NIRI Dallas*Fort Worth Receives Awards at the 2009 NIRI Annual Conference

DALLAS (June 19, 2009) – The Dallas*Fort Worth (D*FW) Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), consisting of more than 150 members representing public companies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, was presented with two awards at NIRI’s Chapter Leadership Awards Dinner held June 6, 2009 in Hollywood, Fla. The awards ceremony preceded the 2009 NIRI Annual Conference, the largest annual gathering of investor relations professionals in the world, which was held June 7- 10, 2009, in Hollywood, Fla.

The NIRI D*FW Chapter won the NIRI Chairman’s Award, which is bestowed upon the chapters that demonstrate the most innovative and creative programming. NIRI D*FW held a variety of successful events in 2008-2009. The highlight of the year was the 2008 Southwest Regional Conference, held Aug. 20-22 in St. Louis, Mo. The NIRI D*FW Chapter also hosted a half day professional development workshop in Dallas as well as regular monthly luncheons on a variety of investor relations topics. In addition, NIRI D*FW held a career development program and offered networking and social events throughout the year.

Hala Elsherbini, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Halliburton Investor Relations in Dallas and the current NIRI D*FW executive vice president, earned the 2008-2009 Individual Chapter Leadership Award.

“Hala has been a supportive and vocal advocate of the chapter since she joined the D*FW board in 2005”, said Jason Landkamer, 2008-2009 NIRI D*FW President. “She has raised awareness of our profession locally by reaching out to professors and students at local universities in addition to providing advice and assistance to help new investor relations programs in the Middle East. Hala is an exceptional investor relations professional and a great example of the integrity and leadership skills our organization represents.”

About 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 4,000 members representing 2,000 publicly held companies and $5.4 trillion in stock market capitalization.

About the NIRI D*FW Chapter
The NIRI D*FW Chapter, one of the oldest and largest chapters in the country, has more than 150 members representing most of the major public companies in the Dallas-FortWorth area and from surrounding regions and states, including Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico. Our mission is to represent the highest level of investor relations practices and to provide a resource for investor relations professionals located in the Southwest region of the United States. Our chapter holds regular monthly meetings and specially scheduled educational seminars featuring experts on leading issues affecting publicly traded companies and the investor relations profession. For more information, please visit  

Ann Heidger, VP Communications