Presenting Companies

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Cleveland, Ohio


Midwest Investment Conferences represent an effective and convenient opportunity for public issuers and professional investors to engage in a comfortable no-strings attached setting. With our unique model, corporate access is not predicated on coverage lists, trading volume, commission levels, or assets under management. You meet with the investors and analysts who meet your investor relations objectives, not just those generating the most broker/dealer commissions.

You will be able make a group presentation in an auditorium setting—including an audience Q&A period—and conduct private due diligence meetings with institutional investors. At our conferences, public companies meet with money managers, independent research analysts, and multiple sell-side analysts, some with buy-side clients in-tow, at the same venue.


Companies registered to attend MWIC16 include:


AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

Company Presenter:
Ronald E. Pipoly, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, underwrites and provides property and casualty insurance in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Small Commercial Business, Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty, and Specialty Program. The Small Commercial Business segment offers workers’ compensation, commercial package, and other commercial insurance lines to small businesses, such as restaurants, retail stores, physicians, and other professional offices through wholesale and retail agents, and brokers. The Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty segment provides coverage for consumer and commercial goods; custom designed coverages, such as accidental damage plans and payment protection plans; and coverage for niche property, casualty, and specialty liability risks comprising general liability, employers’ liability, and professional and medical liability. This segment also serves as a third party administrator to offer claims handling and call center services to the consumer products and automotive industries in the United States and Canada. The Specialty Program segment provides workers’ compensation; package products; general liability; commercial auto liability; excess and surplus lines programs; and other specialty commercial property and casualty insurance. This segment serves small and middle market companies through general and wholesale agents. AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. was founded in 1998 and is based in New York, New York.


Applied Industrial Technologies Applied Industrial Technologies

Company Presenter:
Mark Eisele, Vice President - Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Applied Industrial Technologies is a leading industrial distributor that offers more than four million parts to serve the needs of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. In addition, Applied provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. Applied also offers maintenance training and inventory management solutions that provide added value to its customers.



Company Presenter:
Jerry Grisko, CEO & President

Named one of America’s 2015 Best Employers and ranked as the #1 employer in the consulting and accounting industry by Forbes magazine, CBIZ, Inc. provides professional business services that help clients better manage their finances and employees. CBIZ provides its clients with financial services including accounting, tax, financial advisory, government health care consulting, risk advisory, real estate consulting, and valuation services. Employee services include employee benefits consulting, property and casualty insurance, retirement plan consulting, payroll, life insurance, HR consulting, and executive recruitment. As one of the largest accounting, insurance brokerage and valuation companies in the United States, the Company’s services are provided through more than 100 Company offices in 33 states.


Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAUC)

Company Presenter: David G. Burke,
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAUC) is the largest franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings and currently operates 62 restaurants in key markets in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri.  DRH was named the 2014 Franchisee of the Year and Operator of the Year by Buffalo Wild Wings Inc.  Most recently, DRH’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ansley, was the recipient of Buffalo Wild Wings' 2015 Franchise Founder’s Award, which recognizes a franchisee owner or executive who has displayed enthusiasm, teamwork, leadership, and an entrepreneurial spirit. 

The Company also owns and operates 18 full-service, family-friendly, ultra-casual Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern restaurants in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.


Evans Bancorp Inc.Evans Bancorp Inc.

Company Presenter:
David J. Nasca, President and CEO

Evans Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and the parent company of Evans Bank, N.A., a commercial bank with $939 million in assets and $803 million in deposits at December 31, 2015.  Evans is a full-service community bank, with 13 branches, providing comprehensive financial services to consumer, business and municipal customers throughout Western New York.  Evans Bancorp's wholly-owned insurance subsidiary, The Evans Agency, LLC, provides property and casualty insurance through seven insurance offices in the Western New York region.  Evans Investment Services provides non-deposit investment products, such as annuities and mutual funds.


Financial Institutions, Inc. Financial Institutions, Inc.

Company Presenter: Martin K. Birmingham, President and Chief Executive Officer

Financial Institutions, Inc. provides diversified financial services through its subsidiaries, Five Star Bank, Scott Danahy Naylon and Courier Capital. Five Star Bank provides a wide range of consumer and commercial banking services to individuals, municipalities and businesses through a network of over 50 offices and more than 60 ATMs throughout Western and Central New York State. Scott Danahy Naylon provides a broad range of insurance services to personal and business clients across 44 states. Courier Capital provides customized investment management, investment consulting and retirement plan services to individuals, businesses, institutions, foundations and retirement plans. Financial Institutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 700 individuals. The Company’s stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol FISI and is a member of the NASDAQ OMX ABA Community Bank Index.


Gas Natural Inc.Gas Natural Inc. (NYSE MKT: EGAS)

Company Presenter:
Gregory J. Osborne, President and
Chief Executive Officer

Gas Natural Inc., a holding company, distributes and sells natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. It distributes approximately 21 billion cubic feet of natural gas to approximately 68,000 customers through regulated utilities operating in Montana, Ohio, Maine and North Carolina. The Company’s other operations include interstate pipeline, natural gas production, and natural gas marketing. The Company's Montana public utility was originally incorporated in 1909.  Its strategy for growth is to expand throughput in its markets, while looking for acquisitions that are either adjacent to its existing utilities or in under saturated markets.


Graham CorporationGraham Corporation (NYSE: GHM)

Company Presenter:
Jeffrey F. Glajch, Vice President - Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Graham Corporation (NYSE: GHM) is a global business that designs, manufactures and sells critical equipment for the energy, defense and chemical/petrochemical industries. Energy markets include oil refining, cogeneration, nuclear and alternative power. For the defense industry, the Company’s equipment is used in nuclear propulsion power systems for the U.S. Navy. Graham’s global brand is built upon world-renowned engineering expertise in vacuum and heat transfer technology, responsive and flexible service and unsurpassed quality. Graham designs and manufactures custom-engineered ejectors, vacuum pumping systems, surface condensers and vacuum systems. Graham is also a leading nuclear code accredited fabrication and specialty machining company. Graham supplies components used inside reactor vessels and outside containment vessels of nuclear power facilities. Graham’s equipment can also be found in other diverse applications, such as metal refining, pulp and paper processing, water heating, refrigeration, desalination, food processing, pharmaceutical, heating, ventilating and air conditioning. Graham’s reach spans the globe and its equipment is installed in facilities from North and South America to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Lincoln ElectricLincoln Electric Holdings Inc.
(NasdaqGS: LECO)

Company Presenter: Vincent K. Petrella, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
and Treasurer

For over 120 years, Lincoln Electric has been a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Known as the Welding Experts®, our solutions are used across diverse industry sectors in over 160 countries. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, we operate 48 manufacturing locations in 19 countries and generated $2.5B in revenue in 2015.


Mace Security International, Inc.Mace Security International, Inc.

Company Presenter:
John J. McCann, President and
Chief Executive Officer

Mace Security International, Inc. manufactures and provides personal defense, safety, and electronic security products to consumer and business market segments under the Mace brand in the United States. It also owns and operates a UL/ETL listed central station providing remote alarm and video monitoring services to the wholesale security trade. The company offers personal defense products, including pepper spray products for self-defense against attacks by people and animals, as well as is developing aerosol spray dispensing technologies for both consumer and law enforcement markets; and personal and home protection products consisting of portable safety alarms and flashers for personal protection, door and window protection jammers, and wireless home security alarms. In addition, it provides electronic security and surveillance products comprising security cameras, digital video recorders, observation monitors, and installation accessories for CCTV and IP network-based video surveillance, as well as wireless alarm security systems for local and remote monitoring. The company offers residential, commercial, and industrial sector customers with alarm, video, and PERS monitoring services through independent security dealers. Mace Security International directly markets, distributes, and supports its branded products and services through various customer channels, including mass market retailers, wholesale distributors, independent dealers, e-commerce marketers, and installation service providers. Mace Security International, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered Cleveland, Ohio.


Olympic Steel Inc.Olympic Steel Inc.

Company Presenter:
Richard T. Marabito, Chief Financial Officer

Founded in 1954, Olympic Steel (Nasdaq: ZEUS) is a leading U.S. metals service center focused on the direct sale and distribution of large volumes of processed carbon, coated and stainless flat-rolled sheet, coil and plate steel and aluminum products. The Company’s CTI subsidiary is a leading distributor of steel tubing, bar, pipe, valves and fittings, and fabricates pressure parts for the electric utility industry. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Olympic Steel operates from 33 facilities in North America.


OMNOVA Solutions Inc. OMNOVA Solutions Inc.

Company Presenter: Paul DeSantis,
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

OMNOVA Solutions develops emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and functional and decorative surfaces that enhance the performance of a wide variety of top, brand-name products.

Sales for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2015 were $838 million. Adjusted EPS grew nearly 30% for the year, and adjusted segment operating profit was $74.4 million for the combined business segments, Performance Chemicals and Engineered Surfaces. OMNOVA is headquartered in Beachwood, Ohio, with 13 production sites in North America, Europe and Asia.

Performance Chemicals serves construction and infrastructure applications, as well as a variety of disposable and durable nonwovens, and industrial and consumer product categories, providing key features such as fire and corrosion resistance, stain blocking, fluid management and surface modification. Engineered Surfaces produces laminates and coated fabrics that provide durability, scratch resistance and design flexibility for retail store fixtures, restaurant tables, and automotive seating, to name a few applications.


PolyOne CorporationPolyOne Corporation

Company Presenter:
Bradley C. Richardson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

PolyOne Corporation is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. The Company is dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Guided by its Core Values, Sustainability Promise and No Surprises Pledge(SM), PolyOne is committed to its customers, employees, communities and shareholders through ethical, sustainable and fiscally responsible principles. It has more than 10,000 customers, 35,000 polymer solutions, 85 manufacturing and distributing facilities, and operates in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.


Rand Capital CorporationRand Capital Corporation

Company Presenter:
Allen F. “Pete” Grum, President and
Chief Executive Officer

Rand Capital (Nasdaq: RAND) provides investors the ability to participate in venture capital opportunities through an investment in the Company’s stock. Rand is a Business Development Company (BDC), and its wholly-owned subsidiary is licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC). Rand focuses its investments in early or expansion stage companies with strong leadership that are bringing to market new or unique products, technologies or services that have a high potential for growth.


Stepan CompanyStepan Company (NYSE: SCL)

Company Presenter:
Scott Beamer, Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer

Stepan Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of specialty and intermediate chemicals to manufacturers in various industries worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Surfactants, Polymers, and Specialty Products. The Surfactants segment offers surfactants that are used as principal ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaning products, such as detergents for washing clothes, dishes, carpets, floors, and walls; shampoos, body washes, toothpastes, and fabric softeners; and germicidal quaternary compounds, lubricating ingredients, emulsifiers, plastics and composites, biodiesel, and enhanced oil recovery. The Polymers segment provides polyols that are used in the manufacture of rigid laminate insulation board and panels for thermal insulation in the construction industry, as well as a base raw material for flexible foams, coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers; and phthalic anhydride, which is used in unsaturated polyester resins, alkyd resins, and plasticizers for applications in construction materials, as well as components of automotive, boating, and other consumer products. The Specialty Products segment offers flavors, emulsifiers, and solubilizers that are used in the food and pharmaceutical industries; and a portfolio of nutritional fats for the food, supplement, and nutrition industries. Stepan Company was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Northfield, Illinois.


The JM Smucker CompanyThe J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM)

Company Presenter: Aaron Broholm,
Director of Investor Relations

For nearly 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago.


Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Company Presenter:
Ken Apicerno, VP of Investor Relations

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support.


Transcat Inc.Transcat Inc. (NasdaqGM: TRNS)

Company Presenter:
Lee D. Rudow, President and
Chief Executive Officer

Transcat, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNS) is a leading provider of accredited calibration and compliance services, including analytical instrument qualifications, equipment and process validation. The Company is focused on providing best-in-class calibration analytics to highly regulated industries, including life science, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, medical device manufacturing and biotechnology. Transcat provides permanent and periodic on-site services, mobile calibration services and in-house services through 20 Calibration Service Centers strategically located across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. The breadth and depth of measurement parameters addressed by Transcat’s ISO/IEC 17025 scopes of accreditation are believed to be the best in the industry. Transcat also operates as a leading value-added distributor of professional grade handheld test, measurement and control instrumentation, marketing more than 100,000 premier and proprietary brand instruments to approximately 22,000 customers. Transcat’s growth strategy is to leverage its service capabilities, strong brand and leading distribution platform to drive organic sales growth and to expand its addressable calibration market through acquisitions and capability investments to further realize the inherent leverage of its business model.