About Us

BCR is a consulting firm with expertise in all areas of Investor Relations. Awareness is the first step in a continuous relationship with the financial community, a relationship that bears fruit in the form of greater access to capital, greater share liquidity and achieving fair market valuation. BCR Consulting will create a comprehensive and timely communications program that is essential to achieving these goals. Based on our working knowledge and expertise in partnering with micro-cap and small-cap companies, we have created a program focused on tangible results leveraging traditional and new communications strategies.

In cooperation with management, BCR Consulting will develop a comprehensive investor relations program that will greatly improve the public image by clearly articulating our client’s key investment attributes, strategic direction and financial expectations. We act as a premier informational resource for institutional investors, brokers and analysts which enable us to help diversify our clients’ shareholder base. We will seamlessly bridge the gap between existing and prospective investors and public company management by building trust and transparency between our clients and the capital markets.

We seek companies that have compelling stories to convey to the investment community and are led by strong management teams. Our firm has an Investment Executive team that has served the micro cap/ small-cap markets for a combined 40+ years. Our team brings a unique skill set and experience in understanding what and why investors are attracted to new investment opportunities. They have had extensive experience as retail and institutional investors themselves, in capacities as institutional equity sales, portfolio managers, and “buy-side” equity analysts. This background and firsthand experience makes us uniquely qualified to help companies gain the attention of the investment community. We know what these investors look for and what gets them interested in companies, having been on both sides of the capital markets (the sell-side and the buy-side), thus allowing us to quickly identify where to start with directing and exposing a company to the capital markets in order to attain the highest and most appropriate valuation.

Our mission is to unlock the inherent value of our client companies.

Our Team

Stephen M. Riccio, CFA

President and Founder

Over the last 30 years, Mr. Riccio has specialized in small and mid-cap companies as both an analyst and portfolio manager. Prior to forming BCR Consulting, Mr. Riccio formed Buyside Custom Research in May 2004. He led a team at Buyside that provided domestic and international institutional “buy side” investors “outsourced equity analyst” services. Those services include sector and industry analysis; detailed quantitative and qualitative individual company analysis; financial and valuation modeling; and buy/sell recommendations. At Buyside, Mr. Riccio developed a deep and broad understanding of what kind of equities were both attractive and interesting to professional investors. Prior to forming Buyside, Mr. Riccio spent four years as Senior Portfolio Manager of both the small cap core and small cap value products at Bear Stearns Asset Management. At their peak, the products had over $350 million in assets under management. In addition to portfolio management duties, Mr. Riccio was also responsible for industry and company research in the small cap area. Prior to joining Bear Stearns Asset Management, Mr. Riccio spent five and a half years at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi Trust. At the bank, Mr. Riccio was the sole portfolio manager for the Highmark Emerging Growth Fund since June of 1998. Before that he was co-portfolio manager and senior equity analyst for the fund since 1994. Prior to joining the bank, he was an analyst at Rochdale Investment Management and New York Life Insurance Co. He earned both his B.S. and M.B.A. at Syracuse University and completed post-graduate work at the New York Institute of Finance. In addition, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of The New York Society of Security Analysts, as well as a member of the CFA Institute.


Lori D. Bollinger

Director of Investor Relations and Communications

Over the last 20+ years, Ms. Bollinger worked in institutional equity sales at both Bankers Trust and Raymond James. During her time at these companies, Lori provided research recommendations and advice to some of the largest, well known financial institutions such as hedge funds, mutual funds and banks. Her sales force responsibilities included the delivery of crucial investment information pertaining to a focused universe of companies under research coverage and new equity offerings. Her goal was to become an extension of the client’s business, serving their needs through the institutional platform with a dedication to both value and service. In 2007, Ms. Bollinger joined Buyside Custom Research that provided domestic and international institutional “buy side” investors “outsourced equity analyst” services. At Buyside, Ms. Bollinger was responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, business development and revenue growth. This experience, coupled with her sell-side experience, continued to develop her keen understanding of what kind of equities were both attractive and interesting to professional investors. She earned a B.S. in Economics at West Chester University where she also played tennis.


Mitch Ackles

Media Specialist

With over 20 years experience, Mitch has a track record for excellence. He has executed campaigns for hedge funds, political and economic leaders, service providers, luminaries, conferences, charitable organizations and local, national and global hedge fund groups. Previously, Mitch was marketing director for vFinance, VP of hedge fund capital introduction for Global Partners Group and worldwide marketing manager for Dow Jones TradeStation. Mitch holds a B.A. in PR and communications, is fluent in English and Spanish, and manages reputations for some of the brightest minds and brands in the hedge fund industry. When raising visibility, his efforts have resulted in thousands of successes, including product and company awards, news articles, cover stories, speaking engagements, broadcast interviews, events, alliances, and product placements on TV and in books, blogs and movies. His contact network is coveted, and includes virtually every editor, reporter, producer, blogger, lawmaker and influencer that has used the term hedge fund. In times when a low profile is preferred, Mitch has insulated clients from press, influenced search engines, and provided guidance on communicating with media, investors, employees and counterparties.