For Immediate Release
Agency Veterans Form Compass Investor Relations
Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco, July 31, 2013 – Long-time investor relations agency veterans Mark Collinson, Roger Ellis, Elaine Ketchmere and Mabel Zhang (“the Partners”) today announced the launch of their new agency, Compass Investor Relations.
The specialist IR consulting firm will provide public and private companies with best practice financial communications strategies and services as they seek clear, credible, consistent and compliant interaction with stakeholders.
The Partners’ have a combined 40 years’ of investor relations experience and have worked together for the past eight years. During that time they have been the investor relations counsel for senior exchange IPOs with market capitalizations totaling several billion dollars and have helped more than 20 new and dynamic companies upgrade to a senior exchange.
Compass’ Partners have counseled clients through the disclosure intricacies of rapid organic growth, multi-billion dollar acquisitions, capital raises, corporate crises, proxy contests and management changes. They have facilitated successful communication, through conventional and new media outreach, to a broad base of buy-side and sell-side analysts, institutional and retail investors, and the financial media, ultimately helping their clients gain visibility and facilitate a fair and sustainable valuation for their businesses.
Compass Investor Relations Partners:
Elaine Ketchmere, CFA, Partner, Los Angeles – Elaine has eight years of experience as an investor relations counsel to US-quoted companies on senior exchanges and OTC markets. Elaine’s clients have included companies operating in the manufacturing, technology, energy, clean technology and agricultural commodity sectors. She has particular experience with companies new to the public markets, having overseen the promotion of dozens of microcap companies from the OTC markets to a senior exchange. In addition to her experience as an IR counselor, she has ten years of experience in finance as a research analyst and working with institutional investors.
Mark Collinson, Partner, Orange County – Mark has been senior investor relations counsel to more than 50 companies and has overseen the senior exchange debuts of eight IPOs. He has worked with clients in many industries from steel to software, REITs to life science pioneers. In addition to his nine years as investor relations counsel he has experience as a strategist and management consultant and almost 20 years as a banker and private equity investor.
Roger Ellis, Partner, Los Angeles – Roger is one of the most experienced market intelligence executives working at an independent agency today. Over the past 13 years Roger has put several hundred clients in various stages of their investment thesis in front of interested investors and financial intermediaries and has arranged over 2,000 non-deal roadshow meetings. He has also carried out multiple studies of investor perception for his clients. In addition to his experience as market intelligence executive, Roger has more than 16 years of experience in corporate management positions including serving as chief financial officer of a holding company.
Mabel Zhang, Partner, Bay Area – Mabel has eight years of experience leading media operations at her former agency. She is fluent in Mandarin and has worked with more than 50 China-based US-quoted companies. She has organized more than 20 events, including bell ringing ceremonies, media events, investment conferences and analyst days.
About Compass Investor Relations:
Compass Investor Relations was established by four veteran IR professionals. Our founding partners have a combined 40 years of investor relations experience that will give you the best possible communications strategies to develop clear, credible, consistent and compliant messages and will provide you the visibility and opportunity to communicate those messages to stakeholders efficiently and effectively.
Our IR strategy is grounded in what we call the 4C’s: clarity, credibility, consistency and compliance. For more information, please visit http://compassinvestorrelations.com/.
Elaine Ketchmere, CFA
Compass Investor Relations