Twenty-three public companies and John Silvia, chief economist at Wachovia, will be talking business and investing at the NCINVEST 2004 investors conference.

The event, which is designed to promote North Carolina firms, is put on by the Triangle chapters of the National Investors Relation Institute and the Association for Corporate Growth, will be Feb. 26 at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

The 2003 conference drew more than 250 people, including investors representing more than 150 firms.

“Last years inaugural of the NCINVEST Conference was a tremendous success,” said Fran Barsky, president of NIRI’s Triangle Chapter, in a statement. “We believe that this years NCINVEST2004 will provide another excellent opportunity for North Carolina’s public companies to meet with leading institutional investors.” The first conference received two awards from the national NIRI group.

Patti Gillenwater, president of ACG’s Research Triangle chapter, added: “We have received increasing interest and support for this event from the community – from generous sponsors to interested investors to enthusiastic presenting companies. We are very proud to offer the second annual NCINVEST conference and hope to add participation from even more North Carolina-based public companies and sponsors in 2005.”

Presenting companies include:

  • Blue Rhino
  • Charles & Colvard
  • Closure Medical
  • CommScope
  • Cree
  • Duke Energy
  • Embrex
  • Enpro Industries
  • Highwoods Properties
  • Inspire Pharmaceuticals
  • Martin Marietta Materials
  • Paradigm Genetics
  • Piedmont Natural Gas
  • Pozen Pharmaceuticals
  • PPD
  • Red Hat
  • Salix Pharmaceuticals
  • SciQuest
  • Spectrasite
  • Standard Commercial
  • Trimeris
  • TriPath Imaging
  • US LEC
  • Silvia will deliver the keynote speech. Silvia is former chief economist at Kemper Funds and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments and also held economic-related posts at Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Attendance at NCINVEST2004 is by invitation only and is limited to professional money managers, analysts, brokers, media and members of the Triangle chapters of ACG and NIRI.

    Conference information: www.ncinvest.org

    About NIRI: www.niritriangle.org

    About ACG: www.acrg.org/rtp