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Sharon Merrill President and Partner Maureen Wolff selected as 2014 NIRI Fellow

Maureen WolffSharon Merrill Associates President and Partner Maureen Wolff was selected as one of five new National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Fellows. NIRI Fellows are recognized leaders who represent the ideals of the investor relations (IR) profession, and have distinguished themselves on the basis of their integrity, leadership, involvement and contributions to the IR profession throughout their careers.

Sharon Merrill, Chairman and CEO of Sharon Merrill Associates said, “Maureen is extremely well deserving of this great honor by the National Investor Relations Institute. She has been a leader in the advancement of the investor relations profession for the past 30 years and an ardent supporter of NIRI. Congratulations to Maureen and the 2014 class of NIRI Fellows.”

In the NIRI announcement of the Fellows Class of 2014 , NIRI CEO Jeff Morgan said, “I am delighted to honor these five outstanding individuals who have been so important to the development of the profession and to NIRI’s success. NIRI Fellows are nominated by their peers, and represent the highest standards in the investor relations profession and in our community. We look forward to honoring them at the 2014 NIRI Annual Conference this June.” Continue reading

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Sharon Merrill’s Daughter Competes in Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Julia Marino

The Sharon Merrill Associates team is excited and proud to share our own unique connection to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Julia Marino, daughter of agency CEO and founder Sharon Merrill, will be competing for a medal in the Women’s Slopestyle Skiing competition.  Julia is representing her birth country, the Republic of Paraguay, as the first athlete ever to represent the South American country at the Winter Olympics. A student at the University of Colorado, Julia will be proudly carrying Paraguay’s tricolor national flag during the opening ceremonies at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Friday, February 7. The 2014 games mark the first time slopestyle, a freestyle skiing event featuring a downhill obstacle course consisting of jumps and rails, is included in the Olympics. The Women’s Slopestyle Skiing event is scheduled to air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 11. Please join us in cheering on Julia as she takes on Sochi!

To follow Julia’s Olympic journey, find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Shareholder on a Shelf: An Earnings Tradition

By Dennis Walsh, Vice President

The Shareholder on a Shelf is a new tradition that has become the holiday gift of choice for IROs to their executive management teams. The story of the Shareholder on a Shelf is as follows:

Shareholder on a Shelf

“Have you ever wondered how the SEC could know;
If you’re naughty or nice in making your reported revenues and margins grow;
For 79 years it’s been a big secret;
Which now can be shared, if you promise to keep it.

At reporting time the SEC sends me to you;
I sit in the shadows to watch and report on all that you do;
My job is an assignment from Ms. Mary Jo White herself;
I am her helper, a friendly scout shareholder that sits on a shelf. Continue reading

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Sharon Merrill Associates Wins Platinum Super Bell Award

Sharon Merrill Associates on Monday captured The Publicity Club of New England’s coveted 2012 Platinum Super Bell at its annual Bell Ringer Awards, which annually recognizes the region’s most successful communications and public relations campaigns. We won the Platinum Super Bell for our investor relations program for Gibraltar Industries, recognizing us as “best in show” among the “Gold” winners in each of the 20 communications campaign categories.  In addition, the agency also received a Gold Bell Ringer Award for best Investor/Financial Relations Campaign.

Sharon Merrill Associates, which also won a Platinum Super Bell in 2004, is the only firm to have ever received the award for investor relations. We have been honored with a Bell Ringer award in each of the past 13 years we have entered the competition. But these accolades are only possible because of the commitment of clients like Gibraltar to maintain a high standard of communications with the investment community. We extend our appreciation to The Publicity Club of New England and our fantastic clients.

Sharon Merrill is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sharon Merrill Associates.

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Investor Relations Program and SMA Blog Honored with 2010 Bell Ringer Awards

On Monday evening, the Sharon Merrill Associates  team attended the 2010 Bell Ringer Awards, sponsored by The Publicity Club of New England.  The Bell Ringer Awards recognize and honor excellence and achievement in the communications and public relations professions.  The awards are often hailed as the “Oscars” of PR/IR in New England and the club’s board always organizes a high-quality event.  We are proud to announce that Sharon Merrill Associates was presented two prestigious awards, one for its Investor Relations Program and another for this blog, The Podium. Continue reading

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Welcome to “The Podium”

People often ask me what has changed the practice of investor relations most significantly during the nearly 25 years Sharon Merrill Associates (www.InvestorRelations.com) has been communicating the stories of our clients to Wall Street and to Main Street.  Regulation Fair Disclosure?  Sarbanes-Oxley?  The rise of the mutual fund? 

The answer is technology.  It has changed everything. 

The shift to Internet-driven communications created the opportunity for corporate news to be distributed throughout the world in a fraction of a second.  This shift was accompanied by a revolution in trading technology.  With the rise of electronic markets came spectacular growth in both transaction volume and the speed of the market’s reactions. Whether the reason is legitimate corporate news or unfounded rumor, the investment community today responds in the blink of an eye.  This is a far cry from our early days in business prior to the Internet – and even the fax machine – when our associates would hand-deliver news releases by taxicab to the wire services and local daily news outlets.  Continue reading

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