Four Hills Advisors
9160 Shetland Road
Eden Praire, Minnesota
Four Hills Advisors was founded with one simple premise….
…. a company can control its stock performance in the long term. Think of it like a birthday cake. Operational performance will always be the main driver and serves as the cake itself. Your level and quality of investment in investor relations is what makes it special and is the icing on the cake. These efforts make it sweeter, better, and make it stand out. Without proper IR investment, you still can have cake, it just isn’t as good.
We help you maximize the impact of your IR investment. Smart investment in IR will increase the confidence of the buy-side and the sell-side, which is key since investor perception ultimately drives valuation multiples. We help you look at it through the eyes of the investor. We prefer on-site collaboration that will maximize the quality of your investment and improve your investor relations strategy. We are both your partners and colleagues.
It is all about the people and our strong team of finance professionals are here to serve you.
President & Founder
22 years of Wall Street, finance and business operations experience on your side.
Ken started his career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he provided audit advisory and process improvement services to retail, restaurant and hospitality clients, including Carlson Companies, Inc., National Car Rental, Carlson Hospitality (hotels), Rainforest Café, and Life Time Fitness. Ken earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State University.
Ken resides in the Twin Cities with his bride, Kathleen, and their 3 daughters Lily, Madeline and Avery. A long-time athlete, he still competes on the masters running circuit, bikes to work regularly and loves March Madness. He also coaches his kids in hoops and track.
Awards & Recognitions
All awards were from IR Magazine, as voted by the buy-side and sell-side investment communities.
Anthony (Tony) Gikas
Senior Vice President
Over 23 years of stock market and financial expertise for you to tap into.
Prior to joining Four Hills and founding OnPoint Corporate Relations, Tony spent the past twenty-plus years working as an institutional investor and sell-side research analyst. Most recently, he worked as a partner and portfolio manager at Allerion Asset Management, a Minneapolis-based hedge fund. As a Managing Director in equity research at Piper Jaffray & Co., he spent 17 years following consumer, technology and media sectors. As a sell-side analyst, he published over 2,700 proprietary research reports and completed over 2,500 one-on-one meetings with institutional investors. His network is strong. He provided due diligence on a myriad IPO’s and secondary public offerings. Anthony twice earned Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” award for stock picking, and dozens of other awards from Wall Street institutions. He earned his BS in Finance and a MBA, both from the University of St. Thomas – Opus College of Business.
19 years of Wall Street, strategic and military experience to serve you.
Prior to joining G & K Services, Jeff led investor relations for Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK – now a part of Orbital ATK), a Fortune 500 aerospace and defense company. He joined Alliant in 2003, holding positions in marketing and corporate strategy, before moving into investor relations in 2006. Before joining Alliant, Jeff was a senior consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s strategy and operations practice. He also served four years as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Jeff earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and also holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. He is a longtime member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and is currently the President of the NIRI Twin Cities chapter.
Jeff lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife and three children.
Sharing 22+ years of extensive IR and Corporate Finance experience with you.
In addition to being a Senior Advisor for Four Hills, Anne-Marie is currently the VP of Treasury for NEP Group. Prior to joining NEP and Four Hills, she spent eight years serving in the finance organization of Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), most recently as Vice President of Treasury Services and Investor Relations. Previously, Anne-Marie built and led the investor relations team for Gevity HR (Nasdaq: GVHR), a human resources outsourcing company, where she increased sell-side coverage from two to twelve as the company’s market cap grew eight-fold.
Anne-Marie brings extensive knowledge in developing investor marketing, communication and capital allocation strategies as well as equipping management teams with insightful market intelligence and investor perspectives.
Anne-Marie began her career at KPMG where she served primarily financial institutions, with a focus on derivative products. She is a Certified Public Accountant, received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and earned an MBA from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University.
Anne-Marie resides in Pittsburgh, PA, is a proud mom and when time permits, enjoys a round of golf.
Over 15 years of equity trading and IR experience at your fingertips.
Prior to Northern, Erik spent 8+ years as Vice President of Equity Block Trading at Royal Bank of Canada. In his role at RBC, Erik utilized his extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets to represent institutional clients in the equity marketplace. Erik and his team represented a broad and wide client base, targeting clients with AUM of ~$100mm to ~$1 billion.
Currently, Erik lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife and two children. He is actively involved with his children’s youth hockey, baseball, and school activities.
Erik is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN.
Over 20 years of business and global multi-sector Investor Relations experience.
Bill Seymour is a senior advisor of Four Hills Advisors. He has over 20 years of business and global multi-sector Investor Relations experience. Bill has led award winning investor relations teams in the technology, industrials and retail industries. He has extensive experience in M&A, C-Suite transitions, product/technology introductions, investor activism, analyst days, investor story rebranding and crisis communications.
Bill’s latest corporate role was with Valspar Corporation as Vice President of Investor Relations, Communications and Finance. Prior to that he was V.P. Investor Relations and Finance Operations at Best Buy Corporation. Bill also was global V.P. of Investor Relations at Nokia Corporation and IR Manager at Norwest Corporation.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in European History from the University of Puget Sound and a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of St. Thomas.
Bill’s Investor Relations Portfolio Includes:
- Valspar: Investor story rebranding and Sherwin Williams acquisition of Valspar
- Best Buy: “Renew Blue” (new strategy launch) at analyst day
- Nokia: Multiple analyst days and M&A/strategic transactions
- Norwest: $34 billion merger with Wells Fargo
Bill’s Investor Relations Awards Include:
- #1 IR Officer in Sector in U.S. – Ranked by Sell-Side (II Magazine*)
- #1 IR Officer in Sector in Europe – Ranked by Sell & Buy-Side (II Magazine)
- #1 European Investor Relations team in the U.S. (IR Magazine)
- #1 IR Team in Sector in Europe – Ranked by Sell & Buy-Side (II Magazine)
- #2 IR Officer in Sector in U.S. – Ranked by Buy-Side (II Magazine)
- #2 IR Team in Sector in U.S. – Ranked by Sell & Buy-Side (II Magazine)
* Institutional Investor Magazine rankings
Over 20 years of finance and consulting, including sell-side analyst experience.
Paul is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and also the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management. He is fluent in French and conversational in Italian. A resident of Evanston, IL where he lives with his wife and three children, Paul is a competitive cyclist and enjoys coaching junior athletes in his spare time.
J. Jeffrey Warren
Over 23 years of financial, IR and business experience for you to leverage.
Jeff’s extensive Investor Relations background includes:
- Developing deep relationships and solid understanding of the equity analyst and the global investment community.
- Driving proactive two-way communication with shareholder base, obtaining meaningful real-time feedback for management.
- Targeting new shareholders who were aligned with company’s long-term strategies.
- Managing earnings calls, conference participation, road shows, analyst days and 1:1 meetings.
- Driving the development and continuous refinement of the company’s financial communications story, ensuring all communications were integrated with long-term strategies.
- Coordinating the development of all supporting materials, including presentations, press releases, conference call scripts, and creating comprehensive Q&A documents.
- Providing valued counsel to the management team on strategic and tactical communications related to financial reporting, M&A, restructurings and disclosures.
- Obtaining meaningful competitive intelligence and insights on relevant industry trends.
- Advising management on likely investor reaction to new strategic initiatives and how to most effectively communicate these events to the investment community.
Jeff joined Medtronic in 1997 in the Corporate Financial Audit group. He held positions of increasing responsibility within Finance before joining the Investor Relations group in 2000. Prior to Medtronic, Jeff worked in the audit and business consulting groups at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas, San Antonio and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive license).