HONG KONG: Elite IR, a firm specializing in IR for Asian companies listed in the US, has opened its doors. Elite IR is headed by Nancy Chen, based in Hong Kong, and Leslie Richardson and John Marco based in Los Angeles. Previously, Elite was part of a joint venture with Coffin Communication Group (CCG), under the name CCG Elite. That partnership has since been dissolved. This is Elite IR’s first US office; another office in Shanghai is planned. Both Richardson and Marco join Chen from CCG Elite. The firm has already signed its first client: China Ritar Power, manufacturer of lead-acid batteries.