Matthew A. Secrist, Partner – Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Matthew focuses his practice on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He is experienced in a wide range of employee benefits matters, including tax qualified retirement plans (401(k) plans, pension plans, employee stock ownership plans (“ESOPs”), etc.), nonqualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements, welfare benefit plans, COBRA, HIPAA, and Affordable Care Act issues. Matthew also advises clients regarding compliance with Internal Revenue Code Sections 280G and 409A. His executive compensation experience includes employee fringe benefit plans, stock option plans, supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs), employment agreements, severance plans, and various other forms of incentive compensation arrangements.
Steve Ross, Senior Associate
Executive Compensation Specialist & Consultant
ClearBridge Compensation Group, LLC
Steve Ross is a Senior Associate at ClearBridge Compensation Group with 9 years of experience, focusing on all aspects of executive compensation including pay levels, performance measurement, and incentive plan design. Mr. Ross has significant experience providing project management and analytical support for executive compensation reviews of companies in a wide variety of industries.
Mr. Ross’ technical knowledge and experience include assessing executive and director compensation practices through benchmarking, evaluating pay-for-performance relationships, and analyzing incentive plan performance metrics in support of business priorities and the creation of long-term value.
Prior to joining ClearBridge, Mr. Ross was an Actuarial Associate at Mercer specializing in retirement consulting and other financial services.