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Compensation, Benefits & Perks:  Strategies for Success by The Nashville CFOLC

Compensation, Benefits & Perks: Strategies for Success Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:15 AM - 9:15 AM

When: December 5, 2019
7:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Where: Baker Donelson
1st Floor Event Facility
211 Commerce St #800
Nashville, Tennessee  37201
United States
Contact: Jennifer Langley
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Program Description:

Does your company have a compensation strategy?  Is it widely communicated?  Do your key employees truly value their benefits and perks (their total compensation package)?  Can you succinctly articulate your company’s compensation strategy in less than a half-minute?  Effective compensation strategies are one of the key pillars to a competitive and healthy business.  Being able to attract key talent, retaining your existing “A” players and properly incentivizing employees throughout the evolving lifecycle can make the difference between success (growth), stagnation or failure of any company.

However, as is often the case with any strategy over time, a company’s compensation strategies must adapt to the changing needs of the business and its competitive landscape; and are influenced by a myriad of internal and external factors. Join us as we present “Comp, Benefits and Perks: Strategies for Success", where our panel of experts will review compensation strategies for early-stage and high-growth companies, as well as issues and opportunities specific to companies on an exit path.

Learning Objectives:

  • Going beyond base salary - discover what elements of compensation packages most attract and help retain top employees.
  • Address retention strategies for talent, including annual increases in base, increases tied to promotions, various bonus structures and more – at all stages of a company’s lifecycle.
  • Understand how new generations of talent are changing the face of non-cash rewards and benefits.



Susan A Brownie, CFO, Medaxion, Inc.


Susan has over 30 years of management, public company and board experience. Since September 2019, Susan has served as CFO for Medaxion, Inc., a provider of clinical information solutions for anesthesia practices and healthcare organizations.  Susan has worked as CFO for several different healthcare provider and IT organizations including:


  • QualDerm Partners LLC (QDP), a dermatology practice management company
  • MyHealthDirect, a healthcare scheduling exchange company recently acquired by Experian (EXPGF)
  • Cogent/CogentHMG, acquired by Sound Physicians
  • HealthStream, Inc. (HSTM)


Susan has worked for and with a variety of high growth companies including those financed through public equity and debt; private equity and venture funding.  Susan has been involved in the IPO process and SEC reporting and compliance on both the management and public accounting side.  Susan also has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions as well as related financing, recapitalizations and leveraged transactions.  Susan spent almost 14 years in public accounting with KPMG LLP before assuming management leadership roles in finance and accounting.


Susan has been active serving on the non-profit boards of Alive Hospice, First Steps, Inc. and Hands on Nashville as well as volunteer activities with Montgomery Bell Academy, Oak Hill School, Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.         


Her formal qualifications include:


  •  Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting, The College of William and Mary
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA, TN inactive)

In her free time, Susan enjoys yoga, cooking, hiking, washing cars and especially time on the water.  Susan and her husband, Bill, have a seventeen-year-old son and a seven-year-old Weimaraner.



Brent Gay, CFO, Advance Financial 


Brent Gay is the CFO of Advance Financial, an industry leading consumer lending and fintech company headquartered in Nashville, TN.  Prior to Advance Financial, Brent has held financial leadership roles at General Motors, Nationwide Insurance, and most recently was the CFO of Acceptance Auto Insurance.  Brent holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Ohio Northern University. 


Bryce Jenney, Business Performance AdvisorInsperity (Moderator)


Companies of all sizes struggle with growth.  But, small- and medium- sized companies are forced to do more with less while competing with larger companies who have seemingly inexhaustible resources.  Meanwhile, the smaller firms still have to contend with the same regulatory demands that their larger competitors are better equipped to handle.


In his capacity as a Business Performance Advisor with Insperity Bryce focuses on enhancing a business’s People Operations, and delivers other value added services in core verticals to aid with their growth strategy.  Through these efforts, Bryce levels the playing field by giving entrepreneurs access to all the HR and administrative benefits, personnel, and infrastructure of a large company while taking much of the burden of human capital demands off their hands.

Prior to Insperity, Bryce spent much of his career in the financial services arena acting in both a Private Wealth and Transaction Advisory capacity.  It is here where he first saw the direct impact non-strategic People Operations can have on a business’s enterprise value, and ability to execute on a transaction.

Outside of work, Bryce also serves as the Chairman of the Board of CreatiVets, stays active in the community through his church, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Madeline, and son, William.


Michelle Rayhab, VP Admin & HCM, Platinum Companies


Michelle Rayhab is the Vice President of Administration and HCM with Platinum Companies. In her role she is responsible for the overall coordination, functional management and solutions implementation that advance the organization’s teams to run effectively and work smart.  


Michelle joined the company in 2003 and has held a variety of roles affording her the opportunity to gain deep industry knowledge, she has been in her current role for 10 years.


Michelle is passionate about creating an inclusive environment whereby technology and human capital intersect to elevate teams and the organization.  



Kai R. Walker Director Enterprise Financial Solutions Bank of America  


Kai Walker is the Director of Enterprise Financial Solutions at Bank of America.  In this capacity, Kai delivers innovative thought leadership, actionable ideas and relevant solutions to our customers across local markets.  Through this effort, Kai creates experiences that facilitate learning, enhances financial well-being, and cultivates opportunities that can be effective in attracting, retaining, and motivating employees in an increasingly competitive business environment.


Kai began his career as an executive within the Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Investment Management organization in 1998.  Kai served as the National Director of Institutional Client Relationships and was responsible for coordinating the service and acquisition functions of the institutional and national client segment which maintains over $200B in assets and 4M accounts under management.


Kai is a leading industry professional and possess over twenty-five years of experience in retirement and financial services.  Prior to joining Bank of America, Kai held a variety of key positions with market leading financial services firms where he focused on helping corporate executives meet their fiduciary obligations and equipped and empowered their employees to achieve financial wellness.


Kai holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Gordon College and maintains certification in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.   Kai also maintains his series 7, 66 and 24 registrations with FINRA.  Kai is also co-executive sponsor for the Jacksonville Inter-Generational Employee Network and an acting member of the American Economic Association, the Florida Council on Aging.  Kai is also member of the firm’s Black Executive Leadership Council.



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CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program at a one-time cost of $60.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.


More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Jennifer Langley, Southeast Regional Director, at


Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.


CPE Information


 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 Credits in Personnel/Human Resources
 Experience Level: Basic

 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:



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