Our value is driven by the professional depth and relevant experience of our senior staff. The Blueshirt team is composed of experienced professionals from a variety of disciplines including equity research, investment banking, institutional sales, in-house and external investor relations, communications, media relations and business journalism.

Our experience contributes to your success.

What Our Clients Say

“From our pre-IPO days through our life as a public company, Blueshirt was always available, responsive and felt like an internal employee when IR tasks and deadlines were to be planned and achieved.”

Iain MacKenzie, CEO, Smart Modular Technologies (SMOD)

Alex Wellins , , , Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Alex brings 25 years of investor relations, media relations and corporate communications experience to Blueshirt. After earning his B.A. from the University of Michigan, he spent his first years on the west coast providing marketing communications counsel to emerging Silicon Valley software startups. Alex then spent five years at Morgen-Walke Associates focusing on financial media relations then transitioned to manage investor relations programs for the largest group of technology clients at the firm. Alex has been a strategic advisor on the IPOs of many Internet, software and digital media companies and has participated in numerous high-profile M&A transactions in the technology sector.

Chris Danne , , , Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Chris has more than 25 years of IPO and investor relations experience and has helped more than 100 companies go public. Prior to forming Blueshirt, Chris was a Principal at Morgen-Walke Associates, where he ran the West Coast office. After graduating from Duke University, Chris spent two years working in Europe and Asia before joining Mallory Factor and The Equity Group in New York.

Lisa Laukkanen , , , Managing Partner

Lisa brings more than 20 years of experience in investor relations, corporate communications and on Wall Street to Blueshirt. Prior to joining Blueshirt, Lisa launched and led the investor relations practice at Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations where she managed teams in New York and San Francisco and led the investor relations efforts for numerous IPOs, mergers, acquisitions and corporate initiatives both domestically and internationally. Lisa has worked with a wide range of technology companies in the semiconductor, software, and Internet sectors. Her previous experience includes managing investor relations for technology companies while at Morgen-Walke Associates and various marketing roles at PaineWebber. Lisa holds a B.A. in Management from Pine Manor College.

Lana Adair , , , Director

Lana is a veteran finance professional with two decades of sell-side, buy-side and strategic advisory experience. Most recently, Lana founded LLA Advisors to help early stage companies with pitch development and venture capital raising. Previously, Lana covered small- and mid-cap consumer and internet stocks as an equity research analyst with Piper Jaffray and Banc of America Securities. Earlier in her career, Lana was an associate at North Castle Partners, a $600m private equity fund in Greenwich. Lana began her career in Salomon Brothers’ investment banking analyst program and worked on IPO, follow-on equity and M&A transactions. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University.

Michael Anderson , , , Managing Director

Mike brings 30 years of capital market experience to Blueshirt. The majority of his experience is in equity capital markets at firms including JP Morgan, UBS and BMO, working with clients across multiple sectors as well as with leading private equity firms. Prior to equity capital markets, he spent time in leverage finance and privately placed debt capital solutions. Mike earned his BA from Tufts and an MBA from Yale.

Nicole Borsje , , , Managing Director

Nicole joined Blueshirt in 2014 from Jefferies where she was a Vice President in their Equity Capital Markets Group. Prior to joining Blueshirt, Nicole spent almost 8 years working on the execution of IPOs and follow-on offerings as part of the Equity Syndicate desks of Jefferies and UBS. During that time, Nicole worked on over 75 bookrun IPOs across a broad range of sectors including Technology, Healthcare, Consumer and Real Estate. While at Blueshirt, Nicole has worked with a variety of Software and Internet companies for both Pre-IPO advisory and public company Investor Relations. Nicole received her B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s Robert E. McDonough School of Business.

Irmina Blaszczyk , , , Managing Director

Irmina joined The Blueshirt Group in 2017, with 13 years of in-house investor relations and strategic communications experience in the Technology space. She was previously at Symantec, managing investor relations during the spinoff of VERITAS Technologies. Irmina has extensive experience as a corporate spokesperson, implementing effective investor relations’ strategies at public and private companies and managing crisis communications during corporate transactions. She began her career in investor relations at ATI Technologies in Canada and moved to San Francisco after its acquisition by AMD. Irmina also spent two years at Deloitte and Deloitte Hong Kong developing and implementing a worldwide partner-training program across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Irmina has a BA in Economics with a Finance Specialization and French Minor from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Ellen Davis Hayes-Roth , , , Director

Ellen joined The Blueshirt Group in 2011 where she manages investor relations (IR) for software and hardware companies. In addition to advising clients on their IR programs, Ellen also leads Blueshirt’s recruiting efforts in investor relations and related corporate functions. Having spent over 8 years providing strategic counsel to both public and pre-IPO technology companies, Ellen is well suited to understand the blended finance and communications skillset required to be successful in IR roles. Before joining Blueshirt, Ellen worked for one of the nation’s largest institutional investment firms providing equity financing for residential real estate development. She holds an M.A. Investor Relations from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University.

Gary Dvorchak , , , Managing Director

Gary brings significant capital markets and media expertise to Blueshirt. Before joining Blueshirt from a competing IR firm, he had two decades of experience as a portfolio manager and analyst in the institutional investment management business. Gary co-founded an investment boutique that successfully IPOed a closed-end mutual fund (NYSE:FAV); was a portfolio manager on a long-short equity fund; and was a co-portfolio manager (covering technology) for an institutional small cap strategy with over $4 billion of AUM. Gary started his investment career in research at investment bank Hambrecht & Quist. From 2004 through 2014, Gary was a high profile contributor to Jim Cramer’s Real Money financial news website. Gary earned his MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Before business school, Gary spent four years in the computer industry as a software developer and project manager. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Gary earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1996. Gary resides in Beijing, China.

Ralph Fong , , , Director

Ralph joined Blueshirt Group in 2013 from JMP Securities where he worked as an equity research analyst in the Energy, Environmental & Industrial Technologies group. Prior to JMP, he held equity analyst positions at Passport Capital, Robert W. Baird, Stanford Group Company, Pacific Growth Equities LLC and Cowen & Company. Previously, he worked in the strategic marketing group at Applied Materials. Ralph holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University.

Jeff Fox , , , Director

Jeff has 20 years experience in PR and communications, specializing in helping technology companies refine their messaging and bring their stories to national business and financial media. Jeff has worked with private and public companies in industries ranging from digital media to green tech to financial services, and has helped several pre-IPO companies prepare for and garner positive media coverage in connection with, their IPOs. Jeff began his career with Home Box Office in New York City and was senior vice president of MacKenzie Communications before joining the Blueshirt team in 2006. He holds a B.S. degree from the University at Buffalo and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

Allise Furlani , , , Director

Allise joined Blueshirt’s New York office in 2012. Prior to Blueshirt, Allise worked in the finance division of Goldman Sachs where she focused on providing valuation oversight for the Investment Management Division. Previously, she worked in the quantitative analytics group at Thomson Reuters, and as a public finance analyst at Citigroup. Allise is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a BS in Business.

Monica Gould , , , Managing Director

Monica brings more than fifteen years of Investor Relations and Wall Street experience to Blueshirt. She was previously Executive Director of Investor Relations at Time Warner. Prior to that Monica established and ran a Corporate Access desk for Credit Suisse and served eight years as a sell-side equity analyst on a top-ranked Institutional Investor team at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank where she covered the telecom equipment sector. Monica holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU and a B.A. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Lindsay Grant Savarese , , , Director

Lindsay joined Blueshirt in April 2014. Prior to Blueshirt, Lindsay worked in the Multifamily Finance group at Walker & Dunlop where she underwrote commercial mortgages. Lindsay graduated from Washington & Lee University with a BS in Business Administration.

Christine Greany , , , Managing Director

Christine has more than 20 years of investor relations experience, representing companies across a broad range of industries, including consumer, media and software. Christine established an independent IR/Corporate Communications practice in 2001 after spending 2 years as a Senior Partner at Integrated Corporate Relations (ICR) and 10 years as a Senior Vice President/Group Director at Morgen-Walke Associates. She has been an instructor and guest lecturer on financial public relations and investor relations at the New York University School of Continuing & Professional Studies.

Kim Hughes , , , Managing Director

Kim is an experienced PR practitioner who was a former Managing Director for Alexander Ogilvy PR's San Francisco office and, more recently, a strategic communications consultant. She has significant expertise guiding technology companies through milestone events such as fundings, IPOs, M&As, product and service launches, as well as securing impactful coverage in top tier business and financial publications/online outlets. During her tenure at Alexander Ogilvy she managed the PR and industry outreach efforts for scores of high-profile technology companies and a number of Silicon Valley's most well-known senior executives. In addition to her strategic and tactical PR skills, Kim specializes in message platform development and has significant experience working with and placing clients at leading technology conferences. Kim earned a B.A. in Speech Communications from Miami University and completed a Marketing program at Regent’s College in London, England.

Jennifer Jarman , , , Co-Founder & Director

Jennifer Jarman is a founding member of The Blueshirt Group and has 15 years’ experience developing and implementing comprehensive investor relations programs for companies in the Internet and digital media sectors. Prior to joining Blueshirt, she spent over two years in the technology group at Morgen-Walke Associates. Before starting her career in investor relations, Jennifer lived in Brussels, Belgium where she worked for Network Operations Worldwide, an executive recruitment company, and The Wall Street Journal Europe. She holds a B.A. in Communication and Psychology from Tulane University.

Brinlea Johnson , , , Managing Director

Brinlea joined Blueshirt in October of 2001 in San Francisco, and transitioned to our New York office in 2003. Brinlea has been a strategic advisor on many IPOs and has participated in numerous high-profile M&A transactions in the technology sector. She manages client relationships both in San Francisco and New York, and also coordinates non-deal roadshows around the country. Prior to joining Blueshirt, she worked in institutional sales at Robertson Stephens. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a BA in Communications and Psychology.

Whitney Kukulka , , , Managing Director

Whitney joined Blueshirt in 2014, bringing both investment banking and institutional investor advisory experience. While at Blueshirt, Whitney has worked with companies across a wide range of industries, including internet, software, consumer and media in both Pre-IPO Advisory and public company Investor Relations capacities. Prior to joining the firm, Whitney worked in the investment banking group at Sandler O’Neill & Partners where she focused on business valuation for IPOs, M&A and capital raises for financial institutions. Previously, Whitney worked at Cambridge Associates, an investment advisory firm, designing portfolio management strategies for institutional investors. Whitney earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management.

Chris Mammone , , , Managing Director

Chris brings more than 20 years of experience in investor relations, equity research and investment banking to Blueshirt. Prior to joining Blueshirt in 2019, Chris spent 7 years building strategic, high-impact internal investor relations programs for publicly-traded companies in the Financial Technology sector, including Verifone and Green Dot. Chris spent more than a decade at Deutsche Bank Securities in New York, primarily as a senior equity research analyst providing lead research coverage for a variety of Payment Services, Transaction Processing, and Financial Technology companies. Chris holds a B.A. of Business Administration, Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

Leslie Phillips , , , Director

Leslie brings several years of communications and marketing experience to Blueshirt. Her previous experience includes business development for The Louis Berger Group, an infrastructure engineering firm, and clean tech financing consulting for Arup, a building design firm. Leslie received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. She also studied in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

Mark Roberts , , , Managing Director

Mark runs Blueshirt’s Capital Markets Advisory efforts. Mark brings both operational experience, as a CEO of a clean tech business, as well as over 15 years of investment banking experience. As a banker, Mark worked on a diverse range of IPOs, capital raises and M&A transactions in a variety of roles, including co-head of software at Thomas Weisel Partners, and global head of semiconductors and semiconductor capital equipment at Bear Stearns. He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU, and a B.A. from Duke University.

Lauren Sloane , , , Director

Lauren has been working at The Blueshirt Group since 2011 on investor relations for technology companies, including semiconductor, telecommunication, IP communications, and IoT businesses. She began her career in investor relations at MidOcean Partners, a New York based private equity firm. Prior, she worked as an analyst at Paradigm Investment Group.  Lauren holds an M.A. in International Business from NYU and a B.A. in International Relations from UC San Diego.

Melanie Solomon , , , Managing Director

Melanie joined Blueshirt in 2011 after seven years at NY-based Stern Investor Relations, a biotechnology-focused IR firm, where she was vice president. She has extensive experience shaping the investor relations programs of pre- and post-IPO companies, with particular strengths in strategy implementation, document generation and competitive intelligence. At Blueshirt, Melanie is working with both private and public companies. Melanie is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Communication, and she also spent time working in the wine industry.

Kelsey Turcotte , , , Managing Director

Kelsey has over 20 years of experience in investor relations and investment banking with sector expertise in technology. Prior to joining Blueshirt in 2019, Kelsey ran investor relations for Palo Alto Networks where she was twice recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine’s All-America Executive Ranking of Top IR Professionals. She has a proven track record of building and scaling investor relations programs, including programs at CA Technologies and McAfee, as well as experience working with executives and boards of directors on crisis communications, M&A, governance related issues and capital allocation programs. She is a graduate of Middlebury College with a BA in Political Science.