C. Ron Cheeley

Fortune 200 Global Human Capital Officer

Executive Compensation Consultant
Executive Compensation - Succession Planning - Board Experience

Ron is a senior level human resources executive with deep expertise in large, complex corporate cultures and has led all aspects of Global Human Resources including:

Compensation and Benefits, Staffing and Diversity, Learning and Development, Succession Planning, Performance Management, Health and Wellness, HRIT and the management of a payroll and benefits based shared services organization. During his career in the consumer products, pharmaceutical and energy sectors, he gained extensive experience with large scale corporate turnarounds, mergers, acquisitions and divestments and consistently assumed leadership roles in aggressive growth strategies.

In his current position as President of The Cheeley Consulting Group, Ron provides high level human capital consulting services to both public and private companies. His practice is focused on working with CEO's, Chief Human Resources Officers and Boards of Directors to establish performance-based compensation plans and performance management systems for executive teams.

Prior to his current consulting work, Ron was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Schering-Plough Corporation. In this position, he served as a member of the Company's Executive Management Team, reported to the CEO and provided advice and counsel to the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors on executive compensation and other human resources matters. Several key initiatives included recruiting a new executive management team as part of Schering-Plough'sturnaround initiative, developing a new people strategy designed to attract and develop top-tier talent, designing succession plans based on behavioral leadership and technical competencies, designing a new performance-driven executive compensation program and improving the Company's image in the community through a more robust community and public affairs program. During his career at Schering-Plough, Ron played a key role as part of the senior management team in the acquisition of Organon Biosciences and the ultimate sale of Schering-Plough to Merck.

Before joining Schering Plough, Mr. Cheeley had been Group Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits, for Pharmacia Corporation. Previously, he served as Director, Global Compensation and Benefits, for The Coca-Cola Company. During his career at The Coca-Cola Company, he also served as Director, Human Resources, for Coca-Cola India.

Earlier in his career, Ron was with The Coca-Cola Company progressively holding positions of greater responsibility in the human resource function and ultimately assuming the role of Director Global Compensation, Benefits and HRIT. In this role, he provided ongoing strategic compensation and benefits consulting to corporate headquarters, operating units and joint venture business partners. He developed global performance-sensitive incentive compensation programs linked to EVA and shareowner wealth creation.

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Delta Emerson

Delta Emerson is recognized as a global thought leader in corporate culture and employee engagement. She has spoken at the White House about workplace flexibility, and has been featured in Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine,, and numerous other international publications and books. named Delta to their 2016 “Top 10 Company Culture Experts” list, and in 2015 she was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s “Top 25 Women in Business” list.

During her career as a corporate executive and board member based in Dallas, Delta led world-wide transformational organizational initiatives focused on workplace flexibility, corporate culture, community outreach, and leadership development. She was the inaugural recipient of the “Chairman’s Award” at Ryan LLC, where she served as President of Global Shared Services. She is currently based in Denver and is the founder and CEO of, helping organizations build cultures that attract and retain top talent. She serves on several professional and non-profit boards, including McKinsey & Company’s Implementation and Change Management Advisory Board.

Among Delta’s areas of focus are: change management, talent selection, leadership development, strategy, corporate culture, problem-solving, conflict management, and corporate awards. She holds numerous certifications in leading programs and is expert at applying her knowledge and experience to customize solutions for her clients.

Delta holds a B.A. in English and Journalism from Angelo State University, and a M.A. in Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University. She is a certified mediator and holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP Human Resources certifications.

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Michael Francis

Founder & CHRO

BEAM Executive Advisors, LLC

As Corporate Controller, I have led an FP&A team that strategically managed a $500M annual operating expense budget. As a senior HR Leader, I have served as HR Chief of Staff at two different Fortune 500 companies reporting directly to the HR SVP & CHRO; led several corporate career development, organizational restructurings and talent management initiatives; led a diverse HRBP team, served as global HR Lead and simultaneously supported two GMs responsible for major business segments generating $16.4B in revenue with a client base of 36K full-time staff.

I have led and been a key contributing member on several highly confidential and transformative corporate projects and initiatives at four Fortune 500 companies in four different business industries. Throughout my career, I have built and leveraged strong cross-functional relationships with senior leaders in Corporate, Finance, Operations and Legal. As Executive Advisor, I consulted in a CHRO capacity for a top-rated US eCommerce company building out the entire HR operating model and platform.

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Thomas J. McCoy

Thomas J. McCoy is Director of The Employee Engagement Institute and Managing Partner of the consulting firm T.J. McCoy & Associates, LLC. He helps companies establish employee engagement as a line item in the business strategy. Since 1978 he has been a thought leader in the field of engagement and has developed high-involvement / high-performance company cultures in the United States, Europe and South America.

Mr. McCoy has over 25 years of experience developing profitable growth by engaging employees to improve performance and increase process efficiency. He has worked with over 40 companies to enhance their value. His approach is to understand client goals and then design build and deliver the appropriate engagement initiatives to achieve them. He is skilled at developing performance ScoreCards and incentive pay systems that drive performance and deliver a strong ROI. As a certified LEAN practitioner he is experienced in educating employees how to use process mapping to improve workflow, eliminate waste & lost time, reduce inventory and increase quality. He developed a proprietary engagement survey that is used to create a culture of partnership…where each employee thinks and acts like a business partner.

He is the author of four books on the topic of company culture, employee engagement and performance improvement: "Compensation and Motivation" (a textbook at Florida State), "Creating An Open-Book Organization" (nominated for SHRM book-of-the-year), "Employee Engagement", a guide for implementing a proven employee engagement system and "The Employee Engagement Toolbox".

He has been quoted in Newsweek, featured in the Wall Street Journal and nominated for SHRM's Michael J. Losey research award for his forward looking work in the field of Human Resources. He designed and taught a High Performance Workplace seminar at George Washington University and is a frequent conference speaker.

He holds a Lean Six Sigma Certification from Villanova University, a Coaching by Design Certification from the Johnston Institute and a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Executive Service Corps of Greater Kansas City.

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Doris Sims Spies

Doris Sims Spies, SPHR provides talent and succession management services that pertain to all phases of the talent management process - defining the strategy and processes, succession planning, onboarding new employees, talent assessment, facilitating talent review meetings, and leadership development services.

Her primary services include training and coaching to prepare HR teams to plan and lead talent review meetings, and creating business leader communication materials for an organization's talent and succession planning strategies.

She works with business executives to create succession plans, using a process that includes working with incumbent leaders to identify success competencies for the position and to identify potential successor candidates. The process includes identifying competency strengths and gaps for potential successors and creating leadership transition and development action plans.

In addition to being a frequent speaker at conferences both in the U.S. and internationally, Doris is the author of The 30-Minute Guide to Talent and Succession Management, The Talent Review Meeting Facilitator's Guide, and Creative Onboarding Programs, which are all available on Doris is also the co-author of Building Tomorrow's Talent: A Practitioner's Guide to Talent Management and Succession Planning. These books together are top sellers on Amazon on the topics of talent bench strength.

Doris has many certifications including Approved Provider of the HR Certification Institute; Certified 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Facilitator (Franklin Covey Leadership Center); Certified Novations 360-Degree Feedback Facilitator (Novations); Certified Talent Development Facilitator (Novations); Certified PDI 360-Degree Survey Facilitator (Personnel Decisions International); Certified Quality Action Teams Facilitator • Certified Social Styles-Building Relationship Versatility Facilitator (Wilson Learning); Certified Countdown - Project Management Facilitator (Paradigm Learning); Qualified Strong Career Interest Inventory Assessment Facilitator; and Qualified Meyers-Briggs Type Inventory Coach.

More information about Doris's services and workshops is available at

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