Working With the Media

Insights from a Corporate Practitioner and the Media

This panel discussion consisting of Richard Stubbe, Houston Bureau Chief for Bloomberg News; Brad Olson, National Energy Correspondent with The Wall Street Journal; and Rick Goins, a former corporate media relations director will be moderated by Ray Thompson, Principal at WPNT Communications.

Our luncheon discussion will provide IROs with a deeper understanding of today’s editorial process, and the primary drivers for financial journalists and corporate media relations professionals. We'll explore how IROs can work with the media to convey proper corporate strategy messaging. We'll seek to better understand what reporters are really looking for. We'll also discuss the best strategy dealing with media requests and what has changed in recent years.

Cancellations will be accepted no later than NOON, Friday, April 14. To cancel a reservation, please e-mail Ann Tanabe at or call 713-979-9105. PayPal requires NIRI-Houston to cut manual checks for refunds. NO SHOWS WILL BE BILLED


Where: Masraff's, 1753 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, TX 77056View Map >>


Richard StubbeRichard Stubbe
Houston Bureau Chief
Bloomberg News

Richard Stubbe is the Houston bureau chief and an editor on the Oil Trading Americas team for Bloomberg News, where he has worked since 2008. Before joining Bloomberg, he worked for more than two decades at newspapers large and small, including the Houston Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, he is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

IMG_4094.JPG copy copyBrad Olson
National Energy Correspondent
The Wall Street Journal

Bradley Olson is a national energy correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, covering the world of Big Oil. He has written about the people and trends at the center of the big changes rippling through energy markets, including stories about a so-called “God” trader and a profile of the toll the market crash has taken on wildcatters. Brad has broken numerous stories about energy deals, government investigations and the impact of environmental campaigning on energy companies. Before joining the Journal, he wrote about energy for Bloomberg News and BusinessWeek and covered politics and national security for the Houston Chronicle and Baltimore Sun. A native of Huntsville, Texas, he served as a missionary for two years in Argentina before earning a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rick Goins

Richard B. “Rick” Goins’ career spans the public utility, upstream oil & gas, power generation, gas compression, industrial and semiconductor gases and insurance industries. His has worked in executive communications, labor relations and crisis communications, financial communications and government relations. Rick and his teams have developed communications and marketing strategies and tactics that have positively impacted brand and stock price on numerous occasions. Rick and his wife reside in Cypress, Texas.

Ray ThompsonRay Thompson
Principal Owner
WPNT Communications

Ray Thompson provides individualized communications training and counsel to newsmakers around the world. He has coached political candidates, senior executives, government officials and national journalists. He works with some of the most recognizable business leaders and companies in the world, and has extensive training experience in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

As a spokesman for more than a decade, Ray has been seen on most U.S. networks and in the international media. As a speech coach, he has helped scores of senior leaders advance their personal and organizational interests through successful media encounters, investor presentations, town hall meetings and webcasts.

Ray sharpened his external focus during many years spent interacting with special interest groups, building political coalitions and working with elected officials. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonpartisan organization of 2,400 elected state legislators, and as a Corporate Fellow at the National Governors Association. He served as Director of Issues Management for a Fortune 15 global company, coordinating public policy and advocacy initiatives at the state and federal level.

Ray has helped develop and execute communication strategies in support of mergers and acquisitions, investor road shows, stakeholder engagement, and crisis response. Ray is passionate about helping leaders communicate more effectively with the financial community.  He’s a journalism graduate from Louisiana State University, and has authored articles for The Disaster Recovery Journal and Loss Prevention magazine. He is a member of the World Affairs Council of Houston.

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