In episode 46, Coffey and Bob Cartwright have a freewheeling hour-long conversation about compensation strategies in a time of inflation; geographic cost of living differentials; the trap of adjusting wages to match inflation; the importance of culture in retaining employees; and Americana bluegrass music.

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Bob Cartwright

Bob Cartwright

Bob Cartwright, SPHR / SHRM-SCP, is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Intelligent
Compensation, LLC, a compensation and business management consulting firm located in the greater
Austin, Texas area.

Since 1996, Mr. Cartwright has managed assignments for a wide variety of Non-Profit and For-Profit clients including those in high technology, manufacturing, services, information technology, health care, retail, construction / facility management, telecommunications, legal, energy, media, publishing, non-profits, public entities, municipalities, financial services, oil and gas, real estate, and aerospace/defense.

He has 30+ years of diversified experience in total compensation, human resources and business management strategies and design.

Mr. Cartwright’s professional affiliations include: Advisor to the State Director / Director Business
Development – Texas SHRM State Council; Past Board Chair, Texas Association of Business; SHRM
National volunteer – Past Member of the Total Rewards, Compensation, & Benefits National Expertise
Panel and National Volunteer Leader on Veteran Employment; Past Founder and – Committee Chair –Texas Compensation Alliance Group, member of World-At-Work, Austin Human Resources Management
Association (Past Committee Co-chair for the Austin Area Pay and Benefits Survey), Williamson County
Human Resource Management Association (Charter Member & Past President), and the Central Texas
Compensation and Benefits Association.

Mr. Cartwright is also a sought-after speaker and is often quoted as a business/compensation expert in newspapers and print media around the country. Mr. Cartwright also served as a preferred provider – compensation expert – for the Credit Union Executive Society located in Madison, Wisconsin


Bob Cartwright can be reached at https// or https//

Learn more about Bob’s side music project, MoPac Traffic Jam at



  1. LW

    Episode 46 contains fantastic insight. Thank you for your sharing your thoughts on a timely topic!

  2. Stacey Kay

    Great episode, I listened to it twice!

  3. Vivian Parr

    Great topic

  4. Michelle Caporlette

    Where do I find the code, please?

    • Mike Coffey

      The code is revealed during the episode.


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