters, 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.

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Sanjay Lad at sponsorship@niri-houston.org.

 

Sponsors

Interactive Sponsor Logos Coming Soon!


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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 and serving 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, 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 Gardens: 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 in Austin, Texas 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 are 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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Event Contacts 

Steve Stepinoff, Conference Chair
713-701-1728
swc.chair@niri-houston.org

Autumn Hugo, Conference Co-Chair
713-862-1331
swc.chair@niri-houston.org

Kim Pinyopusarerk, Program Lead
713-358-6430
programs@niri-houston.org

Sanjay Lad, Sponsorship Lead
713-821-1813
sponsorship@niri-houston.org

Hala Elsherbini, DFW Chapter Lead
972-458-8000
hala@halliburtonir.com

Event Logistics

Ann Tanabe, Hotel & Conference Registration
713-979-9105
administrator@niri-houston.org

Brook Wootton, Conference Cancellations
214-855-6748 (office) or 713-828-0369 (cell)
BW_345@hotmail.com 

 

NIRI Chapters

NIRI DFW
www.niridfw.org

NIRI HOUSTON
www.niri-houston.org

 

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