Who we are.

Our team represents decades of expertise in banking, syndicate and all manner of capital formation; from IPO’s to Secondaries, SPAC’s, Reverse Mergers and more. All of our programs balance years of experience in the capital markets and the various verticals we serve to ensure the right messages reach the right audiences every time.

Who we are.

Our team represents decades of expertise in banking, syndicate and all manner of capital formation; from IPO’s to Secondaries, SPAC’s, Reverse Mergers and more. All of our programs balance years of experience in the capital markets and the various verticals we serve to ensure the right messages reach the right audiences every time.

Chuck Bennett

CEO & Co-Founder
  • of the business including Investor Relations, Corporate Advisory and Public Relations. Prior to working at CORE IR, Mr. Bennett was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CreditRiskMonitor.com, (CRMZ). During his tenure there he grew sales 350%. In 2003, he created RRADA (Registered Representatives Arbitration Defense Associates), the largest pre-paid legal company servicing brokers and broker dealers in the Securities Industry.  Chuck is an active philanthropist managing his foundation – the Beacon Light Foundation – which contributes to more than 50 charitable organizations nationwide each year. From 1996 to 2012, Chuck served as an Associate Trustee at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System in Manhasset (now the largest Health System in the US). As an Associate Trustee he has served on the Cardiology Executive Committee, Cardiology Leadership Committee, and the Associate Trustee Executive Committee. Chuck also donates his time and resources to the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, the National Center for Disabilities and other charitable organizations in the area. Chuck graduated from Long Island University with a B.S. in Finance. Chuck resides in Sea Cliff, NY, with his wife and two children.

Scott Gordon

President & Co-Founder
  • client corporate communications strategy. Prior to co-founding CORE IR, Scott served as Head of North American Sales and Marketing for CAMO Software Inc., where he was responsible for leading the resurgence of CAMO’s Unscrambler® Suite of Multivariate Statistical Analytics Software and Professional Services Solutions as a market leading brand. Prior to joining CAMO, Scott led Sales and Marketing for MTG Inc., a Business Intelligence Financial Modeling Consultancy, focused on Valuation Analysis. Prior to joining MTG, Scott served as Head of Global Markets Trading for Investment Management Services, managing trading and operations for funds with $600 million in assets under management. Scott began his Wall Street career on the New York Mercantile Exchange clerking for traders in the Crude and Heating trading pits and became a futures and options trader for Shearson Lehman Hutton and then Smith Barney, in their global managed futures and futures trading operations. Scott attended New York University where he pursued his BS in Economics.

Scott Arnold

Senior Managing Director
  • evaluated companies from the perspectives of a corporate communications consultant and investment banker. Having held his Series 3, 6, 7, 63 and 65 licenses, Scott adds a unique perspective to clients undergoing IPOs, capital formation strategies, market exposure, secondary offerings, crisis communications, and strategic acquisitions. Before CORE IR, Scott was a Senior Vice President at ICR, an investor relations firm, where he concentrated on the Green Technology and Metals and Mining industries. He draws upon extensive domestic and international institutional and retail financial services relationships and has been quoted in national publications including Seeking Alpha, as well as being a featured expert at the Harvard/USC Business Growth Conference. In his spare time, Scott enjoys being with his family in Los Angeles and is a Board Member of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University.

Peter Serra

Senior Managing Director, Capital Markets Advisory Practice
  • and Founder and Managing Partner of Encore Advisory LLC. Peter has 20 years of investment banking, capital markets and corporate finance experience. Having participated in transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $30 billion during his career in both investment banking and the power, natural gas and energy industry, Peter brings substantial capital markets and corporate finance experience and insight to client engagements across sectors. Prior to founding Encore Advisory and joining CORE IR, Peter was a Partner and Managing Director at Maxim Group LLC, a leading growth-oriented investment bank. Prior to that, Peter served as Director of Investment Banking at I-Bankers Securities, Inc. and before that served as Vice President and Principal of Investment Banking at Legend Merchant Group, Inc. Earlier in his career, Peter served as a Senior Analyst with Fortune 500 Company KeySpan Corporation (NYSE:KSE; now National Grid (NYSE: NGG), and filled a leadership role in the company’s Asset & Corporate Development Group. Prior to that, he worked in KeySpan’s Capital Markets Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance, Summa Cum Laude, from St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, New York, where he was a Presidential Scholar and member of the school’s NCAA Division 1 baseball team, and an MBA in Financial Management from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. Mr. Serra has passed FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 registration exams.

Bret Shapiro

Senior Managing Director
  • in 1991 at Prudential Securities where he was one of the youngest Vice Presidents of the firm. He moved on to become a shareholder at Gruntal and Company and rose to become a member of the Chairman’s Council. In 2004, Bret joined Capital Growth Financial, heading their syndicate investment banking efforts, placing their first IPO. In 2008, Bret joined Dawson James Securities as Managing Partner and Head of Syndicate where he was responsible for assisting scores of public companies achieve their financing and funding goals. Bret joined CORE IR in 2015 and brings his incomparable depth of experience, insight and strategic value to clients in the areas of capital formation, syndicate relationships introductions, strategic communications and retail and institutional relationships development. Bret resides in Delray Beach, Florida, with his wife and two daughters.

Tristan Traywick

Senior Managing Director
  • since 2014. He is responsible for client management and market outreach. Executing market awareness strategies with his institutional buy- and sell-side analysts, and family office relationships. Tristan began his career in financial services in 2008 with Seattle-based investment bank Barretto Securities. During his time at Barretto, Tristan worked in both the investor relations and investment banking divisions of the firm. In 2013, Tristan joined Heritage Wealth Advisors, an Ameriprise-sponsored private wealth management firm on Mercer Island, Washington, where he was a registered representative in the client services department. He has previously held Finra Series 7 and 63 licenses, as well as Washington State Producer of Life, Disability and Variable Line Insurance licenses. He is currently enrolled in Washington State University’s Executive MBA program with a concentration in Finance. Tristan grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and currently resides in San Francisco. He graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations in 2007.

Tom Caden

Director of Corporate Access
  • outreach, roadshow development and execution. Tom has more than 20 years of expertise as an investor relations and financial services specialist having spent 15 years on the retail side of the business. He was a Multi-Lines Agent with the Prudential Insurance Co. and VP Wealth Management with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Tom has honed his considerable experience from his work with both Dian Griesel International and Edison Investment Research. He is a graduate of Montclair State University.

Mike Mason, JD

VP of Investor Relations
  • relations experience, both at an agency level and in-house. Mike provides strategic Investor Relations and Capital Markets counsel to senior management teams. He develops investor relations programs with the goal of increasing both company exposure and shareholder value, and interfaces on a daily basis with buy-side and sell-side analysts, portfolio managers, hedge fund managers and investment bankers, acting as the principal liaison between the financial community and the client. He is responsible for the positioning and overall direction of a company’s messaging and investor relations program. He manages domestic and international client roadshows, focuses on trading and liquidity activities, conducts quarterly conference calls, drafts press releases, and designs presentations. He also works closely with the firm’s media relations and public relations professionals to raise client awareness in business and financial media outlets. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was a member of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, one of the country’s most widely read and respected law journals. Before attending law school, he was awarded a B.A. in Business and Marketing from Rutgers University.

Jules Abraham

Executive Vice President, Head of Communications Practice
  • he is responsible for leading the communications and media outreach team. Jules brings 23 years of life sciences public relations experience, having worked in nearly all aspects of the healthcare industry, including large and specialty pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical diagnostics and medical device companies, as well as small health systems, regional hospitals, managed care organizations, Medicare Part D providers and advocacy groups. He has supported market conditioning, clinical trial recruitment, financial/investor and milestone communications, corporate communications, product launches and post-marketing publicity. He also has worked extensively in issues management and has provided presentation and speaker training for physicians and client executives.  Previously Jules initiated and oversaw the healthcare public relations divisions at Feintuch Communications and investor relations firm, Lippert/Heilshorn & Associates, Inc. Prior, he served as Vice President in the global healthcare group at GCI Group, and held positions at Manning, Selvage & Lee, Zeno Group and GTFH public relations, in New York. He has also served as an independent communications consultant to several investor relations firms, healthcare companies and not-for-profit organizations. Jules earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in Public Communications/Journalism from Fordham University. A songwriter and performer for many years, Jules is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Paraguay, where he trained local teachers about prevention of intestinal parasites and other health issues. After residing nearly 20 years in New York City, he currently resides in Encinitas, California.

Louie Toma

CPA/CFA & Senior Equity Research Analyst
  • of experience on the buy-side and sell-side. In 2017, Louie started his own investor relations firm where he helped clients with all aspects of investor relations. A year later, he partnered with another IR agency, where he managed clients and helped them with all of their investor relations needs.  Prior to founding his own investor relations firm, Louie was a senior research analyst at Craig-Hallum Capital Group, where he spent four years covering micro-cap stocks and writing sell-side research. Prior to Craig-Hallum, Louie spent over 15 years on the buy-side at various hedge funds, including Tudor Investments, Boston Company, Boston Partners, John A. Levin and Company and Delta Partners. In his buy-side roles, working in the capacity of an analyst or PM, Louie focused on micro and small-cap stocks, where he developed a large network of buy-side and sell-side relationships.  Louie’s background provides a unique perspective of what investors need from IR firms to engage and develop them as shareholders and to develop a sell-side analyst’s interest that can lead to research coverage. Louie holds a CFA and a CPA (Florida) and has held the Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 licenses.  He has an M.B.A. from Babson College as well as a B.S. from Florida State University in Accounting and Finance.

Joey Delahoussaye III

Senior Equity Research Analyst
  • corporate communications and investor outreach. Joey brings 18 years of buy-side capital markets experience at institutional investment firms and a family office that applied growth/aggressive growth investment philosophies to the domestic microcap and small-cap markets with an emphasis on companies in the healthcare sector.  Prior to joining CORE IR, Joey was an account executive at an agency-based IR firm and coordinated strategic messaging and communication efforts for corporate clients, especially those in the life-science industry.  He has passed all three levels of the CFA exam, has an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University. Joey resides in a Chicago suburb and enjoys sports, the outdoors, cooking, and games of strategy.

Cindy L. Rizzo

VP of Healthcare
  • of experience as a buy-side investor, most recently at Levin Capital, a multi-billion long-only investor and hedge fund. Top performing portfolio manager at Levin Capital for 18 years with a focus on healthcare. She has spent the later part of her career as a consultant to emerging biopharmaceutical companies that have strong fundamental prospects and at times have impaired capital structures or stock profiles that can make it challenging for a given company to pursue its business strategies. In this regard, Cindy assists such companies in developing a comprehensive investor relations strategy to address and overcome such challenges in the capital markets.

Andrew Moskowitz

Investor Relations Specialist
  • network of high net-worth individuals and investment banking contacts. He has 10 years experience in the cryptocurrency markets. He ran a 5 Ph/s mining operation in 2017 which produced 40 bitcoins. Currently, he is running an autonomous automated trading system. Andrew has more than five years experience working as a proprietary trader, consultant, information technologist and financial analyst with Spartan Capital Securities, Black Legend Capital and T3 proprietary trading group. He also has more than five years experience working on celebrity outreach and red carpet work with the Knockturnal. In his off time Andrew continues his post-college (NCAA DI/DII) track career through continuing his workouts and coaching track and basketball.

Brian Kennedy

Media Specialist
  • across many different industries, including biotech, clean energy and private equity. He began his career as a producer for a company that booked television media appearances with Top 50 local news outlets for the leading PR firms and corporations in the country. Ensuing work included leading the media relations team at Allen and Caron, an investor relations firm. Brian seeks an integrated approach to public relations that combines traditional press outreach with strategic use of digital and social channels.

Kay Bukhari

VP of Operations
  • and ensures development and implementation of efficient and cost-effective strategies to meet the current and future needs of CoreIR and our clients. As VP of Operations, Kay has raised client retention by improving communications prioritization and shortening resolution times. She applies comprehensive solutions that deliver results while also focusing on fiscal responsibility. Kay is a Fordham University graduate with a Bachelors or Arts degree and brings with her an extensive background in operations and client success from various corporate financial environments.

Haley Lacey

Administrative Director
  • CORE IR in optimizing productivity, efficiency, and service quality both internally and for our clients. Haley is passionate about delivering top-tier service to our clients and oversees day-to-day operations and helps to develop organizational policy and strategy. She graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has administrative experience in various corporate environments.