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How do you stand out from the corporate crowd in today's competitive financial world? You manage your company's narrative. Learn how it's done. Join Tom Ryan, Co-Founder & CEO of ICR for the podcast series, "Welcome to the Arena." Hear candid conversations with CEOs, CFOs, and others who influence the fate of public or soon-to-be-public companies.

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Episode 1: Nicole Miller Regan

There are no higher stakes than being a public or soon-to-be-public company. ICR Co-Founder and CEO, Tom Ryan, kicks off new podcast “Welcome to the Arena” with Piper Sandler’s Senior Research Analyst, Nicole Miller Regan. The pair discusses Regan’s hospitality stock picks and her time on the sell-side. Listen to the Podcast


Episode 2: Laird BiegerEpisode 2 Welcome to the Arena

In the second episode of Welcome to the Arena, ICR Co-Founder and CEO, Tom Ryan, sits down with Laird Bieger (Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Baron Capital Group) to discuss buy-side positioning and everything it takes for a company to attract capital. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Don DuffyEpisode 3: Don Duffy

Episode 3 of Welcome to the Arena features ICR President, Don Duffy. Tune in as he dives into a conversation with ICR Co Founder and CEO, Tom Ryan, surrounding the complexities of SPACs, their historical impact, and the role they have had in the recent market. Listen to the Podcast


Episode 4 Bob McCooeyEpisode 4: Bob McCooey

As Senior Vice President of Nasdaq, Bob McCooey has encountered every side of the marketplace. Get an inside look at the logistics of securities exchanges and foreign markets as he joins Tom Ryan for Episode 4 of Welcome to the Arena. Listen to the Podcast


Episode 5 Rob Sharp

Episode 5: Rob Sharp

Tune in to Episode 5 of Welcome to the Arena to hear Tom Ryan’s insightful conversation with Co-CEO of Ramy Brook, Rob Sharp. The pair discusses relationships between private equity professionals and management in addition to everything that they can learn from one another. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 6Episode 6: Harold Edwards

“When you decide to make your business a partnership with mother nature, you have to be prepared for her cruelty.” Episode 6 features Limoneira CEO Harold Edwards. He joins Tom Ryan to discuss the complexities of agribusiness, the marketing structures that have worked for his company, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 7Episode 7: Miguel Martin

Join Tom Ryan and Aurora Cannabis CEO Miguel Martin for a glimpse into what actually goes on inside the dynamic cannabis industry. Conversation topics include the intricacies of recreational and medicinal usage, as well as taxation, legalization, and decriminalization. Listen to the Podcast


Episode 8

Episode 8: Russ Wheeler

It takes more than just a grill to make an outdoor kitchen a reality. In this episode of Welcome to the Arena, Russ Wheeler, CEO of BBQGuys, sits down with Tom Ryan for a conversation about the modern grill game and their like-minded community of barbecue-lovers. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 9Episode 9: Eric Yunag

How could your company benefit if all of your technological efforts were connected? What will the next technological revolution look like? Eric Yunag, VP of Technology & Innovation at Convergint, joins Tom Ryan to answer this question and more in Episode 9 of Welcome to the Arena. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena: Episode 10

Episode 10: Syed Raj Imteaz

Syed Raj Imteaz has seen it all when it comes to convertible securities, now serving as the Head of Convertible and Equity Derivatives Advisory at ICR Capital. He even once saved a company a cool $20 million. Check out his conversation with Tom Ryan for everything call spreads, capitol allocation, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena: Episode 11

Episode 11: Katherine Fogertey

Shake Shack isn’t content to sit back – they’re leading the charge when it comes to fast food innovation. CFO Katherine Fogertey gives us a closer look at her team’s vision to expand beyond the ordinary in the restaurant industry through personalized experiences and enlightened hospitality. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena: Episode 12

Episode 12: Paddy Spence & Amy Taylor

Sodas and other carbonated beverages aren’t frequently described as “healthy”, but Zevia wants to change that. In this episode of Welcome to the Arena, Tom Ryan sits down with Paddy Spence and Amy Taylor to discuss consumer health, sustainability in the beverage industry, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 13

Episode 13: Brian Gonick

Investing in stocks that the market has passed by is risky, but that’s exactly where Senvest Co-CIO Brian Gonick and his team find value. In Episode 14 of Welcome to the Arena, Tom and Brian discuss Senvest’s management, techniques adopted from the CIA, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 14

Episode 14: Jason Kelly

There is one stakeholder that’s often forgotten: the media. Episode 14 of Welcome to the Arena feature’s Bloomberg Quicktake Chief Correspondent Jason Kelly. He joins Tom Ryan for a conversation about business journalism and media relationships. Listen to the Podcast


Episode 15: Chris Rondeau

Gyms were particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau sits down with Tom Ryan in Episode 15 of Welcome to the Arena to talk about how they have weathered the storm and have even come out stronger on the other side. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 16

Episode 16: Steve Glenn

Companies that set themselves apart through innovation have a lot to gain. Plant Prefab CEO Steve Glenn joins ICR’s Tom Ryan in Episode 16 of Welcome to the Arena for a conversation on how his team does exactly that by setting standards for sustainability and efficiency. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 17

Episode 17: Stan Chia

Breaking into a market with existing prominent players can be daunting, but Vivid Seats is a prime example of how to do it right. In Episode 17 of Welcome to the Arena, CEO & Board Director Stan Chia sits down with Tom Ryan to discuss how they carved out a space for themselves in the ticketing industry. Listen to the Podcast


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Episode 18: Lyndon Park

Opportunities arise for companies that start using ESG as an offensive tool rather than playing defense. ICR‘s Lyndon Park joins Tom Ryan to discuss investment strategies, shifting rating standards, and future ESG trends in Episode 18 of Welcome to the Arena. Listen to the Podcast


Episode 20: Dave Tayeh

Transparency and relationships in the private equity industry are becoming increasingly championed. Tom Ryan sits down with Investcorp‘s Dave Tayeh to discuss why in addition to how the private equity game has evolved over time, Investcorp’s mission, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 21

Episode 21: Dux Raymond Sy

If anyone understands the advantages of building brand into your business strategy, it’s AvePoint‘s Dux Raymond Sy. He joins Tom Ryan to discuss the characteristics of a memorable brand, recent digital marketing shifts in SaaS, and more in Episode 21. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena

Episode 22: Andy Rothman

Investors are curious about the opportunities to be found in China’s fast-growing market. Matthews Asia Investment Strategist Andy Rotham offers an insider’s perspective into the role of China’s public companies, their economic policy, and more in this episode. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 23

Episode 23: Joth Ricci

COVID-19 mandates are relaxing, consumers are eager to rejoin the real world, and the beverage industry is bouncing back. In this episode, Dutch Bros Coffee CEO Joth Ricci discusses changes in consumer habits during the pandemic, Dutch Bros’ plans for expansion, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 24

Episode 24: Brian Kelsey

Building a talk show in your garage isn’t so different from building any other brand or business. In Episode 24 of Welcome to the Arena, Tom Ryan sits down for a conversation with Voice Actor & Host of Ten Minutes With, Brian Kelsey. Listen to the Podcast 


Episode 25: Eli Manning and Drew Sheinman

There’s one fact that has been historically overlooked in private equity: human capital. In Episode 25, Eli Manning and Drew Sheinman discuss the value of the human element in private equity, their work at Brand Velocity Group, how they decided it was the right fit for Eli post-retirement from the NFL, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 26

Episode 26: Conor Flynn

Real Estate Investment Trusts are often misunderstood. However, they historically produce long-term capital appreciation. Kimco Realty‘s Conor Flynn explains how they can be a safe and lucrative bet in this episode of Welcome to the Arena. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 27

Episode 27: Farah Soi

This week’s episode of Welcome to the Arena is the first in a new mini-series, ICR Industry Reports, featuring some of ICR’s leading industry experts. Tom Ryan sits down with ICR Partner Farah Soi to discuss what makes a great CEO, how her clients are telling their ESG stories, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 28Episode 28: Russell Fleischer

In the new episode of Welcome to the Arena, Russell Fleischer, General Partner at Battery Ventures, joins Tom Ryan to discuss the research-driven approach to choosing investments, the human aspect of mergers and acquisitions, how current market shifts are affecting the tech industry, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 29

Episode 29: Marc Silverberg

This episode of the Welcome to the Arena ICR Industry Reports mini-series features Partner Marc Silverberg. He joins Tom Ryan to discuss ICR’s Energy, Sustainability, & Modern Mobility investor relations practice, the path that led him to his current position, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 30

Episode 30: Kyle Kostesich

Your brand is your promise to your consumers, employees, and investors. In this week’s episode of Welcome to the Arena, ICR‘s Executive Creative Director, Kyle Kostesich, sits down to discuss his path to his current role, the long term benefits of a creating a strong brand strategy, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 31

Episode 31: James Foster

Cybercriminals are getting bolder, and companies need a solution that evolves alongside the threat. This week’s podcast guest, ZeroFOX‘s James Foster, is doing critically important work in the development of effective cybersecurity solutions. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 32

Episode 32: Nino Ciappina

In this episode of Welcome to the Arena, Tom Ryan and PARTS iD CEO Nino Ciappina sit down to discuss why the iD stands out in the industry, how they’re handling market changes, how they’re preparing for the electric vehicle revolution, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 33

Episode 33: Jerry Morgan

In Episode 33, Jerry Morgan, President & CEO of Texas Roadhouse, sits down with Tom Ryan to discuss their company backstory, how they’ve been handling recent inflation and market changes, the company values that drive their business, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 34Episode 34: Joseph Antoun MD, PhD

In episode 34 of the Welcome to the Arena podcast, Tom Ryan and L-Nutra Chairman and CEO Joseph Antoun sit down to discuss the health benefits of fasting, L-Nutra’s fasting mimicking technology, three areas of growth potential that they’re focusing on in their business, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 35

Episode 35: Brad Cohen

ICR Managing Partner Brad Cohen sits down with Tom Ryan in this episode to discuss the types of companies that are currently able to break into the public market, the importance of strong relationships with investors (especially in a down market), and more. Listen to the Podcast


Episode 36: Jeff Fischer

In this episode of Welcome to the Arena, Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics LLC‘s Jeff Fischer shares how they found an unusual solution to a shortage of essential supplies, how seeking FDA approval aided in mass rollout during the pandemic, and more. Listen to the Podcast


Welcome to the Arena Episode 37

Episode 37: Dave Prokupek

The human obsession with youth and beauty has been alive for thousands of years, and the aesthetics industry is only continuing to grow. Tom Ryan and Ideal Image CEO Dave Prokupek discuss the current state of industry, how it was affected by the pandemic, and more in this week’s episode. Listen to the Podcast 


Welcome to the Arena Episode 38

Episode 38: Greg McDowell

Tech companies are having to work harder than ever to prove their resilience in today’s increasingly noisy market. Greg McDowell, Head of Technology Investor Relations at ICR, explains this and more in the new episode of ICR Industry Reports. Listen to the Podcast

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