CEO and Managing Partner
Ken Dennard is Founder & CEO of Dennard Lascar and has 31 years of senior management investor relations experience, both in-house and third-party representation for public companies. Dennard is responsible for supervising all investor relations programs and marketing Dennard Lascar’s clients to the investment community and financial media on a national basis, with a focus on producing tangible results. He has developed extensive relationships with the brokerage, analyst and money management communities in multiple industry segments to include energy, technology, retail, communications, healthcare, consolidations, environmental, software and industrial, among others.
Prior to founding Dennard Lascar predecessor company in January 1997, he was Director of Marketing at American Oncology Resources, Inc. from 1995-1996; Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at Coastal Physician Group from 1993-1995; Assistant Vice President with Morgen-Walke Associates from 1991-1993, and Director of Investor Relations at QMS, Inc. from 1989-1991.
Dennard holds a BA from Duke University, where he was a four-year letterman in men's basketball from 1977-1981. Dennard also played professional basketball in the NBA from 1981-84.
Lisa is a Principal at Dennard Lascar Investor Relations. She joined the firm in 1999 and was a Senior Vice President from 2005 to 2013. She has more than 31 years of experience in investor relations, corporate communications and public capital markets. For the five years prior to joining Dennard Lascar Investor Relations, she worked as an independent consultant targeting regional public companies. From 1990 until 1993, Lisa was Vice President of Investor Relations for Nuevo Energy (NYSE: NEV), where she established the investor relations department. From 1988 to 1990, she was Vice President of Investor Relations at Energy Assets International Corporation, Nuevo's predecessor. From 1983 to 1987, Lisa was a retail securities broker. She completed the brokerage training program at Dean Witter Reynolds, receiving series 7 and series 63 securities licenses. In 1985, she joined a small financial planning firm that specialized in private placement and equity issues of small growth companies. Additionally, since 1987, her IR experience has involved writing and publishing assignments such as quarterlies, annual reports, news releases and editorial features for publications including Financial Planning Magazine and Oil and Gas Investor. She is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and served as President of the Houston Chapter during the 1995-96 program year. Lisa earned a BS in Criminology from Sam Houston State University.
Executive Vice President
Rick Black is a seasoned financial communications professional with more than 20 years of investor relations, media relations and crisis management experience. He has served as a trusted advisor to senior management teams and Boards of Directors and has deep experience in creating and implementing targeted investor relations strategies, media relations campaigns and managing corporate crisis situations. Rick has a demonstrated record of developing and executing investor and public relations strategies in critical, time-sensitive situations across a wide range of industries. He frequently presents at industry conferences on topics related to investor relations and shareholder activism. He currently serves on the Board of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Dallas Chapter.
Prior to Dennard Lascar, he was a senior vice president at H+K Strategies from 2009 to 2013. He was a member of the H+K Strategies Corporate Partnerships practice group in Dallas where he oversaw the corporate communications and media relations strategy for financial services, retail and energy industry clients, and was the corporate spokesperson and key contributor to the investor relations activities for a leading Fortune 500 healthcare client. Prior to that he was the director of investor relations and head of corporate communications at Luby's, Inc. (NYSE:LUB), from 2005 to 2009. Prior to that he was the investor relations manager at BMC Software, Inc. (NYSE:BMC), from 2001 to 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a minor Marketing from Texas Tech University.
Carol Coale is a Managing Director at Dennard Lascar Investor Relations in the firm's energy research and advisory practice. Prior to joining Dennard Lascar Investor Relations in 2008, Ms. Coale served as the Managing Director of the Energy Group at Sanders Morris Harris (SMH Capital) and provided sell-side research on integrated natural gas, power and exploration & production companies. She brings over 20 years of Wall Street experience to Dennard Lascar Investor Relations, including a year as a Portfolio Manager at an energy hedge fund. Carol was a Senior Vice President for ten years at The Prudential Equity Group LLP where she was the Senior Equity Analyst for natural gas, utilities, and power company securities.
She was ranked an All American Analyst for six consecutive years in the Institutional Investor magazine survey, reaching the number one spot in 2002. She also achieved the top ranking in Greenwich and Starmine analyst surveys during that same time period, and was ranked three times as an All-Star analyst in the Wall Street Journal's stock picking survey. Before joining Prudential, Carol spent five years with energy boutique Howard Weil Labouisse Friedrichs, and was a fixed income analyst and trader at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes (now RBC Capital), E.F. Hutton, and Rotan Mosle (now UBS). Carol earned her MBA from Southern Methodist University and is an honors graduate with a BA from the University of Texas in Austin.
Sandy Martin is a Managing Director at Dennard Lascar. She is a CPA with more than 26 years of executive management investor relations experience. Her previous roles include in-house investor relations positions, as well as C-level jobs for companies such as Tribune Publishing, Pier 1 Imports, Match Group, Sally Beauty Holdings and Entech Solar. She has served as a trusted advisor to executive management and Boards of Directors for NYSE and Nasdaq-traded companies. In addition, Sandy has established investor relations programs for spin-offs, managed IPO road shows, prepared rating agency presentations, handled shareholder activists’ communications, developed quarterly earnings announcements, led annual shareholders’ meetings and investor days, and trained management and Boards on Regulation Fair Disclosure (RegFD). Sandy earned an undergraduate Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Neeley School at Business at TCU.
Senior Vice President
Ms. Hairston joined Dennard Lascar Investor Relations as Senior Vice President in July 2014. She has more than 20 years of experience in investor relations and corporate governance.
From October 2003 to July 2014, Natalie served as the Chief Governance Officer, Vice President–Investor Relations, and Corporate Secretary for ENGlobal Corporation (NASDAQ: ENG), an energy engineering firm, and was a member of its executive leadership team. In addition to her investor relations responsibilities, Ms. Hairston led ENGlobal’s corporate governance, SEC and Sarbanes Oxley compliance, and corporate communications programs. Prior to joining ENGlobal, Ms. Hairston held similar positions of increasing responsibility at Chaparral Resources, Inc. and Hondo Oil & Gas Company – both public exploration and production companies with operations in Kazakhstan and Colombia, respectively.
Natalie is actively involved in the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (Society). She was appointed to NIRI’s first subject matter expert committee, which was formed to define the roles of investor relations officers as well as to identify skills and necessary training as a precursor to professional certification by the organization. In addition, she is a member of NIRI’s Senior Roundtable (SRT), SRT steering committee appointee and past president and treasurer of the Houston chapter. For the Society, she served as the sponsorship chair for several regional conferences and as a board member of the Houston chapter.
Ms. Hairston received undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the American University of Paris, France and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance.
Vice President and Analyst
Chris Nee is an analyst at Dennard Lascar Investor Relations. Previously, Mr. Nee worked as a buy-side equity research analyst with J.P. Morgan Fleming Asset Management (JPM), performing fundamental analysis of large-cap companies in the capital goods and software industries. He has also worked as a sector strategist with JPM, covering both the technology and telecom sectors and providing macroeconomic research for JPM's private bank and institutional money managers. Prior to this, Mr. Nee worked as Vice President of Operations at TransGlobal Investments, where among other responsibilities, he authored its Pacific Rim research reports. In addition to his investment background, Mr. Nee has worked as a systems analyst for Associates Bancorp. Mr. Nee is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has an MBA from Rice University and a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Notre Dame.
Donna Washburn joined the company in July of 2001. Prior to joining Dennard Lascar Investor Relations, she was employed for 17 years with Marketing Specialists (food brokerage) in various positions of increasing responsibility, including multi-regional operating systems specialist. Donna's duties at Dennard Lascar Investor Relations include the management of all client services, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, human resources and other general office duties.