This excerpt taken from the FBIZ DEF 14A filed Mar 28, 2007.
The Committee reviews the base salaries of the Companys named executive officers annually, and takes a variety of factors into consideration. These factors include the duties and responsibilities of the position, level of experience, individual performance, Company and specific entity financial performance, and competitive forces particular to the geographic market of the Company and the specific entities. The Committee also considered the advice of Hewitt Associates, LLC when setting the base salaries for 2006.
The Company establishes a market target salary for each position within the Company. This target is priced to market using local, national and industry specific data. Internal equity is also taken into consideration when establishing the market target. The Company works to maintain a flexible system so that it is able to recruit and retain highly qualified executives. The Company sets salaries as follows: each employee with outstanding performance receives a salary above the market target salary, each employee that exceeds performance objectives receives a salary at the market target, and each employee with average performance receives a salary slightly below the market target. This policy is used for positions at all levels.
Base salary increases from 2005 to 2006 were as follows: Mr. Chambas, 7.1%, Mr. Ropella, 3.6%, and Mr. Smith, 5%. The average increase in base salaries for all employees across all Company entities from 2005 to 2006 was 3.48%. Mr. Batson did not receive an increase to his base salary because he did not join the Company until the beginning of 2006. Mr. Losenegger received a 13% increase when he assumed the role of CEO of First Business Bank and an additional increase of 12.5% when he became Chief Operating Officer of the Company. His base salary at year end was $180,000. Mr. Meloy did not receive a base salary increase from 2005 to 2006 but received a 16.3% increase when he assumed the role of President of First Business Bank.