Professional summary

Dan Walter is the President and CEO of Performensation. He has provided solutions for equity and performance-based compensation for more than 18 years and is considered one of the compensation industry's "go-to" experts on the topic of equity compensation. He is also available as a dynamic, engaging speaker who uses expertise and humor to provide innovative and practical solutions.

Dan has extensive experience with both executive and broad-based programs with an emphasis on the design and management of performance share and units.

Performensation assists public and private companies of all sizes with a focus on the "not Fortune 1000". He creates effective, company-specific solutions paired with post-consultation support. Expertise includes

Engagement overview

Initial Consultation - Review your needs and determine:
1) Are you a good fit for our services? (if not we usually can make a good recommendation),
2) If you are a good fit, how we can best help you achieve your goals.


• Sungevity
• Calabrio
• ION Geophysical
• HealthNet
• Ecotech Marine


This is both a simple and complex issue. Simple, because providing a system of direction and compensation toward a common goal is a must in this situation. Complex for many many reasons.

Four main components of a pay for performance system are:
1) Metrics
2) Goals
3) Communication
4) Human Nature

Good metrics require an understanding of your strategy and culture. They also require evidence, a... Read more

Let's start with the most important fact. The business is running well. The most important thing you can do is NOT change that fact.

There are several components to this question.

1) It sounds like everyone gets an annual increase. Each job should have an acceptable pay range. The ratio between the top of the range and the bottom (called the compa-ratio) should be defined and outliers should be ... Read more

Project Proposals

We have a simple 4 step process to ensure a solution that best fits your company: Diagnose, Design, Execute and Adapt.

1. DIAGNOSE: We begin with discussing your current pay philosophy and competitors to determine the best sources of market pay information.

2. DESIGN: In the next step we coordinate information with survey sources, obtain data, and interpret results to fit your needs.

3. E... Read more