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inTEST Corporation (04/30/14) - Compensation Procedures
Management periodically obtains survey data of comparably situated companies from Economic Research Institute (“ERI”) to guide it in its recommendations of compensation decisions. The specific parameters defined for ERI typically are job titles, company revenue size, company SIC code and geographic location. Based upon these inputs, ERI supplies base salaries, incentive and total compensation information for comparable positions. Where comparable positions do not exist, further analysis is necessary to determine appropriate comparable compensation parameters.
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Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (04/30/14) - Setting Executive Officer Compensation
The Compensation Consultant compiled compensation data for the 2013 Peer Group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents. It also compiled published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the Economic Research Institute, Mercer and Towers Watson. The compensation of our executive officers and the Company's total shareholder returns for purposes of determining awards of performance share units was then compared with this 2013 Peer Group and survey data.
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Medifast, Inc. (04/30/14) - Compensation Consultants
The Compensation Committee utilized the following materials, along with other resources and tools, to render compensation decisions for 2013: (i) surveys and reports of executive compensation paid by other public companies with characteristics similar to ours and (ii) professionally published surveys from Towers Watson, WTPF Compensation Survey, Direct Selling Association Management Compensation & Benefits Survey, Economic Research Institute Salary Assessor, and HRA-NCA. These materials and other resources help to provide us with solid benchmarks for each component of our executive compensation package as well as a general understanding of best practices of companies in our industry who are competing for with us for top talent.
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BSB Bancorp, Inc. (04/24/14) - Designing Our Compensation Program
In developing compensation plans for the Named Executive Officers, the Compensation Committee utilized the services of Arthur Warren Associates, an independent compensation advisory firm. During 2013, Arthur Warren Associates assisted the Compensation Committee in the review of base salary and incentive compensation particularly among BSB Bancorp Inc.’s peer group, as determined through industry surveys and published proxy statements. The Compensation Committee also relied on other survey sources including Pearl Meyer & Partners 2013 Massachusetts Bankers Association Banking Compensation Survey, Pearl Meyer & Partners 2013 Northeast Bankers Survey, and ERI Economic Research Institute Survey.
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Resolute Energy Corporation (04/24/14) - Benchmarking and Peer Group Comparison
L&A compiled compensation data for the peer group from the summary compensation tables within proxy statements, as well as narrative disclosures in the CD&A sections. The consultant also provided published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the following surveys: Economic Research Institute, Mercer, Inc. Energy Survey, Kenexa and Towers Watson. For each survey, L&A adjusted the data to appropriately reflect companies of a similar size to the Company.
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Bruker Corporation (04/16/14) - Peer Group Review and Market Data
In establishing and evaluating fiscal 2013 compensation for our executive officers as of January 1, 2013, as well as for executive officers hired in 2013, the Compensation Committee utilized survey market data and peer group analysis provided by QTI... The market data compiled by QTI in 2012 updated the peer group universe and market data compiled by the Company in 2010 and was based on published survey sources, including the Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor, Radford Global Technology and Global Sales Surveys and Towers Watson Data Services Global Remuneration Planning and Data Services Top Management Compensation Survey Reports, as well as recent proxy statements of the Company’s peer group companies.
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SBT Bancorp, Inc. (04/15/14) - Compensation and Other Matters
In 2013, the Compensation and Human Resources Committee instructed Arthur Warren Associates to benchmark the Bank’s executive compensation programs against its peers to ensure that such programs are consistent with prevailing practices in its industry. The peer group consisted of three market surveys (Northeast Bankers Survey, Massachusetts Bankers Association Survey and Economic Research Institute) as well as 12 publicly traded banks within the region having assets ranging between $249 million and $649 million.
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Greatbatch, Inc. (04/14/14) - Competitive Market Review
The 2009 market study, which provided base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation analysis, utilized proxy data of our peer group from 2006 to 2008 and survey data from the following sources:
  • Executive Compensation Assessor, Economic Research Institute, 2012
  • U.S. Executive Survey Report, Mercer HR Consulting, 2012
  • Top Management Compensation, Watson Wyatt Data Services, 2012-2013

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PAR Technology Corporation (04/11/14) - Elements of Executive Compensation
In determining and assessing the appropriateness of the compensation for all executive officers, the Compensation Committee solicits and considers the self-assessment of each executive as to his or her performance against pre-established goals and objectives, as well as the executive’s involvement in the day to day operations of the relevant business unit. In addition, the Compensation Committee also engaged an independent compensation consultant that supplied benchmark data from two third party surveys: the Towers Watson Top Management Compensation Report and the Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor. These third party compensation surveys are utilized by the Compensation Committee to evaluate the compensation levels of chief executive officers at companies of similar size and geographic location within the high technology sector.
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Arris Group, Inc. (04/09/14) - Survey Data
Survey data as reviewed by our third party consultants from various sources also were utilized, including the following:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2014 Executive Compensation Assessor
  • Towers Watson 2013/2014 Top Management Compensation
  • Mercer, Inc 2013 US General Benchmark Survey
  • Kenexa 2014 CompAnalyst
  • World at Work 2013/2014 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey
  • IPAS, Global Technology Survey

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Salisbury Bancorp (04/09/14) - Role of Compensation Consultants
Arthur Warren Associates also assisted the Compensation Committee in the review of equity incentive plan design trends, particularly among Salisbury’s peer group (as identified below), as determined through industry surveys and published proxy statements. The Compensation Committee also relied on other survey sources including Pearl Meyer & Partners 2013 New York Bankers Association Banking Compensation Survey, Pearl Meyer & Partners 2013 Northeast Bankers Survey, and ERI Economic Research Institute Survey.
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United Fire Group, Inc. (04/08/14) - Competitive Market Review
In addition to peer group data, the CRI market study also utilized data from the following five(5) published salary surveys:
  • Benchmark Database Executive; William M. Mercer
  • Comp Analyst; Salary.com/Kenexa for Professionals
  • Executive Assessor; Economic Research Institute (ERI)
  • Kenexa 2014 CompAnalyst
  • Salary Budget Survey; WorldatWork
  • Survey Report on Insurance Industry Management Personnel Compensation; Towers Watson

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Comstock Resources, Inc. (04/04/14) - Benchmarking Compensation
L&A compiled compensation data for the 2013 peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents. Peer benchmarking is only one of many considerations used to determine market compensation. L&A also provided the compensation committee with compensation data from the following published surveys: Economic Research Institute, Mercer, Inc. and Towers Watson. For each survey, L&A adjusted the data to appropriately reflect companies similar in size to us.
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NN, Inc. (04/04/14) - Executive Officer Compensation
The Compensation Committee relies on the Corporate Human Resources Manager and external research to identify the individual companies which make up this group. In identifying the peer group of surveyed companies, the Corporate Human Resource Manager utilizes the Economic Research Institute, an industry and region specific compensation database, to assemble market data on publicly traded companies having similar industrial characteristics and revenues to that of the Company.

Compensation of the Chief Executive Officer
The CEO’s salary is established and adjusted based upon three factors: individual performance, financial performance of the Company, and peer group and total market data established by compensation studies performed by the Corporate Human Resources Manager utilizing external research to identify the individual companies which make up this group. In identifying the peer group of surveyed companies, the Corporate Human Resource Manager utilizes the Economic Research Institute, an industry and region specific compensation database, to assemble market data on publicly traded companies having similar industrial characteristics and revenues to that of the Company.
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CVB Financial Corp. (04/04/14) - The Role of Compensation Consultant
EW Partners developed its analysis utilizing published compensation surveys and proxy statement data, where applicable, for each position being evaluated, including the 2012 California Bankers Association Compensation and Benefits Survey, the 2011 State of California Department of Financial Institutions Annual Executive Officer and Director Compensation Survey, the 2011 Financial Institutions Benchmark Compensation Report produced by Watson Wyatt, and the 2012 Executive Compensation Assessor developed by the Economic Research Institute in Washington.
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Rush Enterprises, Inc. (04/04/14) - Peer Analysis
In addition to the 2013 custom peer group, Longnecker derived the 2013 competitive pay information, in part, from published survey data from the following sources:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2013 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Towers Watson, 2012/2013 Top Management Compensation;
  • Mercer, Inc. 2012 US General Benchmark Survey;
  • Kenexa, 2012 CompAnalyst; and
  • WorldatWork, 2012/2013 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey.

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First Interstate Bancsystem, Inc. (04/03/14) - Role of Compensation Consultants/Peer Group
The Compensation Committee took into consideration data from salary surveys conducted by the American Bankers Association, the Economic Research Institute, Mercer, and Equilar.
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Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (04/02/14) - Setting Executive Compensation
Market compensation comparisons were based primarily on information from the Compensation Peer Group, which was supplemented with information from McLagan’s proprietary financial institution database. Market data was aged by an annualized factor of 3.0% to adjust for the historical nature of the data. In addition, data from McLagan’s database was adjusted utilizing data from the Economic Research Institute to reflect the cost of wages in the Company’s local market.
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Potlatch Corporation (04/01/14) - Competitive Market Assessments
As part of determining compensation levels for named executive officers, the Committee reviews information regarding the median compensation paid by other companies of comparable size both in our industry and generally… In our most recent review, the consultant referenced the Forest Products Industry Compensation Association Survey for industry-specific market data, and surveys from Mercer, Economic Research Institute and Towers Watson for general industry market data representing similarly-sized companies. The surveys used include compensation data from companies within our peer group and other companies outside of our peer group.
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GSE Holding, Inc. (03/31/14) - Determining Executive Compensation
In addition to publicly available proxy statement information for the comparator group companies, Longnecker procured market compensation data from published survey sources utilizing companies that operate in the plastic and rubber manufacturing industry based upon GSE’s size. Those published survey sources included (i) Economic Research Institute, 2012 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor, (ii) Towers Watson, 2011/2012 Top Management Compensation, Compensation Calculator, (iii) Mercer, Inc., 2011 US General Benchmark, and (iv) WorldatWork, 2010/2011 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey.
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Stewart Information Services Corporation (03/31/14) - Benchmarking and Peer Group Comparison
L&A compiled compensation data for the peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents. The consultant also provided published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the following surveys: Economic Research Institute, Mercer, Inc., Kenexa and Towers Watson. For each survey, L&A adjusted the data to appropriately reflect companies of a similar size to the Company.
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Euromax Holdings, Inc. (03/28/14) - Setting Executive Compensation
In 2012, management utilized the Economic Research Institute (ERI) to benchmark the NEOs salary and total cash compensation and to update the market analysis provided by compensation consultants in previous years. The compensation committee may engage a compensation consultant in the future, from time to time, as it determines necessary.
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Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (03/28/14) - Compensation Process
In addition to the peer group data, the Compensation Committee reviews market data from published surveys, which are conducted on a position-by-position basis and encompass a broad sample of companies. The published surveys utilized by the Compensation Committee were the Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Survey and the Radford Biotechnology Executive Compensation Survey.
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U.S. Concrete, Inc. (03/28/14) - Compensation Consultants and Competitive Benchmarking
For 2013, we also subscribed to an on-line compensation service available through the Economic Research Institute (“ERI”). ERI compiles a robust database on job competencies, cost of living increases and executive compensation surveys. These three databases are used to help gauge the competitiveness of our 2013 salaries and executive compensation practices.
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Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. (03/27/14) - Role of the Compensation Consultant
Compensation decisions were guided, in part, by review of the peer group data from LSLLC and in part by reference to industry survey data provided for the Upstream Oil and Natural Gas Support Activities industry, on a nationwide basis by the Economic Research Institute (ERI) as well as additional published data for validation purposes (the peer group and industry survey data collectively referred to herein as the “market data”).
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Overstock.com, Inc. (03/20/14) - Why We Pay these Elements of Compensation; How We Determine the Amounts; and Interrelationships of these Elements
In setting 2013 salaries for the Named Executive Officers, the Compensation Committee reviewed a summary of information showing that none of the Named Executive Officers’ salaries plus anticipated bonuses under the 2012 Bonus Plan was above the median total cash compensation for the reasonably comparable positions as reported by the Economic Research Institute.
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Core Laboratories N.V. (03/19/14) - Benchmarking
The Compensation Committee reviews several sources as a reference for determining competitive total compensation packages. For 2011 and 2012, the Compensation Committee reviewed and considered Frost’s 2010 Oilfield Manufacturing and Services Executive Compensation Survey, Economic Research Institute’s 2010 Executive Compensation Assessor, Towers Watson’s 2010 Top Management Compensation Report and William M. Mercer's 2010 Energy Compensation Report.
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Key Energy Services, Inc. (03/17/14) - The Role of Compensation Consultants
Longnecker also reviewed survey data as a reference point to compare the compensation of our executives to those of a broad range of companies. The following published surveys utilized by Longnecker were:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2013 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Mercer, Inc. 2013 US General Benchmark Survey;
  • Mercer, Inc. 2013 Energy Benchmark Survey;
  • Towers Watson 2013/2014 Top Management Compensation;
  • Kenexa, CompAnalyst;
  • Longnecker & Associates, 2013 Long-Term Incentive Survey; and
  • WorldatWork, 2013/2014 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey.

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Stewart Information Services Corporation (03/12/14) - Benchmarking and Peer Group Comparison
L&A compiled compensation data for the peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents. The consultant also provided published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the following surveys: Economic Research Institute, Mercer, Inc., Kenexa and Towers Watson. For each survey, L&A adjusted the data to appropriately reflect companies of a similar size to the Company.
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Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (03/11/14) - Compensation Process
In addition to the peer group data, the Compensation Committee reviews market data from published surveys, which are conducted on a position-by-position basis and encompass a broad sample of companies. The published surveys utilized by the Compensation Committee were the Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Survey and the Radford Biotechnology Executive Compensation Survey.
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Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (02/24/14) - Market Analysis
Market competitive pay for each NEO was determined by evaluating base salaries and target incentive awards from our peer group when available along with reviewing external third party survey information from Mercer and TowersWatson for energy companies of similar size to us, the TowersWatson Liquid Pipeline Roundtable survey, Economic Research Institute and the Longnecker & Associates LTI Survey.
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Asta Funding, Inc. (01/28/14) - Compensation Discussion & Analysis
Data for the salary surveys were selected based upon one or more of the following criteria: (i) industry group; (ii) geographic location; and (iii) company revenue. In addition, Adams conducted a competitive market analysis of comparable positions, for the named executive officers, by utilizing surveys from Towers Watson, Economic Research Institute, CompData, National Employer Associations of America and Kenexa.
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Arris Group, Inc (04/30/13) - Key Considerations
The Compensation Committee is in the process of considering whether further adjustments for 2013 are warranted in light of the completion of the acquisition and the substantial changes to the responsibilities of the NEOs. Survey data as reviewed by our third party consultants from various sources also were utilized, including the following:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2013 Executive Compensation Assessor Radford 2012 Technology Survey
  • Towers Watson 2012/2013 Top Management Compensation Compensation Calculator
  • Mercer, Inc 2013 US General Benchmark Survey
  • Kenexa 2013 CompAnalyst
  • World at Work 2012/2013 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey

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Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (04/30/13) - Competitive Benchmarking and Peer Group
The Compensation Consultant compiled compensation data for the peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents and also compiled published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the Economic Research Institute, Mercer and Towers Watson. This compensation data was then used to compare the compensation of our named executive officers to our peer group where the peer group had individuals serving in similar positions and to the market.
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Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. (04/30/13) - Role of Compensation
Arthur Warren Associates also assisted the Committee in the review of equity incentive plan design trends, particularly among Salisbury’s peer group, as determined through industry surveys and published proxy statements. The Compensation Committee also relied on other survey sources including Pearl Meyer & Partners 2012 New York Bankers Association Banking Compensation Survey, Pearl Meyers & Partners 2012 Northeast Bankers Survey, and ERI Economic Research Institute Survey.
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inTEST Corporation (04/30/13) - Compensation Procedures
Management periodically obtains survey data of comparably situated companies from Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to guide it in its recommendations of compensation increases. The specific parameters defined for ERI are job description, company revenue size, company SIC code and geographic location. Based upon these inputs, ERI supplies base salaries, incentive and total compensation information for comparable job descriptions. Where comparable job descriptions do not exist, further analysis is necessary to determine appropriate comparable compensation parameters. Thus, because it is our current practice to have both an Executive Chairman and a President and Chief Executive Officer, the starting point for our consideration of the compensation for these two positions is determined by combining the ERI data for the position of "Outside Chairman" and the position of "President and Chief Executive Officer" and adjusting for the additional activities and responsibilities of our Executive Chairman.
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BSB Bancorp, Inc. (04/25/13) - Use of Consultants
The Compensation Committee also used the consultant’s assistance in setting parameters for awards consistent with peer group awards in BSB Bancorp, Inc.’s competitive market place. The Compensation Committee also relied on other survey sources including Pearl Meyer & Partners 2012 Massachusetts Bankers Association Banking Compensation Survey, Pearl Meyer & Partners 2012 Northeast Bankers Survey, and ERI Economic Research Institute Survey.
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Asta Funding, Inc. (04/19/13) - Compensation Discussion & Analysis
Data for the salary surveys were selected based upon one or more of the following criteria: (i) industry group; (ii) geographic location; and (iii) company revenue. In addition, Adams conducted a competitive market analysis of comparable positions by utilizing surveys from Watson Wyatt, Economic Research Institute, CompData, the National Executive Compensation Survey and Salary.com.
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Greatbatch, Inc. (04/18/13) - Competitive Market Review
The 2009 market study, which provided base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation analysis, utilized proxy data of our peer group from 2006 to 2008 and survey data from the following sources:
  • Executive Compensation Assessor, Economic Research Institute, 2009
  • U.S. Executive Survey Report, Mercer HR Consulting, 2008
  • Top Management Compensation, Watson Wyatt Data Services, 2008-2009

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SBT Bancorp, Inc. (04/15/13) - Executive Compensation
The Compensation and Human Resources Committee instructed Arthur Warren Associates to benchmark the Bank's compensation programs against its peers to ensure that such programs are consistent with prevailing practices in its industry. The peer group consisted of three market surveys (Connecticut Bankers Association, Economic Research Institute and Pearl Meyer & Partners) as well as 10 publicly traded banks within the region having assets ranging between $134 million and $559 million. Based on the analysis prepared by Arthur Warren Associates, the Compensation and Human Resources Committee determined that the Bank's compensation programs and levels were generally lower than the compensation programs and levels maintained by the Bank's peers.
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BBCN Bancorp, Inc. (04/12/13) - The Peer Group
EW also analyzed survey data from the 1) 2010 / 2011 Financial Institutions Benchmark Compensation Report (asset size between $2 billion and $9.9 billion), the 2) State of California Department of Financial Institutions' 33rd Annual Executive Officer and Director Compensation Survey, effective June 1, 2010 (asset size over $1 billion), the 3) Executive Assessor developed by the Economic Research Institute, as of April 2011 (financial institutions in California between $3 billion and $5 billion) and 4) the 2010 California Bankers Association Compensation & Benefits Survey (asset size between $1 billion and $20 billion).
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Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (04/11/13) - Competitive Positioning
L&A compiled compensation data for the peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents. L&A also provided published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the following surveys:
  • Economic Research Institute, Mercer Inc., Kenexa, and Towers Watson.

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Mac Gray Corp (Pre 14A Filing) (04/08/13) - Setting Executive Officer Total Compensation
In this regard, the Compensation Committee, with the assistance of CFS, developed an external market model of similarly situated companies from which to develop its executive total compensation comparisons for benchmark executive positions. Market executive total compensation results were also drawn from two nationally recognized executive compensation surveys: Economic Research Institute ("ERI") and Towers Watson's survey of Executive Total Compensation.
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GSE Holding, Inc. (04/05/13) - Determining Executive Compensation
In addition to publicly available proxy statement information for the comparator group companies, Longnecker procured market compensation data from published survey sources utilizing companies that operate in the plastic and rubber manufacturing industry based upon GSE’s size. Those published survey sources included (i) Economic Research Institute, 2012 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor
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Heckmann Corporation (04/05/13) - Role of Management and the Compensation Consultant
In 2012, overall compensation package assessments were conducted with regard to the named executive officers, and decisions were guided, in part by the Economic Research Institute
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Rush Enterprises Inc. (04/04/13) - Peer Analysis
In addition to the 2013 custom peer group, Longnecker derived the 2013 competitive pay information, in part, from published survey data from the following sources:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2013 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Towers Watson, 2012/2013 Top Management Compensation;
  • Mercer, Inc. 2012 US General Benchmark Survey;
  • Kenexa, 2012 CompAnalyst; and
  • WorldatWork, 2012/2013 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey.

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NN, Inc. (04/03/13) - Compensation Discussion and Analysis
The Compensation Committee relies on the Corporate Human Resources Manager and external research to identify the individual companies which make up this group. In identifying the peer group of surveyed companies, the Corporate Human Resource Manager utilizes the Economic Research Institute, an industry and region specific compensation database, to assemble market data on publicly traded companies having similar industrial characteristics and revenues to that of the Company.
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Key Energy Services, Inc. (04/03/13) - The Role of Compensation Consultants
Longnecker also reviewed survey data as a reference point to compare the compensation of our executives to those of a broad range of companies. The following published surveys utilized by Longnecker were:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2012 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Mercer, Inc. 2012 US General Benchmark Survey;
  • Mercer, Inc. 2012 Energy Benchmark Survey;
  • Towers Watson, 2012/2013 Top Management Compensation;
  • Kenexa, 2012 CompAnalyst;
  • Longnecker & Associates, 2011 Long-Term Incentive Survey; and
  • WorldatWork, 2012/2013 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey.

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Comstock Resources, Inc. (04/03/13) - Determining Market Compensation
L&A also provided to the committee published survey compensation data from multiple sources, which makes up 50% of the market weight. L&A utilized the following surveys: Economic Research Institute, Mercer, Inc. and Towers Watson. For each survey, L&A adjusted the data to appropriately reflect companies similar in size to us.
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United Security Bancshares, Inc. (04/03/13) - Compensation Discussion and Analysis
A number of published compensation surveys and databases dedicated to the community banking industry were utilized in the analysis, including those published by the American Bankers Association, CompData, Crowe Horwath, the Delves Group, Economic Research Institute and Kenexa. Compensation data from these surveys focused on comparably-sized community financial institutions based on total assets.
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Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (04/02/13) - Setting Executive Compensation
Market compensation data from the Compensation Peer Group, McLagan’s database, and other surveys were aged by an annualized factor of 3.0% to adjust for the historical nature of the data. In addition, data from McLagan’s database and other surveys were adjusted utilizing data from the Economic Research Institute to reflect the cost of wages in the Company’s local market.
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Columbia Banking System, Inc. (04/01/13) - The Role of Benchmarking
Milliman relied on the following published compensation surveys for competitive market data: 2011 American Banking Association Executive Compensation Survey, 2011 Mercer Executive Compensation Benchmark Data Survey, 2011 Economic Research Institute Top Management Compensation Report, 2011 Towers Watson Long-term Incentive Study, 2011 Towers Watson Top Management Compensation Report, and the 2011 Milliman Northwest Financial Industry Salary Survey.
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Potlatch Corporation (04/01/13) - Competitive Market Assessments
Every two years Deloitte provides the Committee with a market assessment that utilizes blended market data from the most relevant compensation surveys available, including the Forest Products Industry Compensation Association Survey for industry-specific market data, and surveys from Mercer, Economic Research Institute and Towers Watson for general industry market data representing similarly-sized companies.
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CONSOL Energy Inc. (03/29/13) - CONSOL Percentile Rankings Within the Above-Referenced Peer Group
In connection with the preparation of the 2012 compensation program, the compensation consultant benchmarked the proposed compensation packages for the named executives against (i) proxy data available for the peer group, and (ii) published survey data (including the 2011 Mercer US Executive Benchmark Database, the TowersWatson 2010/2011 Top Management Calculator, and the 2011 Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor).
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Euramax Holdings, Inc.(10-K Filing) (03/29/13) - Setting Executive Compensation
The CEO's recommendations regarding the 2012 compensation of the other NEOs was also based, in part, on the reports produced by Pearl Meyers & Partners and the Hay Group. In 2012, management utilized the Economic Research Institute (ERI) to benchmark the NEOs salary and total cash compensation and to update the market analysis previously provided by Pearl Meyers & Partners and the Hay Group.
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CVB Financial Corporation(10-K Filing) (03/28/13) - Role of the Compensation Consultant
EW Partners developed its analysis utilizing published compensation surveys and proxy statement data, where applicable, for the position being evaluated, including the 2012 California Bankers Association Compensation and Benefits Survey, the 2011 State of California Department of Financial Institutions Annual Executive Officer and Director Compensation Survey, the 2011 Financial Institutions Benchmark Compensation Report produced by Watson Wyatt, and the 2012 Executive Compensation Assessor developed by the Economic Research Institute
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Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (03/28/13) - Published Surveys
The Committee reviewed the following surveys in conjunction with the November 2011 Executive Compensation Review, implemented in 2012:
  • Benchmark Database Executive Survey Report, Mercer (2011)
  • CompAnalyst; Salary.com/Kenexa (2011)
  • Executive Assessor; Economic Research Institute (ERI) (2011)
  • National Executive & Senior Management Compensation Survey; Confidential Data Sources (2011)
  • Salary Budget Survey; World@Work (2011-2012)
  • Survey Report on Top Management Compensation; Towers Watson (2010-2011)

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Lufkin Industries, Inc. (03/27/13) - Benchmarking and Peer Group Comparison
L&A compiled compensation data for the peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents. The consultant also provided published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the following surveys: Economic Research Institute, Mercer, Inc., Kenexa and Towers Watson. For each survey, L&A adjusted the data to appropriately reflect companies of a similar size to the Company.
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Heckmann Corporation (Pre 14A Filing) (03/26/13) - Role of the Management and the Compensation Consultant
In 2012, overall compensation package assessments were conducted with regard to the named executive officers, and decisions were guided, in part, by review of the peer group data from Linden Place Financial and in part by reference to industry survey data provided for the Oil and Gas Field Services industry, Nationwide by the Economic Research Institute and additional survey data for validation purposes from Mercer, LLC in 2011 (the peer group and industry survey data collectively referred to herein as the “market data”).
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Westmoreland Coal Company (03/26/13) - Peer Comparisons and Survey Data
In 2012, we used Economic Research Institute and CompAnalyst market data as additional comparison points. Total market data was compared with individual pay for each position, and “compra-ratios” were determined.
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Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (10-K Filing) (03/25/13) - Compensation Philosophy and Objectives
For 2012, the Committee and Board of Directors defined the competitive market for our executives (other than Mr. Smith) as the other 11 Federal Home Loan Banks (each individually a “FHLBank” and collectively with us, the “FHLBanks” and, together with the Office of Finance, a joint office of the FHLBanks, the “FHLBank System”) and non-depository financial services institutions with approximately $20 billion in assets as represented by broadbased survey data provided by the Economic Research Institute ("ERI").
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Overstock.com, Inc. (03/20/13) - Compensation Objectives
In early 2012 the Compensation Committee reviewed cash compensation data from the Economic Research Institute database and from Strategic Compensation Planning, Inc., a compensation consultant, and cash compensation practices at each of Energy Solutions, Headwaters, Inc., NuSkin Enterprises and USANA Health Sciences, each of which is a publicly-traded company based in Utah with revenues ranging from approximately $500 million to $1.8 billion (the "Utah Companies").
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Core Laboratories N.V. (Pre 14A Filing) (03/08/13) - Benchmarking
For 2011 and 2012, the Compensation Committee reviewed and considered Frost's 2010 Oilfield Manufacturing and Services Executive Compensation Survey, Economic Research Institute's 2010 Executive Compensation Assessor, Towers Watson's 2010 Top Management Compensation Report and William M. Mercer's 2010 Energy Compensation Report. For 2013, the Compensation Committee reviewed and considered Frost's evaluation and analysis of the following sources: Mercer Energy Sector Survey Report 2012, Towers Watson Top Management Compensation Survey 2012, and Frost HR Consulting Oilfield Manufacturing and Services Industry Executive Compensation Survey 2012.
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Titan Machinery, Inc. (05/01/12) - In order to receive the severance and continued benefits, each officer would be required to sign a release of claims against us, fulfill his non-competition obligations, cooperate with transitioning his duties and execute a non-disparagement agreement with us. We arrived at these terms based on the advice and experience of our advisors and directors, including their knowledge of practices and agreements at public companies. However, with respect to the amounts of compensation payable under these agreements, we considered the Economic Research Institute report, which does not identify the companies utilized in the assessment.
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Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (04/30/12) - Competitive Benchmarking and Peer Group
The Compensation Consultant compiled compensation data for the peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents and also compiled published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the Economic Research Institute, Mercer and Towers Watson. This compensation data was then used to compare the compensation of our named executive officers to our peer group where the peer group had individuals serving in similar positions and to the market.
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Chindex International, Inc. (04/30/12) - Setting Executive Compensation
In December 2010, in connection with its consideration of salary increases for the named executive officers for 2011, the Committee reviewed survey data prepared by ERI Economic Research Institute ("ERI"), a nationally-recognized compensation data service. The data provided information about cash compensation levels of specified officer positions at comparable size companies in the Company's industries. The information was provided on an aggregate basis for companies within these industries, without referring to individual companies.
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Geokinetics Inc. (10-k/Annual Report) (04/30/12) - Use of Market Data
For each named executive officer, we typically review the relevant position and the salary data from major sources, including from time to time: (i) a national energy industry survey which includes exploration and production companies, oil field service companies, and seismic companies; (ii) a confidential seismic industry compensation survey conducted through an industry liaison group in which the Company has participated; and (iii) publicly available reports, including from the Economic Research Institute to supplement Geokinetics' compensation data. This data is then reviewed by job title, and salary ranges are established for each position. Each named executive officer's years of service, years of relevant experience and time in position are evaluated in comparison to the external ranges to establish the appropriate salary level in comparison to the external data.
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inTEST Corporation (04/30/12) - Compensation Procedures
Management periodically obtains survey data of comparably situated companies from Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to guide it in its recommendations of compensation increases. The specific parameters defined for ERI are job description, company revenue size, company SIC code and geographic location. Based upon these inputs, ERI supplies base salaries, incentive and total compensation information for comparable job descriptions. Where comparable job descriptions do not exist, further analysis is necessary to determine appropriate comparable compensation parameters. Thus, because it is our current practice to have both an Executive Chairman and a President and Chief Executive Officer, the starting point for our consideration of the compensation for these two positions is determined by combining the ERI data for the position of "Outside Chairman" and the position of "President and Chief Executive Officer" and adjusting for the additional activities and responsibilities of our Executive Chairman.
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Balchem Corporation (04/27/12) - Stone Partners also compiled relevant compensation data from the following sources to augment the data from the "peer group:" the Economic Research Institute; Mercer Executive Compensation Surveys and Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Surveys.

The Company believes that this "peer group" together with the compensation data from the additional sources referenced above is representative for executive compensation benchmarking purposes.
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Knology, Inc. (10-k/Annual Report) (04/27/12) - Role of the Compensation and Stock Option Committee
...The Compensation and Stock Option Committee does, however, review compensation for our executive officers annually considering current compensation trends, economic conditions, the performance of the business and relevant compensation survey data. Compensation data from the Croner Company Cable and Satellite MSO Compensation Survey and the Economic Research Institute were considered in this review. This data was used to obtain a general understanding of current compensation practices and to confirm that our current compensation program and policies are competitive within the market and within our industry.
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Masimo Corporation (04/27/12) - Compensation Discussion and Analysis
In addition, our Compensation Committee considered market data from the Economic Research Institute, the Employers Group, which provides data regarding California payroll practices.
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Satcon Technology Corporation (04/27/12) - Compensation Benchmarking
Management collects, analyzes and presents publicly available compensation data and subscription compensation survey data. Specific surveys utilized are those produced by The Survey Group and the Economic Research Institute, which provide baseline data on eastern Massachusetts, San Francisco-Silicon Valley area and national technology-oriented companies, respectively, with revenues of less than $250,000,000. We also benchmark our compensation practices in relation to other comparable companies in the renewable energy market sectors.
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The National Bank of Indianapolis Corporation (04/27/12) - Crowe Horwath LLP used three data points for its review and analysis, which consisted of the following:
  • 2009 Crowe Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (Comprehensive, Midwest, Regional, and State of Indiana);
  • Economic Research Institute (October, 2009); and,
  • Compensation derived from proxy data from a peer group of six publicly traded financial institutions.

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Mac-Gray Corporation (04/26/12) - Setting Executive Officer Total Compensation
...In this regard, the Compensation Committee, with the assistance of CFS, developed an external market model of similarly situated companies from which to develop its executive total compensation comparisons for benchmark executive positions. Market executive total compensation results were also drawn from two nationally recognized executive compensation surveys: Economic Research Institute ("ERI") and Towers Watson's survey of Executive Total Compensation.
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Microvision, Inc. (04/26/12) - Executive Compensation Components
The nationally recognized published surveys utilized were the Aon Executive Compensation Survey, Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Survey, Culpepper Executive Survey, Towers Watson Top Management Compensation Survey and Milliman Executive Compensation Survey.
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Wintrust Financial Corporation (04/24/12) - Peer Group Analysis.
...In evaluating 2011 executive compensation decisions, the Committee reviewed and analyzed data from surveys prepared by Towers Watson, William M. Mercer, Economic Research Institute, and the Delves Group. Deloitte extracts compensation information from these surveys for companies with comparable revenue and operating in similar industries to provide compensation information most accurately reflecting the scope of responsibility for each executive officer.
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Clean Diesel Technologies, Inc. (04/23/12) - The study by LTC contained survey benchmarks and proxy analysis, along with pertinent information about key trends impacting the evolving field of executive compensation from a number of reputable sources, including: Economic Research Institute, Towers Watson, PayScale, Compdata, Cornell University, Executive Compensation Answer Book, The Hay Group, Hewitt Associates and Clark Consulting.
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Greatbatch, Inc. (04/20/12) - Competitive Market Review
The 2009 market study, which provided base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation analysis, utilized proxy data of our peer group from 2006 to 2008 and survey data from the following sources:
Executive Compensation Assessor - Economic Research Institute 2009
U.S. Executive Survey Report - Mercer HR Consulting 2008
Top Management Compensation - Watson Wyatt Data Services 2008-2009
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Hastings Entertainment, Inc. (04/19/12) - Base Salary
...Periodically, the Compensation Committee, with the help of the Company's Human Resources Department, undertakes a market evaluation of the compensation of the Company's executives. The most recent market evaluation was performed during fiscal 2010, with data provided by the Economic Research Institute ("ERI"). On August 1, 2011, the Company changed the base salary for executives with an annual pay raise.
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United Fire Group, Inc. (04/16/12) - In addition to peer group data, the CRI study also utilized data from the following eight published salary surveys:
  • Benchmark Database Executive©; William M. Mercer
  • Executive Assessor©; Economic Research Institute (ERI),
  • Executive Compensation Report - Insurance Industry; Confidential Data Source
  • Executive Compensation Survey; Confidential Data Source
  • Executive Compensation Report; Property Casualty Insurers;(PCI)
  • Salary Budget Survey; WorldatWork
  • Salary Survey©; National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC)
  • Survey Report on Insurance Industry Management Personnel Compensation ©; Watson Wyatt

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SBT Bancorp, Inc. (04/13/12) - Executive Compensation
The Compensation and Human Resources Committee instructed Arthur Warren Associates to benchmark the Bank's compensation programs against its peers to ensure that such programs are consistent with prevailing practices in its industry. The peer group consisted of three market surveys (Connecticut Bankers Association, Economic Research Institute and Pearl Meyer & Partners) as well as 10 publicly traded banks within the region having assets ranging between $134 million and $559 million. Based on the analysis prepared by Arthur Warren Associates, the Compensation and Human Resources Committee determined that the Bank's compensation programs and levels were generally lower than the compensation programs and levels maintained by the Bank's peers.
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BBCN Bancorp, Inc. (04/12/12) - EW also analyzed survey data from the 1) 2010 / 2011 Financial Institutions Benchmark Compensation Report (asset size between $2 billion and $9.9 billion), the 2) State of California Department of Financial Institutions' 33rd Annual Executive Officer and Director Compensation Survey, effective June 1, 2010 (asset size over $1 billion), the 3) Executive Assessor developed by the Economic Research Institute, as of April 2011 (financial institutions in California between $3 billion and $5 billion) and 4) the 2010 California Bankers Association Compensation & Benefits Survey (asset size between $1 billion and $20 billion).
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Key Energy Services, Inc. (04/11/12) - Longnecker also reviewed survey data as a reference point to compare the compensation of our executives to those of a broad range of companies. The following published surveys utilized by Longnecker were:

  • Economic Research Institute, 2012 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Mercer, Inc., 2011 US Executive Compensation Survey;
  • Mercer, Inc. 2011 Energy Compensation Survey;
  • Towers Watson 2011/2012 Top Management Compensation;
  • Towers Watson, 2011 Oilfield Services Compensation Study; and
  • WorldatWork, 2011/2012 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey.

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Juniata Valley Financial Corp (04/10/12) - In addition to the Peer Group, as part of the benchmarking process, a market analysis is performed, using data from four survey sources. Published survey sources used were from Economic Research Institute, CompAnalyst, Towers Watson 2010-2011 Financial Institution Survey and L.R. Webber Associates 2010 Survey.
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Sri/Surgical Express, Inc. (04/06/12) - Setting Compensation
The Compensation Committee annually reviews compensation-related survey data through the Economic Research Institute and other publicly available information for similarly-sized companies operating in the same industries and regions, including local competitors, in determining cash compensation for our executive officers, establishing performance objectives and making its recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding future compensation decisions.

...The 2009 engagement focused on the cash and equity compensation of our directors and executive officers in the form of both short-term and long-term incentives. During 2011, the Compensation Committee utilized the data provided by the Dean Group in conjunction with the data available through the Economic Research Institute as well as other publicly available information to guide executive compensation practices.
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Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (04/05/12) - Published Survey Data
...L&A relied upon published survey information provided by recognized sources including the Economic Research Institute, Watson Wyatt, William Mercer, and World at Work. L&A procured market competitive in 2010 compensation for the respective NEOs from these survey sources based upon banking and financial service companies with comparable asset sizes.
According to information provided to the HR Committee by its independent compensation consultant, the amount of the Company's total compensation paid to its executive officers during 2011 was aligned between the market 50th and 75th percentiles.
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Arris Group Inc. (04/04/12) - Survey Data. Survey data as reviewed by our third party consultants, from various sources also were utilized, including the following:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2012 Executive Compensation Assessor
  • Towers Watson 2011/2012 Top Management Compensation - Compensation Calculator
  • Mercer, Inc 2012 Executive Compensation Survey
  • World at Work 2011/2012 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey

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Rush Enterprises, Inc. (04/04/12) - In addition to the Custom Peer Group, Longnecker derived the competitive pay information from published survey data from the following sources (collectively, the "Industry Survey Data"):

Economic Research Institute, 2011 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
Towers Watson, 2010/2011 Top Management Compensation- Compensation Calculator;
Mercer, Inc. 2010 US Executive Benchmark; and
WorldatWork, 2010/2011 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey.
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Comstock Resources, Inc. (04/03/12) - Determining Market Compensation - Use of Benchmarking
L&A compiled compensation data for the peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents. L&A also provided to the committee published survey compensation data from multiple sources, which makes up 50% of the market weight. L&A utilized the following surveys: Economic Research Institute, Mercer, Inc. and Towers Watson. For each survey, L&A adjusted the data to appropriately reflect companies similar in size to us.
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Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (04/02/12) - Setting Executive Compensation
Market compensation data from the Compensation Peer Group, McLagan's database, and other surveys were aged by an annualized factor of 3.0% to adjust for the historical nature of the data. In addition, data from McLagan's database and other surveys were adjusted utilizing data from the Economic Research Institute to reflect the cost of wages in the Company's local market.
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Medtox Scientific, Inc. (04/02/12) - Setting Executive Compensation
DGC utilizes the Economic Research Institute (ERI) Survey which is a comprehensive database purchased by over 75% of the Fortune 500 companies. The database consists of many of the most widely used published survey sources as well as national proxy data. DGC also provides specific data for a small group of similar type organizations in the Executive Compensation Report.

DGC utilized the 2010 ERI survey and compensation information regarding 15 comparable sized companies within the same industry as the Company, which are referred to in this proxy statement as the Peer Group, for purposes of assessing the elements and amounts of executive compensation to be paid to our executive officers in 2011. The ERI survey includes information relating to private companies of comparable size, in terms of number of employees and revenues, to the Company. The Peer Group list consists of comparably sized public companies in Life Sciences and Health Care related businesses.
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Penn Virginia Corporation (04/02/12) - 2011-Related Executive Compensation
Based on Frost's analysis of oil and gas industry market studies published by Economic Research Institute and Mercer, general market information published by Towers Watson and the base salaries, target bonuses and long-term compensation opportunities of our 2011 Peer Group (as described in proxy statements and other periodic reports filed by companies in our 2011 Peer Group)
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Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (03/30/12) - Compensation Philosophy and Objectives
...Over the years, the Company has retained Crowe Horwath LLP ("Crowe Horwath") to update the benchmarking information. In 2007, the Company benchmarked the pay range for base salary and bonus established for each position using the services of Crowe Horwath. The 2007 Crowe Horwath Comprehensive and Midwest Financial Institutions Surveys, the Economic Research Institute salary database, the Watson Wyatt Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (commercial banks category) and the 2006 proxy data from a peer group of ten companies were used in the benchmarking analysis. The selection criteria for inclusion in the peer group were as follows: total assets between $675 and $850 million, located in the Midwest Region with comparable performance metrics in return on assets, return on equity, net interest margin and efficiency ratio.
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Croghan Bancshares, Inc. (03/29/12) - In setting salaries for the Company's executive officers and other employees, the Compensation Committee and human resources manager use pay ranges that are established based on publicly available market data regarding compensation paid to similarly situated executive officers and employees at other companies. Pay ranges are established and adjusted periodically with the assistance of an outside consulting firm, BalancedComp LLC, which utilizes market data from the following publicly available compensation surveys:
  • Mercer
  • Watson Wyatt
  • The Delves Group
  • Economic Research Institute
  • Towers Perrin
  • America's Community Bankers

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Lufkin Industries, Inc. (03/28/12) - Benchmarking and Peer Group Comparison
The consultant compiled compensation data for the peer group from a variety of sources, including proxy statements and other publicly filed documents. The consultant also provided published survey compensation data from multiple sources, including the following surveys: Economic Research Institute, Mercer, Inc. and Towers Watson. For each survey, the consultant adjusted the data to appropriately reflect companies of a similar size to Lufkin.
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Westmoreland Coal Company (03/28/12) - In 2011, we used Economic Research Institute and CompAnalyst market data as additional comparison points. Total market data was compared with individual pay for each position, and "compra-ratios" were determined.
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Ducommun Incorporated (03/27/12) - Compensation Benchmarking
In addition, Deloitte compared the Corporation's executive compensation to the compensation survey data for California manufacturers supplied by the Economic Research Institute. With respect to the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, the Compensation Committee reviewed both the peer group data and the compensation survey data.
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Heckmann Corporation (03/27/12) - Compensation Determinations
... In 2011, overall compensation package assessments were conducted with regard to the named executive officers, and short-term incentive bonus decisions were guided, in part, by review of the peer group data and in part by reference to industry survey data provided for the Oil and Gas Field Services, Nationwide by the Economic Research Institute and additional survey data for validation purposes from Mercer, LLC.
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Connecticut Water Service Inc. (03/26/12) - The Committee reviewed the following surveys in conjunction with the 2011 Executive Compensation Review:
  1. Benchmark Database Executive Survey Report; Mercer (2011)
  2. CompAnalyst; Salary.com/Kenexa (2011)
  3. Executive Assessor; Economic Research Institute (ERI) (2011)
  4. National Executive & Senior Management Compensation Survey; Confidential Data Source (2011)
  5. Salary Budget Survey; WorldatWork (2011-2012)
  6. Survey Report on Top Management Compensation; Towers Watson (2010-2011)

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CONSOL Energy Inc. (03/26/12) - Use of Peer Group and other Benchmarking Data
In connection with the preparation of the 2011 compensation program, the compensation consultant benchmarked the proposed compensation packages for the named executives against (i) proxy data available for the Peer Group, and (ii) published survey data (including the Mercer Human Resources Consulting 2010 Executive Compensation Survey, the Watson Wyatt 2010/2011 Top Management Calculator and the Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor). The proposed 2011 compensation packages for total direct compensation were also compared to the trended energy industry peer group data as the proxy data reflected 2010 pay data only.
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Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (10-K/Annual Report) (03/23/12) - Compensation Philosophy and Objectives
...The Committee and Board of Directors have defined the competitive market for our executives (other than Mr. Smith) as the other 11 Federal Home Loan Banks ... and non-depository financial services institutions with approximately $20 billion in assets as represented by broad-based survey data provided by the Economic Research Institute ("ERI"). Aside from the other FHLBanks, we believe that non-depository financial services institutions with approximately $20 billion in assets present a breadth and level of complexity of operations that are generally comparable to our own.
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Columbia Banking System, Inc. (03/22/12) - Milliman relied on the following published compensation surveys for competitive market data: 2011 American Banking Association Executive Compensation Survey, 2011 Mercer Executive Compensation Benchmark Data Survey, 2011 Economic Research Institute Top Management Compensation Report, 2011 Towers Watson Long-term Incentive Study, 2011 Towers Watson Top Management Compensation Report, and the 2011 Milliman Northwest Financial Industry Salary Survey.
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Core Laboratories N.V. (03/21/12) - The Compensation Committee reviews several sources as a reference for determining competitive total compensation packages including: In 2011, the Compensation Committee reviewed and considered Stone Partners' 2010 Oilfield Manufacturing and Services Executive Compensation Survey, Economic Research Institute's 2010 Executive Compensation Assessor, Towers Watson's 2010 Top Management Compensation Report and William M. Mercer's 2010 Energy Compensation Report.
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Superior Industries International Inc (03/19/12) - Setting Executive Compensation
...In 2011, the Compensation Committee relied primarily on the published surveys of Towers Watson Data Service (for all for-profit organizations with 2,500 employees or more located on the West Coast), Salary.com, Inc. (for durable goods manufacturers with revenues between $500 million and $1 billion located either in the state or metropolitan area where the Named Executive Officer is based) and Economic Research Institute (for all industries with revenue of $1 billion or less in the Named Executive Officers' metropolitan area). These compensation surveys provide valuable data for subjective review and confirmation of the equanimity of the salaries paid to the Named Executive Officers.
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Unit Corp (03/17/12) -
SURVEY DATA - NEOS
Mercer(1)
ERI(2)/Towers Watson(3)
Executive Officer 2010 Salary($) Average/ Median Peer Salary 75th Percentile Peer Salary Average/ Median Peer Salary 75th Percentile Peer Salary
Larry Pinkston637,000654,359845,424665,010892,812
Mark E. Schell318,600326,304389,649318,296388,368
David T. Merrill308,000339,900427,450356,181466,121
Bradford Guidry308,000301,275376,774339,635456,445
John Cromling308,000283,250334,544 325,369437,314

Notes to table:
(1) 2010 Mercer Total Compensation Study for the Energy Sector, aged 4% to bring April 2010 figures current to December 2010 levels.
(2) Salary Assessor - Economic Research Institute - Survey data covering 2,000 industries, 300 cities and over 6,200 position titles, including 500 top management/executive positions.
(3) ECS Industry Report on Top Management Compensation, Towers Watson Data Services - 2010/2011.
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Asta Funding, Inc. (02/17/12) - Compensation Discussion and Analysis
...Adams conducted a competitive market analysis of comparable positions by utilizing surveys from Watson Wyatt, Economic Research Institute, CompData, the National Executive Compensation Survey and Salary.com. The proxy analysis included 15 public companies within the same industry and approximate revenue size as us. Adams focused on the base salary, annual bonus and long-term equity compensation of our chief executive officer, the chief financial officer, the senior vice president and the general counsel, and on the annual retainers (as chairman and member) and equity compensation of the various committee members, as well as the separate annual retainer for each independent director and the lead independent director.
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Dynamic Offshore Resources, Inc. (S-1 filing) (01/17/12) - Goals of the Compensation Program
...In 2011, we reviewed additional compensation data provided by Longnecker for individuals holding positions similar to our executive officers obtained from compensation survey sources and proxy statements. Survey data presented were collected from a combination of industry-specific and general industry sources, including: 2011 Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor, 2011 US Mercer MTCS for the Energy Sector, World at Works 2010/2011 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey, 2010 ECI Oil & Gas E&P Industry Compensation Survey and 2010/2011 Towers Watson Top Management Compensation.
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GEOKINETICS INC. (05/02/11) - For each named executive officer, we typically review the relevant position and the salary data from major sources, including from time to time: (1) a national energy industry survey which includes exploration and production companies, oil field service companies, and seismic companies; (2) a confidential seismic industry compensation survey conducted through an industry liaison group in which the Company has participated; and (3) publicly available reports, including from the Economic Research Institute to supplement Geokinetics' compensation data.
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CHINDEX INTERNATIONAL, INC. (04/29/11) - During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, the Committee did not engage a consultant to provide advice regarding compensation matters. However, the Committee reviewed survey data prepared in December 2010 by ERI Economic Research Institute ("ERI"), a nationally-recognized compensation data service. The data provided information about cash compensation levels of specified officer positions at comparable size companies in each of the two broad industries in which the Company operates -- (i) general medical and surgical hospitals and (ii) medical and hospital equipment.
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DRI CORPORATION (04/29/11) - Utilization of Compensation Data by Directors and Management The Company employs a direct subscription with the Economic Research Institute to access and utilize market compensation data from a peer group of companies, which provides information about the compensation levels of all of our top- and mid-level employees as compared to comparable positions in peer group companies. Based on the Economic Research Institute's survey data, the HR&C Committee determined that base salaries and incentive compensation amounts, inclusive of compensation adjustments, as appropriate, were generally comparable with or below current median rates of compensation for our peer group while within the overall framework of the HR&C Committee's philosophy and objectives.
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inTEST Corporation (04/29/11) - Management periodically obtains survey data of comparably situated companies from Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to guide it in its recommendations of compensation increases. The specific parameters defined for ERI are job description, company revenue size, company SIC code and geographic location. Based upon these inputs, ERI supplies base salaries, incentive and total compensation information for comparable job descriptions. Where comparable job descriptions do not exist, further analysis is necessary to determine appropriate comparable compensation parameters. Thus, because it is our current practice to have both an Executive Chairman and a President and Chief Executive Officer, the starting point for our consideration of the compensation for these two positions is determined by combining the ERI data for the position of "Outside Chairman" and the position of "President and Chief Executive Officer" and adjusting for the additional activities and responsibilities of our Executive Chairman.
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The National Bank of Indianapolis Corporation (04/29/11) - Crowe Horwath LLP used three data points for its review and analysis, which consisted of the following:
  • 2009 Crowe Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (Comprehensive, Midwest, Regional, and State of Indiana);
  • Economic Research Institute (October, 2009); and,
  • Compensation derived from proxy data from a peer group of six publicly traded financial institutions.

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TITAN MACHINERY INC. (04/29/11) - For fiscal 2011, we used an executive compensation assessment prepared for us by the Economic Research Institute. The assessment provided comparative compensation information for executive officer salaries at companies with comparable size, sales and growth levels to us in the Minneapolis and Fargo markets.
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MICROVISION, INC. (04/28/11) - The nationally recognized published surveys utilized were the Aon Executive Compensation Survey, Economic Research Institute Executive Assessor, Culpepper Technology Executive Pay Report, Mercer Executive Compensation Survey, and Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Survey.
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MASIMO CORPORATION (04/27/11) - In addition, our Compensation Committee considered market data from the Economic Research Institute, the Employers Group, which provides data regarding California payroll practices.
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APAC CUSTOMER SERVICES, INC. (04/22/11) - For benchmarking purposes, the Compensation Committee uses several recognized resources: (1) Watson Wyatt Data Services; (2) Economic Research Institute; and (3) Equilar Executive Compensation. When utilizing these materials, the Compensation Committee generally uses collected information from the designated business sector - professional services. There is an extremely large participant list of companies which are included in the data collected for these surveys and, therefore, it is not practical to list them all.
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HASTINGS ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (04/21/11) - Periodically, the Compensation Committee, with the help of the Company's Human Resources Department, undertakes a market evaluation of the compensation of the Company's executives. The last market evaluation was performed during fiscal 2010, with data provided by the Economic Research Institute ("ERI").
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SEMGROUP CORPORATION (04/21/11) - The Committee reviewed market data at the 50th percentile when setting our executive compensation from the following surveys:
  • Economic Research Institute 2009 Executive Compensation Assessor (our focus was on the crude petroleum pipelines industry data);
  • Watson Wyatt 2009/2010 survey Report on Top Management Compensation (our focus was on the utilities and energy sector data for companies with revenue ranging from $500 million to $2.5 billion); and
  • 2009 Mercer Energy Benchmark (our focus was on the energy sector data for companies with revenue ranging from $1.0 billion to $3.0 billion)

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PAETEC Holding Corp. (04/20/11) - The consultant also prepared and presented the committee with data from national survey sources, including Watson Wyatt Data Services, Mercer Human Resources, and the Economic Research Institute, using, to the extent reasonably possible, reported data from the telecommunications industry for organizations having comparable revenue and size of employee base.
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TENNESSEE COMMERCE BANCORP, INC. (04/19/11) - Additionally, MCCA provided additional national and regional compensation survey data compiled by reputable sources such as American Bankers Association, BAI Banking Strategies and Economic Research Institute to supplement the peer group information
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MAC-GRAY CORPORATION (04/18/11) - Market executive total compensation results were also drawn from a nationally recognized executive compensation survey Economic Research Institute ("ERI") and selected Massachusetts-based publicly-traded companies' proxy statements.
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UNITED FIRE & CASUALTY COMPANY (04/18/11) - In addition to peer group data, the CRI study also utilized data from the following published salary surveys:
  • Benchmark Database Finance, Accounting, & Legal Survey Report©; William M. Mercer
  • Executive Assessor©; Economic Research Institute
  • Executive Compensation Review - Insurance Companies©; SNL Securities
  • Salary Survey©; National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
  • Survey Report on Insurance Industry Management Personnel Compensation ©; Watson Wyatt
  • US Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Survey©; William M. Mercer

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Blue Nile Inc. (04/15/11) - The Milliman survey data came from the following sources: Mercer Executive, Economic Research Institute Executive Assessor, Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Survey, Milliman Executive Pay Survey, Aon Executive Compensation Report, Compensation Data Survey, Culpepper Technology Executive Pay Report, Custom Proxy Survey, and Hay Retail Executive.
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GREATBATCH, INC. (04/15/11) - The 2009 market study, which provided base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation analysis, utilized proxy data of our peer group from 2006 to 2008 and survey data from the following sources:
TitlePublisherYear
Executive Compensation AssessorEconomic Research Institute2009
U.S. Executive Survey ReportMercer HR Consulting2008
Top Management CompensationWatson Wyatt Data Services2008-2009

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Key Energy Services, Inc. (04/13/11) - Longnecker also reviewed survey data as a reference point to compare the compensation of our executives to those of a broad range of companies. The following published surveys utilized by Longnecker were:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2010 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Mercer, Inc., 2009 Executive Compensation Survey;
  • Mercer, Inc. 2009 Energy Compensation Survey;
  • Towers Watson 2009/2010 Management Compensation;
  • Towers Perrin, 2010 Oilfield Services Compensation Study; and
  • WorldatWork, 2009/2010 Total Salary Increases Budget Survey.

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Arris Group, Inc. (04/11/11) - Survey Data. Survey data from various sources also are utilized, including the following:
  • ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2011 (Economic Research Institute)
  • Towers Watson 2010/2011 Top Management Compensation
  • 2010 Executive Compensation Survey
  • World at Work 2010/2011 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey

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SBT Bancorp, Inc. (04/11/11) - The Compensation and Human Resources Committee instructed Arthur Warren Associates to benchmark the Bank's compensation programs against its peers to ensure that such programs are consistent with prevailing practices in its industry. The peer group consisted of three market surveys (Connecticut Bankers Association, Economic Research Institute and Pearl Meyer & Partners) as well as 10 publicly traded banks within the region having assets ranging between $134 million and $559 million.
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Sabre Industries, Inc. (S-1 filing / IPO) (04/08/11) - Prior to the offering and becoming a public company, management engaged Growth Management Strategies, LLC to review our current compensation plans and philosophies and compare them to those of other firms, competitors and industries. Industries included in the review were metal fabrication and production, telecommunications, utility transmission, electric power generation and others. The review covered publicly available compensation data, including that of recent newly public companies, published reports by the Economic Research Institute and Towers Watson & Co., and Durable Goods Manufacturing survey data.
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SRI Surgical Express, Inc. (04/08/11) - In 2009, the Compensation Committee retained Dean Group Consulting, LLC ("Dean"), to assist the Compensation Committee in analyzing the Company's compensation programs and practices During 2010, the Compensation committee utilized the data provided by the Dean Group in conjunction with the data available through the Economic Research Institute as well as other publicly available information to guide executive compensation practices.
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Premierwest Bancorp (04/07/11) - EW Partners utilized published compensation surveys including the Milliman 2009 Northwest Financial Industry Salary Survey (using data from participants with over $1 billion in assets), the 2009 California Bankers Association Compensation & Benefits Survey (using data from participants with assets from $1 billion to $10 billion), the 2009 California Department of Financial Institutes: Executive Officer and Director Compensation Survey (using data from participants with assets over $1 billion), the 2008-2009 Watson-Wyatt Financial Institutions Benchmark Compensation Report (using data from participants with assets over $2 billion to $9.9 billion), and the Economic Research Institute 2009 Executive Compensation Assessor (using data from participants with assets over $2 billion to $5 billion)
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Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (04/07/11) - L&A relied upon published survey information provided by recognized sources including the Economic Research Institute, Watson Wyatt, William Mercer, and World at Work. L&A procured market competitive compensation for the respective named executive officers from these survey sources based upon banking and financial service companies with comparable asset sizes.
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Rent-A-Center, Inc (04/06/11) - ... the Compensation Committee generally relies on market data gathered by our Human Resources department in evaluating the competitiveness of pay arrangements for our named executive officers, including updated information with respect to the Peer Group, independent compensation surveys by companies (such as Mercer LLC and the Economic Research Institute (ERI)) conducted with respect to companies categorized as retailers with similar sales revenue as our company.
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Rush Enterprises, Inc. (04/06/11) - In its 2011 assessment, Longnecker also analyzed published survey data from the following sources:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2011 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Watson Wyatt, 2010/2011 Top Management Compensation-Compensation Calculator;
  • Mercer, Inc., 2010 US Executive Benchmark; and
  • WorldatWork, 2010/2011 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey;

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Juniata Valley Financial Corp (04/04/11) - In addition to the Peer Group, as part of the benchmarking process, a market analysis is performed, using data from four survey sources. Published survey sources used were from Economic Research Institute, CompAnalyst, Watson Wyatt 2009-2010 Financial Institution Survey and L.R. Webber Associates 2009 Survey
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Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (04/01/11) - Market compensation data from the Compensation Peer Group, McLagan's database, and other surveys were aged by an annualized factor of 2.0% to adjust for the historical nature of the data. In addition, data from McLagan's database and other surveys were adjusted utilizing data from the Economic Research Institute to reflect the cost of wages in the Company's local market.
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Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (04/01/11) - In 2007, the Company benchmarked the pay range for base salary and bonus established for each position .... From the Economic Research Institute salary database, which has information from a collection of compensation surveys, Crowe Horwath used information designated by the Economic Research Institute as reflecting individuals (administrative and professional ) who had held their positions for three years at commercial banks with a Huntington, West Virginia, database location.
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Westmoreland Coal Company (03/31/11) - In 2010, we used Economic Research Institute, CompAnalyst and Hay Group market data as additional comparison points. Total market data was compared with individual pay for each position, and "compra-ratios" were determined.
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Ducommun Incorporated (03/29/11) - In addition, Deloitte compared the Corporation's executive compensation to the compensation survey data for California manufacturers supplied by the Economic Research Institute. The company did not review or have access to the names of the companies in the survey data. With respect to the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, the Compensation Committee reviewed both the peer group data and the compensation survey data.
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CONSOL Energy Inc. (03/28/11) - In connection with the 2010 compensation program, the compensation consultant benchmarked the proposed compensation packages against (i) proxy data of fourteen energy industry companies (the "Peer Group"), and (ii) published survey data (including the Mercer Executive Compensation Survey, the Watson Wyatt Top Management Calculator and the Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor)
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Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (10-K/Annual Report) (03/25/11) - Lawrence Associates utilizes compensation and specific salary survey data provided by the Economic Research Institute ("ERI"), a recognized leader in survey analyses and web-based collection of compensation survey data. The ERI database consists of both proxy statement information and a compilation of compensation data obtained from numerous sources, including subscriber-provided data and purchased surveys. While the information gathered from proxy statements can be attributed to specific companies, individual organizations that otherwise participate in the database compilation cannot be specifically identified. Lawrence Associates uses ERI data for organizations with an SIC code of 6100 ("Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate - Non-depository Credit Institutions"). There were in excess of 200 institutions in the database for non-depository credit institutions (SIC code 6100) at the time the analysis was conducted. Using regression analysis, the ERI software database enables Lawrence Associates to statistically approximate the competitive market survey data for the requested executive positions at non-depository financial services institutions with approximately $20 billion in assets.
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Superior Industries International, Inc. (03/24/11) - In setting 2010 salaries, the CEO and the Compensation Committee reviewed the analysis and findings of the compensation consultant, as well as executive officer compensation survey data from Towers Watson Data Service, Salary.com, Inc., and the Economic Research Institute. Compensation data is obtained from these sources to ensure that we continue to reward our principal executives with competitive compensation.

In 2010, the Compensation Committee relied primarily on the published surveys of Towers Watson Data Service (for all for-profit organizations with 2,500 employees or more located on the West Coast), Salary.com, Inc. (for durable goods manufacturers with revenues between $500 million and $1 billion located either in the state or metropolitan area where the Named Executive Officer is based) and Economic Research Institute (for all industries with revenue of $1 billion in the Named Executive Officers' metropolitan area). These compensation surveys provide valuable data for subjective review and confirmation of the equanimity of the salaries paid to the Named Executive Officers.
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Knology, Inc. (03/23/11) - The Compensation and Stock Option Committee does, however, review compensation for our executive officers annually considering current compensation trends, economic conditions, the performance of the business and relevant compensation survey data. Compensation data from the Croner Company Cable and Satellite MSO Compensation Survey and the Economic Research Institute were considered in this review. This data was used to obtain a general understanding of current compensation practices and to confirm that our current compensation program and policies are competitive within the market and within our industry.

How We Determine and Assess Executive Compensation
.... We also consider the geographic location of these companies and compensation practices and rates for similar job classifications, as reported by the Economic Research Institute. The Economic Research Institute offers a broader range of executive compensation information regarding compensation rates and practices for comparable classifications of executives. This data is modified for our industry, annual revenues and our geographic location.
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Overstock.com, Inc. (03/21/11) - Why We Pay these Elements of Compensation; How We Determine the Amounts; and Interrelationships of these Elements. The Compensation Committee increased the salaries of the Named Executive Officers (other than the CEO) by $100,000 each at the beginning of 2010 because the Committee determined, based on the information it reviewed relating to the Utah Companies, the Internet Retail Companies, and a summary of the information the Company obtained from SCP and the Economic Research Institute ("ERI"), a database leased by the Company, that our executive cash compensation was significantly below market rate.
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Unit Corporation (03/21/11) - Villareal's first report analyzed the results of two surveys:
  • a survey by the Economic Research Institute, showing that 2009 salary increases, both in Oklahoma and nationally, had been between 2.6% and 2.7%, with management and executive increases between 2.5% and 2.8% both locally and nationally; and
  • a survey by World at Work, projecting salary increases for 2010 in the southern region of its survey at between 2.8% and 2.9%, and projecting national salary increases at between 2.8% (all industries) to 3.5% (extractive industries).
Villareal also provided the committee members with a second report, comparing the actual 2009 salaries of our NEOs to the average projected 2010 salaries ...The data for this group is based on the average of comparable NEO salaries reflected under three different sets of surveys:
  • the Mercer Survey of Energy Companies in the U.S. (April 2009);
  • the Salary Assessor survey from the Economic Research Institute (dated October 2009 and covering 2,000 industries, 300 cities and 6,200 executives); and
  • the Watson Wyatt Data Services ECS Industry Report on Top Management Compensation (April 2009).

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ALASKA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS GROUP INC (04/30/10) - Between study periods, any executive compensation changes which may be necessary are considered based on the Committee s review of market median data extracted from peer proxy statements and the Economic Research Institute Inc.'s database.
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ATP OIL GAS CORP (04/29/10) - L&A utilized published executive compensation survey sources specific to the energy industry to develop the Market Reference Points, that were used by the Compensation Committee in the compensation process. These published survey sources for 2009 included:
  • Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor
  • Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Survey,
  • Mercer U.S. Executive Energy Compensation Survey, and
  • WorldatWork Total Salary Budget Survey

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NATIONAL BANK OF INDIANAPOLIS CORP (04/29/10) - Crowe Horwath LLP used five different data points for its review and analysis, which consisted of the following:
  • Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (Comprehensive, Midwest, Regional, and State of Indiana);
  • Economic Research Institute (May 1, 2007);
  • 2007 US Mercer Benchmark Database: Top Executive Total Compensation Survey (with specific data for the Finance/Banking Industry);
  • Watson Wyatt 2007/2008 Survey Report on Financial Institution Compensation: General Executive Positions; and
  • Compensation derived from proxy data from a peer group of six publicly traded financial institutions.

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Titan Machinery Inc (04/27/10) - For fiscal 2010, we used an executive compensation assessment prepared for us by the Economic Research Institute. The Economic Research Institute does not identify the companies utilized in the assessment.

As a means of assessing the competitive market for executive talent, we review competitive compensation data gathered in comparative third-party surveys that we believe to be relevant, considering our size and industry. For fiscal 2010, we used an executive compensation assessment prepared for us by the Economic Research Institute. The assessment provided comparative compensation information for executive officer salaries at companies with comparable size, sales and growth levels to us in the Minneapolis and Fargo markets. The Economic Research Institute does not identify the companies utilized in the assessment. Our Compensation Committee reviewed the assessment to assist it in setting fiscal 2010 base salary and short-term cash incentive compensation for our executive officers. The Compensation Committee also used the Economic Research Institute assessment when setting fiscal 2011 base salaries for our Chief Executive Officer and President. Our executive officer compensation falls within the bottom quartile range of compensation levels at comparable companies. Our relatively low executive compensation is balanced, in part, by the significant share holdings of Mr. Meyer and Mr. Peter Christianson, each of whom has the potential to be rewarded by our growth and bears the risk of our failure to grow. For this reason we have also not historically provided these executives with significant long-term incentive compensation.

L&A also provided us with market compensation data from published survey sources utilizing companies that operate in the natural gas and oil industries. Specific surveys included:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2008 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Watson Wyatt, 2007/2008 Top Management Compensation - Compensation Calculator;
  • William Mercer, 2008 US Energy Compensation Survey; and
  • Effective Compensation Solutions, Inc., 2007 Oil/Gas E&P Compensation Survey.

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DRI CORP (04/21/10) - The Company employs a direct subscription with the Economic Research Institute to access and utilize market compensation data from a peer group of companies, which provides information about the compensation levels of all of our top- and mid-level employees as compared to comparable positions in peer group companies. Based on the Economic Research Institute's survey data, the HR&C Committee determined that base salaries and incentive compensation amounts, inclusive of compensation adjustments, as appropriate, were generally comparable to, compatible with, or below current median rates of compensation for our peer group while within the overall framework of the HR&C Committee's philosophy and objectives.
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FROZEN FOOD EXPRESS INDUSTRIES INC (04/20/10) - In addition to the peer group analysis, we also utilized data from published surveys sponsored by nationally recognized compensation consulting firms. These surveys included: The 2007 Economic Research Institute, Inc. Executive Compensation Assessor, the 2007 Mercer, LLC. Executive Benchmark Database, and the 2007/2008 Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Inc. Top Management Report.
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GREATBATCH INC (04/20/10) - Our 2010 total compensation packages are based upon a 2009 market study performed by Ernst & Young which utilized compensation peer group data supplemented by market survey data and adjusted for factors such as prior individual performance and expected future contributions, performance of our Company, internal equity within our Company and the degree of difficulty in replacing the individual. Prior to this, the last market study was performed in 2008. The 2009 market study, which provided base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation analysis, utilized proxy data of our peer group from 2006 to 2008 and survey data from the following sources:
  • Executive Compensation Assessor, Economic Research Institute, 2009
  • U.S. Executive Survey Report, Mercer HR Consulting, 2008
  • Top Management Compensation, Watson Wyatt Data Services, 2008-2009

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MAC GRAY CORP (04/19/10) - Market executive total compensation results were also drawn from a combination of nationally recognized executive compensation surveys (Economic Research Institute ("ERI") and Watson Wyatt) and selected Massachusetts-based publicly-traded companies' proxy statements.
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UNITED FIRE CASUALTY CO (04/19/10) - In determining the overall compensation for our executive officers for 2009, the Compensation Committee utilized information contained in an executive salary study provided every two to three years by CRI. Rather than utilizing salary and benefit data of specific peer companies, CRI conducted a study of data contained within the following ten published salary surveys:
  • Benchmark Database Finance, Accounting, & Legal Survey Report©; William M. Mercer
  • Executive Assessor©; Economic Research Institute (ERI)
  • Executive Compensation Report - Insurance Industry©; Confidential Data Source
  • Executive Compensation Survey©; Confidential Data Source
  • National Executive & Senior Management Compensation Survey©; Confidential Data Source
  • Property & Casualty Agency / Brokerage Compensation & Benefits Survey©;

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BLUE NILE INC (04/16/10) - Milliman's analysis of our executive compensation included data from the proxy statements of our peer group of publicly-traded companies and published survey data. The proxy data provided a focused comparison of the five most highly compensated executives for each company within our peer group. To conduct this proxy analysis, Milliman evaluated three years of data and averaged the three years to gain a picture of our peer companies' compensation policies over time. Additionally, Milliman provided specific compensation benchmarks for all of our executive positions using several compensation survey sources. The Milliman survey data came from the following sources: Mercer Executive, Economic Research Institute Executive Assessor, Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Survey, Milliman Executive Pay Survey, Aon Executive Compensation Report, Compensation Data Survey, Culpepper Technology Executive Pay Report, Custom Proxy Survey, and Hay Retail Executive.
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PAETEC Holding Corp (04/15/10) - The consultant also prepared and presented the committee with data from national survey sources, including Watson Wyatt Data Services, Mercer Human Resources, and the Economic Research Institute, using, to the extent reasonably possible, reported data from the telecommunications industry for...
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OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP (04/14/10) - Over the years, the Company has retained Crowe Horwath LLP ("Crowe Horwath") to update the benchmarking information. In 2007, the Company benchmarked the pay range for base salary and bonus established for each position using the services of Crowe Horwath. The 2007 Crowe Horwath Comprehensive and Midwest Financial Institutions Surveys, the Economic Research Institute salary database, the Watson Wyatt Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (commercial banks category) and the 2006 proxy data from a peer group of ten companies were used in the benchmarking analysis. The selection criteria for inclusion in the peer group were as follows: total assets between $675 and $850 million, located in the Midwest Region with comparable performance metrics in return on assets, return on equity, net interest margin and efficiency ratio.
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ARRIS GROUP INC (04/09/10) - Survey data from various sources also are utilized, including the following:
  • ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2008 (Economic Research Institute)
  • 2007/2008 Top Management Compensation - Industry Report (Watson Wyatt)
  • 2007 Mercer Benchmark Database Executive (Mercer Human Resources Consulting)

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OVERSTOCK COM INC (04/09/10) - The Compensation Committee also reviewed information from the Economic Research Institute database to obtain additional information regarding executive compensation practices.
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SRI SURGICAL EXPRESS INC (04/09/10) - Historically, the Board of Directors, including the Compensation Committee, has relied on its members' extensive general business and industry-specific knowledge and experience in determining executive compensation, and neither the Board of Directors nor the Compensation Committee retained a compensation consultant. In establishing compensation for newly engaged executives, the Compensation Committee considers recommendations of the executive search firms that assisted in recruiting those executives. The Compensation Committee annually reviews compensation-related survey data through the Economic Research Institute for similarly-sized companies operating in the same industries and regions, including local competitors, in determining cash compensation for our executive officers, establishing performance objectives and making its recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding future compensation decisions.
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TEXAS CAPITAL BANCSHARES INC TX (04/08/10) - L&A relied upon published survey information provided by recognized sources including the Economic Research Institute, Watson Wyatt, William Mercer, and World at Work.
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BELDEN INC (04/07/10) - For 2009, the Committee and management considered survey data from Economic Research Institute, Watson Wyatt, and Mercer.
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RUSH ENTERPRISES INC TX (04/06/10) - In addition to the above, Longnecker analyzed published survey data from the following sources:
  • Economic Research Institute, 2009 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Watson Wyatt, 2008/2009 Top Management Compensation;
  • Watson Wyatt, 2008/2009 Top Management Compensation - Regression Analysis;
  • WorldatWork, 2008/2009 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey; and
  • William Mercer, 2009/2010 US Executive Compensation Survey.

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MANTECH INTERNATIONAL CORP (04/01/10) - The three published surveys that the Company used for compensation setting purposes for 2009 were (i) the Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor 2008 (the ERI Survey); (ii) the Mercer Human Resources Consulting U.S. Executive Survey Report 2008 (the Mercer Survey); and (iii) the Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation 2008-2009 Survey (the Watson Wyatt Survey). WorldatWork's 2008/2009 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey was also used to trend the data presented in the ERI, Mercer and Watson Wyatt surveys to February 1, 2009 by a factor of 4.4% to allow for varying effective dates of the data collected from those surveys.
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KEY ENERGY SERVICES INC (03/31/10) - In 2008, Longnecker also reviewed survey data as a reference point to compare the compensation of our executives to those of a broad range of companies. The following published surveys utilized by Longnecker were:
  • Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2008;
  • Mercer Human Resources Consulting, 2007 Mercer Benchmark Database Executive;
  • Mercer Human Resources Consulting, 2007 Mercer Energy Survey;
  • Watson Wyatt, 2007/2008 Top Management Compensation - Regression analysis Report;
  • Watson Wyatt, 2007/2008 Industry Report on Top Management Compensation;
  • Towers Perrin, 2007 Oilfield Services Compensation Study; and
  • WorldatWork, 2008 Salary Budget Survey.

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SEAHAWK DRILLING INC (03/31/10) - The published surveys that L&A primarily utilized for market comparison purposes were: Economic Research Institute, 2008 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor Watson Wyatt, 2008/2009 Top Management Compensation Compensation Calculator Mercer, 2008 US Executive Compensation Survey Pearl...
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EXACTECH INC (03/26/10) - The sources for this data include: Organization Resource Counselors Executive Compensation Survey, Radford Global Life Sciences Survey, and, Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor.
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UNIT CORP (03/19/10) - (April 2009); The Salary Assessor survey from the Economic Research Institute (dated October 2009 and covering 2, 000 industries, 300 cities and 6, 200 executives); and The Watson Wyatt Data Services ECS Industry Report on Top Management Compensation (April 2009). The Proxy Group.
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HELMERICH PAYNE INC (01/26/10) - The Committee also uses survey data to assist in compensation decisions, including those instances in which a named executive officer's position or duties do not match the position or duties of Compensation Peer Group executives. The data from these surveys is statistically regressed according to our revenue. This survey data includes oilfield services, energy, and general industry data. The surveys referenced in Deloitte's 2009 compensation report were:
  • Economic Research Institute 2009 Executive Compensation Assessor
  • Pearl Meyer & Partners 2009 Drilling Management Survey
  • Stone Partners 2009 Oilfield Manufacturing and Services Industry Executive Compensation Survey
  • Towers Perrin 2009 Oilfield Services Compensation Survey
  • Watson Wyatt 2009/2010 Survey Report on Top Management Compensation
  • William Mercer 2009 Executive and Energy Compensation Surveys

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Clearwire Corp DE (04/30/09) - To assist the Compensation Committee in its review of executive officer compensation, we compile data and participate in compensation surveys conducted by independent third parties, such as Radford, Culpepper, Equilar and Economic Research Institute.
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GASTAR EXPLORATION LTD (04/30/09) - Economic Research Institute, 2008 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor; Watson Wyatt, 2007/2008 Top Management Compensation Compensation Calculator; William Mercer, 2008 US Energy Compensation Survey; and Effective Compensation Solutions, Inc., 2007 Oil/Gas E&P Compensation Survey.
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MASIMO CORP (04/30/09) - In addition, our Compensation Committee considered market data from the Economic Research Institute, the Employers Group, which provides data regarding California payroll practices
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NATIONAL BANK OF INDIANAPOLIS CORP (04/30/09) - Crowe Horwath LLP used five different data points for its review and analysis, which consisted of the following:
  • Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (Comprehensive, Midwest, Regional, and State of Indiana);
  • Economic Research Institute;
  • 2007 US Mercer Benchmark Database: Top Executive Total Compensation Survey (with specific data for the Finance/Banking Industry);
  • Watson Wyatt 2007/2008 Survey Report on Financial Institution Compensation: General Executive Positions; and
  • Compensation derived from proxy data from a peer group of six publicly traded financial institutions.

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HASTINGS ENTERTAINMENT INC (04/29/09) - The last market evaluation was performed in fiscal 2007, with data provided by the Economic Research Institute (ERI)
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ATP OIL GAS CORP (04/28/09) - L&A utilized published executive compensation survey sources specific to the energy industry to develop the Market Reference Points discussed below, which were used by the Compensation Committee in the compensation process. These published survey sources included:
  • Economic Research Institute Compensation Assessor,
  • Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Survey, and
  • WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey

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ENERGY RECOVERY INC (04/28/09) - A sample of companies in the Economic Research Institute surveys includes Consolidated Water Co.
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FROZEN FOOD EXPRESS INDUSTRIES INC (04/24/09) - These surveys included: The 2007 Economic Research Institute, Inc. Executive Compensation Assessor, the 2007 Mercer, LLC.
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GEOKINETICS INC (04/24/09) - For each named executive officer, the Company reviewed the relevant benchmark position and the salary data from three major sources: (1) a national energy industry survey which includes exploration and production companies, oil field service companies, and seismic companies; (2) a confidential seismic industry compensation survey conducted through an industry liaison group in which the Company was a participant; and (3) publicly available reports from the Economic Research Institute to supplement the Company's compensation data.
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DRI CORP (04/23/09) - The Company employs a direct subscription with the Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to access and utilize market compensation data from a peer group of companies, which provides information about the compensation levels of all of our top- and mid-level staff as compared to comparable positions in peer group companies. Based on ERI's survey data, the Board of Directors' HR&C Committee determined that base salaries and incentive compensation amounts, inclusive of compensation adjustments, as appropriate, were at, below or comparable to current median rates of compensation for our peer group while within the overall framework of the HR&C Committee's philosophy and objectives.
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PRGSCHULTZ INTERNATIONAL INC (04/23/09) - In connection with the hiring of Mr. White in June 2006, in order to ensure that his compensation was properly benchmarked, the Compensation Committee reviewed survey data from the Economic Research Institute, which provides geographic-specific survey data derived from 14,000 U.S. publicly-traded corporations' proxy statements, annual and other reports filed with the SEC (1994 to present), loan and employment applicant earnings verifications and digitized public records.
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ARRIS GROUP INC (04/20/09) - Survey Data. Survey data from various sources also are utilized, including the following:
  • ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2008 (Economic Research Institute)

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CAPITAL BANK CORP (04/20/09) - In making compensation decisions, the Committee generally compares each element of total compensation, other than retirement plan benefits and perquisites, against a peer group of publicly-traded financial institutions (collectively, the "Compensation Peer Group") and published surveys such as the Economic Research Institute's Executive Compensation Assessor. Silverton assists the Committee in identifying the Compensation Peer Group and comparable positions, salaries and incentive compensation at Compensation Peer Group companies.
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OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP (04/20/09) - The 2007 Crowe Horwath Comprehensive and Midwest Financial Institutions Surveys, the Economic Research Institute salary database, the Watson Wyatt Financial Institutions Compensation Survey (commercial banks category) and the 2006 proxy data from a peer group of ten companies were used in the benchmarking analysis.
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BAKER MICHAEL CORP (04/17/09) - For 2008 salaries, the Compensation Committee reviewed such data from Hewitt, Economic Research Institute (ERI), Dietrich Surveys ( Dietrich ), Salary.com, and WorldatWork.
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ELECTRO OPTICAL SCIENCES INC NY (04/17/09) - In performing their study, AGF analyzed a peer group of twenty-three publicly-held companies, as well as industry specific data from the 2006 Compensation and Entrepreneurship Report in Life Sciences (a survey of 170 private companies in the life sciences, including approximately 80 medical device companies) and general compensation data from the Economic Research Institute
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WORLD ENERGY SOLUTIONS INC (04/17/09) - Economic Research Institute, Inc., a regional survey reporting on companies in the northeast region.
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KEY ENERGY SOLUTIONS INC (04/16/09) - Longnecker also reviewed survey data as a reference point to compare the compensation of our executives to those of a broad range of companies. The following published surveys utilized by Longnecker were:
  • Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2008;
  • Mercer Human Resources Consulting, 2007 Mercer Benchmark Database Executive

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DOUBLE EAGLE PETROLEUM CO (04/14/09) - Additionally, the majority of these companies have operations in the Rocky Mountains and/or Texas. o Survey Data: the survey data used to benchmark compensation were from the 2008 Economic Research Institute (ERI) and Mercer s 2007 U.S. Energy Compensation Survey.
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GREATBATCH INC (04/13/09) - Our total compensation packages are based in part upon a 2008 market study performed by Ernst & Young which utilized compensation peer group data supplemented by market survey data and adjusted for factors such as prior individual performance and expected future contributions, performance of the Company, internal equity within our Company and the degree of difficulty in replacing the individual. The 2008 market study, which provided base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation analysis, was based upon proxy data of our peer group and 2007 and 2008 survey data, trended to 2008, from the following sources:
TitlePublisherYear
Executive Compensation AssessorERI2008
U.S. Executive Survey ReportMercer HR Consulting2007
Top Management Compensation CalculatorWatson Wyatt Data Services2007/2008

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JUNIATA VALLEY FINANCIAL CORP (04/13/09) - Published survey sources used were from Economic Research Institute, CompAnalyst, Watson Wyatt 2008-2009 Financial Institution Survey and L.R. Webber Associates 2008 Survey.
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VIROPHARMA INC (04/10/09) - The salary surveys utilized by CBIZ Human Capital Services detail compensation for positions within the labor markets in which we typically hire our executive staff. Published survey sources utilized by CBIZ Human Capital Services in the analyses were:
  • CompAnalyst Executive
  • Economic Research Institute (ERI)-Consultants Salary Assessor
  • Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.-Change-in-Control Report
  • Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.-Fair Value Transfer Report
  • Unifi Network-Change in Control
  • Watson Wyatt Data Services-Compensation Policies & Practices, Non-Qualified Benefits & Perquisite Practices, Survey Reports on Top Management Compensation, and Top Management Compensation Calculator

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COBRA ELECTTRONICS CORP (04/09/09) - For this purpose, the Compensation Committee uses salary survey data of comparably situated companies from Economic Research Institute to guide it in its compensation recommendations.
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NATIONAL DENTEX CORP MA (04/09/09) - In reviewing compensation policies and practices for executives, the Compensation Committee reviews executive compensation surveys provided by its independent compensation consultant, Strategic Compensation Partners, obtained from The Survey Group, AON Consulting, ERI Executive Salary Assessor, and Towers Perrin.
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TEXAS CAPITAL BANCSHARES INC TX (04/09/09) - L&A relied upon published survey information provided by recognized sources including the Economic Research Institute, Watson Wyatt, William Mercer, and World at Work.
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BELDEN INC (04/06/09) - Consistent with our pay for performance philosophy, we target salaries of executive officers at the 50th percentile of the survey data of the competitive market and target annual cash incentive and long-term equity opportunities at the 75th percentile of the competitive market. For 2008, survey salary data included:
  • Economic Research Institute 2008 Executive Compensation Assessor
  • Watson Wyatt 2008/2009 Survey Report on Top Management Compensation
  • HayGroup 2008 Executive Compensation Report

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SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL INC (04/06/09) - Both the CEO and the Compensation Committee reviewed executive officer compensation survey data from Watson Wyatt Data Service, Salary.com, Inc. and Economic Research Institute.
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MANTECH INTERNATIONAL CORP (04/03/09) - The three published surveys that ManTech used for compensation setting purposes for 2008 were (i) the Economic Research Institute 2008 Executive Compensation Assessor (the ERI Survey); (ii) the Mercer Human Resources Consulting 2007 Executive Survey Report (the Mercer Survey); and (iii) the Watson Wyatt Data Services 2007/2008 Industry Report on Top Management Compensation (the Watson Wyatt Survey). WorldatWork's 2007/2008 Total Salary Increase Budget Survey was also used to trend the data presented in the ERI, Mercer and Watson Wyatt surveys to March 1, 2008 by a factor of 3.9% to allow for varying effective dates of the data collected from those surveys.
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RENT A CENTER INC DE (04/03/09) - The Compensation Committee did not retain a compensation consultant to assist it with compensation decisions for 2008 executive compensation, but relied on market data gathered by our Human Resources department in evaluating the competitiveness of pay arrangements for our named executive officers, including independent compensation surveys by companies (such as Mercer LLC and the Economic Research Institute (ERI), conducted with respect to companies categorized as retailers with similar sales revenue as our company.
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RUSH ENTERPRISES INC TX (04/01/09) - In addition to the above, Longnecker analyzed published survey data from the following sources:
  • Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
  • Watson Wyatt, Top Management Compensation - Industry Report;
  • Watson Wyatt, Top Management Compensation - Regression Analysis Report;
  • WorldatWork, Total Salary Increase Budget Survey; and
  • William Mercer, Executive Compensation Survey.

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TRINITY INDUSTRIES INC (04/01/09) - In addition to the comparator company proxy statement data, comparator company comparison data for base salary, cash annual incentives and long term incentives was obtained from a combination of the following published survey sources - Economic Research Institute, 2007 ERI Executive Compensation Assessor ("ERI"); Watson Wyatt, 2007/2008 Top Management Compensation - Industry Report ("Watson Wyatt"); William Mercer, 2007 Executive Compensation Survey ("Mercer") and Hewitt, TCM Online Executive, United States 2007 Survey ("Hewitt TCM").
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KNOLOGY INC (03/30/09) - The Economic Research Institute data offers a broader range of information regarding compensation rates and practices for comparable classification matches which are modified for industry, annual revenue and geographic location.
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EXACTECH INC (03/27/09) - 15 Organization Resource Counselors Executive Compensation Survey, Radford Global Life Sciences Survey, and, Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor, and the Florida Comp Data Survey.
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GOLFSMITH INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC (03/26/09) - In gathering the information for this study, we utilized reports from Mercer Corp., Watson Wyatt, and Economic Research Institute (jointly, the Compensation Surveys ) on executive and employee compensation.
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IDEXX LABORATORIES INC DE (03/25/09) - The company looks at surveys prepared by WorldatWork, Economic Research Institute, Mercer, and Radford.
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BRIDGE BANCORP INC (03/24/09) - Data is used from the Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to assess the cost of wages in the Bank's local market.
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PERFICIENT INC (03/24/09) - Published survey compensation data from the following sources was utilized: William Mercer, Watson Wyatt, World at Work, and the Economic Research Institute.
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STERLING CHEMICALS INC (03/24/09) - For 2009, our Compensation Committee initially received summary market data from Business & Legal Reports (Southwest), Economic Research Institute, Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Salary.com, Watson Wyatt Worldwide and World at Work.
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AXSYS TECHNOLOGIES INC (03/20/09) - Some of the resources used for comparison in the data provided by Buck Consultants were the Watson Wyatt Top Management Survey, the Economic Research Institute Salary Assessor and the Buck Consultants Proprietary Executive Survey.
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UNIT CORP (03/20/09) - Additionally, information from the following published surveys was incorporated into Longnecker s 2007 study: Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2007; Mercer Human Resources Consulting, 2007 Mercer Benchmark Database Executive; Watson Wyatt...
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FARMERS NATIONAL BANC CORP OH (03/11/09) - With the assistance of J.L. Nick, the Compensation Committee has reviewed (i) the 2007 Community Bankers Association of Ohio Financial Compensation Survey, (ii) the Ohio Bankers League 2007 Compensation Survey, (iii) the Economic Research Institute's Executive Compensation Assessor and (iv) identified various peer banking companies for the fiscal year 2008 that are competitive with the Corporation in terms of asset size and geography.
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Perficient, Inc. (04/30/08) - The following companies were included in the peer group: Advent Software, Inc., Computer Programs & Systems, Inc., Computer Task Group, Inc., Diamond Management & Technology Consultants Inc., EPIQ Systems, Inc., iGATE Corporation, QuadraMed Corporation, Secure Computing Corporation, Synaptics, Incorporated, and Syntel, Inc. Published survey compensation data from the following sources was utilized: William Mercer, Watson Wyatt, World at Work, and the Economic Research Institute.
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CLEARWIRE CORP (04/29/08) - To assist the committee in its review of executive compensation, we compile data and participate in compensation surveys conducted by independent third parties, such as Culpepper, Thobe, Equilar and Economic Research Institute.
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INTEST CORP (04/29/08) - Management periodically obtains survey data of comparably situated companies from Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to guide it in its compensation recommendations.
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INTROGEN THERAPEUTICS INC (04/29/08) - Economic Research Institute, Executive Benchmark Survey 2007 ... The independent consultant utilized seventy-five percent peer company data and twenty-five percent published survey data to create the market median and seventy-fifth percentile of total compensation.
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MICROVISION INC (04/29/08) - The nationally recognized published surveys utilized were the Aon Executive Compensation Survey, Economic Research Institute Executive Assessor, Culpepper Technology Executive Pay Report, Mercer Executive Compensation Survey, and Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Survey.
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NATIONAL BANK OF INDIANAPOLIS CORP (04/29/08) - Crowe Chizek used five different data points for its review and analysis, which consisted of the following: ... Economic Research Institute (May 1, 2007);
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SCM MICROSYSTEMS (04/29/08) - (2) considered informal data on salaries of executive officers in similar positions based on general benchmarking data for the technology industry from the Economic Research Institute...
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SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL INC (04/28/08) - In 2007, the Committee relied primarily on the published surveys of Watson Wyatt Data Service and Economic Research Institute and generally targeted compensation levels between the 50th and 75th percentile of manufacturing companies with similar profiles.
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Titan Machinery Inc (04/28/08) - For fiscal 2008, we used an executive compensation assessment prepared for us by the Economic Research Institute. The assessment provided comparative compensation information for executive officer salaries at companies with comparable size, sales and growth levels to us in the Minneapolis and Fargo markets.
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World Energy Solutions Inc (04/25/08) - Economic Research Institute, Inc., a regional survey reporting on companies in the northeast region.
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CHENIERE ENERGY INC (04/23/08) - Published survey data from the following compensation surveys: Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Calculator, Mercer Energy Survey and ERI Executive Compensation Assessor ...
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WILLBROS GROUP INC (04/23/08) - In addition to the Towers Perrin report with respect to the marketplace in general and the base salaries of the Peer Group, the Committee considered compensation data from the ERI Economic Research Institute regarding amounts budgeted for merit raises within the energy industry.
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GREATBATCH INC (04/22/08) - The 2007 market study provided base salary, total cash compensation and total direct compensation based upon our peer group proxy data and blended publicly available 2006 survey data trended to 2007 as follows: Economic Research Institute ERI 2006 ... Mercer Executive Compensation Survey William M. Mercer 2006 ... Top/Middle Management Compensation Calculator Watson Wyatt 2006/2007
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NTN BUZZTIME INC (04/22/08) - In determining base salaries for newly hired executive officers, the Committee considers objective external market data and internal parity of the executive's compensation across peer levels. Surveys regularly used include the Radford High Technology Benchmark and Executive Compensation Survey along with Economic Research Institute Survey and regional data from the San Diego Salary and Benefits Survey.
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FROZEN FOOD EXPRESS INDUSTRIES INC (04/18/08) - In addition to the peer group analysis, we also utilized data from published surveys sponsored by nationally recognized compensation consulting firms. These surveys included: The 2007 Economic Research Institute, Inc. Executive Compensation Assessor, the 2007 Mercer, LLC. Executive Benchmark Database, and the 2007/2008 Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Inc. Top Management Report.
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CORE LABORATORIES N V (04/17/08) - The Compensation Committee reviews several sources as a reference for determining competitive total compensation packages. These include published data from Watson Wyatt Top Management, Mercer-Executive, Economic Research Institute Executive Assessor and Stone Partner's Executive Oilfield Manufacturing and Services Industry compensation surveys. Watson Wyatt's survey includes 2,567 US companies, 154 of which are in the Utilities and Energy industry. Mercer's survey includes 2,258 companies, 101 of which are in the Energy/Mining industry. Watson Wyatt, Mercer-Executive and Economic Research Institute are nationally known, highly respected sources for data.
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BELDEN INC (04/16/08) - For executive officers, the Company sets midpoint salaries at the 50th percentile and annual cash incentive awards and long-term equity awards at the 75th percentile of peer group and survey data assuming target performance levels. For 2007, survey salary data included 2007 Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor; 2007/2008 Watson Wyatt Survey Report on Top Management Compensation; and the 2007 William Mercer Executive Compensation Survey. The survey data was adjusted to reflect Belden's revenue size.
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KEY ENERGY SERVICES INC (04/16/08) - Longnecker utilizes an average of public peer company information (50% weight) and published survey data (50% weight) in making their recommendations to the Compensation Committee. The following published surveys utilized by Longnecker were: Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor ...
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OHIO VALLEY BANC CORP (04/16/08) - The Crowe Chizek survey included 26 financial institutions with $500 million to $1 billion in assets in the Midwest Region. From the Economic Research Institute salary database, which has information from a collection of compensation surveys, Crowe Chizek used information designated by the Economic Research Institute as reflecting individuals who had held their positions for three years at commercial banks with a Huntington, West Virginia, database location.
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PRGSCHULTZ INTERNATIONAL INC (04/16/08) - ... in order to ensure that his compensation was properly benchmarked, the Compensation Committee reviewed survey data from the Economic Research Institute which provides geographic-specific survey data derived from 14,000 U.S. publicly-traded corporations' proxy statements, annual and other reports filed with the SEC (1994 to present), loan and employment applicant earnings verifications and digitized public records.
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ELECTRO OPTICAL SCIENCES INC NY (04/15/08) - In performing their study, AGF analyzed a peer group of twenty-three publicly-held companies, as well as industry specific data from the 2006 Compensation and Entrepreneurship Report in Life Sciences (a survey of 170 private companies in the life sciences, including approximately 80 medical device companies) and general compensation data from the Economic Research Institute.
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NATIONAL DENTEX CORP MA (04/14/08) - In reviewing compensation policies and practices for executives for 2007, the Compensation Committee reviewed executive compensation surveys provided by its independent compensation consultant, Strategic Compensation Partners, obtained from The Survey Group, AON Consulting, ERI Executive Salary Assessor, and Towers Perrin. The surveys were generally based on broad indexes of U.S. public companies of reasonably comparable size.
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EXACTECH INC (04/11/08) - This data details relevant market rates for executive salaries based on independent salary surveys that have been selected for benchmarks and verified by the surveying body through payroll records. The sources for this data include: Organization Resource Counselors Executive Compensation Survey, Top Five Medic Benchmark Compensation Survey, Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor, and the Florida Comp Data Survey. Criteria used to select the surveys used for benchmarking remain consistent from year-to-year and the surveys have remained constant for four years; however, the companies participating in the surveys may vary depending upon changes in subscribing companies.
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VIROPHARMA INC (04/11/08) - The salary surveys utilized by our consultant detail compensation for positions within the labor markets in which we typically hire our executive staff. Published survey sources utilized by the consultant in the analyses were: ... Economic Research Institute (ERI)-Consultants Salary Assessor
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ARRIS GROUP INC (04/09/08) - Survey data from various sources also are utilized, including the following: ... ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2008 (Economic Research Institute)
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RAM ENERGY RESOURCES INC (04/09/08) - The reports included a competitive salary analysis showing market average salaries for executive positions similar to ours. The market average data was based on a compilation of industry survey data, including the Watson Wyatt Data Services Survey, the Mercer 2006 Energy Compensation Survey and the 2007 Salary Assessor prepared by the Economic Research Institute.
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RUSH ENTERPRISES INC TX (04/09/08) - In addition to the above, Longnecker analyzed published survey data from the following sources: ... Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor;
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TOREADOR RESOURCES CORP (04/09/08) - In addition, the named executive officers were compared against published surveys as follows: ... ERI Executive Compensation Assessor - Crude Oil Exploration and Production
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FNB United Corp (04/04/08) - The primary data used in setting competitive market compensation levels for the named executive officers was derived from two sources. The first source included various market salary surveys for banks of similar asset size, including 2007 Crowe Southeast, ERI Salary Assessor, Mercer-Banking Executive Survey, and Watson-Wyatt, Southeast.
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CAPITAL PROPERTIES INC RI (03/28/08) - Data for these companies was compiled from current proxy statements. In addition, compensation information was compiled from several published survey sources which report data for business services and non-technical companies with revenues less than $50 million. These survey sources are: ... Economic Research Institute - Real Estate;
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GOLFSMITH INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS INC (03/27/08) - We have supplemented the Aon Report with reports from Mercer Corp., Watson Wyatt, and Economic Research Institute (jointly, the "Compensation Surveys") on compensation for executives in our peer group.
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IDEXX LABORATORIES INC (03/27/08) - The company annually budgets total cash compensation to increase by roughly the amount reported by general US industry surveys on projected salary trends. The company looks at surveys prepared by WorldatWork, Economic Research Institute, Mercer, and Radford. This budgeted rate applies to all employees, including executives.
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BRIDGE BANCORP INC (03/24/08) - Data is used from the Economic Research Institute ("ERI") to assess the local cost of wages in the Bank's local market. As a matter of compensation philosophy, regional adjustments made to the national data are based on the differential in salaries not the differential in cost of living.
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LANCE INC (03/24/08) - The consultants used data from comprehensive surveys and performed a peer group analysis using similar sized food and snack food companies. The consultants used the 2006/2007 Industry Report on Top Management Compensation by Watson Wyatt and the 2006 Executive Compensation Assessor by Economic Research Institute and its market analysis of our executive compensation. All elements of executive compensation were compared to market data from food and kindred products industries data.
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UNIT CORP (03/14/08) - Additionally, information from the following published surveys was incorporated into Longnecker's 2007 study: ... Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2007;
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UMPQUA HOLDINGS CORP (03/03/08) - PWC's analysis was based on a review of proxy data for three years and compensation surveys performed by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Watson Wyatt and the Economic Research Institute.
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SIGNATURE EYEWEAR INC (02/28/08) - This increase was based on a recommendation of the Compensation Committee. In making this recommendation, the Compensation Committee considered the Executive Compensation Assessor prepared by the ERI Economic Research Institute for information concerning compensation of chief executive officers and chief financial officers of public companies with annual revenues of $15 million to $50 million.
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Diamond Foods Inc (02/11/08) - In establishing compensation benchmarks, Aon summarized survey data from Towers Perrin, Economic Research Institute, Watson Wyatt Data Services and William Mercer for companies of similar size to Diamond.
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HELMERICH PAYNE INC (01/25/08) - The data from these surveys is statistically regressed according to our revenue. This survey data includes oilfield services, energy and general industry data. The surveys referenced in Deloitte's 2007 compensation report were: ... Economic Research Institute 2007 Executive Compensation Assessor
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INTEGRATED ELECTRICAL SERVICES INC (01/04/08) - The Survey Group consists of four "Industry Peer Group" companies and "General Industry" companies regressed from Construction and Engineering industries with annual revenues of approximately $950 million. The compensation consultant utilized published survey compensation data from the following sources: ... Economic Research Institute, ERI Executive Compensation Assessor
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Noble International, Ltd. (06/15/07) - we reviewed compensation survey results from the Economic Research Institute (ERI) Survey for metal fabrication companies, both in the Midwest and nationwide...
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Merger Proposed - Beneficial Mutual Bancorp, Inc and FMS Financial Corporation (05/23/07) - The 2006 survey sources included the Economic Research Institute - Executive Compensation Assessor, proxy statement data for publicly traded commercial banks and thrifts located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey ranging in asset size between $2 billion and $12 billion
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Mitcham Industries, Inc. (05/23/07) - For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2007, compensation indices from the ECS Industry Report on Top Management Compensation, which was prepared by Watson Wyatt Data Services, and the Salary Assessor, which was prepared by Economic Research Institute, were used in the Committee's analysis.
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Digital Recorders, Inc. (04/30/07) - The Company's professional employer organization, The Castleton Group, retained ERI Economic Research Institute ('ERI') to perform a compensation benchmarking study for fiscal year 2006. ERI surveyed market compensation data from a peer group of companies, and evaluated the compensation levels of our named executive officers compared to named executive officers of the peer group companies. Based on the survey, the Company's Board of Directors' HR&C Committee determined that base salaries and incentive compensation amounts were at, or below, current median rates of compensation for our peer group. The study results are being utilized in establishing recommended compensation levels for the Company's named executive officers for fiscal year 2007 with a general objective of maintaining the base salary component of our executive compensation at or below the median levels of our peer group within the overall framework of the HR&C Committee's philosophy and objectives.
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Perficient, Inc. (04/30/07) - Published survey compensation data from the following sources was utilized: William Mercer, Watson Wyatt, World at Work, and the Economic Research Institute.
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PRG-Schultz International, Inc. (04/30/07) - In connection with the hiring of Mr. White in June 2006, in order to ensure that his compensation was properly benchmarked, the Compensation Committee reviewed survey data from the Economic Research Institute which provides geographic-specific survey data derived from 14,000 U.S. publicly-traded corporations' proxy statements, annual and other reports filed with the SEC (1994 to present), loan and employment applicant earnings verifications and digitized public records.
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ViroPharma Incorporated (04/30/07) - The salary surveys utilized detail compensation for positions within the labor markets in which we hire our executive staff. Published survey sources utilized in the analyses included: Economic Research Institute (ERI)-Consultant's Compensation Assessor-a compensation database that combines over 1,500 published survey resources...
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Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, Inc. (04/27/07) - Our consultant reviewed national compensation surveys from the following sources: America's Community Bankers Compensation Survey; BAI Bank Cash Compensation Survey; BAI Key Executive Compensation Survey; Crowe Chizek - Comprehensive Financial Institutions Compensation Survey; and Economic Research Institute - Executive Compensation Assessor.
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InTEST Corporation (04/27/07) - In addition, management periodically obtains survey data of comparably situated companies from Economic Research Institute ('ERI') to guide it in its compensation recommendations. The specific parameters we define for ERI are job description, company revenue size, company SIC code and geographic location. Based upon these inputs, ERI supplies base salaries, incentive and total compensation information for comparable job descriptions. Where comparable job descriptions do not exist, further analysis is necessary to determine appropriate comparable compensation parameters. Thus, because it is our policy to have both an executive Chairman and a President and Chief Executive Officer, the starting point for our consideration of the compensation for these two positions is determined by combining the ERI data for the position of 'Outside Chairman' and the position of 'President and Chief Executive Officer' and adjusting for the additional activities and responsibilities of our Chairman.

Changes to director compensation are periodically considered by the Committee and recommended to the Board of Directors for approval. Such changes may be proposed by any director. Any change in the compensation of any director or any group of directors is approved by a majority of non-interested directors, and, if such recommendation applies to the compensation of all directors, by a majority of the independent directors in addition to a majority of the directors then in office. Information regarding director compensation at comparable companies is also obtained periodically from ERI.
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Omega Protein Corporation (04/27/07) - In its review of officer base salaries, AGF utilized two separate sets of comparative market data on total compensation pay. The first set of data was a proprietary research database developed by Economic Research Institute ('ERI') which reflected pay practices of more than 20,000 businesses. The ERI data was screened to provide comparable data for the equivalent eight officer positions at comparable sized (based on revenues) specialty food manufacturing companies.
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Electro-Optical Sciences, Inc. (04/20/07) - In performing their study, AGF analyzed a peer group of twenty-three publicly-held companies, as well as industry specific data from the 2006 Compensation and Entrepreneurship Report in Life Sciences (a survey of 170 private companies in the life sciences, including approximately 80 medical device companies) and general compensation data from the Economic Research Institute.
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Nara Bancorp, Inc. (04/19/07) - Economic Research Institute compensation data base by location, industry and size. America's Community Bankers 32nd Annual Compensation Survey. Data was compiled using banks with assets over $1 billion by region.
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Lake Shore Bancorp, Inc. (04/18/07) - The outside consultant blends several data categories from these sources to reflect our asset size and geographical region. The consultant also adjusts the data for geographical pay differentials, using data from the Economic Research Institute, to adjust for salary ranges in the Western New York area. The data, which is based upon actual salaries for the previous year, is further adjusted by an estimated percentage for salary increases within the industry.
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Golden Star Resources, Ltd. (04/16/07) - The Corporation also refers to compensation survey data from the below listed resources to ensure that its total senior executive compensation program is competitive: Economic Research Institute...
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Labor Ready, Inc. (04/16/07) - The surveys were national surveys published by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Watson Wyatt Data Services and Economic Research Institute.
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K2 Inc. (04/12/07) - he Compensation Committee, with the assistance of Milliman, benchmarks the compensation levels of the Named Executive Officers versus compensation levels of comparable job functions and responsibilities across such companies. Milliman independently determines the methodology of its compensation surveys and the companies included in its surveys. In this benchmarking, the compensation of the Named Executive Officers was compared against compensation information published by the Economic Research Institute ('ERI')...
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Longview Fibre Company (04/12/07) - Selected peer organizations consisted of: AEP Industries, Inc., Anchor Glass Container, Caraustar Industries, Inc., Chesapeake Corporation, CLARCOR Inc., Constar International, Inc., Greif, Inc., Kimball International, Inc., OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., P.H. Glatfelter Company, Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc., Pope & Talbot, Inc., Potlatch Corporation, Rayonier, Inc., Rock-Tenn Company, Spartech Corporation and Wausau-Mosinee Paper. Published salary surveys consisted of the Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc. (PICA) Wage & Benefits Compilation Report, the Economic Research Institute: Executive Assessor, the Mercer Executive Compensation Survey, the Stanton Group Forest Products Industry Compensation Association (FPICA) and the Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Report.
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Belden CDT Inc. (04/11/07) - For 2006 compensation, survey sources included the 2006 Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor; 2006/2007 Watson Wyatt Top Management and Middle Management Compensation Calculator; and the 2006 William H. Mercer Executive Compensation Survey. The survey data is regressed to reflect Belden's revenue size.
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Allied Waste Industries, Inc. (04/10/07) - Under its charter, the Compensation Committee has authority to retain compensation consultants, outside counsel, and other advisors that the Committee deems appropriate, in its sole discretion, to assist it in discharging its duties, and to approve the terms of retention and fees to be paid to such consultants. The Compensation Committee engaged Cook to assist the Committee in establishing the compensation structure for our NEOs for 2006 and 2007. Our company also retains Economic Research Institute, Mercer Consultants, and Watson Wyatt to advise us with respect to our compensation programs for executives and members of our management team, other than the NEOs.
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Arris Group, Inc. (04/09/07) - Survey data from various sources also are utilized, including ERI Executive Compensation Assessor 2006 (Economic Research Institute)...
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Exactech, Inc. (04/09/07) - This data details relevant market rates for executive salaries based on independent salary surveys that have been selected for benchmarks and verified by the surveying body through payroll records. The sources for this data include: Organization Resource Counselors Executive Compensation Survey, Top Five Medic Benchmark Compensation Survey, Economic Research Institute Executive Compensation Assessor, and the Florida Comp Data Survey. Criteria used to select the surveys used for benchmarking remain consistent from year-to-year and the surveys have remained constant for three years; however, the companies participating in the surveys may vary depending upon changes in subscribing companies.
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Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. (04/09/07) - The Company uses the services of The Whitney Smith Company to conduct reviews of compensation approaches and levels for relationship managers, key management and the named executives. The study was directed to cover competitive base salaries, annual bonuses, and total annual cash compensation. The survey information provided by The Whitney Smith Company uses survey information compiled from information from recognized sources including the Economic Research Institute, Watson Wyatt, Mercer, Delves Group, and World at Work. In addition to the published survey information, publicly available information from a selected peer group was considered.
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Freightcar America, Inc. (04/04/07) - The annual base salary for each executive officer (including the NEOs) generally is increased on the anniversary of his or her start date. In 2005, the compensation committee asked Hewitt Associates to study the overall compensation levels, including base salary, of the CEO and two other senior management employees. With respect to other senior management employees and other management employees, the Company uses the results of an annual study by the Economic Research Institute and sets annual base salaries at plus or minus 25% of the midpoint, depending on an assessment of the individual's sustained performance and the location of his or her position.
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Allied Security Holdings, llc (04/02/07) - Data for this analysis was drawn from the following sources: (i) Mercer Consulting Benchmarking Database - Executive Compensation Report, (ii) Watson Wyatt Data Services: ECS Survey Report on Top Management Compensation, (iii) Economic Research Institute: Salary Assessor, and (iv) Aon Consulting - Executive Compensation.
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Option Care, Inc. (04/02/07) - Overall compensation of each executive officer is evaluated against that of similarly situated executives in the peer group, considering the overall scope of the executive's individual and geographic responsibilities. This evaluation is conducted using a software database from the Economic Research Institute, which inputs a variety of surveys, proxy information and other sources outlining the market for various positions (including CEO, CFO, and Chief Legal Counsel) within the industry within specific geographic and revenue parameters. In making compensation determinations for executive officers, the Committee also considers recommendations of the Chief Executive Officer (other than with respect to his own compensation). Individual compensation of our executive officers is comprised of three elements: base salary, cash bonus and stock options.
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Vertis, Inc. (04/02/07) - The Company utilizes various independent survey sources when performing their review. The predominant survey utilized in 2006 was the Salary Assessor Series published electronically by the Economic Research Institute. The Salary Assessor Series includes the Executive Compensation Assessor, which allows data segmentation by industry classification and annual revenues.
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Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (03/30/07) - Lawrence Associates utilizes compensation and specific salary survey data provided by the Economic Research Institute ('ERI'), a recognized leader in survey analyses and web-based collection of compensation survey data. The ERI database consists of both proxy information and a compilation of compensation data obtained from numerous sources, including subscriber provided data and purchased surveys. While the information gathered from proxies can be attributed to specific companies, individual organizations that otherwise participate in the database compilation cannot be specifically identified. Lawrence Associates uses ERI data for organizations with an SIC code of 6100 ('Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate - Nondepository institutions'). Using regression analysis, the ERI software database enables Lawrence Associates to statistically approximate the competitive market survey data for the requested executive positions at the desired asset size level.
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Capital Properties, Inc. (03/28/07) - The consultant's report found that the compensation for the Chairman, the President and the Treasurer, based upon survey sources ranging from the Economic Research Institute to data for a peer group of 12 real estate operator and lessor companies1, was below the 50% median of base salary. At the date of the report, as compared to total compensation at peer companies, the compensation for two of the three executives was below the 25th percentile and for one executive slightly above the 25th percentile. Based upon the report, our overall compensation philosophy, our evaluation of the Chief Executive's performance and the Chief Executive's evaluation of the performance of the President and the Treasurer, we adjusted the base salaries of the Chairman, the President and the Treasurer to the 50th percentile of the base compensation of the peer companies.
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Encysive Pharmaceuticals Inc. (03/27/07) - They conducted a study to assist us in developing an overall compensation plan for our work force and developing formalized policies with respect to the determination of the compensation philosophy, structures, salary ranges and the various elements of total compensation. Aon utilized various sources of compensation reports and surveys including Radford Benchmark Compensation Report, ECS/Watson Wyatt Salary Surveys, Economic Research Institute Salary Surveys, Mercer Compensation Reports and Towers Perrin Surveys. Aon used data from these sources to benchmark the various compensation elements for existing and proposed executive and technical positions against biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies of comparable size. Data from twenty to several hundred companies were utilized depending upon the particular position being evaluated.
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Lance, Inc. (03/26/07) - The consultants used the 2006/2007 Industry Report on Top Management Compensation by Watson Wyatt and the 2006 Executive Compensation Assessor by Economic Research Institute and its market analysis of our executive compensation. All elements of executive compensation were compared to market data from food and kindred products industries data.
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EPL Intermediate, Inc. (03/23/07) - Overall, the total compensation opportunity is intended to create an executive compensation program that is fair, reasonable and competitive when compared to the median compensation levels of comparable limited service restaurant companies. In setting compensation, the Company informally considers competitive market practices derived from various sources, such as recruiting firms, SEC filings of comparable companies and data available from the Economic Research Institute, which provides a database of executive compensation statistics regarding other limited service restaurant companies of comparable size and revenue and similar geographic location. Generally, we believe that executive salaries should be targeted near the median of the range of salaries for executives in similar positions and with similar responsibilities at comparable companies but we do not engage in a formal benchmarking process.
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Mace Security International (01/18/07) - CRI utilized the most recent published surveys in our in-house library, as follows, to obtain specific market data for this position ... 2. Executive Compensation Assessor, Economic Research Institute.
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PFF Bancorp, Inc. (07/28/06) - Salary levels recommended by the committee are intended to be in the middle range of the marketplace. There is no provision for 'automatic annual raises;' however, adjustments will be made from time to time for individuals whose salaries are trailing the market. Sources of compensation information include a peer group analysis as obtained through review of proxy statements and various compensation surveys including Employer Group Survey, Economic Research Institute Survey, Western Management Group Survey, California Bankers Association Survey, American Community Bankers Survey and other published sources and consultation with independent compensation consultants.
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