NIRI DFW relies on its leadership to curate events, contribute to best practice sharing and to be the conduit concerning issues impacting public companies between their company and NIRI National. Positions are voluntary and terms are one year.
Below are the officers and directors for the 2015 – 2016 term year.
Glen Orr, President
Glen is president of Orr Strategic Communications, a firm built on the belief that enterprise value and communications are inextricably linked. He sees IR and communications as a business tool that when well executed can grow the value of an organization and when executed poorly can erode millions of dollars in value. Glen has more than 20 years’ experience in investor relations, corporate communications and crisis management, and he uses that experience to protect and fortify the reputations of client companies and help them achieve their corporate objectives. He has extensive experience coaching senior executives and working hand-in-hand with heads of corporate communications and investor relations during times of significant corporate change including: mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, physical and financial crises, shareholder incongruity, and executive succession.
Glen began his career in IR in San Antonio working for a natural gas utility and recently has counseled clients on implementing IR strategies and tactics to align shareholders with corporate strategies; and developed and implemented sophisticated employee and corporate communications campaigns to maximize the value of hostile and friendly M&A transactions, mitigate the impact of activist shareholder attacks and manage communications surrounding financial and physical crises. Glen also assists companies in nurturing and managing their relationships with media and navigating engagement with them during important corporate announcements.
Glen is a native of South Texas and has been a NIRI member for about 20 years, most recently serving as Executive Vice President. Prior to that he served as Vice President, Membership; Vice President, Programs; and has been a contributor on several committees. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree from Texas A&M.
Mac Schmitz, Vice President, Membership
Mac Schmitz is the Capital Markets Coordinator for Matador Resources Company (NYSE: MTDR) an independent oil and gas exploration company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Mac helped Matador go public in 2012 and has seen the company grow its market cap from less than $500 million in 2012 to over $3 billion in 2018. Today he is a member of the finance team and disclosure committee and his primary responsibility is managing investor relations.
His training and background is in investment banking working previously for KeyBanc Capital Markets and Marsh, Berry & Company, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance, with a focus on Investments, from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is a loyal Cleveland and Ohio State sports fan and enjoys spending free time with his wife (Mandi), son (James) and two dogs (Baxter and Bixby).
Evan Black, Vice President, Treasurer
Evan Black currently serves as Vice President of Investor Relations at Santander Consumer USA (NYSE: SC). Evan joined SC in 2012 and, during his tenure has served as Director of Investor Relations and Senior Market Risk Analyst. When SC made its debut as a publicly traded Company in January 2014, Evan served as project lead and headed the Company’s first investor relations team. Prior to joining SC, Evan served as Market Risk Manager at Penson Financial Services. Evan earned a BBA in Accounting from Southern Methodist University, is a CFA® charterholder and holds the Investor Relations Charter (IRC) credential.
Hala Elsherbini, Vice President, Professional Development
As Senior Vice President and COO for Halliburton Investor Relations, Hala leverages her 26 years of IR experience to guide client companies in their IR program strategy. She is a trusted advisor who utilizes an extensive network of professionals to communicate HIR client’s value while acting as an advocate for the clients to the investment community.
Hala graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Communications, majoring in public relations. She’s a 10-year+ NIRI, serving on various committees, both on a national and local chapter level. In December 2015, Hala was elected to serve a four-year term on the National board of directors. She also served as the 2010-2011 President of the DFW Chapter, Co-Chaired the 2012 and 2014 Southwest Regional Conference as well as serving as co-chair for the upcoming 2016 conference. Hala was also recruited to join the 2013-2015 Editorial Advisory Board for IR Update, the monthly NIRI member newsletter.
Sarah Willis, Vice President, Communications
Sarah Willis is the Regional Manager for the Business Wire bureau in Dallas. Business Wire is a Berkshire Hathaway company and for more than 50 years, communications professionals have turned to Business Wire for its expertise, accuracy and exceptional reach to media and Wall Street audiences. Sarah’s 17 years of experience in the newswire industry has made her a trusted resource for IR professionals in DFW, advising on everything from timing an earnings release to best practices for IR sites, disclosure, crisis communications, and social media strategies. In addition to managing the Dallas bureau’s editorial, sales and media relations teams, she is responsible for business development and account management.
Sarah began her career at Business Wire in 2000 as part of the editorial staff in Dallas . She moved from editorial to sales, becoming Regional Manager in 2016.
Mrs. Willis holds a B.A. from the University of North Texas and lives in Dallas with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she is an avid gardener, painter and horse trainer.
Rick Black, Director at Large – former President
Rick Black is Executive Vice President at Dennard Lascar Associates, an investor relations counsel and analytical services firm. He manages the firm’s Dallas office and is the senior leader of several client teams providing investor relations counsel, account management and strategic communications planning. With more than 18 years of investor relations, media and crisis management experience, Rick has served as a trusted advisor to senior management teams and Boards of Directors in multiple industry sectors. He frequently presents at industry conferences on topics related to investor relations and shareholder activism. Prior to joining Dennard Lascar, Rick was a Senior Vice President at H+K Strategies where he manged the firm’s largest Texas client account for four years in addition to leading multiple client teams across a number of industry sectors, several that included crisis management projects such as hostile takeover attempts and proxy contests, among others. Previous experience also includes serving as director of investor relations and head of corporate communications at Luby’s, Inc. (NYSE:LUB), where he led the company’s successful defense of proxy, contest against an activist hedge fund. Rick also worked at BMC Software, Inc. (NYSE:BMC) in the investor relations department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from Texas Tech University. He has served on the Dallas Fort Worth NIRI Chapter since 2013.
Liz Kline, Director at Large
Liz is responsible for directing account services and new business efforts for Eisenberg And Associates, we well as running the Dallas office. She also serves as senior manager on major projects. With over 25 years of experience in the creative and marketing industry nationwide, including over 18 years with Eisenberg And Associates, Liz has worked with a client base that spans most industries. She began her career at KIDSNET, a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C., specializing in the development of educational curriculum materials for children’s television. She then worked for Bremmer & Goris Communications, a design studio in Alexandria, Virginia. She has a bachelor degree in political science from Davidson College and an MBA from the George Washington University. Liz is the 2007 past president of the NIRI DFW Chapter and has chaired several Southwest Regional Conferences for the organization.
LeeAnne Sexton, Director at Large
As a Managing Director at Donnelley Financial Solutions, Lee Anne provides financial communication services for public and strategically growing private companies, investment banks and private equity firms. For the past 16 years, she has helped clients prepare for and manage the IPO process from fund raising and deal marketing all the way through to the compliance requirements as a public company. These transactional and compliance services include online datarooms, deal management, XBRL consulting and preparation, proxy statement design and distribution, annual meeting services, M&A activities and internal document management and collaboration. Prior to joining Donnelley, she spent 11 years as a Vice President at Bowne & Co. Lee Anne earned a bachelor”s degree from Texas A&M University.
When she is not with clients, Lee Anne enjoys traveling with her husband and son. She is an avid Aggie football fan with a love of hiking.