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Paul R. Dorf, APD, Managing Director

Paul R. Dorf is the Managing Director of CRI.  He is responsible for providing overall direction to the firm through three (3) Principals.  He is also responsible for directing consulting services in all areas of executive compensation, short and long-term incentives, sales compensation, performance management programs, and salary administration programs.  He has over 40 years of Human Resource and Compensation experience and has held various executive positions with a number of large corporate organizations and an acute care hospital.  His experience includes direct consulting as head of the Executive Compensation Consulting Practices for major accounting and actuarial/benefit consulting firms, including KPMG, Deloitte Touche (formerly Touche Ross), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Kwasha Lipton).

Since 1972, Mr. Dorf has also provided compensation consulting expertise to various law firms, and qualifies as an expert witness in compensation and related matters.  Mr. Dorf has provided expert opinion and has testified in numerous litigation support cases in both Federal and State Courts.

Mr. Dorf received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Industrial Relations from the University of Bridgeport and the College of William and Mary, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Personnel, Labor Relations from Hofstra University.  For over 25 years, he has been on the faculty and taught various Human Resource and Compensation courses at various universities.

Mr. Dorf is widely quoted in newspapers and business publications, and has appeared on numerous televised business programs.  He has been a featured speaker at professional conferences throughout the United States and internationally.  These include the American Management Association, WorldatWork, and Society for Human Resource Management, as well as many other professional and business organizations.

Mr. Dorf was awarded an Accredited Personnel Diplomat (APD), the highest level of Personnel Accreditation, by the American Society of Personnel Administration (ASPA), and the Lifetime Achievement Award by WorldatWork, a trade organization for compensation professionals.

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Pamela Dorf, President

Pamela Dorf is the President and co-founder of CRI.  Ms. Dorf is responsible for the Administrative Departments of the Company, including general oversight of the Finance and Accounting functions.

Ms. Dorf formerly held executive positions in the retail and wholesale garment industry and was the founder, owner and Chief Executive Officer of a retail clothing company.

Ms. Dorf holds a BS degree from St. Peter’s College.  She is a member of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO), the Valley Hospital Auxiliary, and is active in various charities.

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Diana D. Neelman, CCP, Senior Consultant

Diana D. Neelman is a Principal and Senior Consultant with CRI.  Ms. Neelman has been with CRI for over 16 years, and has served as one of the firm's Principals since 2000.  With over 20 years of collective compensation and human resources experience, Ms. Neelman is responsible for the business development and project management in all areas of compensation, consulting to a variety of industries on salary administration, performance management, and incentive compensation, with a specific emphasis on executive and general compensation matters within not-for-profit organizations.  Ms. Neelman is also responsible for developing and conducting training programs covering various compensation topics.  Furthermore, she oversees CRI's Survey Department, which publishes various compensation and benefits studies each year.

Prior to her assignment with CRI, she was employed as a Human Resource Generalist for Citizens First National Bank/NatWest Bank (currently Bank of America), and was responsible for various functions including compensation and benefits, HRIS, and recruitment.  Ms. Neelman received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the State University of New York at Binghamton.  In addition, she is a current member of WorldatWork and has earned the designation of Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).
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Mary A. Rizzuti, CCP, PHR, Senior Consultant

Mary A. Rizzuti is a Principal and Senior Consultant with CRI.  Ms. Rizzuti has been with CRI since 1997, and has over fifteen (15) years of compensation experience.  She serves as Project Manager for consulting projects with extensive experience with the not-for-profit and private company sectors, relative to Salary Administration, Sales Compensation, Performance Management, and Litigation Support.  Ms. Rizzuti is responsible for the review, analysis and development of various compensation and human resource programs relating to CRI's consulting practice.

Ms. Rizzuti manages our Litigation Support Practice, and is responsible for overseeing activities relating to research, analysis & Expert Report development, as well as developing litigation support case methodologies.  In addition, Ms. Rizzuti also serves at the firm's Operations Officer, overseeing all areas of marketing, operations, and staff management.

Ms. Rizzuti has specific legal experience, as well as experience in policy development, training, recruiting, conducting performance appraisals and implementing human resources procedures.  Prior to her assignment with CRI, she was employed by Brown & Wood in New York City as a training coordinator and paralegal.

Ms. Rizzuti graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Dominican College.  Ms. Rizzuti holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).  She is also a member of WorldatWork and has earned the designation of Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).  Ms. Rizzuti is currently pursuing a Financial Management certification from Cornell University.


Harry J. Schum, MBA, Senior Consultant

Harry J. Schum is a Senior Consultant with CRI.  Mr. Schum has over 30 years of compensation and human resources generalist experiences in both the consulting and corporate environments over several industries and business entities.  His specialized areas of expertise include executive compensation, sales compensation, variable pay, incentive strategies and human resource planning and program implementation.  Additionally, he works individually with senior management in transition to identify negotiating positions for potential career change opportunities.

Prior to joining CRI, Mr. Schum was a corporate officer and Vice President, Human Resources for Infilco Degremont, Inc. and Trigen Energy Corporation (both subsidiaries of Suez Corporation), and has held senior HR management positions with MasterCard International, Deloitte & Touche and RJR Nabisco.  Previous to these corporate assignments, he spent eight years as an actuarial and compensation associate at Kwasha Lipton (currently Price, Waterhouse & Coopers).

Mr. Schum received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Organizational Behavior from Iona College’s Hagan School of Business and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics from Fordham University.  He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and WorldatWork.
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Sara D. Schmidt, CCP, PHR, Consultant 

Sara D. Schmidt is a Consultant with CRI.  Ms. Schmidt has over 14 years of compensation consulting experience, with a focus in the healthcare, not-for-profit, insurance, and manufacturing industries.  She is responsible for providing consulting services related to the design and implementation of compensation and human resources programs, overseeing data analysis, research, and report preparation.  Ms. Schmidt has specific expertise in developing plan documentation for salary administration and performance management programs, and training clients on the use of these programs. 

Ms. Schmidt graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Rochester.  Ms. Schmidt is a current member of WorldatWork and maintains the designation of Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).  In addition, she holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).  


Thomas J. Cioffe, President (CSI)

Thomas J. Cioffe is the President of Compensation Solutions, Inc., a Professional Employer Organization (PEO).  Mr. Cioffe works closely with Compensation Resources, Inc. to provide comprehensive PEO and consulting services to both client bases.  He has an extensive background in compensation, human resource management, and the PEO industry, along with expertise in the areas of organizational development and leadership, process improvement, and systems implementation.  Mr. Cioffe has more than 25 years of experience in technology-driven, service-oriented businesses.

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