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Our leadership team has decades of experience investing in, partnering with, and working at
micro- and small-cap companies.
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Rob Fink

Managing Partner

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Rob Fink is the founder and managing partner of FNK IR. He is a capital markets strategist with more than 20 years of investor relations, value investing and market making experience, providing counsel to more than 100 public companies. 

 

Rob has spent much of his career focused on smaller, under-appreciated public companies with limited liquidity and fragmented shareholder bases that are under-followed and under-valued.  He maintains a deep-seated network of fundamental investors at mutual funds, hedge funds, banks and family offices that focus on value and growth investing in the micro-and small-cap markets.

 

Prior to founding FNK IR, Rob was Managing Director and General Manager of Hayden IR’s New York office, and he served as the Managing Director of the Investor Relations Practice of KCSA Strategic Communications. 

 

Prior to that, Rob managed a small-cap value and event driven special situations portfolio at RBC Capital Markets. He also worked as a trader and analyst for Goldman Sachs and on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a market maker for Spear Leeds and Kellogg Specialists.

 

Rob earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Hofstra University.

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Matt Chesler, CFA

Partner

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Matt Chesler is a seasoned IR practitioner with over 20 years of experience as an in-house Head of IR at MDC Partners, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDCA) and as a sell-side research analyst at Deutsche Bank. He has expertise crafting strategic financial communications, building and executing IR programs globally, and maintains strong relationships across Wall Street, Bay Street and The City.

 

At MDC Partners, Matt served for five years as SVP Investor Relations & Finance. He was recruited by the company to be its first dedicated Head of IR where he refined the message, built out the IR function, scaled the marketing efforts domestically and globally, and raised the profile of the company among equity and high yield investors. Ultimately, he navigated the IR program through numerous adversities including financial under-performance, balance sheet pressure, dividend cut, capital raises, SEC inquiries, leadership change, Board of Directors refresh, as well as deteriorating and shifting industry conditions. Driven by a deep understanding of investors and a proactive approach, as the investment story evolved, Matt reshaped the narrative and transitioned the shareholder base multiple times.

Prior to that, Matt spent a decade at Deutsche Bank as a sell-side equity research analyst with coverage across a broad range of smidcap companies across TMT subsectors including media and internet. He was twice voted “Up and Comer” by Institutional Investor magazine and named a "Research Luminary" for his thought-leadership in online and offline audience measurement.

Matt earned his MBA from NYU Stern and undergraduate degree from Pomona College (Claremont, CA), and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Jeff brings a dozen years of corporate communications and marketing experience to FNK IR, as well as a dozen years experience as a professional reporter for a variety of major metro daily newspapers and several magazines. Jeff takes a lead role in corporate communications functions for the firm, including messaging and press releases. His expertise includes impactful positioning of client messages, crisis communications, and strategic communications initiatives designed to maximize positive news. Jeff possesses an MBA with a specialty in marketing and an undergraduate degree in journalism.

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Carolyn Earthy

Vice President

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Carolyn Earthy has advised companies on investor relations matters and legal issues for more than 10 years. She has worked across multiple industries preparing financial communications, fundraising and due diligence materials.

Before joining FNK IR, Carolyn was a Vice President of Investor Relations at Avista Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm. Previously, she was an attorney with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse.

Carolyn graduated with distinction from Cornell University and received her JD from Stanford Law School.

Jeff Stanlis

Vice President