Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Culpepper/AHRS Meeting Wrap-up

I attended a great meeting in Bellevue hosted by Leigh Culpepper of Culpepper and Associates (in the middle) and Doug Sayed of Applied HR Strategies (on the left). Yes, that's me on the right.

The topics included an update on compensation trends in the Pacific Northwest in the high technology and biotechnology sectors. Doug has the depth of experience and the data to present a longer term perspective on pay changes and trends in these sectors. It's interesting to note that we seem to be entering a period similar to that of 1999 and 2000 with pay on the rise for key IT and Finance jobs. Hopefully not another "bubble" period though.

Leigh introduced the plans that Culpepper and Associates have for the AHRS survey suite. Culpepper and Associates have a great survey database and great techology for delivering the best in compensation data for over 500 job families (representing several thousand unique jobs) all over the globe.

Congratulations to Elliott. He won the door prize of a new iPod nano! I purposefully did not put my card in the drawing, but I figured Elliott was fair game. He was so excited and said "I can't wait to get home and go running with it!".

After the meeting, Doug, Leigh and I had a nice lunch at McCormick & Schmick's in Bellevue. I highly recommend it if you're in town. Great seafood. Leigh agreed to put a link on his company's website to the CompModel.net site. We are also discussing some other ideas related to NextComp.net and the Culpepper and Associates surveys. Hopefully we can make those ideas reality in 2007.


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