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Kevin Kuschel

Chief Operating Officer
CECP, CCP, CCC

Kevin Kuschel joined the Longnecker & Associates team in 2009 and is currently the COO in the firm’s Houston office. Mr. Kuschel is a Certified Compensation Professional and Compensation Committee Certified. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston. Prior to joining Longnecker & Associates, he spent five years with Sysco Corporation in the human resources and HRIS departments. Mr. Kuschel is a member of Houston Compensation and Benefits Association and WorldatWork.

Executive Summary

Mr. Kuschel specializes in the analysis and design of executive and director compensation programs in both the public and private sector. In addition, Kevin has experience in corporate human resources, with a specific emphasis on HRIS and financial metrics analysis. He has consulted with clients across a wide range of industries, varying in revenue size from less than $1 million to $100 billion. Mr. Kuschel has authored and edited articles related to executive compensation and served as a co-contributor to many of L&A’s recent publications.

Executive Compensation Consulting Experience

  • Reviewed, analyzed, and designed competitive executive compensation programs including base salary, annual incentives, and long-term incentives.
  • Reviewed, analyzed and designed competitive board of director compensation programs.
  • Conducted reviews on Annual Incentive programs and designed competitive bonus structures in public and private companies.
  • Conducted reviews on Long-Term Incentive plans and designed competitive programs for public and private companies including stock options, restricted stock, performance shares and phantom stock.
  • Designed compensation programs for companies involved in turnaround situations, initial public offerings (IPO) and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Designed international executive total direct compensation packages.
  • Analyzed and reviewed executive employment contract provisions.
  • Provided consulting services for cases of under-compensation.
  • Modeled stock option awards through Black-Scholes and targeted gain approaches, including the valuation and strategies surrounding underwater options.
  • Provided analysis for litigation support engagements related to reasonable compensation, bankruptcy, employment contracts, shareholder oppression, and wrongful death.
  • Conducted job evaluation, job analysis and job classification studies for clients in various industries.
  • Reviewed and designed salary structures.

Awards

  • Houston Business Journal, Fast 100 List, 2018
  • Consulting Magazine, Rising Stars of the Profession – 35 under 35, 2018
  • Texas Monthly Magazine, Best Companies to Work for in Texas, 2011 – 2018, ranked in the top 3 for 2011 – 2014
  • Consulting Magazine, Fastest Growing Firms, 2017
  • Houston Business Journal, Best Places to Work, 2010 – 2012 and 2017, ranked in the top 10 the first three years
  • Forbes, America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, 2016

Education

Bachelor of Science – University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Employment

Present
Chief Operating Officer, Longnecker & Associates

Past
Managing Partner, Longnecker & Associates
Director, Longnecker & Associates
Senior Consultant, Longnecker & Associates
Consultant, Longnecker & Associates
HRIS Analyst, Sysco Corporation
Payroll Coordinator, Sysco Corporation

Registered Trademarks Compensation/Business Processes Obtained

Weapons of Mass Excess™/WME™
Longnecker™
Longnecker & Associates™
L-Blast™

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Kuschel is a member of WorldatWork (formerly American Compensation Association) and Houston Compensation and Benefits Association

Certifications and Licenses

Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP) – WorldatWork
Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) – WorldatWork
Compensation Committee Certified (CCC) – Economic Research Institute

Publications – Books

The Power of Restricted Stock: The Definitive Guide to a Resurging Long-Term Incentive FASB & AJCA Update Edition, WorldatWork 2006. As a co-contributor, Mr. Kuschel
assisted in the research, writing, and reviewing of this publication.

Publications – Articles Featured

“Job openings reflect growing confidence in midstream industry”, by Nischinta Amarnath, S&P Global Market Intelligence, June 29, 2016.

“Survey Reveals Midstream Companies Focusing on Retention Efforts”, by Valerie Jones, Rigzone, July 21, 2016.

“Midstream: A Silver Lining in Oil, Gas Downturn?”, by Valerie Jones, Rigzone, March 29,2016.

“Setting Your Compensation Committee Calendar”, by Ralph Ward, Boardroom Insider, December 2015.

“American Airlines CEO Gives Up Cash in Shift to Stock Only”, by Mary Schlangenstein and Thomas Black, Bloomberg.com, April 22, 2015.

“What to look for in J.C. Penney’s filing to shareholders next week”, by Maria Halkias, Dallas News.com, March 21, 2013.

“Why Natural Gas Companies are at Risk of Failing SOP”, by Howard Risher, Compensation & Benefits Review, July 1, 2012.

“Say on Pay: Natural Gas Faces an Uphill Battle”, by Aparna Prusty, Sage Publications, May/June 2012 vol. 44.

“Young Consultants: How to Work with the Generation Gap”, by Collin Eaton, Houston Business Journal, May 15, 2012.

All Posts By Kevin Kuschel

L&A Original Article: The Full Picture with Gender Pay Equity

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Is gender pay equity gap as big of an issue in 2018 as it has been in previous years? We are all told that gender pay equity is measured on the same scale, but in reality the gap virtually disappears when analyzing the same level, company, and function. Most articles cite “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap” graph...

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L&A Original Article: Compensation Landmines & Key Issues

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“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity”. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Executive compensation practice and application is continually developing based on proxy advisory firm influence and institutional shareholder desire. Listing standards related to independence requirements for compensation committee members...

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Original L&A ARTICLE: An Interview with our CEO

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Below is an excerpt from our latest monthly newsletter, the L-Blast. Please subscribe via our website. In a recent National Association of Corporate Directors panel, Longnecker & Associates’ CEO, Brent Longnecker, was asked a series of questions related to current hot button compensation topics. Through his extensive work as both a consultant, executive and director, his insights into these various...

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