February 16, 2017 | News / Updates

Alpha IR Group Makes Strategic Hires in New York and Boston Offices

Senior leadership team established to service growing client base on the East Coast.

CHICAGO, IL. (February 16, 2017) – Alpha IR Group, a leading independent investor relations consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, today announced that Steve Calk has joined the firm as a Senior Managing Director. Mr. Calk will join Senior Managing Director Robert Winters in the firm’s New York city office, where the two will serve as Co-General Managers.

Mr.Calk brings more than 20 years of financial, investment banking, and investor relations experience to Alpha IR Group. Steve was previously a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, which he originally joined after serving as the head of Ashton Partners’ Boston office prior to Ashton’s sale to FTI Consulting in 2007. Calk begin his career in investment banking and has worked at J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, and Lehman Brothers, primarily in capital raising and mergers and acquisitions in the Technology, Media, & Telecom and Energy sectors. He has also held positions in investor relations and mergers and acquisitions within several publicly-traded technology companies and has served as a Visiting Professor of Finance at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Alpha IR Group simultaneously announced that Jackie Marcus has joined the firm as an Assistant Vice President. Ms. Marcus will support Michael Cummings, Senior Managing Director and General Manager in the firm’s Boston office. Ms. Marcus brings nearly a decade of experience implementing investor relations programs and providing counsel to publicly-traded companies in special situations. Ms. Marcus previously served as a Senior Account Supervisor with Edelman’s Financial Communications and Capital Markets practice in New York, and as a Senior Consultant with FTI Consulting’s Capital Markets practice in San Francisco.

“With a growing list of clients on the East Coast, it was necessary to expand our team with the addition of proven industry leaders in the region,” said Founder and CEO Chris Hodges. “After having worked with Steve for several years at Ashton Partners and FTI Consulting, it is with great pleasure that I welcome him to Alpha IR, and we sincerely look forward to his and Jackie’s contributions. We have now assembled an excellent team of senior practitioners on the East Coast whose complementary backgrounds and combined leadership in New York and Boston will enable us to continue growing our staff and service capabilities for clients.”

“It has become increasingly clear that small- and mid-cap companies are facing difficult challenges gaining adequate visibility and valuation amidst a period of significant transitional change that is occurring across global capital markets,” Calk said. “Alpha IR’s niche focus and flexibility to offer expert, affordable counsel to clients is unmatched, and combined with its buy-side and research focus, we believe we have great opportunities to continue growing our practice well into the future.”

Since its founding in late 2012, Alpha IR Group has grown to sixteen staff members with offices in Chicago, New York and Boston.

About Alpha IR Group:
Alpha IR Group is a full-service investor relations consulting firm, offering a range of programs, including activist preparedness, investor day preparation and execution, earnings support, M&A/transaction support, perception studies, and more. The firm’s leaders have over 100 years of combined sell-side, buy-side, investment banking, and IR consulting experience. The firm has offices in Chicago, New York, and Boston. Alpha’s growing staff supports a client base that spans seven industry verticals and represents nearly $100 billion of equity value trading on public exchanges in North America.

Mike Anderson
Associate, Head of Marketing
P: (312) 445-2869
E: michael.anderson@alpha-ir.com
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