NIRI Dallas*Fort Worth Chapter Receives Awards at the 2010 NIRI Annual Conference

 DALLAS (June 8, 2010) РThe Dallas*Fort Worth (D*FW) Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), consisting of more than 135 members representing public companies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, received two awards at the NIRI Chapter Leadership Awards Dinner on June 6, 2010 in San Diego, Calif. The awards banquet was held during the 2010 NIRI Annual Conference, the largest and most comprehensive professional development conference for investor relations practitioners in the world.

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. The NIRI D*FW Chapter held a variety of successful events in 2009-2010, including monthly continuing professional education programs and seasonal networking events.

In addition, Kristi Cooper earned the 2009-2010 Individual Chapter Leadership Award for her efforts as the NIRI D*FW Chapter’s vice president of Programs during the 2009-2010 leadership year.

“Kristi has been an active member of the NIRI D*FW Chapter since 2004. She has fulfilled her board roles with professionalism and insightful contributions to the team. As the 2009-2010 Programs chair, she booked many high-quality luncheon speakers and planned a festive holiday party. She also took it upon herself to book programs through the end of 2010 to help with the transition to the 2010-2011 year. Previously, Kristi held the NIRI D*FW Chapter positions of vice president, communications and vice president, membership. She also served on numerous NIRI D*FW Chapter committees, as well as an at-large director,” Veronica B. Marks of DRI Corporation (NASDAQ: TBUS), the 2009-2010 NIRI D*FW Chapter president, said.

From October 2003 to March 2010, Ms. Cooper was employed as Vice President, Business Development, at the Dallas-based design firm of Peterson Ray & Co. Her responsibilities included establishing new business contacts, writing proposals, maintaining client relationships, and managing human resources.

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 135 members representing most of the major public companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth 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

Tim Bley, VP Communications