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Carson Hughes


Mr. Hughes is a consultant in L&A’s Houston office. He joined the firm in 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Millsaps College. Mr. Hughes performs market analysis and benchmarking studies in support of executive compensation, board of director compensation, and key employee compensation program reviews. He is also a member of WorldatWork.

Executive Summary

Mr. Hughes provides analytic consulting for executive, board of director and key employee compensation in both public and privately held companies across various industries.

Executive Compensation Consulting Experience

  • Conducts analyses on competitive executive compensation programs, including base salary, annual incentives, and long-term incentives.
  • Conducts analyses on competitive board of director compensation programs.
  • Designs, conducts and manages compensation surveys.
  • Conducts analyses on competitive all employee compensation programs and designs intuitive templates for client use.


  • Texas Monthly Magazine, Best Companies to Work for in Texas, 2011 – 2019, ranked in the top 3 for 2011 – 2014
  • Houston’s Best & Brightest Companies to Work For 2014 and 2019
  • Houston Business Journal, Fast 100 List, 2018
  • Consulting Magazine, Fastest Growing Firms, 2017 and 2018
  • 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


Bachelor of Science, Economics – Millsaps College
Associate of Applied Science, Pre-Engineering – Itawamba Community College


Consultant, Longnecker & Associates

Equity Analyst, Hardwood Hollow
Marketing and Finance, Magnolia Federal Credit Union

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Hughes is a member of WorldatWork.

All Posts By Carson Hughes

Compensation Strategies & Emerging Trends for 2022

Companies preparing compensation strategies for 2022 can expect similar conditions to what we have seen in 2021. The ever-changing environment along with sporadic regulatory requirements from COVID protocols are forcing companies to be more adaptable. Believing the US economy and workforce will retreat to their pre-pandemic form is unreasonable. Therefore, companies must continue to adapt, taking lessons learned from 2021....

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Executive Perks Today

Executive compensation in the eyes of shareholders and outside observers is a complex, intriguing subject matter that always has people talking. As for public company executives, with their compensation required to be disclosed, the discussion around how much the company leaders are being compensated always appears as a topic of interest. Looking closer at the details surrounding executive pay, in...

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Industry Consolidation and Its Effects on Compensation

The corporate structure over the past 30 years has been predicated mainly around the regulations necessitated by actions taken by corporations that have ultimately resulted in negative consequences. A constant balancing act of an open-market economy vs. necessary regulation has seen corporations combat the forces of what they can and cannot do. Now, as we endure yet another macro-economic financial...

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Salary Reductions and Their Unintended Consequences

In times of crisis, companies are desperate to reduce expenses As the weeks go by, the effects of COVID-19 have entered nearly all aspects of life and business. The month of February marked the first death from the virus on American soil which soon began the series of events that led the country to shut down as a whole. As...

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L&A Original Article: A Proxy Statement is Not a Bank Statement

If you do an internet search for “CEO pay”, you get 807 million hits, and most of those are “hits” on CEO pay. Some are warranted, and many are not.   Nowhere is this truer than CEO pay in the energy business in 2019.  Many investors rotated out of public energy investments over the past several years, in spite of...

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