President's Letter

June 20, 2016

Dear fellow NIRI Los Angeles Chapter Members:

We are pleased to announce the election of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors for the NIRI Los Angeles Chapter by a quorum of the Chapter members. Thanks to all of you that took the time to cast your ballots. Contact information for the Board is available at The Board and its Advisory Committee are off and running planning another great year of programming and other engagement opportunities, supported by great sponsors.

2016-2017 NIRI LA Board of Directors

Geri Weinfeld, DTS

Immediate Past President
Scott Cunningham, Edison International

Vice President - Programs
Alexandra Geller (Chair), Cornerstone OnDemand
Lori Hillman, In Transition
Anne McGuiness, American Homes 4 Rent

Vice President - Communications
Stacy Feit (Chair), The Cheesecake Factory
Lena Shagoury, Nasdaq

Vice President - Membership
Matthew Policastro (Chair), Business Wire
Jorge Casado, Tutor Perini
Jennifer DiGrazia, DreamWorks Animation

Vice President - Treasurer
Jim Wu, Tetra Tech

Advocacy Ambassador
Julie MacMedan, Financial Profiles

Also, we're pleased to announce that Joe Hixson, Senior Vice President of The Abernathy MacGregor Group, responded to our recent call for volunteers and has been appointed by the Board to its Advisory Committee. Welcome Joe!

We would also like to personally thank Smooch Reynolds and Heather Wilson for their contributions to the Board; both elected not to stand for election this year.

You'll be able to meet the new Board members and also help recognize Smooch's and Heather's service to the Board at our June 23 Summer Social Luncheon at the Santa Monica Beach Club. If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible at under Events.

New July 19 Program Added - Joint NACD - NIRI LA Lunch with Edison International Chairman and CEO Ted Craver

Ted Craver, Edison International Chairman and CEO, will be the speaker at an added joint lunch event with the National Association of Corporate Directors and NIRI LA on July 19 at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. This lunch continues the successful partnership between these two organization engaging Chairs and CEOs on business strategy, board engagement and investor accountability. Registration will open shortly. This is Scott's CEO so he will be tracking registration especially closely! Ted is a great supporter of value-added investor relations - you'll find him insightful and thoughtful.

Membership Survey Helped Guide June Planning Session

Your input through our annual member survey was an important guide in the planning session that the Board held June 14 during the NIRI National Conference in San Diego. The survey again highlighted the importance of buy-side engagement best practices, dialogue with CEOs and CFOs as among your most frequently requested topics. Participants also gave good marks for our IRO and IR counselor-only NIRI in Your Neighborhood small group events, and the Board is looking to expand these in the coming year. The Board is always interested in your suggestions and feedback so don't wait for next year's survey if you have a thought!

Also if you are an IRO and would like to host a NIRI in Your Neighborhood event in the coming year at your headquarters or at a nearby restaurant, please let Alex Geller or a member of the Program Committee know. We are especially interested in locations that are convenient to IROs and IR counselors in the San Fernando Valley and Calabasas-Ventura-Santa Barbara corridors.

In the coming year we plan on continuing our partnerships with the National Association of Corporate Directors and Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals with joint program events. And we look forward to having NIRI CEO Jim Cudahy join us again in January in Santa Monica in conjunction with the NIRI Fundamentals course. Stay tuned for a full program announcement later this summer!

Get The Word Out on NIRI and NIRI LA!

Your board has a major new member outreach program underway to IROs and IR counselors. If you have any thoughts on others in the IR community that would benefit from NIRI and NIRI LA participation, please let Matt Policastro or any of the Membership Committee members know.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

The financial support of our sponsors makes the difference in providing the quality and frequency of our programs while keeping our membership fees reasonable and well below the actual cost of our events.

We Welcome Your Feedback

This is your Chapter. If you have any thoughts, suggestions or questions, please contact either of us any of the Board members.

A Personal Thanks from Scott

I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with and compare notes with many of you over the past two years as your Chapter President. I'm very proud to have helped continue the momentum that Julie MacMedan launched four years ago when she returned as Chapter President and helped build the nucleus of the Board that is still here today. This a volunteer organization and this was a more challenging year for many of us on the Board to juggle our paying jobs, family responsibilities and our volunteer commitment so a special thanks for making it all work! Finally I'd like to give a special thanks to Jackie Powell, who keeps us organized behind the scenes as Chapter Administrator, and Patti Carbajal, who many of you have met hosting our large group events.

You are now in Geri's excellent leadership hands. I know Geri and the Board will beat expectations in the coming year!


Geri Weinfeld
President, NIRI Los Angeles Chapter

(818) 436-1231
Scott Cunningham
Immediate Past President, NIRI
Los Angeles Chapter
(626) 302-2540