Board Members

NIRI Charlotte Chapter Officers

Sharon McGee, President


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

Stephanie Gorman, Vice President & Programs Chair


Stephanie Gorman is the Director of 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 10 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.

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.

Stephanie Gorman
Director, Investor Relations
EnPro Industries, Inc.

Ben Krasinski, Treasurer


Ben Krasinski currently holds the role of Director Investor Relations 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
Director Investor Relations
Premier, Inc.

Chase Jacobson, Membership Chair


Chase Jacobson is Managing Director and Head of the Industrials practice at Vallum Advisors, a leading global investor relations and financial communications consultancy. Previously, he was Vice President, Investor Relations at Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (B&W), a global power generation equipment and services company. Prior to B&W, he was a senior analyst specializing in the engineering, construction and engineered industrial equipment sectors at William Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President and Senior Analyst-Global Industrial Infrastructure at Sterne, Agee & Leach, where he was named the top earnings-estimator in the construction and engineering sector by the Financial Times. Earlier in his career, Chase held analyst roles with Jefferies Group and Prudential Equity Group.

Chase received his B.S. in business administration (finance) from The George Washington University. He joined the NIRI Charlotte board in 2020.

Chase Jacobson
Managing Director
Vallum Advisors

Roy Granato, Communications Chair


Roy Granato is the founder and president of Granato Creative Group, an award-winning communications design firm that specializes in the production of annual reports, ESG reports, and investor presentations. Roy’s initial career was as a stockbroker — first with a large national firm, then a smaller regional brokerage firm — where he advised private clients on their stock investments. With the advent of online brokerage firms and after several years of gaining insight and understanding to what compels investor decisions, he shifted course, pursuing a career in producing annual reports for publicly traded corporations — first with a large national firm, where he served 15 years, then launching his own firm six years ago.

Roy continues to work with numerous publicly traded corporations —headquartered throughout the country, spanning every industry, from the small caps to the Fortune 500 — helping them engage their stakeholders through meaningful and strategic creative solutions.

Roy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was elected the 77th Speaker of the Student Congress. He resides in Charlotte, as an active supporter of the arts and arts education, and he is a passionate supporter of NIRI, having served on the board of the Charlotte chapter for 20 consecutive years, including multiple terms as President.

Roy Granato
Granato Creative Group

Jim Ryan, At-Large


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