Meet the Zayla Team

We view talented people as the singular differentiator for any company’s success (including our own).

Our mission is to empower companies to hire, inspire – and ultimately retire – these talented people. We do this by aligning your company’s long-term strategy and goals with the most efficient and effective executive pay and governance programs available.

Founder & CEO

Mr. Crawford has over 25 years of strategic compensation and corporate governance consulting experience advising over 250 public, private and not-for-profit organizations.

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Mr. Keas has spent the last 15 years as a consultant and practice leader for two leading executive compensation and corporate governance firms.


Ms. Mayo’s experience spans executive and board of director compensation, annual and long-term incentive plan design, change-in-control, employment agreements, and litigation support, among other topics.

barret pickering


Mr. Pickering joined Zayla Partners in 2022 as a Consultant. His role consists of performing data analytics for corporate financial performance. Mr. Pickering’s experiences include the use of trends and analysis incorporated into college athletic decision making. He also analyzed film and schematics to help his organization be successful.


Ben Quint

Senior Consultant

Mr. Quint joined Zayla Partners as a Consultant in 2022. His work consists of analyzing comprehensive sets of compensation data and reviewing corporate financial performance while assembling custom client reports. Mr. Quint’s experience includes executive and non-employee director compensation, non-profit compensation, and annual and long-term incentive design.


Jennifer Sprauer

Office Manager 

Mrs. Sprauer joined the Zayla team in August of 2022. She is the glue to the Zayla office day-to-day operations, accounting and human resources while providing administrative support to partners and staff.


Mykalynn Penny

Marketing & Design Manager

Ms. Penny joined the Zayla team in October 2022. Mykalynn is a seasoned marketing director with a focus on digital marketing and design. She also specializes in public relations, social media, and brand awareness.