Member Spotlight

Spotlighting members from across NIRI SF reflects the dynamic mix of our membership and profiles of active members, seasoned professionals and those new to the field. All participants in Member Spotlight are recommended for inclusion by other NIRI SF members.


7 Year
Member

Roburta A Burroughs

Nasdaq 
Years at company: 2 years at Nasdaq, (almost 7 years with Thomson Reuters ) 

How long have you been a NIRI SF member?
7 years 

How has NIRI SF supported you professionally or personally?
NIRI SF has helped me better understand the needs and priorities of my IR clients I have been supporting for over seven years. In addition, NIRI SF has helped me stay on top of trends in the marketplace and sharpened my knowledge in IR. On a personal note, I have met some talented people over the years and have built strong friendships with many members.

What do you like best about IR?
IR  is a strategic and central role within a corporation, often operating at the highest level within the company’s management structure.  Because of this, IR is tied to a business and its shareholders' highest needs and priorities. This work is both challenging and invigorating.

What's your favorite moment or highlight of your IR career so far?
Partnering with the most well-known public companies in the world on their IR strategic needs and helping them identify the best tools for those strategic programs is always fantastic. Collaborating with public businesses and helping them effectively navigate the capital markets is extremely exciting yet humbling. Being able to do this while now working at Nasdaq, which in itself has an unparalleled impact on a company’s daily activities, adds to the excitement.    

What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
When I’m not in our Nasdaq SF office, I spend my time watching baseball and basketball and coaching volleyball, trying great local restaurants like Commis and Penrose, and spending time with family and friends.

What is your frequently visited website?
What is your frequently visited website? On my iPad, I have IR Mobile (for work) and CNBC.com bookmarked.


2+ Year
Member

Matt Danziger

LinkedIn
Years at company: 3 years

How long have you been a NIRI SF member?
2+ years

How has NIRI SF supported you professionally or personally?
NIRI has given me exceptional guidance during my career transformation into the corporate world. Prior to joining LinkedIn, I held multiple positions within the financial industry (from buy-side compliance officer to sell-side analyst) and while these experiences were extremely helpful in shaping my understanding of the IR role NIRI helped give me context around a number of responsibilities that I needed to learn following my transition to LinkedIn.

What do you like best about IR?
My favorite aspect about my role is two fold: 1) That I am given the opportunity to educate all shareholders – external and internal alike – about the potential impact LinkedIn can have as a company if we can acheive our mission & vision. And 2) the opportunity this gives me to develop relationships with everyone from our top institutional shareholders to the entire employee base of LinkedIn.

What's your favorite moment or highlight of your IR career so far?
The most powerful moment of my IR career was a realization that I had within the first few weeks of starting at LinkedIn. Following a presentation that was given by our CEO, he turned to our team and said: "What's your feedback for me"? This simple question highlighted a number of important things, the most significant being that our opinion as an IR team was valued at the highest levels of the company. Understanding that sense of empowerment & responsibility has shaped many conversations I've had since that day.

What is your guilty pleasure (TV show, food, etc.)?
Being on the water either sailing, surfing, or swimming

What is your favorite vacation destination?
Wellfleet, Massachusetts


2 Year
Member

John Christie

Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE: SWAY)
Years at company: 1 year (SWAY went public in 2014)

How long have you been a NIRI SF member?
Two years, member of DC metro chapter for several years prior while in same role at AVB

How has NIRI SF supported you professionally or personally?
Interesting, topical lunches, networking opportunities

What do you like best about IR?
Requires understanding of all facets of our firm: strategy, operations, financials...always learning! Opportunity to work with a lot of very smart people.

What's your favorite moment or highlight of your IR career so far?
Television interviews regarding apartment market conditions in Mid-Atlantic region

What is your favorite thing to do when not working?
Good food, friends and bottle of red wine

What is your favorite vacation destination?
British Virgin Islands...amazing place.