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2016 Essentials Seminar

Thank you!

We thank attendees, panelists and sponsors for making this year's Essentials a successful seminar.

We hope you will join us at our 2016 National Conference, June 22-25 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2016 Essentials Agenda

Handouts - Attendees Only

Event Sponsors

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Argyle is the advisory and design service of DG3. We advise corporations on the effective communication of corporate governance. We propose restructuring and design solutions to help corporations communicate messages in SEC disclosure documents, digital media and investor communications. Our expert team combines experience in the fields of governance engagement, executive compensation and SEC disclosure. Services include Disclosure Education, Disclosure Drafting, Graphics & Design, Corporate Governance Engagement, Document Execution and Annual Meeting Websites. Our team's creative ideas and original thinking help our clients communicate their stories effectively, and we offer execution solutions for enhanced documents, digital media and investor communications.

 AST Group                                                                       

The AST Group is the leading provider of registry services and technology to financial market participants across North America. Its companies and divisions, which include American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST) and D.F. King & Co., Inc. provide comprehensive stock transfer services to more than 8,000 public issues and over 5.5 million shareholders. The AST Group provides fully integrated services that include corporate proxy solicitation and advisory solutions, information agent, mutual fund proxy solicitation and advisory solutions, shareholder identification, asset recovery, and investment mangagement offerings. 

Center for Board Excellence

The Center for Board Excellence                           

The Center for Board Excellence (CBE) is a leading provider of web-based products designed to advance corporate governance and ease the burden of corporate secretaries and general counsels. CBE's products are rapidly being adopted as the leading platform for conducting online board assessments, CEO assessments, D&O questionnaires, conflict of interest assessments, subsidiary tracking, and governance-related evaluations. At CBE, we know that great governance products must be cost efficient, innovative, compelling, and user friendly.


Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

For corporations that are looking to simplify shareholder management, efficiently navigate regulatory and compliance requirements and gain further insights about their shareholders, Broadridge Financial Solutions offers a uniquely flexible and customizable shareholder program. Broadridge's proven and trusted technology and service structure provides corporations the only single source solution for access to all shareholders, across a range of offerings -including comprehensive transfer agent solutions, data services, proxy processing and annual meeting services. Broadridge provides issuers with the technology, data and expertise to capture inherent efficiences and opportunities from their entire shareholder base. 

Computershare Georgeson

Computershare and Georgeson

Computershare and Georgeson are the world's foremost advisors for shareholder services. Our suite of solutions include:

Investor Services: We drive efficiency, increase data security and keep you ahead of industry developments

Governance Services: We deliver ways to stay compliant and minimize risk through web-based entity management, board portal and subsidiary governance solutions - GEMS and BoardWorks

Proxy Solicitation: We specialize in complex solicitations including hostile and friendly acquisitions, proxy fights and takeover defenses

Corporation Service Company

Corporation Service Company

Corporation Service Company® (CSC®) is a dynamic, high-growth company headquarted in Wilmington, Delaware. We provide registered agent, corporate compliance, and global subsidiary management solutions for companies and law firms worldwide; digital brand services for top global brands, and due diligence and transactional services for the world's largest financial institutions. Founded more than a century ago, our company is dedicated to making your business easier, less risky, and more profitable, wherever its's done.



Diligent is the leading provider of secure corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. Over 3,300 clients in more than 60 countries rely on Diligent to provide secure, intuitive access to their most time-sensitive and confidential information, ultimately helping them make better decisions. The Diligent Boards solution speeds and simplifies how board materials are produced, delivered and collaborated on using iPad, Windows and web tools, removing the security concerns of doing this by courier, email and file sharing.


Intelligize is the revolutionary, must-have tool for law firms, accounting firms and corporations who deal with SEC compliance.

Intelligize streamlines agreement preparation, reduces the SEC review process and mitigates filing risks.

The Intelligize platform is a web-based platform enabling law firms, accounting firms, corporations, and others to more efficiently research, prepare, and draft SEC filings, corporate transactions, and various other agreements. Through powerful search, filter, compare, analyze and alert capabilities, the Intelligize platform is designed to help customers cut down on the amount of time and effort it takes to meet reporting requirements and move through the SEC review process.

Laurel Hill Advisory Group        

The Laurel Hill Advisory Group is the only independent provider of Shareholder Communication and Asset Recovery Services in North America. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals offer first rate cross border capabilities that specialize in Annual and Special Meeting Solicitation, Information Agent services, Corporate Actions and Shareholder Asset Recovery Programs. Our Asset Recovery Center provides a comprehensive and cost free solution for companies looking to reunite with their past of "lost" holders. Abandoned accounts are a huge compliance issue and can put your company at risk when audited. 

Mackenzie Partners

MacKenzie Partners, Inc.

MacKenzie Partners, Inc. is a full-service proxy solicitation, investor relations and corporate governance consulting firm specializing in mergers-and-acquisitions and proxy contest related transactions. The firm has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Washington, D.C. and London.

MacKenzie's services include - in addition to traditional proxy solicitation - corporate governance consulting, securityholder solicitations, information agent services for tender and exchange offers, beneficial ownership identification, market surveillance and associated financial, investor and media relations services. We work in close partnership with our client's attorneys, investment bankers and other consultants, providing advice and counsel at each stage of the transaction.

Mitratech                                                                                                                                    Mitratech

Mitratech is the most trusted, market-leading provider of fully-integrated Enterprise Legal Management (ELM) solutions for over 750 global  legal departments of all sizes. Mitratech's portfolio of ELM software solutions offer end-to-end matter management, spend management, e-Billing, legal hold, contracts management, GRC, and reporting solutions. Clients are able to prove demonstrable value creation for their organization by automating legal workflows, improving business outcomes through data and insight, increasing collaboration with partners, and reducing overall legal spend.



PwC's Center for Board Governance is a leading resource to enable directors to more effectively meet the challenges of their critical role. The Center promotes excellence in the boardroom by promoting leading governance practices and is dedicated to better enabling boards and audit committees to perform their important roles. The Center publishes the Annual Corporate Directors Survey, quarterly To the point, monthly BoardroomDirect, and offers forums for directors to discuss current issues. 

RR Donnelley                                                         

RR Donnelley is the preferred global provider of financial disclosure solutions, helping our clients efficiently meet regulatory obligations and make more informed business decisions. 

Each year, we assist more than 1,900 US companies with their proxy statements. Our annual Guide to Effective Proxies catalogues 250+ unique examples of layout, design, navigation and content from our blue-chip client base. We have the tools, expertise and resources to manage the entire process, from design and drafting of the proxy statement through filing, hosting and printing.

With unparralleled EDGAR filing expertise, XBRL experience and Venue® Virtual Data Rooms, we collaborae with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to facilitate regulatory compliance activities and due diligence, bringing the world's largest financial transactions to market.

RRD ActiveDisclosure™ streamlines content creation, review and distribution improving efficiency, governance and the overall quality of all financial reports. Business process outsourcing services, translations solutions, and innovative technologies simplify content creation and distribution.

Our global platform, industry leading service organization and enduring financial stability offer a reliable, single-source solution for all of your integrated communications needs.



Verbatim Global Compliance is focused exclusively on global subsidiary governance, delivering fixed-fee services in over 130 countries. Fortune 500 companies depend on Verbatim to enhance existing governance programs, execute on statutory compliance and produce proven return on investment. Through our virtual in-house resource alignment, Verbatim clients receive the highest level of communication and standardization, reduce non-compliance risk, all under a transparent and cost-predictable model. Verbatim's reliable approach is comfortable and our results are measurable. Contact Verbatim today to learn more about how you can benefit from our managed solutions.