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Our Team

Our Team

Alliance Compensation is a team of seasoned experts with skill and creativity providing hands-on counsel and advice and can advance your agenda, whether taking new ground or just maintaining pace. We’re not a temporary fix, we’re a trusted solution. We have the technical knowledge and breadth of understanding that comes with nearly 100 years of combined experience that can look past symptoms and get to the root cause and permanent solution for any compensation or rewards initiative or project.

We have extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing comprehensive solutions for job classification and evaluation, market pricing, executive compensation, sales incentives and broad-based short and long-term incentives. Our team has deep compensation consulting expertise working in and across many industries including: Advertising, Aerospace, Airlines, Consumer Products, Entertainment, Financial Services, Food and Beverage, Forestry/Lumber, Healthcare, Technology (Software, Hardware and Semiconductor), Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Real Estate, Telecommunications, Travel, and Utilities.

Nancy Ellington

Managing Partner

Nancy Ellington

Nancy has operated her own compensation consulting business for 5 years prior to co-founding Alliance Compensation. She has 20+ years of compensation experience, and more than 10 years’ experience in Finance. Nancy understands the significant financial impact that compensation programs have on the business. Her experience includes both public and private sectors in a mix of small, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 companies. She knows the entire process from end to end, setting herself apart from many other consultants.

Nancy has developed a number of innovative approaches to compensation including market-leading remuneration strategies, forward-looking compensation summaries, and proactive engagement/retention plans. She’s delivered presentations to all levels of management including C-Suite Executives and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.

She holds certifications from WorldatWork that include: Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Certified Benefits Professional (CBP), and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP). Nancy has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.

In her free time, Nancy enjoys hiking, wine tasting and scuba diving.

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Jim Harvey

Managing Partner

Jim Harvey

Jim Harvey has operated his own compensation consulting business for 7 years prior to co-founding Alliance Compensation. He has nearly 40 years’ experience in the field, encompassing high-tech, aerospace, utility and health care industries, specializing in leading companies in the formulation and execution of their rewards strategies in support of business objectives. His global work experience and collaborative reputation includes translating business needs and ideas into tangible and measurable deliverables, and a hands-on results-oriented attitude with a strong track record of driving large-scale projects through to delivery and implementation.

Jim began his professional career in Arizona and moved with his family to Oregon in 1997. He has been an instructor for WorldatWork, teaching classes on job evaluation, sales incentives and base pay / pay for performance. He is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Global Remuneration Professional (GRP).

He enjoys outdoors activities such as hiking, golfing and gardening, sampling Oregon Pinot Noir, and has two granddaughters that take a good bit of every available opportunity to be with their Papa (or is it the other way around?).

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David Adent

Managing Partner

David Adent

David has 30+ years of compensation experience, and more than 7 years’ experience in Information Services. His experience includes 20+ years in high tech and 13 years in the utility industry. During his career he advised senior executives, C-Suite executives, the CEO and the Compensation Committee. He also has managed most compensation functions in a Fortune 100 company including market competitiveness, compensation consulting, compensation planning & administration, and executive compensation.

David is known for his consulting and technical expertise, ability to analyze and model complex problems, and building relationships with key partners. During his career he led numerous cross-functional teams delivering innovation compensation solutions including job classification frameworks and pay systems, short and long-term incentive plans, new compensation planning & administration systems, and updated equity plans. For the past six (6) years David has led Cisco’s executive compensation function which included advising the Chief People Officer in the hiring of executive officers, overseeing the preparation / production / delivery of Compensation Committee materials, overseeing the creation of Cisco’s CD&A, responding to proxy advisor evaluations, preparing Compensation Committee members for meetings, and overseeing the design and management of Cisco’s equity plans.

David is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and has an advanced certification in employment law. He also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Systems.

In his free time, David enjoys spending time with family (especially his grandson), visiting national parks, fishing and boating on the lake.

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