THOMAS M. RYAN is the cofounder and co--CEO of Integrated Corporate Relations. Tom was a managing director in the equity research department of BT Alex. Brown. He has participated as lead or co--manager on at least $5 billion worth of investment banking transactions, including bank financing, high--yield debt, equity, and M&A transactions. Tom has often been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Investora s Business Daily, International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Transcript. He has been a featured expert on CNNfn, CNBC, Money Talk (PBS), WNYC TV, and Bloomberg Television. CHAD A. JACOBS is the cofounder and co--CEO of Integrated Corporate Relations. Before cofounding ICR, Chad was a vice president and managing director in the equity research departments of BT Alex. Brown and, before that, Ladenburg Thalmann. Chad has been the focus of stories in USA Today, POV, the Wall Street Journal, Investora s Business Daily, Womena s Wear Daily, Daily News Record, Footwear News, Transworld Snowboarding, and Action Sports Retailer. He also served as a roundtable member on CNNfn and as a featured guest on ESPN2.