Our Firm

Altura Consulting Group, founded in 2003, offers a full suite of market research capabilities in workforce information, including the areas of compensation, benefits, analytics, career and job design, and other human resource practices.

Our private survey design and administration capabilities allow us to independently, cost-effectively and confidentially help organizations collect, analyze and report the market data necessary to understand competitive practices and trends, review their own programs and policies, and create strategies and solutions that will drive success.

Our proprietary PayPulseTM survey process offers fast-response survey efforts to help you “take the pulse of” the marketplace and gather the data necessary for short-term needs and decisions.

Ann Bares: Partner

Ann BaresAnn brings over 25 years of experience consulting in the field of employee compensation and performance to her work serving Altura clients.

Ann has worked with a wide variety of organizations to develop and implement compensation and performance programs, and to design and administer custom survey efforts to meet their needs for competitive data.  Prior to founding Altura Consulting Group, Ann was employed as a compensation consultant with Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson) and Riley, Dettmann and Kelsey.

Ann has an MBA degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA degree from the College of St. Catherine.  She is a member of WorldatWork and has served on the Board of Directors for the Twin Cities Compensation Network (TCCN).

Ann is a frequent speaker to industry and professional groups and has authored a range of articles on compensation topics.   She is co-author of the popular ebook “Everything You Do in Compensation is Communication”.  She is founder and editor of the award-winning online Compensation Café and also writes at her own blog Compensation Force.  Ann has served as a regular instructor for the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education, as adjunct faculty at Concordia University and as an adjunct curriculum developer for Cornell University’s Institute for Compensation Studies.

Jennifer McDonough: PartnerBaresJenny

Jennifer joined the Altura team in September of 2017 as a Consultant.  She has worked with a wide range of organizations to design and manage custom survey efforts to meet their needs for competitive data.  Jennifer manages Altura’s proprietary PayPulse service, where she works with clients on the design and administration of focused, fast-response survey efforts covering a host of compensation and broader human resources topics.

Jennifer has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, where she graduated Phi Betta Kappa, and an M.D. from the University of Minnesota.  She is a member of WorldatWork, the global association of total rewards professionals, and has achieved her Certified Compensation Professional designation from that body.  She is also a member of the Arizona Total Rewards Association.