President’s Letter


October 4, 2016

Fellow NIRI Twin Cities Chapter Members,

Welcome to the NIRI Twin Cities chapter. It is truly an honor to serve as our chapter’s President for the 2016-2017 program year. I have been a member of NIRI and our chapter for nearly ten years and have benefitted greatly from the professional development and networking opportunities that our chapter has provided. I look forward to working together with our other chapter officers and directors to continue to deliver high quality programs and resources for our members.
I’d like to thank Justin Horstman, who served as our chapter president for the past two program years. Our chapter thrived under Justin’s leadership. The chapter added new members and sponsors, strengthened its financial position, and provided members with many terrific programs and social events. Justin will continue to serve our chapter this year as an at-large director.

I’m happy to be joined on this year’s Board by many other talented and experienced investor relations professionals. As you know, all of our chapter’s officer and directors are volunteers who give generously of their time to ensure the success of our chapter.

NIRI Twin Cities Chapter Officers and Directors for the 2016-2017 Program Year

  • President Elect & VP, Sponsorship – Heide Erickson, Capella
  • VP, Sponsorship – Josh Williams, Ipreo
  • Secretary – Lori Lauber, Wells Fargo
  • Treasurer – Olga Guteneva, Xcel Energy
  • VP, Programs – Heather Pribyl, Buffalo Wild Wings
  • VP, Programs – Peggy James, Polaris
  • Programs Committee – Erik Nerhus, Four Hills Advisors
  • Programs Committee – Jenny Knudson, Polymet Mining
  • VP, Membership – Darin Norman, Xcel Energy
  • Marketing & Technology – Tony Riter, St Jude Medical
  • Advocacy Ambassador – Frank Milano, Strategic Investor Relations
  • At-Large Director – Bernadette McCormick, Business Wire
  • At-Large Director – Jack Nielsen, Cardiovascular Systems
  • At-Large Director – Laura Gagnon, Mosaic
  • At-Large Director – Mollie O’Brien, Best Buy
  • At-Large Director – Justin Horstman, TCF Financial
  • At-Large Director – Brett Manderfeld, United Health Group

I would also like to thank our sponsors for the 2016-2017 program year. These sponsors provide great support to our chapter without which we would not be able to do what we do. We look forward to continuing our relationships with these valued sponsors and adding new partners throughout the year.

NIRI Twin Cities Sponsors for the 2016-2017 Program Year

  • S&P Global Market Intelligence – Platinum Sponsor
  • BusinessWire – Platinum Sponsor
  • Ipreo – Gold Sponsor
  • Corbin Perception – Gold Sponsor
  • ModernIR – Gold Sponsor
  • Robert W. Baird – Gold Sponsor

We kicked off our program year on September 22 with a terrific presentation on activism preparedness from Rich Thomas of Lazard. Our Board is putting together a great line-up of presentations and networking events for the remainder of the year. I encourage all of our members to join us at our monthly programs and I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming events.

Our chapter’s first goal is to meet the needs of our members, so we are always interested in your feedback. If you have any suggestions for future programs, ideas for how we can improve the chapter, or any other comments, please feel free to contact me or any of our chapter officers and directors.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve as our chapter’s President.

Jeff Huebschen