Our Firm

Our Firm

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.

Our Leadership

Ken Cooper

Ken Cooper

President & Founder

24 years of Wall Street, finance and business operations experience on your side.

Ken Cooper is the President and Managing Director of Four Hills Advisors. He shares his 24 years of Wall Street, finance and business operations experience with you. Prior to founding Four Hills, Ken was a vice president for Life Time Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: LTM – now private), where he spent 14 years helping Life Time grow from $53M in revenues to $1.1B, mainly in a finance capacity. Included in his career at Life Time was building and running Life Time’s investor relations efforts from the time of its June 2004 IPO until 2010. In addition, Ken was part of a team that raised over $1 billion in debt and equity capital, led the company’s budget and forecast process for a number of years, and built the Company’s detailed capital planning model, which serves as the lifeblood of all critical and material decisions for Life Time. Ken also spent time as the managing executive of an operational division (Athletic Events and Endurance) and in Corporate Development (M&A).

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

  • 2010 Investor Relations Officer of the Year

  • 2010 Company Grand Prix Best IR

  • 2010 Best Crisis Communication Award

  • 2010 Best IR Retail Segment

  • 2009 Investor Relations Officer Top 5

  • 2008 Investor Relations Officer of the Year

  • 2008 Company Grand Prix Best IR

All awards were from IR Magazine, as voted by the buy-side and sell-side investment communities.

Anthony (Tony) Gikas

Anthony (Tony) Gikas

Senior Vice President

Over 25 years of stock market and financial expertise for you to tap into.

Anthony (Tony) Gikas is a senior vice president with Four Hills Advisors where he has a dual role. He manages our corporate access efforts through OnPoint, a division of Four Hills. In addition, he brings his 25+ years of business experience to the team to drive incredible connections to the Street for his IR clients.

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.

Jeff Huebschen

Jeff Huebschen

Senior Advisor

21 years of Wall Street, strategic and military experience to serve you.

Jeff Huebschen is a senior advisor for Four Hills as he is currently the IRO for Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG).  He brings 17+ years of experience in investor relations, strategic communications, finance, and corporate strategy and 4 years of operational and military experience to the firm. Jeff has led investor relations for two other publicly traded companies, managing comprehensive IR programs and serving as the primary spokesperson to the financial community. Prior to the Apogee appointment, he was Director of Investor Relations for G & K Services (NASDAQ: GK), a leading provider of work uniforms and facility services, which generated nearly $1B in revenue. During his time at G & K, Jeff helped the company build a high-quality investor base, with a clear understanding of the company’s value proposition, contributing to a nearly 400% total shareholder return. Jeff helped G & K successfully navigate through several critical milestones, including changes in strategy, setting long-term financial goals, leadership transitions, and finally, the acquisition of the company by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS). While at G & K, Jeff managed all external communications, serving as the company’s primary spokesperson for both financial and media audiences. He was also a key advisor to the company’s leadership team on strategy, competitor and industry analysis, and capital allocation.

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.

Anne-Marie Megela

Anne-Marie Megela

Senior Advisor

Sharing 24+ years of extensive IR and Corporate Finance experience with you.

Anne-Marie Megela is currently a Senior Advisor for Four Hills. She has over 24 years of investor relations and corporate finance experience and is a Board member of the NIRI Virtual Chapter.

In addition to being a Senior Advisor for Four Hills, Anne-Marie is currently the VP of Treasury for NEP Group (private). 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.

Erik Nerhus

Erik Nerhus

Senior Advisor

Over 17 years of equity trading and IR experience at your fingertips.

Erik Nerhus is a senior advisor for Four Hills and brings 17+ years of experience and a deep and comprehensive knowledge of capital markets, investor relations, and business development. Prior to joining Four Hills, Erik was most recently Vice President of Investor Relations & Business Development at Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NOG), an independent, non-operating, oil and gas producer in the North Dakota Bakken region. During his time at Northern Erik built the investor relations program from the ground up and helped guide the company through multiple capital raises, totaling over $900+ million. Throughout his 5+ years at Northern Erik demonstrated a strong ability to conceptualize and build clear, concise, and informative IR messaging and branding campaigns that focused on articulating the company’s unique value proposition. Also, while leading the overall IR program, he helped the expand and broaden the investor base through strategic targeting and marketing. During this time the company substantially increased revenues, grew production and maintained industry leading operating margins. Erik played a leadership role in conceptualizing, directing, and delivering the company’s corporate strategy and communications. All of which helped Northern grow to be the largest non-operating producer in the North Dakota Bakken region.

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.

Bill Seymour

Bill Seymour

Senior Advisor

Over 21 years of business and global multi-sector Investor Relations experience.

Bill Seymour is a senior advisor of Four Hills Advisors and is currently the IRO for Entegris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENTG). He has over 21 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.

Prior to Entegris, Bill 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

Paul Swinand

Paul Swinand

Senior Advisor

Over 22 years of finance and consulting, including sell-side analyst experience.

Paul Swinand has over 22 years of experience in finance and consulting and is currently a finance executive at CroMetrics (private). Prior to joining Four Hills Advisors, he was a sell-side consumer analyst at Morningstar Inc. covering global luxury and sporting goods companies from 2010 to 2016. Prior to Morningstar, he was also on the sell-side covering sports companies and specialty retail at Stephens Inc. Investment Bank from 2006 to 2010. Prior to his sell-side career, Paul was a management consultant.

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.

Jeffrey Warren

J. Jeffrey Warren

Senior Advisor

Over 25 years of financial, IR and business experience for you to leverage.

Jeff Warren is a senior advisor of Four Hills Advisors. He has over 25 years of business experience, including 10+ years as a seasoned Investor Relations professional.  In addition to being a senior advisor for Four Hills, he is the CFO of MOBE, a private healthcare company based in Plymouth, MN.  Prior to Four Hills and MOBE, he most recently served as Medtronic’s Investor Relations Officer, developing the company’s IR team into a globally recognized multi-year, multi-award winning IR program. During his tenure, Jeff played a leadership role in navigating the company through a number of critical milestones, including two CEO transitions, major crisis management issues (clinical, legal, recalls etc.), market challenges, and significant M&A transactions. Most recently, Jeff oversaw the financial and strategic communications around the largest acquisition in med-tech history (~$50B) as well as the largest debt offering in med-tech history (~$22B).

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).

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