Board Members

NIRI Charlotte Chapter Officers

Jim Ryan, President


James M. Ryan (Jim) is Sr. Director, Investor Relations of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) and leads the Company’s investor relations activities. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities in April 2016, he held the position of Director, Investor Relations since 2011. Mr. Ryan has more than 18 years of investor relations experience in a variety of positions, including corporate investor relations roles at Wyndham Worldwide and DRS Technologies. Earlier in his career, he worked in capital markets intelligence for Thomson Financial and The Carson Group.

Mr. Ryan holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Fordham University. He joined the NIRI Charlotte board in 2016.

Jim Ryan
Sr. Director, Investor Relations
Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Sharon McGee, Vice-President, Programs Chair and President-elect


Sharon B. McGee is Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Corporate Development for Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB). In this role, Ms. McGee represents Albemarle in the investment community and works with senior management on corporate strategic initiatives. Prior to assuming her current role, she was based in Shanghai with responsibility for Albemarle’s Asia Region and Global Fire Safety Solutions Sales. Additionally, she has served as Division Vice President of Performance Chemicals, followed by an assignment as Vice President of Sales, Americas, with sales responsibility for Albemarle’s Catalysts, Polymer Solutions and Fine Chemistry Services business units and global charge of field sales functional excellence.

Ms. McGee received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. She joined the NIRI Charlotte board in 2017.

Sharon McGee
VP IR & Corporate Development
Albemarle Corporation

Ben Krasinski, Treasurer


Ben Krasinski currently holds the role of Investor Relations Managers at Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading healthcare performance improvement company. Prior to assuming his current role in April 2016, Mr. Krasinski was part of the company’s Corporate Development Team where he worked on the company’s initial public offering as well as a number of acquisitions, investments and other strategic partnerships. Mr. Krasinski has also held roles in Financial, Planning and Analysis.

Mr. Krasinski holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Corporate Finance from Capella University. He joined the NIRI Charlotte Board as Membership Chair in 2018.

Ben Krasinski
Investor Relations Manager
Premier, Inc.

Stephanie (Gifford) Gorman, Membership Chair


Stephanie (Gifford) Gorman is the Manager of Strategy, Corporate Development, and Investor Relations at EnPro Industries (NYSE: NPO), a diversified manufacturer of proprietary engineered products used in critical applications. In this role, Ms. Gorman works with senior management to lead investor relations activities and corporate strategic initiatives. Ms. Gorman has more than 9 years of experience in investor relations, corporate strategy and innovation, and investment banking in a variety of positions. Prior to joining EnPro, Ms. Gorman worked for Food Lion (Ahold Delhaize) driving strategic planning, developing and implementing innovation initiatives, and leading change management programs to execute their transformational customer-centric strategy. Earlier in her career, she worked at Wells Fargo Securities where she executed capital raising and M&A advisory engagements, including advising General Parts International on its $2.0B sale to Advance Auto Parts.

Ms. Gorman holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Wake Forest University. In June 2019, Ms. Gorman was honored as a member of NIRI’s inaugural “40 Under 40” class, which recognizes young professionals who have made noticeable contributions to their companies, communities, the IR profession, and to NIRI. She joined the NIRI Charlotte board in 2019.

Dan Whalen, Communications Chair


Dan Whalen most recently was on the Investor Relations team at CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM). Prior he served in senior roles as a Strategic Communications Advisor at both FTI Consulting and ICR. Previously he spent over 15 years in Buy-side and Sell-side Equity Analyst roles including at Merrill Lynch Investment Manager, Bear Stearns and Topeka Capital Markets.

Mr. Whalen holds a B.A. degree from Bucknell University where he majored in Economics and minored in Biology. He joined the NIRI Charlotte board in 2017 shortly after joining the regional chapter.

Dan Whalen
Investor Relations

Roy Granato, At-Large-Member


Roy Granato is the founder and president of Granato Creative Group, an award-winning communications design firm, specializing in investor communications. Roy has worked with numerous publicly-traded companies, from small-cap issuers to Fortune 500 companies, helping them connect with investors and other stakeholders through meaningful and strategic creative solutions. An expert and thought leader in annual reports and CSR reports, he has produced over 500 reports throughout his 17-year career. He resides in Charlotte, NC, where he is actively involved in the arts community, recently completing his second term on the board of Clayworks, an arts nonprofit organization.

Mr. Granato holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as Speaker of the Student Congress during his senior year. He joined the NIRI Charlotte Chapter in 2000 and has served on the board for 16 consecutive years, including multiple terms as President.

Roy Granato
Granato Creative Group

Kay Sharpton, At-Large-Member


Kay Sharpton is Vice President of Investor Relations, Evertec Inc. (NYSE:EVTC), a Puerto Rico based payments processing company, serving 27 countries in Latin America. Prior to Evertec, Ms. Sharpton has served as an IRO in two other public companies for a total of approximately 10 years. Prior to investor relations, she led Financial Planning and Analysis for two other publicly traded companies in the Hospitality industry.

Ms. Sharpton holds an MBA from University of Florida and undergraduate degree from Bradley University. She joined the NIRI Charlotte board in 2015.

Kay Sharpton
Vice President of Investor Relations
Evertec Inc.