Zayla Partners Acquires ECI Energy Compensation Survey

Press Release from Zayla Partners

[Houston - TX - 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.


About ECI
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. For information, visit

About Zayla Partners
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

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