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TCCN Lifetime Recognition Award Recipients:
In 2010, before there was an ongoing Lifetime Recognition Award, TCCN honored Dan Byrne for his considerable contributions to the organization, including Board service of two terms as Membership Chair (2005 and 2006), and two terms as President (2008 and 2009) and for providing direction to the then-current board, mentoring new board members, and contributing as a speaker and moderator at monthly meetings.
Dan started his career in accounting, switching to compensation in 1992. His career since then has involved increasingly senior responsibilities in compensation and benefits across a number of industries in the Twin Cities. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and CCP certification.
Randy Hunt was awarded the TCCN Lifetime Recognition Award in 2016 for his role in the establishment of TCCN as a formal organization in 2001 and for his service as a board member and volunteer. Randy served two terms as TCCN’s President in 2002 and 2003 and continues as an active member and frequent panelist/presenter.
Randy’s 30+ year compensation career has included progressively responsible positions and consulting roles across multiple industries in the Twin Cities. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and the CCP, CBP, GRP and SPHR certifications. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Compensation Association (now WorldatWork).
Kate Lang was awarded the TCCN Lifetime Recognition Award in 2016. Her leadership and efforts were instrumental in the very survival of TCCN’s precursor organization at a time when it was faltering, and she was the key leader in the foundation of TCCN in 2001 as a formal chartered organization and WorldatWork affiliate. Kate served as TCCN’s first President in 2001 and was Program Co-Chair in 2006.
Kate’s 25+ year compensation career has included progressively responsible positions across a number of industries in the Twin Cities. She holds an undergraduate degree from Metro State University and the CCP and SPHR certifications.
Larry Morgan was awarded the TCCN Lifetime Recognition Award in 2017 for his work in compensation and human resources. He is a frequent speaker on compensation issues.
Larry is the owner of Orion HR Group, LLC, an independent consulting organization specializing in the alignment of compensation and benefit programs with business strategies. He has worked for a variety of organizations in lead Compensation roles including Best Buy, Lawson Software, HB Fuller, JD Edwards, Grant Thornton public accounting where he served as national practice leader for Compensation Consulting, CUNA Mutual Group Insurance and National Car Rental where he served as HR generalist for employees in the eastern half of the United States.
Larry teaches a variety of HR related courses for the University of Minnesota, St. Mary’s University and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. He has served on the Board of the Twin Cities Compensation Network (TCCN), the Twin Cities Human Resources Association and the Board of the Human Resources Executive Forum. He currently serves on the Board of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies.
Ann Bares received the TCCN Lifetime Recognition Award in 2018. She was instrumental in raising the quality of programming years ago and setting a high standard by attraction of great guest speakers. Her blog also has reflected well on the credibility and reputation of TCCN.
Ann Bares is the Managing Partner of Altura Consulting Group, LLC. She has over 25 years of experience consulting in compensation plan design, implementation, review and management.
Ann has worked with a variety of client organizations in reviewing, designing and implementing executive compensation plans, base salary structures, variable and incentive compensation programs, sales compensation programs, and performance management systems. She has extensive experience in developing and conducting training and communication programs to support compensation initiatives. Her clients have included public and privately held businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, early stage entrepreneurial organizations and larger established companies.
Prior to founding Altura Consulting Group, Ann was employed as a compensation consultant with Riley Dettmann & Kelsey, and Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson). Early in her career she spent several years in staff compensation and human resources roles.
Ann has an MBA degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA degree from the College of St. Catherine. She has served on the Boards of Directors for the Twin Cities Compensation Network (TCCN) and the Twin Cities Human Resources Association (TCHRA); she is also past President of TCCN. Ann is an active member of WorldatWork (the former American Compensation Association), and has written and served as an article reviewer for Association publications including Workspan and the Journal. Ann has also been named to the Advisory Board of the Compensation & Benefits Review, the leading professional journal for those who teach, research and practice in the total rewards field.
Ann is a frequent speaker to industry and professional groups, and has authored numerous articles, on the topics of compensation and performance management. She is co-author of the book Everything You Do (in Compensation) is Communication. She is also founder and editor of the online Compensation Café, one of the top-rated human resource blogs on the Web and also authors a personal blog on rewards at Compensation Force. She has served as an adjunct curriculum developer for the Institute for Compensation Studies at Cornell University, has been a regular instructor for the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education, and has served as adjunct faculty at Concordia University.
Nancy Diekmann was awarded the TCCN Lifetime Recognition Award in 2019 for her commitment to promoting TCCN and the compensation profession. She served as TCCN Board President, Membership Chair and as a member of the Communications, Membership and Programs Committees.
Nancy earned her Ed.D. and MBA at the University of St. Thomas, focusing her dissertation studies on pay communication and transparency. She acquired her undergraduate degree in Accounting at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. Nancy holds the CCP and GRP certifications.
After careers in finance and training, Nancy transitioned to compensation. She has worked in most areas of compensation and in multiple industries. Nancy was an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University teaching classes in leadership, total rewards and human resources. Her compensation background has been considered a valuable resource when serving in various community leadership roles.