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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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