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Matt Hayden

Matthew Hayden
Chairman - MZ North America

Matt was a licensed broker out of college for 2 years and then founded Hayden Communications in 1996, an investor relations firm exclusively focused on servicing small-cap companies. He has experience in all facets of the business and has represented over 200 public companies, which have collectively raised over $10 billion in the equity markets. Matt works extensively on comprehensive IR strategy, key messaging and corporate communications, and has scheduled thousands of investor meetings for clients through roadshows, conference calls and conference participation.

The firm he and Ted Haberfield built is supported by a group of dedicated professionals with extensive public market experience who take a team approach to deliver timely exposure and unparalleled customer service. A merger in 2011 created the North America services division of MZ Group, the largest independent investor relations firm in the world. Today, this division represents approximately 30 public and private companies.

Matt is an active investor through his family office "Sea Purity Investments" which employs a multi-strategy approach. He invests in numerous public and private companies each year with an emphasis on management teams with integrity, subject matter expertise, skin in the game and the ability to execute consistently against a timeline, He tends to take a longer term perspective and 30% of the portfolio includes socially responsive opportunities. This level of engagement has fostered a deep contact base of respected equity players. In addition, given Matt’s experience and relationships in the financial sector he tends to be strategic, or value-added for many of the portfolio positions.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned "a summa cum laude designation" and learned southern hospitality, but never forgets his childhood roots in Annapolis, MD. Matt views every day as an opportunity to learn something new and constantly improve his investment acumen. Matt is married to Julie with a daughter Gianna and son Christian. They enjoy traveling, the beach, surfing, snowboarding and just about anything outdoors. The family contributes to multiple non-profit and charitable organizations each year.

Contact Information  Phone: +1-949-259-4986     Email: 

Ted J. Haberfield
President - MZ North America

Ted Haberfield provides strategic management consulting to public companies through integrated investor relations by combining finance, marketing, and compliance. Prior to joining MZ in 2007, Ted spent over thirteen years as a financial advisor serving the investment needs of high-net-worth individuals and institutional investors, including non-profit organizations and sovereign governments. He served as Second Vice President of Wealth Management at Smith Barney and as Second Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Ted has been a speaker on financial related topics at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), First Nation’s Development Institute, Guatemala Prospera and other national level associations. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo in 1993 with a B.A. in Business and major in Financial Management. He currently resides in San Diego with his wife Danielle and his four children Layla, London, Van, Curren.

Contact Information  Phone: +1-760-755-2716    Email: 

Christopher Tyson
Managing Director - MZ North America

Christopher Tyson’s experience in the small and micro-cap space spans over 15 years. Prior to joining MZ, Chris spent five years specializing in financial and investment analysis, corporate messaging and institutional outreach for Liolios Group. He was also responsible for developing relationships with both public and private companies within multiple sectors including technology, consumer and business services, among others. Before joining Liolios Group in 2010, Chris served as senior vice president, head of corporate access and institutional equity sales for Miller Tabak's west coast region. Previously, Chris was an institutional sales trader at Merriman Capital and ROTH Capital Partners. Chris received a Bachelor of Science from The Smeal College of Business Administration at Penn State University. Chris currently resides in Laguna Beach with his wife and two boys.

Contact Information  Phone: +1-949-491-8235    Email: 

Greg Falesnik
Managing Director - MZ North America

Greg Falesnik oversees many aspects of the firm’s investor relations activities and plays an integral role in MZ’s consulting process; including institutional outreach, corporate communications and investment analysis. Throughout his career, has worked with dozens of senior management teams to build comprehensive and effective IR campaigns. His diverse investor relations experience spans across several industries, including disruptive technology, clean tech, financial tech, business services and consumer related companies, among others. Prior to joining MZ, he served in a senior role with Liolios Group, a small-cap focused investor relations firm based in Newport Beach, CA. Greg holds a B.B.A. degree in Finance and a Certificate in Investment Management (IMCP) from the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In his free time, Greg enjoys playing sports and is an avid outdoorsman.

Contact Information  Phone: +1-949-385-6449    Email: 

Derek Gradwell
Senior Vice President, Natural Resources - MZ North America

Derek Gradwell joined MZ Group in 2011 to head up the North American Natural Resources & Environmental Services practice including traditional energy, new energy, metals & mining, and environmental servicesincluding waste management. He has been actively involved in the natural resources industry for over 21 years, primarily focused on investment opportunities in North America with extensive experience in investor relations and corporate communications. He has worked with numerous companies in the oil and gas and metals and mining sectors gaining exposure to most global geological plays. His focus has been to aid smaller companies through acquisitions and development, advising on best communication practices and assisting with the public brand, relaying all aspects of development to an investor base. Derek resides in Austin, TX with his wife and three children. He is active in his local community coaching youth sports, serving on the staff of his church and on the board of Drive for Water, a charity which funds wells and water purification systems as well as health and hygiene training to third world communities around the globe.

Contact Information  Phone: +1-512-270-6990    Email: 


Mike Cole
Vice President – MZ North America

Mike Cole brings over twenty years of financial markets experience to MZ Group.  After starting on the NASDAQ trading desk for a division of what became PENSON Financial Services in the early 90's, Mike eventually gravitated toward the Investment Banking and Strategic Advisory side of the business assisting early stage companies with all facets of public market existence, and often securing very early stage capital.  In the late 90's, Mike went to work for International Fibercom, a 100MM market cap company traded on NASDAQ, as the Internal Director of Investor Relations.  During his tenure, he assisted the company in significantly increasing institutional ownership and obtaining their first significant analyst coverage.  After, he spent several years at Source Capital Group, a boutique Investment Bank in Scottsdale, AZ, where he acted as the lead banker on dozens of micro-cap financings, block trades and advisory agreements.  Over the recent past, he has worked in both an Investor Relations and Banking capacity for a number of emerging public companies.  Mike holds a BA in Finance from Arizona State University and in his free time enjoys coaching a number of youth sports within his local community.

Contact Information  Phone: +1-949-259-4988    Email: 


Gregg Davis
Vice President – MZ North America

Gregg Davis joined MZ in the summer of 2014 as a Vice President. Gregg helps support the MZ team in daily operations and assists with facilitating client roadshows across the United States. Previously, Gregg worked at Genesis Select, a boutique investor relations firm in Boulder, CO where he specialized in micro-cap companies across several sectors. Gregg graduated with a B.A in Finance from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf any chance he gets.

Contact Information  Phone: +1-949-298-4320    Email: 


Luke Zimmerman
Investor Relations Associate – MZ North America

Luke Zimmerman provides support to the Managing Directors in all aspects of MZ’s consulting process. Luke is involved in several aspects of the investor relations function, ranging from shareholder communications and professional investment community outreach to the organization of non-deal roadshows. Previously, Luke has worked as an intern at UBS, the Indiana Public Retirement System and Atlas Consulting. Luke graduated with a BS in Finance from the Lacy School of Business at Butler University in Indianapolis. In his free time, he enjoys playing Lacrosse. 

Contact Information  Phone: +1-949-259-4987  Email: 


Debra Juhl
Director of Operations - MZ North America

Debra Juhl joined MZ in 2010 to support the team in all aspects of company operations and administration. With over 20 years of experience in bank broker dealer and investment advisory services, as well as time with multiple start-ups, Debra brings a sophisticated understanding of finance and strong set of infrastructure coordination and management skills to MZ. At the forefront of changing regulations allowing banks to participate in securities activities, Debra has extensive experience managing organizations in high growth environments as wells as rapid expansion brought on by mergers and acquisitions. Debra has held the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of broker dealer subsidiaries for several regional bank holding companies and third party marketing firms. She also has held Securities Licenses 7, 24, 27, and 53.

Contact Information  Phone: +1-949-259-4993     Email:


Pam Smith
Senior Accounting Manager – MZ North America

Pam Smith, Senior Accounting Manager, has a degree in accounting and brings with her over 15 years of professional   accounting experience. Prior to joining MZ, Pam spent several years working as an Accountant for the Palomar College Foundation in San Marcos, California, where in addition to her accounting duties, she also assisted with fund raising operations, event coordination,  and management of Scholarship Awards.  Later she went on to become an entrepreneur with her own financial and tax service business where she managed the financial operations of several small to midsize companies. 

Contact Information  Phone: +1-760-230-4421     Email: