Meet the instructors

Christie Summervill

Chief Executive Officer

Philippe Asselin

Chief Consultant

Deborah Reid

Senior Executive Consultant

Rachel Prine

Senior Compensation and Performance Management Consultant

Jacqualyn Summervill

Chief Operating Officer & Head of Product

Christie Summervill

When Christie Summervill founded BalancedComp in 2010, her goal was nothing less than to radically reimagine salary administration. With over two decades of leadership in business, Summervill saw that the financial services sector could be getting more out of their compensation strategies, but technology and data quality were holding them back from gaining true insights. What banks and credit unions didn’t need was another complicated spreadsheet, instead, Summervill envisioned a new paradigm for bringing the human back into human resources. The creation of BalancedComp signaled a momentous shift in the landscape of salary administration; a new era where big data started to work for the benefit of people, and financial institutions could begin to benefit from fully integrated compensation design.

Summervill envisioned integrated compensation design as a holistic application of data, market analysis, and human experience applied to salary and incentive planning in the financial services industry. In the same way that banks and credit unions rationalized lending processes using a variety of tools and inputs, Summervill wanted HR departments to have the structure and information they needed to make confident and knowledgeable decisions about their compensation strategy. Recognizing that compensation design begins with quality data, Summervill builds products for banks and credit unions that apply BalancedComp's industry-recognized salary survey data to the unique circumstances of each client. The combination of data, technology, and customer-focused consulting results in both profitability and equitable salary administration for BalancedComp's customers.

At each stage of innovation, Summervill brings a keen understanding of what matters to the people who use BalancedComp’s products and services. For Summervill, truly integrated compensation design means coming alongside her clients in collaboration. Many of the features in BalancedComp’s performance management software are a result of close consultation over years with HR professionals in banking. Her hands-on approach to consulting allows Summervill to see the challenges clients face first-hand, and her experiences across hundreds of banks and credit unions give her the expertise to bring novel and effective solutions to the table.

In the 10 years since Summervill founded BalancedComp she has grown the company from a regional upstart to a nationally-known and respected compensation design firm, focusing exclusively on financial institutions. BalancedComp advises large and mid-sized banks and credit unions with assets as large as $20B. Summervill’s team of experts in economics, design and data science create and leverage the most comprehensive market reporting available to consistently deliver actionable insights that result in greater equity and profitability for clients undergoing mergers and acquisitions, de novo review, and annual compensation alignments.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

African proverb

Philippe Asselin

Philippe Asselin has a real sense for team and process and bringing the two together for powerful performance results. While Philippe is able to connect with and support hundreds of banks and credit unions across the country, you’ll see him at his best when he consults one-on-one and educates on the tools that ensure his clients find success. He’s most energized by being able to empower HR leadership with the BalancedComp systems that help them work smarter.

Philippe’s background brings varied perspectives to the conversation and deconstructs client obstacles with a well-rounded approach. He spent more than 20 years managing some of the world’s most profitable restaurants and was an executive at a billion-plus asset-sized financial institution for several years.

This dedicated family man, and proud Troy University alum, shares the same drive and focus in financial institution board rooms as he does his many personal pursuits. In 2010 he organized, and still manages, a charity paddleboard race to fundraise a low-income scholarship program. He’s also actively involved with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, K9s for Warriors, and The Wounded Warrior Foundation.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Peter Drucker

Deborah Reid

To see Deborah Reid truly in her element, you’ve got to witness her on-site with new clients implementing the BalancedComp product, training, and educating. She has more than 30 years experience as an SHRM-certified HR professional. That expertise, coupled with the prowess of the applications, makes Deborah a trusted advisor to hundreds of banks and credit unions across the US.

She has an honest approach to HR management that makes her an empathetic and stalwart partner committed to ensuring her clients earn the greatest value through her counsel. When she’s not in the room with clients, she’s readily available to troubleshoot a performance review or position grade, or work through a compensation concern.

Deborah is a devoted contributor to the Kansas Humane Society and St. Jude charities. Her heart is otherwise dedicated to a large family of three adult children, and twin labradors!

“Treat others the way that you want them to treat you!”

Rachel Prine

Rachel is the newest addition to our expert consultant team and brings with her more than 30 years of experience in HR. Rachel knows the ins and outs of compensation and is passionate about freeing up our HR professionals to spend their valuable time developing their businesses and their employees-- their most valuable assets.

Rachel graduated Cum Laude from WSU and earned an MBA from Baker University. Empathy and communication are pillars by which she lives her life, and it shows every day in the work she does with clients. She is a trusted partner for many banks and credit unions and is dedicated to compensation excellence. Rachel regularly attends local, state, and national conferences held by SHRM and is heavily involved in their local and national chapters.

When not in the office or with a client, Rachel enjoys crafting heartfelt, handmade cards for every occasion, sending out over 700 each year. She has recently been certified as a Granny Basketball Referee for her Wichita Sugar and Spice Granny Basketball team, of which she is a founding member. Dress For Success and Womens’ Initiative Network are non-profits that she has held close to her heart over the course of her life, participating in events and fundraisers as much as her schedule allows. In the small amount of downtime, she likes to listen to Aretha Franklin and spend time with her husband, dogs, and two adult sons.

“Just do it”

Nike

Jacqualyn Summervill

Jacqualyn Summervill thrives on rationalizing painstaking processes, as well as infusing the mundane with humor and beauty. This is no more evident than in the usability and experience of the BalancedComp, BalancedResults and BalancedRewards applications. Jacqualyn has been the visionary behind simplifying and streamlining the industry’s biggest compensation pain points through insightful design, beautiful interfaces, and a bit of whimsy where it’s least expected.

As the leader behind BalancedComp’s product vision, strategy, design, development, and implementation, Jacqualyn’s work touches each of our clients in a direct and meaningful way. It’s why she’s diligent in her efforts to absorb as much feedback and insight as possible, from clients and the industry as a whole, to not only meet their needs but stay two (or ten) steps ahead.

She travels as much as possible, inspired by a summer spent in Cairo. The Windy City Rails developer conference is on her annual itinerary, and wherever else the wind may send her. Jacqualyn, her fiance and daughter share their home with three rescue pit bulls.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge