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John Hammond

CEO, bendystraw llc

How long have you been a member of the NASPP?

John: since 1999

How did you end up working on stock compensation?

John: I was in retirement planning/financial planning and I took an account manager position at a vendor.

What would you be doing if you didn't work in stock compensation?

John: Reality probably still has me in financial services, but I would love to try going off the grid for a year or two.

What was your college or university major?

John: English major

Name one item you couldn't do your job without:

John: My sense of humor

What are your favorite things to do when you aren't working?

John: Spend time with my family

Try anything new - new restaurants, new day trips

Play guitar

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

John: Many places for different reasons - I love Europe for the people, but my favorite vacation is probably Northern Michigan - get a little cabin on a lake and let the kids run wild.

What is the title of your favorite or most recently read book?

John: Most recently read is Equity Compensation for Limited Liability Companies (not a full-blown reading...but had what I was looking for).

What's one thing your peers may be surprised to learn about you?

John: I have tested the line between pranks and proper NASPP etiquette more than some chapter board members would prefer.

What PRESENT affiliations do you have with the NASPP (e.g. chapter board participation, etc.)?

John: I currently serve on the Executive Advisory Committee.

What PAST affiliations do you have with the NASPP (e.g. past chapter president, former treasurer, etc. - please specify the chapter as well as the role)?

John: I have been the Chapter President of the Carolinas Chapter and the Philadelphia Chapter. I have also been an officer of the Philadelphia Chapter (VP and Programs Director).

What is your favorite NASPP resource?

John: NASPP Annual Conference

How many NASPP conferences have you attended?

John: 2015 will be my 17th (consecutive).

You post or answer questions in the NASPP Discussion Forum:

John: Never

How has being a member of the NASPP helped you?

John: The NASPP has been most critical to my job from a networking perspective. Long before social marketing was necessary in our space, I was building friendships and professional relationships through NASPP-created events. I think in this era of social marketing, depth of relationship will matter even more and NASPP events will be even more important.