Our Team - The Croner Company

 

 

Leadership Team

 

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.

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.

 

Kimberly Rochat 

Managing Director, Consulting, brings over 25 years of compensation consulting experience, developing and implementing rewards strategies and executive and employee compensation programs to support the achievement of business goals.  Kimberly has worked with pre-IPO to Fortune 100 companies across industries. Prior to joining The Croner Company in 2019, Kimberly was co-founder and Principal at Cobalt Strategies, Inc. and served as Practice Leader for Compensation and Performance Management at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in San Francisco. She also served as a senior compensation consultant at iQuantic, Inc., Watson Wyatt Worldwide, and THC Associates, a boutique firm specializing in annual incentive programs.  She earned a Ph.D. and MA in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley, with her doctoral dissertation focused on employee incentive programs, and she holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Davis, with minors in Organizational Studies and Rhetoric and Communication.

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).    

 

Emeritus Founders

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Mel Croner

Chairman and Founder, founded The Croner Company in 1978.  Mel is well known both nationally and internationally as a strategic and organizational 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

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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.

 

Consulting Team

Lisa Dyakovski

Senior Consultant, joined The Croner Company in 2010.  Lisa leads compensation analyses for a wide range of consulting projects.  Prior to joining The Croner Company, she spent three years as an Analyst for an economic consulting firm.  She earned a B.S. in Economics with Honors with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington.

 

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.

Blake Levijoki

Consultant, 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.

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Robyn Berry

Consultant, initially joined The Croner Company in 1997, and then rejoined the company in 2009.  Robyn leads consulting projects with a focus on developing job architecture and job profiles.  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.

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Sam Syde

Associate Consultant, 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.

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.

Bei Li

Consulting Analyst, joined the Croner Company consulting team in 2019.  She provides research and analyses for compensation consulting projects.  Bei worked as a Survey Analyst from 2008-2010 for the Croner survey team.  She also has four years of experience in economic and government finance research.  Bei holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Hunan University, China and an M.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

 

Survey Team

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.

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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.

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.

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Jane Gannon

Account Relations Representative, joined The Croner Company in 2014. She contributes to the development and management of relationships with all Croner Survey clients. 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

Dalit Muzzarelli

Senior Survey Follow Up Analyst, joined The Croner Company in 2012.  Dalit’s previous experience included 15 years as a consultant in marketing and finance capacities. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences and earned an M.B.A. with honors from the University of California, Berkeley—Haas School of Business.

 

Administrative Team

Joanne Fyfe

Executive Assistant to the CEO, joined the Croner Company in 2019.  She provides administrative and project support to Hali Croner and the Consulting team.  Joanne has over 20 years of executive administration and human resources experience supporting CEOs and diverse company teams in Marin County.   

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Chesli Jones

Senior 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. 

Mario Balistreri

Research and Data Associate, joined The Croner Company in 2013.  He is responsible for gathering, compiling and preparing data for the company’s consulting, survey, and operations teams.  Mario has a wide range of experience as an analyst for Croner’s annual surveys and also for numerous consulting projects.  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.

Nancy Clary

Accountant, is responsible for the Croner Company’s transactional financial processes, including Accounts Payable and Receivable, bank reconciliations and collections. Nancy’s prior experience includes over 25 years in accounting management and financial reporting for a variety of businesses.  Nancy holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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.

   
 

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