Is Pay and Benefits Equally Important to Employees?

Friday 9:50 – 10:50 AM

Session Description

Many employees are still feeling the pinch of the economic downturn. While some companies are reporting better than expected earnings, a number of employees are still experiencing stagnant wages and increasing costs for employee benefits.
Gail Meriweather a compensation and human resource consultant along with Scott Cowley a health and welfare benefits executive will discuss the following:

(a.) identify key components of pay and benefits
(b.) discuss survey results regarding employee opinion about pay and benefits
(c.) discuss changes in pay and benefits over the past 10 years
(d.) offer opportunities to leverage pay and benefits in order to achieve business objectives and increase employee morale

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify key components of pay and benefits
  2. Discuss survey results regarding employee opinion about pay and benefits
  3. Discuss changes in pay and benefits over the past 10 years
  4. Offer opportunities to leverage pay and benefits in order to achieve business objectives and increase employee morale.


Gail Meriweather

Gail is currently the Area Vice President of Human Resource Consulting Services with Gallagher Benefit Services with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Gallagher in 2001, she was a partner with Burgess & Associates, a consulting firm located in Lenexa.

She has extensive training and experience in designing and implementing compensation systems including executive compensation, incentives, traditional and alternative rewards. She has assisted clients with job analysis, job evaluations, external market analysis, and salary structure design and administration.

Gail provides numerous clients with solutions to day-to-day human resource issues. She has developed employee handbooks, affirmative action plans, job descriptions, performance management systems and management training programs.

She is very effective at designing and analyzing Cultural Awareness Surveys and Diverse Communication Strategies for organizations. While living in Spain and Italy, she taught cultural dynamics to exchange students. She also promoted goodwill through sports and publicity efforts in both China and Africa.

She has also served as guest lecturer at the Bloch School of Business at UMKC, has a BA in Business Administration and a MBA in General Management and Human Resources.

Scott Cowley

Scott began his career in the Employee Benefits industry in 1994, working for Prudential Healthcare in Tulsa, OK, and over the next 12 year time span, continued to develop his knowledge and expertise through many mergers and acquisitions conducted by Prudential and through the eventual acquisition of Prudential by Aetna. He was transferred to Houston in 1996, and in May, 2006, he made the decision to use and expand his experience by changing to the brokerage / consulting side of the business, and joined the Gallagher Benefit Services Houston office, where he would be instrumental in the planning and design of his clients’ benefit plans. In July, 2012, Scott was promoted to Area Vice President of Sales for GBS Oklahoma and Arkansas markets. In January 2015, Scott was promoted to Area President for the GBS Kansas City offices.

Scott focuses his attention to developing and delivering innovative solutions and sound advice to his clients, which range in size from 50 to 500 employees and cover a broad range of industries. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, benefit design and consulting, self funding options, electronic Human Resource benefit management integration, public speaking, employee education and satisfactions surveys, and 401(k) design, placement and management. His clients have come to rely heavily on him as a trusted partner and advisor, and he, in turn, relies on his talented team of industry veterans at GBS to help him deliver well rounded service and product selection. His extensive experience working with carriers has resulted in his advanced ability to negotiate effectively with the vendors that we work with on behalf of our clients.

Scott is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Business Administration, and completed course work for post graduate studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is married, and currently resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife, Hilary and their four sons, Thorn, Chase, Grant and Preston. He loves to play golf and is an avid hunter. Scott also enjoys watching his sons play their favorite sports, and is a huge fan of the New York Yankees. He is a member of Quail Creek Country Club. He and his family are active members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.