Credit Unions Get Competitive Compensation Insights from Survey

For the 9th consecutive year, NAFCU and Burns-Fazzi,Woman holding "Pay" sign Brock (BFB) will conduct a comprehensive survey of credit union executive compensation and benefits. The NAFCU-BFB Survey of Executive Compensation and Benefits is the industry’s most comprehensive study of executive compensation.

How can your credit union participate?

  • NAFCU members have been sent an email invitation to complete the online survey.
  • Nonmember credit unions can register to receive the survey by signing up at http://www.nafcu.org/execsurvey.

 Here are the top things you should know about this study:

  • All credit unions are invited to participate.
  • Any participating credit union’s individual responses are completely anonymous.
  • Participating credit unions will receive a complimentary copy of the detailed report about the survey.
  • The deadline for credit unions to complete the survey has been extended to Friday, April 10, 2015. (If you are a NAFCU member and have not received your invitation, please contact Clark Research Associates by email at nafcusurvey@clarkra.com).

Credit union decision-makers use the findings from this annual survey to get a better view into competitive salaries, bonus plan factors, deferred compensation, and health and welfare benefits; all specific and relevant to our industry.

A study like this empowers credit unions to participate and then benefit from the findings.  By using the survey insights, credit unions can more effectively evaluate how their executive compensation program compares with peer institutions,” said NAFCU Services President Randy Salser.”

A credit union’s ability to recruit, reward, and retain leaders depends upon access to trustworthy and relevant data,” said David Frankil, president at Burns-Fazzi, Brock. “This survey helps credit union boards and executives understand current trends in the marketplace and develop a custom compensation philosophy, and we’re thrilled to once again have the opportunity to support it.”

The results of the study will be presented by Burns-Fazzi, Brock at NAFCU’s Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Montreal, Canada from June 23 – June 26, 2015.

Tailoring Executive Benefits to the Executive and the Credit Union

By David Frankil, President, Burns-Fazzi, Brock and Associates

Some people are lucky enough to be able to walk into a store, pick a nice suit off the rack, maybe have the sleeves adjusted and the cuffs hemmed, and walk out with something that fits them perfectly.

My experience is more like major surgery, but when done right the suit looks great.

The same is true for executive benefits – some rare executives and their credit unions are fortunate enough to have a set of circumstances and needs that allow them to take something basic and off-the-shelf.  But more often they end up with their proverbial arms sticking out and socks visible with cuffs four inches off the floor.  What they really need is a more complex mix of solutions that are tailor-made for them.

Where we see credit union executives considering (or stuck in) ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions, it is usually because there is a misperception that credit union executives can only have one type of executive benefit.  In other words, they think they have to pick just one from a long list that includes 457(b), 457(f), Split-Dollar Plans, Invested Retirement Plans, and others.

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Aligning CU Executive Incentives With CU Goals and Member Needs

By David Frankil, President, Burns-Fazzi, Brock and Associates

Dr. Jack Clark from Clark Research Associates presented the results of the 2014 NAFCU-BFB Executive Compensation and Benefits Survey at this summer’s NAFCU Annual Conference.  There were many tidbits in the presentation, but one topic caught my eye – the wide variety of incentives that Boards have used to create bonus plans for top executives.

The topic of how incentives affect behavior is far from new – go back to freshman-year economics and Adam Smith –

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest.”

Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Vol 1, March 9, 1776

Just as water finds its own level, economic activity naturally seeks its highest and most efficient use.  That’s not to say that the greater good is subverted to individual self-interest, rather that well-designed compensation models effectively align individual incentives with desired outcomes that benefit the credit union, its members and top executives.

On that we can probably all agree – but what are the metrics and desired outcomes that will create optimal goal alignment?  To use a baseball analogy, home runs are great – but rewarding players just based on home runs would result in tons of shortstops and second basemen batting .075 as they swung from the heels every time up at the plate.  You’d have a hard time finding anyone who wanted to pitch too.

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The Top 5 Myths about Executive Benefits

Guest post written by Christine Burns-Fazzi, Principal, Burns-Fazzi, Brock.

Burns-Fazzi, Brock (BFB) is the NAFCU Services Preferred Partner for Executive Compensation and Benefit Consulting.

There is a lot of mystery swirling around executive benefits. A well-designed  plan does more than pay for performance and longevity, or provide the ability to offer supplemental retirement benefits to key executives. While executive benefit plans are designed to recruit, reward, and retain senior executives, they are also arranged to have a positive impact on the credit union’s earnings. Of course, all of this must be accomplished with a constant eye on federal and state regulations.

While we all can agree on what an executive benefit plan is, it is equally as important to note what an executive benefit plan is not. Here are the top five common myths about executive benefit plans:

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What Keeps Credit Union Executives Up at Night?

Originally posted on CUInsight.

By Randy Salser, President, NAFCU Services

Download a complimentary copy of the “Grow 2020: Driving Effective Member Engagement” paper here.

Credit union executives are facing more challenges than ever.  In November 2013, Sundeep Kapur of Allied Solutions conducted a study on the challenges facing credit unions.  The purpose of the resulting report is to:

  1. Release survey results highlighting the top concerns of 547 credit union executives
  2. Introduce prescriptive ideas for addressing these concerns
  3. Explore where we are headed over the next seven years

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