President & CEO, Intelligent Compensation, LLC.

Bob Cartwright, SPHR/SHRM-SCP, is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Intelligent Compensation, LLC. Established in 1996, Intelligent Compensation, LLC is a compensation, human resources and business management consulting firm located in the Austin, Texas area. Mr. Cartwright has managed numerous assignments throughout the United States and globally for a wide variety of non-profit and for-profit clients. Non-profit clients include trade, business and professional associations, quasi-governmental entities, private and public foundations, charitable organizations, churches and religious organizations. His experience with for-profit industries includes high technology, manufacturing, health care, retail, financial services, media, legal, energy, oil field and exploration services, and defense/aerospace. He has 30+ years of diversified experience in total compensation and rewards, performance management, human resource management, business / strategic planning, and employment relation’s advisory services.


Mr. Cartwright’s professional affiliations include; Chairman of the Board - Texas Association of Business, Member of Williamson County & Austin Human Resource Management Associations, and past National Volunteer Leader for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) on Compensation, Benefits and Total Rewards and on Veteran Employment / Military Family Community Integration efforts. Over the last 20 years, he has been very active as a volunteer for AHRMA/WCHRMA, Texas SHRM and SHRM national.

Mr. Cartwright is a sought-after speaker and is often quoted as a business/compensation expert in newspapers and print media around the country. He has also authored and co-authored numerous magazine articles and white papers on compensation and human resources and in 2018 he contributed to the chapter authorship of a recently published book “A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families: Lessons for the Leaders of Tomorrow” which reflects tomorrow’s strategies on veteran employment and military family civilian integration.


Welcome Letter from Incoming TAB Chairman


Dear TAB members,


Greetings. My name is Bob Cartwright, President & CEO of Intelligent Compensation, LLC, and I have been an active member in TAB volunteering in various roles and committees for close to 30 years. It is with excitement, anticipation and great honor that I now serve you as your Chairman for 2019. Please know that I appreciate this opportunity to serve you in this capacity and I look forward to an exciting, rewarding and very successful year for TAB.


Moreover, helping this Association and me every step of the way is a group of incredibly strong, active and very impressive TAB officers, committee policy chairs and our 2019 Board.  Combined we are laser-focused on growing the membership and financial resources of TAB, while developing and executing programs, driving the organization to progressively higher levels through performance, innovation, smart creative growth, and business excellence.


With this in mind, I proudly recognize and introduce the group of exceptional Texas business women and men who are sharing their time and talents this year in serving your Association as officers.


  • Rebecca Redman (Becky), TAB Chair-elect, Government Relations, Lockheed Martin

  • Brint Ryan, TAB Treasurer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ryan LLC

  • Massey Villarreal, TAB Secretary, President & CEO, PTG

  • AJ Rodriquez, TAB Immediate Past Chair, Sr. Vice President External Affairs, Zachry Group

  • Cindy Dewease, TCCE Chair-Elect, President Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Jay Rutherford, External General Counsel, Past Chair, Ex-Officio-Non-voting, Partner, Jackson Walker


I also thank the TAB Leadership. Lead by Jeff Moseley, President / CEO, Andres Alcantar, Chief Operating Officer, James Hines, SVP Government Affairs and In-house Counsel, Aaron Cox, SVP Membership and Amanda Abbott, VP of Communications, Marketing, and Events.  I recognize all the women and men who serve in our administrative, accounting, communications, government, and member engagement, development and chamber relations who each and every day brings great value and contributions to this Association.


With the start of the 86th Texas Legislature, many critical business issues are facing our state. It is with the utmost importance that our members and chamber partners align and unite strategically to focus on TAB's key legislative priorities including Economic Development; Education/Workforce; Healthcare; Transportation & Water Infrastructure; Environmental Quality; Workers Compensation; Taxes & Spending; Energy; Technology/innovation; Tort Reform; and Criminal Justice.


For Texas to remain the perennial leader in creating jobs and paychecks, TAB members must stay vigilant over the next few months to amplify the voice of Texas business.  We will need your collective support and focused efforts to assist in executing our well-articulated advocacy campaign and legislative priorities, to have a successful outcome this session for our business community.


As we continue in volatile times at the federal level, we must be aware and focused on those national issues that affect our economic vitality and business stature in the world. Issues related to immigration, trade/NAFTA, healthcare, and transportation are all key to a healthy and vibrant economy and business climate in Texas.


Also, we must also remain focused on employment issues and regulatory actions at the federal, state and local home-front. In 2018, TAB’s Litigation Center provided cutting edge legal assistance in representing TAB on an array of proposed unfriendly business laws and regulatory actions (i.e., Austin Sick Leave Law) which would have put undue hardship on our Texas business members both large and small.             

The good news is TAB has excellent leadership in place that is watching and monitoring these issues and actions for the Association and you as a valued member. From our Advocacy Center to our Litigation Center, to our growing TxBiz Data Center, TAB members benefit from these valuable business resources and the representation that comes with them. With this in mind, one challenge I have for you as a TAB member this year is to share the wealth and recruit a friendly business in your network.


As Chair this year, I will be carrying forward key initiatives started last year by my friend and predecessor Chairman AJ Rodriquez and we will be addressing new opportunities and programs being created this year for the Association that we believe will grow and enhance member value and organizational excellence for years to come.


One initiative being carried forward this year, which was born early last year from a special committee formed with past Board Chairs, current Officer’s and TAB leadership, is to continue the committee’s work in conducting a thorough and thoughtful organizational review process of the TAB leadership structure. One of many tasks this committee was chartered to do was research and capture how our TAB Board is currently structured and to assess through research and study, how this structure can be enhanced. In order to position TAB towards excellence both today and tomorrow, it will be incumbent upon us as members to be open towards creating a more agile board and policy-driven structure poised to optimize future growth, to enhance board and member participation, provide new business opportunities and to open many new doors for the Association that will result in success.


With 2019 now a reality, I believe it will be essential for our leadership and Board to embrace, focus and collaboratively align and partner this year on the following agenda items that I think will be tantamount for our Association to achieve success, to foster excellence and to position the Association for growth now and in the future. They are as follows:


  • Champion collective support, alignment, involvement, and focused efforts from our Board, our members and our Chamber partners in executing TAB’s well-articulated legislative priorities to achieve measurable success with our 2019 advocacy campaign.

  • Embrace, enhance and strengthen TAB’s relationship with and services for our 150+ Chamber partners through measurable results to include:

    • Working collaboratively with Chamber partners in scheduling meaningful local and regional event collaborations to create membership value, partner value and to attract new members for all concerned

    • Achieving a 90%+ customer satisfaction rating for TCCE business services.

  • Launching TAB’s 2019 Association Healthcare Program for member businesses and achieving measurable success in enrolling members into the program and reaching projected revenue growth goals.

  • Enhance TAB Marketing and Communications Program to Grow TAB membership by 1,000+ members and exceed targeted 2019 revenue goals by 25%

Build out the TAB Foundation in 2019 through the acquisition of dedicated and focused volunteer leadership to position the organization to acquire $1 million+ dollars in donations and grants to fund and create the following programs adequately:

  • TAB Institute

  • Txbiz Research and Data Center

  • Texas World Trade Councils

  • Positioning Entrepreneurial, Veteran and Internship Programs for Success


I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve under our creative and charismatic former Chairman, AJ Rodriquez, who has been a focused visionary and engaged leader in positioning our Association towards a great future. I am also pleased to report AJ will continue to remain involved in the leadership of the Association. Along with AJ and former chairpersons Gary Gibson and Sara Tays, these individuals worked tirelessly to set the bar high as a result of their contributions, and I am grateful for their leadership.


Please know that we value your membership, and we are here to help you, listen to you, engage you and commission you to assist us in collectively executing the vision, mission, and business of the Association. Please also know that we need you to share our story with others that we are the best business association in the United States and their investment in becoming a member will be well worth the value.  

Please join me this year in driving TAB to excellence and success in 2019 and beyond. I look forward to working with you in realizing this vision.


With Best Regards,

Bob Cartwright, SPHR/SHRM-SCP

Chairman, Texas Association of Business 


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