Energy Compensation Survey

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Zayla Partners Acquires ECI Energy Compensation Survey

January 19, 2024

Executive compensation consulting firm Zayla Partners announced today that the firm has acquired Effective Compensation Inc., a leading energy industry compensation survey company headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

“ECI Owner & CEO, Terry Isselhardt, has developed the gold standard of quality compensation data & analytics for the energy industry over the last three decades,” says Zayla Founder and CEO Chris Crawford. “Now more than ever, companies need the combination of high-quality analytics and advisory services to help leaders execute their long-term strategy. We are excited to incorporate the ECI brand and continue delivering the highest quality compensation analytics and advisory services to leaders in the market,” stated Ian Keas, Co-Founder of Zayla Partners.

Isselhardt stated, “Zayla Partners has proven to be the most knowledgeable and qualified compensation partner to acquire ECI with a goal to keep the surveys in the valid and quality format for which ECI is best known.  We look forward to joining the Zayla team to continue providing the best-in-class energy surveys.”  Isslehardt will continue to serve as the President of ECI Surveys.

Zayla intends to expand the compensation and benefits survey platform to additional segments across the energy supply chain to include companies in the midstream, oilfield services, and alternative energy categories.

ECI was established in 1991 as an independent compensation consulting firm dedicated to maximizing client organizational efficiency with competitive total compensation solutions. ECI is well known for their compensation surveys in the Energy Industry.

The founders of Zayla Partners have been at the forefront of advising public, private and not for profit boards and management teams on leading edge total rewards strategies for the prior three decades. Zayla’s mission is to empower companies to hire, inspire and ultimately retire their most valuable assets; their people.

Interested in 2024 Survey Participation?

ECI’s 2024 compensation survey cycle will open to energy companies across the US in April. Any companies interested in participating, please fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Survey Schedule


  • Data Effective Date
  • Invitations are distributed in early April.



  • Data Submission
  • Deadline
  • Final results report is available for download beginning in late July to early August.

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