Calendar of Upcoming Events for the PORTLAND Chapter

Prior Events

Date and Time:6/2/2016 noon to 1:30pm
Event:Chapter Annual Meeting and Presentation
Topic:Performance Awards for Private and Smaller Public Companies
Location:Perkins Coie LLP, , 1120 N.W. Couch Street, 10th Floor (see link below for directions) — If you can't attend in person, you can participate by webcast or teleconference!
Contact:Danielle Benderly
Contact Phone:503.727.2011

Performance Awards for Private and Smaller Public Companies

The internet is abuzz with the growth of performance-based equity programs. Much of that noise is focused on executive compensation in the Fortune 500. Concerns about Say on Pay, Total Shareholder Return, ISS approval and more are driving the conversation. But, underneath all of that static is what is the steady growth of performance awards in smaller public and privately held companies. This presentation will briefly provide some foundation then dive into the process of designing, implementing, communicating and managing an effective performance award program.

Our presenter, Dan Walter, President and CEO at Performensation, has been at the forefront of performance-based equity for almost two decades. He is an engaging and (sometimes) humorous speaker who will help you understand the most important conceptual and technical aspects of these programs.  Creating a performance award program for smaller companies is not a process of following the leader and having someone do some complex math. Dan will explain how to diagnose, design, execute and adapt a program to fit your companies unique strategy and culture. He will also provide some important insight into what NOT to do!

Register today if you are a private company and planning to stay that way or with aspirations of an IPO, or if you're a public traded company that needs to get moving quickly on this. And, if you have done this in the past, successfully or not, please consider being prepared to share some of your story in this interactive presentation!


Dan Walter, CECP, CEP, founded Performensation, a compensation consulting firm, in 2006 and has been in the industry for more than 20 years (he's kind of old). Dan is an industry thought leader for all forms of equity, including stock options, restricted shares and units, stock purchase plans, and performance-based programs. In addition to his focus on plan design, he has been the architect of software solutions and administrative and technological best practices used by many companies.  Dan has coauthored several books on compensation including “The Decision-makers Guide to Equity Compensation”, Performance-based Equity Compensation" and "Everything in Compensation is Communication." He will be giving some of each away to attendees who participate in the presentation. He is a popular blogger and speaker who performs dozens of presentations every year. Dan also wrote this bio, so be aware that it probably makes him sound better than he really is.

Chapter Annual Meeting

This is your chapter and we need your participation!  At the annual meeting we will elect officers and directors to serve for 2016 for the NASPP Portland chapter. Only members who attend the annual meeting may vote in this election. Please contact Danielle Benderly at or 503-727-2011 if you are interested in serving as a chapter officer or director.  Click here to see a listing of the current officers and directors.


Questions or complaints? Contact Danielle Benderly at or 503-727-2011.

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Continuing Education Credits: 1 CEP (Various) 1 CPE (Personnel/HR)