Guerrant Associates (GA) is an investor relations and corporate communications firm, providing financial communications, investor relations, financial media relations and strategic counsel to publicly held and pre-public companies. Providing a range of services from corporate counseling to full service IR programs, GA was formed to assist public companies in the development and implementation of a corporate marketing activity that provides investors with an accurate portrayal of a company's prospects and performance.
Through credible, consistent interaction with the financial community, investor relations can positively impact a company's share value and its cost of capital. At GA, we believe in fostering interaction between our clients and the financial community, so that management not only conveys the company's messages to investors, but also receives vital feedback from the marketplace. This process helps to ensure that our clients' securities are fairly valued by the investment community.
GA specializes in providing a selective group of services in the areas of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications and Crisis Communications. This approach has enabled the firm to maintain a sharply focused edge while developing unparalleled resources in these key areas. Our IR services include financial corporate communications, key message development, road show coordination, perception study administration, targeting, investor conference presentations, quarterly release writing and conference call implementation.
The firm's activities are distinguished by:
A strategic approach to meeting clients' communications goals, and the tactical implementation thereof.
The development of strong relationships with the investment community and media.
Targeting and pre-qualifying potential investors to management, thus maximizing management's time and resources.
A commitment to achieving meaningful, tangible results.
The firm's partners have an aggregate of over 40 years' experience in industry, finance and investor relations. We have spent our careers in Silicon Valley high technology and are conversant in semiconductors, semiconductor capital equipment, analog mixed signal, networking, hardware, graphics, software and the flat panel display industries. We have established relationships with the high-tech buy-side and sell-side communities. Additionally, and more importantly, we have a working knowledge of what drives the markets, and can anticipate the needs of our clients' Wall Street audience, be they buy-side, sell-side, trade organizations (VLSI Research, DataQuest) or the retail base.
Laura J. Guerrant, Principal
A specialist in investor relations and corporate communications, Laura Guerrant brings over a decade of IR experience with companies in the technology, healthcare, biotech, consumer products, and financial services industries. Laura has provided IR counsel relating to initial public offerings, merger and acquisition activity, quarterly financial results and crisis communications.
Laura is the owner and principal of Guerrant Associates, an investor relations and corporate communications firm, providing financial communications, investor relations, financial media relations and strategic counsel to publicly held and pre-public companies. The firm offers a range of services from corporate counseling to full service IR programs.
Prior to launching Guerrant Associates, Laura served as the Investor Relations Manager at Asyst Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASYT), where she launched the company's first internal IR department. Additionally, Laura served as an account executive for international financial communications firm FD Morgen-Walke's San Francisco office, where she managed IR programs for companies in diverse sectors, most notably Atmel Corporation, Level One Communications, IKOS Systems, USCS International, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Redwood Empire Bancorp and Equity Marketing, Inc.
Laura holds a BA degree from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) and has completed courses toward an MBA - Finance and Marketing degree at Golden Gate University (San Francisco, CA). She served on the Silicon Valley Chapter's Board of Directors for the National Institute of Investor Relations (NIRI) and most recently served as President for the program year 2005 - 2006 on the Board of Directors for the NIRI Virtual Chapter, the second largest chapter in the organization, encompassing domestic and international companies. Under her presidency, the chapter won Best Overall Chapter – Large Chapter and Best Member Services – Large Chapter. She is a 2006 recipient of the NIRI Leadership Award and served on the 2006 NIRI Annual Conference Planning Committee. She also serves on the advisory board for the Semiconductor Capital Equipment Trade Association's (SEMI) Investor Relations Committee and is a speaker at Investor Relations conferences (Nasdaq and NIRI).
Tom G. Oiye, Partner
Tom is a founding partner of Guerrant Associates. He is a Silicon Valley finance veteran with over 25 years of high tech international and operations finance experience in Financial Planning & Analysis, Accounting and Investor Relations working in fortune 500 and small cap finance organizations. In his career, Tom has been associated with Cisco Systems, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Trident Microsystems, Measurex Corporation, Atari, and Datapoint. He brings a strong complement of industry and Wall Street financial perspectives to Guerrant Associates' clients.
Carolyn B. Schwartz, Consultant
Carolyn has been affiliated with Guerrant Associates (GA) since 2004. Carolyn has more than 13 years of experience in the professional management of Investor Relations, having served as the IR Officer for Applied Materials, Inc., Adobe Systems and Lam Research Corporation.
Prior to her affiliation with GA, Carolyn most recently served as Applied Materials' Managing Director of Investor Relations from 1997 - 2004. Carolyn was responsible for the development and communication of the Company's financial results, business trends, market position and future opportunities to the global financial community.
Carolyn received her B.A. in Economics at Wellesley College and has course work towards an M.B.A. in Finance at Golden Gate University. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) from 1989 to 1998 and served as the Chairperson of the Steering Committee for SEMInvest '99, an international investor forum sponsored by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Industry (SEMI). She has given numerous presentations for NIRI, SEMI and other industry forums.
Mary Konstantinidis, Consultant
Mary serves as a Consultant to Guerrant Associates (GA). She has more than 15 years of experience in financial services. During her career, she has held executive positions in research and operations. Previously, she was an associate analyst with Needham & Company, Inc, working with semiconductor equipment analyst, Robert Maire. Prior to joining Needham, she consulted with a variety of companies in the semiconductor equipment industry.
She joined Bear Stearns in August, 1999, again working with semiconductor equipment analyst, Robert Maire until February, 2003. Previously, she was with Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette working with the semiconductor capital equipment analyst. Before that, she worked at Morgan Stanley and started there in 1987 working with the international oils analyst, Paul Mlotok. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mary spent five years with a private C.P.A firm in New York. She is a graduate of St. John's University holding a degree in accounting.