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DC-MD-VA Virtual May 2020 Meeting

May 26, 2020

12 Noon EDT

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Stabilizers and Springboards: Optimizing Equity Awards in a Down Market

Speaker Information

Takis Makridis, CEP
Equity Methods
President and CEO
Takis Makridis is responsible for the strategy, service delivery, and thought leadership efforts at Equity Methods. Leveraging extensive consulting experience, Takis is relentlessly committed to delivering practical, plain-English, high-impact solutions to clients while remaining active in the firm’s research efforts. The 90-plus professionals at Equity Methods assist clients in the valuation, design, and financial reporting of compensation programs, as well as advanced analytics related to pay equity and diversity and inclusion. Equity Methods has served over 500 companies, with a particular focus on large organizations with complex compensation programs (having served 35 Fortune 100 companies). Takis also is a contributor to various technical publications and is cited in media such as the New York Times, Corporate Board, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg BNA,, Compliance Week, and Treasury and Risk. Takis is a member of the WP Carey School of Business Dean’s Council. He holds a BS in economics and finance from Arizona State University, an MBA from Oxford University, and is a Certified Equity Professional (CEP).
Matt Gabrielson
Equity Methods
Sr. Consultant, Financial Reports
Matt is a senior consultant within Equity Methods’ financial reporting group, where he works with both public and private companies to help solve their equity compensation problems. In his current role, Matt supports ongoing reporting, helps set up new clients with Equity Methods, develops internal processes to drive efficiency, and contributes to thought leadership initiatives. Matt uses his SAS programming expertise to tackle complex client issues including assumed awards, award modifications, and international tax recharges. Matt graduated from Northern Arizona University with an undergraduate degree in finance and a certificate in investments.

Event Details

Join the DC-MD VA NASPP Chapter for our first Virtual Meeting!
Meeting Date/Time: 5/26/2020, 12 noon ET

Webinar details:  Attendees can register using the link below and will receive further instructions via email on how to join the webinar. 
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With a 10-year bull market behind us, equity awards face new challenges as the economy struggles and pouts through COVID-19 and the aftermath it leaves. In a down market, or even just a volatile and unpredictable one, different sorts of equity awards and granting practices will be ideal for most companies. Already, relative performance awards are emerging as potential winners—and not just the popularized relative total shareholder return (rTSR) metric, but also relative financial metrics. Join us for a discussion of relative performance metrics, their pros and cons, and emerging strategies to optimize your equity awards in 2020 and beyond.

During this session we'll discuss:
  • The why’s and how’s behind different types of relative performance equity, including both relative financial metrics and rTSR
  • Ways to fine-tune existing relative performance awards to achieve your objectives
  • Techniques for introducing relative performance metrics into your existing LTIP while staying true to your overall compensation strategy
  • Accounting and proxy implications of relative performance metrics
Webinar details:  Attendees can register using the link below and will receive further instructions via email on how to join the webinar. 
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