Hali Croner, President and Chief Executive Officer, has over 25 years of consulting and research experience in the fields of compensation design and implementation.  Hali works extensively with senior management and Boards of Directors of media, digital, entertainment, software games and casino games organizations to help them create and keep current their compensation programs.  She started her career as a Research Analyst with SRI International, an international think tank, and was a Staff Consultant at Sibson & Company, a compensation consulting firm, before joining The Croner Company in 1989.  Hali is a graduate of Dartmouth College where she earned membership into Phi Beta Kappa.
Mel Croner-2 Cropped-4 Mel Croner, Chairman and Founder, founded The Croner Company in 1978.  Mel is well known both nationally and internationally as a strategic and organization resource to numerous domestic and international companies.  He started his career at The RAND Corporation, then spent eight years as a Senior Partner at Arthur Young before founding The Croner Company.  Mel is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Pete Culver J. P. “Pete” Culver, Chief Investment Officer, is the third principal at The Croner Company.  Pete is one of the nation’s experts in the field of physician and hospital compensation programs.  He spent six years at Arthur Young before joining The Croner Company in 1979.  Pete is a graduate of Duke University and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Elaine Broida-website Elaine Lasnik-Broida, President, Lasnik-Broida Consultants, Inc., an Affiliate of The Croner Company, brings over 30 years of compensation consulting experience to serve client needs.  In 1998, Elaine created the Total Compensation Survey of Foundations which has grown to be one of the most respected data sources for compensation, benefits and related information for private and independent foundations in the country.  She conducts seminars, workshops and networking meetings on total compensation strategy development, hot topics and key trends in the sector.  Elaine holds an MBA degree in Management from the University of Southern California and a Professional Designation in Personnel Management from the University of California, Los Angeles.
P. Garth Gartrell, Senior Consultant, has been an executive compensation consultant, attorney and CPA for over 30 years. He has worked closely with leading technology companies, venture and private equity firms, and financial institutions on all facets of executive compensation. He has represented the board of directors and management of early-stage venture backed companies, IPOs, large public and private companies, and companies involved in mergers and acquisitions. He has written several of the most widely read and respected books on executive compensation including the 3rd Edition of “Executive Compensation for Emerging Growth Companies” and “409A Administration Handbook,” all published by Thomson Reuters. Mr. Gartrell has served as expert witness in numerous high profile and high value litigation matters.  Mr. Gartrell has degrees from The Ohio State University (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School (cum laude).
Ed Sileo, Vice President, Surveys, joined The Croner Company in 2008.  Ed leads The Croner Company’s annual compensation Surveys and the firm’s long-term initiative to maximize efficiencies and use of automation.  He plays a key role in service to the Survey participants through regular and special compensation Surveys, as well as leading the special analyses conducted for Survey participants. He has over 15 years of compensation administration experience in the healthcare industry.  Ed graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree: B.S. in Communications and B.A. in Psychology.
Herbert Gottlieb, Chief Financial Officer / Controller, has over 30 years of experience in financial management and consulting.  He brings to the Croner Company a focus on profit and loss reporting, financial strategy and long-term budgetary oversight.  Herb has over a decade of experience as owner / manager of a private financial consulting firm that provides services to small-scale startups and midsize corporations across an array of industries.  Previously, Herb founded and managed Attest Systems, Inc., served as CFO of TAV Networks and worked at several large CPA firms.  He started his career as a management consultant for Arthur Young (now Ernst and Young).  He is a published writer and has appeared on several radio and TV shows and webcasts.  Herb has a B.S. degree from John Carroll University and a CPA designation from the University of Illinois.
  Gabriel Barkin, Director, Operations, joined The Croner Company in 2017.  Gabriel is responsible for the operational functions of the company, in the areas of Finance, Administration, Information Technology & Communications and Human Resources.  As a member and secretary of the company’s leadership team, Gabriel coordinates the implementation of long-term strategic plans and participates in development and operational support of the firm’s marketing, sales, survey and consulting activities. For over twenty years prior to joining The Croner Company, Gabriel held key operational leadership roles in consulting firms that focused on employee development, benefits and compensation.  He holds an MBA from Golden Gate University (summa cum laude) and a B.A. in Business Administration from Dominican University (summa cum laude).   
  Judy Weinstein, Senior Consultant, is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) with over twenty years of compensation experience developing management bonus programs, long-term incentive plans and equity-related projects.  As Principal of her own Human Resources consultancy, she has provided compensation program consultation to clients in a variety of industries including entertainment, healthcare, insurance, media, aerospace, financial, consumer goods, hospitality, and non-profit.  Prior to founding JRW & Associates in 2006, Judy held various Compensation and HRIS roles for the Walt Disney Company including the corporate role of Director Executive Compensation.  Judy holds a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge, a M.A. degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and a certificate in Human Resources Management from California State University, Northridge.
Mario Balistreri, Consulting Analyst, joined The Croner Company in 2013.  He supports our consulting engagements with research and analytical support.  Mario has four years of prior experience as Senior Analyst for the Croner survey team, where he prepared, edited and analyzed data for annual compensation Surveys, reports and presentations. Prior to joining The Croner Company, he performed research and analysis on client projects at a strategy consulting firm.  Mario graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and earned a dual MBA and Masters of International Business through an international program offered by San Francisco State University and the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis.
 ClarissaHwangCrop Clarissa Hwang, Consulting Analyst, joined The Croner Company in 2014. She provides analytical support to consulting projects in the areas of sales compensation, executive compensation, base pay programs and short- and long- term incentive plans and equity compensation. Prior to joining The Croner Company, Clarissa worked as an Associate at an economic consulting firm. Clarissa graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics.
  Blake Levijoki, Consulting Analyst, joined The Croner Company in 2018.  Blake provides compensation analyses and research support for wide range of projects with a focus in executive and board compensation and equity programs.  Blake has been an executive compensation consultant working with The Croner Company and StreeterWyatt Governance since 2016.  Prior to joining The Croner Company, Blake worked for over 14 years in program, project and personnel management in the government contracting field.
Divya Rane, Consultant, joined The Croner Company in 2017.  She manages consulting projects in the areas of job architecture design, base pay programs, short- and long- term incentive plans, sales and executive compensation.  As Consultant, she leads analyses and develops findings and recommendations for client projects.  Divya brings nine years of experience in designing and implementing global compensation programs for IT and Ad Tech industries.  Divya earned a Bachelor of Management Studies from Mumbai University.
Mamta Saharan, Consulting Analyst, joined The Croner Company in 2018.  She leads analysis and develops findings and recommendations for a wide range of compensation projects. Mamta brings six years of experience in research, analysis and consulting for the nonprofit, power and real estate industries.  Mamta earned a dual MBA in Human Resources and Marketing from ICFAI Business School – Hyderabad, India.
Sam Syde Web version Sam Syde, Consulting Analyst, joined The Croner Company in 2015. He supports our consulting engagements with research and analytical support.  He brings prior experience in survey research and political analysis to the role.  Sam graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management.
Brian Barstow Brian Barstow, Manager, Survey Process, joined The Croner Company in 2010.  Brian leads the team of Survey analysts and project manages the production of the nine annual reports.  He brings a background in forensic consulting and data analysis.  Brian graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a B.S. in dual concentrations in Accounting and Finance.
Susan Cronk Susan Cronk, Manager, Survey Content and Marketing, joined The Croner Company in 2010.  Susan leads company marketing efforts and participates in design, analysis and report writing for Survey projects.  She has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate management and development.  Susan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications Studies and a minor in Art History.
LaurieKrashanoff-cropped 9-17-13 Laurie Krashanoff, Manager, Account Relations, joined The Croner Company in 2012.  Laurie is responsible for the development and management of relationships with all Croner Survey clients.  Throughout her 20 years in the software and high technology fields, a large portion of Laurie’s career was dedicated to creating customer and partner programs.  Laurie graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a B.S in Marketing and concentration in Psychology and also attended the International Studies program at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.
Robyn Berry Robyn Berry, Lead Analyst / Recruiting Manager, initially joined The Croner Company in 1997, and then rejoined the company in 2009.  Robyn participates in design, analysis and report writing for Survey projects.  She has over 15 years of human resources management for software and nonprofit organizations, compensation consulting and recruiting.  Robyn graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BS with Departmental Honors in Social Sciences with a minor in Russian Language.
Lisa Allen Cook, Senior Survey Analyst & Publishing Specialist, joined The Croner Company in 2015.  Lisa worked for nine years as an Equity Research Analyst / Editor at an investment bank, followed by three years as Chief Financial Officer for a boutique corporate investigations firm. Lisa graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology and attended the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.
Joshua Kipp, Analyst, joined The Croner Company in 2017. As a member of the Survey team, Josh’s responsibilities for Survey projects include questionnaire development, data analysis, cleaning and testing, and report writing.   Josh graduated from Skidmore College in 2012 with a B.A. in Philosophy.
Robert Smith, Analyst, joined The Croner Company in 2018. As a part of the survey team, Robert’s responsibilities include supporting all aspects of the survey process from questionnaire development to the review of participant submissions, assisting with the extensive data cleaning and testing process and providing analytical support for development of survey reports. Robert graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with a B.A. in Economics.
JaneGannonCrop Jane Gannon, Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer, joined The Croner Company in 2014. She provides administrative and project support to Hali Croner and the consulting team. Jane has over 25 years of executive administration experience supporting CEOs in the fields of innovation management consulting, brand strategy and nonprofit organization management.  Jane received a B.A. in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Certificate in Publishing from UC Berkeley and a teaching credential at Sonoma State University
Chesli JonesCrop Chesli Jones, Programmer / Analyst (Full-Stack), joined The Croner Company in 2015.  He administers the company’s databases, maintains the existing web applications, and is developing the company’s new client and administrative web applications.  His professional experience includes creating solutions and integrating them with existing company technologies to enable efficiencies and security in business processes.  Chesli holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. 
Eugene Palmer Eugene Palmer, Chief Information Officer, plans and oversees all systems, databases and applications for The Croner Company.  He is a Microsoft Certified Professional, Small Business Specialist having qualified for SBS 2003 and SBS 2008.  He plans, provides and supports all IT for The Croner Company. When he is not assisting at The Croner Company, Eugene is the Theater Supervisor at the University of California, Berkeley department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies handling lighting, sound, video and rigging.  He holds ETCP certifications as an Entertainment Electrician as well as Theater Rigger and Arena Rigger.
   The Croner Company Team


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