Even in its 14th year, the ICR XChange conference is a unique offering from a financial communications firm, a forum where bankers and investors can interact with CEOs and senior leadership of both public and private companies.
While conferences run by specific investment firms dominate the market, the ICR XChange event gives public and private companies a chance to present to an audience from a variety of firms, versus just the host institution. Meanwhile, the January scheduling of the conference gives analysts and bankers a first-hand peek into the minds of CEOs and the direction of the companies for 2012 before anyone else.
“Breakouts” are another unique component of the ICR event. Following a company's 25-minute presentation, attendees are invited to two opportunities that day for an intimate off-stage Q&A with the CEO and senior leadership.
The three-day event, which concluded on Thursday, included more than 150 companies, including Swisher Hygiene, Vera Bradley, and Sonic Corporation, which were new to the conference this year. It had nearly 2,000 attendees, including research analysts and investor bankers from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and others.
This week's edition was also the first time the event was held in Miami Beach, FL, after five years in Los Angeles.
ICR CEO Tom Ryan said the southeastern location may have contributed to the increase in attendance compared with last year's event, but said he was not ready to comment on whether the 2013 event would remain in South Florida.