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Don Allen, President of the Kansas City Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute, Named to Inaugural National Fellows Class

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New NIRI Program Honors Distinguished Investor Relations Professionals

Kansas City, MO (April 15, 2013) – Don Allen, founding partner of The Allen Group, has been named to the inaugural class of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Fellows Program. NIRI Fellows are recognized leaders who represent the ideals of the investor relations profession.

The NIRI Fellows Recognition Program is a new honorary recognition program distinguishing those living NIRI members who epitomize the leadership, integrity, involvement, and contributions of investor relations professionals. The 11 individuals named to the inaugural class have made significant contributions to the betterment of the IR profession and NIRI throughout their careers. They are recognized as highly engaged individuals and are called to continued service as content leaders, selection committee participants, authors, and thought leaders in the Institute and field of investor relations.

Don AllenAllen currently serves as president of the local Kansas City NIRI Chapter. He previously served as president of the Orange County (Calif.) NIRI chapter where he served on its board for seven years. Allen also served for four years on the Board of Directors of the NIRI National organization where he was a member of the Executive Committee and served on its Senior Roundtable.

Allen’s firm, the Allen Group, is based in Liberty, Missouri. Prior to founding The Allen Group, he served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Incuity Software in Mission Viejo, Calif. Before that he was director of corporate communications and investor relations for Quest Software, Inc., in Irvine, Calif. Allen has also worked for FileNET Corp., and Wonderware Corporation.

Allen began his career as a journalist and bureau manger with United Press International. He holds a BA degree from the University at Albany (N.Y.), has studied for his MBA at the University of Southern California, and has completed the Advanced Investor Relations Program at the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a contributing author of the book, “The New Investor Relations: Expert Perspectives on the State of the Art,” published by Bloomberg Press. He has also published numerous magazine articles on investor relations and corporate communications.