Board Members

NIRI Charlotte Chapter Officers

Stephanie Gorman, President


Stephanie Gorman is the Vice President of Investor Relations at First Advantage Corporation (NASDAQ: FA), a leading global provider of technology solutions for screening, verifications, safety, and compliance related to human capital. Ms. Gorman joined First Advantage prior to their June 2021 IPO to establish and lead their investor relations program as well as work alongside senior management on 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 First Advantage, Ms. Gorman worked for EnPro Industries (NYSE: NPO), where she led investor relations and corporate strategic initiatives. Earlier in her career, she worked at Food Lion (Ahold Delhaize) where she drove strategic planning and developed and implemented innovation initiatives, and prior to that, 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
Vice President, Investor Relations
First Advantage Corporation

Chase Jacobson, Vice President and Programs Chair, President Elect


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

Paul Clegg, Treasurer


Paul Clegg is the Vice President of Investor Relations & Communications at SPX Corporation (NYSE: SPXC), a diversified, global supplier of infrastructure equipment with scalable growth platforms in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and Detection and Measurement. He has led SPX’s investor relations group since the company spun off its largest division in September 2015. Prior to joining SPX, Mr. Clegg led investor relations at Polypore, Inc., a manufacturer of specialized polymer-based membranes used in separation and filtration processes.

Prior to beginning his investor relations career, Mr. Clegg was a senior sell-side analyst covering clean technology and energy-related securities for various firms, including Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., Jefferies & Company, Natixis, and Calyon Securities. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science in Economics degrees from Baylor University and is a CFA® charterholder.

Paul Clegg
Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications
SPX Corporation

Jeffrey Schnell, Membership Chair


Jeffrey Schnell is Director of Investor Relations and M&A at Vontier Corporation (NYSE: VNT), a global industrial technology company. Prior, Mr. Schnell was Head of Investor Relations for Venator Materials PLC (NYSE: VNTR) and from 2010 to 2018, he was a Vice President and Equity Research Analyst covering U.S. and European Chemicals and Emerging Technologies at Jefferies LLC.

Mr. Schnell graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University. He joined the NIRI Charlotte board in 2021.

Jeff Schnell
Director, Investor Relations and M&A
Vontier Corporation

Meredith Bandy, Communications Chair


Meredith Bandy serves as Albemarle’s Vice President, Investor Relations and Sustainability. In this role, she oversees the company’s sustainability reporting and corporate initiatives and leads its investor relations efforts. Ms. Bandy joined Albemarle in March 2020 with 22 years of experience in investor relations and capital markets. Prior to joining Albemarle, she served as Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for GrafTech International Ltd., a global graphite electrode leader based in Ohio. Prior to this, she held the role of Vice President, Investor Relations, for Newmont Mining in Denver, Colo. Her previous roles also include more 10 years in equity research covering basic materials industries for BMO Capital Markets, a leading Canadian brokerage.

Ms. Bandy is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Georgetown University. She joined the NIRI Charlotte board in 2021.

Meredith H. Bandy, CFA
Vice President, Investor Relations & Sustainability
Albemarle Corporation

Roy Granato, Member at Large


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

Sharon McGee, Member at Large


Sharon B. McGee is an independent consultant, global executive and trusted advisor to the C-Suite and directors of corporate boards. She has a 25+-year track record of success within the Specialty Chemicals, Materials, Industrial, Mining, and Energy related industries providing strong financial and P&L literacy, with both a technical and manufacturing background. Executive background spans P&L, investor relations, corporate development, global sales and marketing, supply chain & logistics, manufacturing operations, R&D and innovation, M&A/divestitures, and equities. Demonstrated effectiveness as a global leader in building and leading high-performance teams across North and South America, Europe, Middle East, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

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

Jim Ryan, Member at Large


James M. Ryan (Jim) is Vice President, Investor Relations of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) and leads the Company’s investor relations efforts since 2011. Mr. Ryan has more than 23 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
Vice President, Investor Relations
Curtiss-Wright Corporation