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PayScale’s Compference 2017 Highlights Strong Link Between Comp and Culture

PayScale CEO Mike Metzger and Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price underscore the value of good communication around pay in the opening keynote at the only event focused solely on compensation


Austin, Texas – October 3, 2017 – Today PayScale, Inc., the world’s leading provider of on-demand compensation data and software, kicked off its annual event which digs into the meaty topic of employee compensation – Compference 2017. Around 450 attendees – including executives, HR leaders and compensation professionals – are gathering in Austin for the two-day event to learn about modernizing pay practices which can foster deeper trust within an organization and more effectively engage employees.

“Communicating well about compensation has never been more important to the bottom line, yet many companies still avoid talking about pay with their employees,” said PayScale CEO Mike Metzger. “Compensation strategies can be a competitive business differentiator and forward-thinking companies ensure their employees know their value in the market and within the organization. We’re excited to collaborate with our customers at Compference to share best practices and insights for making the pay process more transparent.”

Here are some highlights from Compference:

  • Mike Metzger, CEO, PayScale, will talk about modern compensation and how technology is redefining the way competitive organizations approach pay today and ensure they’re prepared for the talent markets of tomorrow.


  • Dan Price, CEO, Gravity Payments (and PayScale customer) will discuss his compensation philosophy and why communication is crucial when it comes to pay. Dan’s provocative decision to raise Gravity’s minimum annual salary to $70,000 generated many headlines.


  • Perry Ellis, Baylor University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Privateer Holdings, Shurtape Technologies and Futaba Corporation are some of the customers that will describe how PayScale has helped them craft and manage impactful compensation strategies and structures.

“I attend Compference to gain useful and actionable insight regarding innovative compensation strategies in order to assist senior leadership in achieving the goals of the organization,” said Michelle Huse, Manager of Compensation at Baylor University. “Compference is concentrated and specific to my needs as a compensation professional, and I wouldn’t miss it!”

“Compference is a must for Compensation professionals and others in HR management,” said Charice Talbert, Manager of Compensation at WGL. “Compference not only provides relevant topics for today’s compensation professional, but is also an opportunity to network with industry peers. The event serves as an excellent forum to exchange both ideas and challenges that we as compensation business partners face day to day.”

Compference provides hands-on compensation guidance for employers and is designed to help them make modern compensation a reality at their organization. The event is sponsored by HR technology leaders including BambooHR, HRTMS, Officevibe and Catalyz. For more information about Compference 2017, including keynote presentations and breakout sessions, please visit:


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