April 2017 L-BLAST: Compensation Media Bias | How Public Outrage Affects CEO Pay | The “Buy Side” View on CEO Pay

Dear All, We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter with family and friends. It is hard to believe we will be in May next week and proxy season will almost be over. We have some great reads for you this month that we hope you will enjoy. The first article is an L&A original regarding… Read more »


For Unprecedented 7th Year in a Row, L&A Named One of the Best Companies to Work For in Texas

For an unprecedented seventh year in a row, Longnecker & Associates was named one of the 2017 Best Companies to Work for in Texas. Out of the 100 companies given this distinction, L&A landed in the top 10 this year. Established in 2006, this awards program is a project of Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of… Read more »


U.S. Board Practices

Harvard Law’s Board Practices Study focuses on traditional board issues and also those which have recently heightened shareholder interest in the boardroom. Governance continues to evolve, but investor focus has been placed on the role of the board as the company’s shareholders’ representative, and how the board’s practices should promote this responsibility. Read more here.


Return on Capital Grows in Popularity in LTI Plans

We came across a recent report that we thought would be interesting to our readers. With the debate growing on whether or not TSR measures are the best approach for performance-based long-term incentives, this study highlights and discusses some other metric alternatives and their real-time market practice. Check out Return on Capital Grows in Popularity in LTI… Read more »


Bonus Targets Can Be Real Easy for Bosses in a Volatile Industry

Our Chairman & CEO, Brent Longnecker, was recently quoted in this article, Bonus Targets Can Be Real Easy for Bosses in a Volatile Industry, that uses the example of US Steel’s bonus payouts to discuss easy compensation targets that are set for executives – a long-time complaint of shareholders. The economy is constantly changing, so it… Read more »


The Role of Executive Pay in Promoting Responsible Business

While pay isn’t the only way to attract, retain, and motivate employees, the demand for transparency from shareholders and increased regulations have put executive pay under more scrutiny than ever before. This article reinforces that properly designed pay packages are critical, discusses rising compensation trends and current proposals for reform, and gives us a quick… Read more »


Four Houston Oil Companies Lifted CEO Pay in 2016

Longnecker & Associates’ President, Chris Crawford, was quoted in the Houston Chronicle’s recent article entitled, Four Houston Oil Companies Lifed CEO Pay in 2016. He states, “2017 Proxy statements are being filed, disclosing executive compensation for the last year. Trends are emerging that it was a good year for energy companies bouncing back, and pay… Read more »


How to Better Communicate Peer Group Selection & Board Composition

With the 2017 proxy season upon us, this article from Boardroom Resources discusses best practices for communicating two critical components within the CD&A: peer group selection and board composition. While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach for either disclosure, this article presents some relevant alternatives for company leaders to consider.  We believe it is important that boards… Read more »


PRESS RELEASE: L&A Appoints a New Director for Denver

Longnecker & Associates Appoints a New Director for Denver Consulting Firm Enhances Its Team March 29, 2017 Longnecker & Associates, a strategic compensation and corporate governance consulting firm based in Houston, announced exciting internal growth. Todd Henke recently rejoined as a director for their new Denver office, set to open next month, with Ian Keas… Read more »


March 2017 L-BLAST: Our Top 10 Compensation Articles | 2017 Industry Compensation Surveys

Dear All, Spring has started and so has the heat here in Houston. Before we know it, summertime will be upon us and kids will be out of school. It’s amazing how fast 2017 is flying by! This month we have a special L&A piece to share with you all that we created featuring our… Read more »