Total compensation programs designed for a higher purpose

An effective compensation and rewards strategy can define your culture, align interests, attract and retain critical talent, and inspire performance across the board. 


Designing executive compensation and employee rewards programs is both an art and a science. While benchmark data is important, Alpine understands that data provides a starting point, not the complete answer. 


By leveraging our deep industry and functional expertise, our advisors use data as a backdrop to frame the landscape and provide strategic advice that support the business and its stakeholders.

The Alpine Rewards difference

There are Life Sciences and Technology companies that are changing the world and we are doing our part to support these trailblazers. We take the necessary time to learn about our clients and their business objectives so we can truly partner with them. At Alpine Rewards, our manifesto is:

  • We believe collaboration and transparency are necessary to achieve success. 

  • We partner with each other because it takes a team to do great things. 

  • We are authentic, honest and ask tough questions to get to the heart of the matter. 

  • We may be data-driven but we do not rely on data as “the answer.” 

  • We encourage independent thought and individual initiative to reveal new ideas. 

  • We are curious and creative and take thoughtful risks to gain more knowledge. 

  • We view success not by sales and profit, but in improving people’s lives. 

  • We want to help make the world a better place. 

Our Team

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David Knopping

Founder & Managing Director

David is a strategic business leader with over 20 years of experience in executive compensation, ESG, total rewards and worktech. David serves as a senior strategic advisor consulting with boards and C-suite executives at leading technology and life sciences companies on all aspects of compensation strategy. He supports clients through their entire life cycle from start-up through IPO and beyond.


Prior to Alpine, David led Aon’s global rewards business, including brands such as Radford and McLagan. David has an MBA from University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business and a BS in Economics from the University of Michigan. 


David named the company Alpine because he has always felt his job was to help clients navigate the journey, similar to climbers working together to reach the summit. He enjoys skiing, hiking and is an avid canoer. He wanted to build a firm that gave back, which is why Alpine immediately joined 1% for the Planet to support environmental causes. 

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Missy Grace 

Founder & COO

While her background is in executive compensation and employee rewards, Missy is currently responsible for overseeing the day-to-day and overall operations of the firm. She also leads Alpine’s executive coaching practice. 


Prior to Alpine, Missy was Chief of Staff for Aon’s global rewards business and the head of compensation at Expedia. Missy has a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park and her certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. She is a professional certified coach with the International Coach Federation. 


True to her introverted nature, Missy loves the mountains. She named the company Alpine because to her mountains represent a calm stability and power, while climbing mountains illustrates growth and development. 

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Rob Surdel

Founder & Managing Director

With more than 20 years of consulting experience, Rob advises compensation committees and management teams across a broad range of rewards and people issues, including executive and board of directors’ compensation, short-term incentive design, long-term incentive strategy, IPO planning, transaction support and business transformation. He works across organizational life cycles, from start-up to mature, private to public, growth to decline, acquisition to exit— with deep expertise in the life sciences industry.


Prior to Alpine, Rob led the Consulting Practice at Radford, the technology and life sciences unit of Aon’s rewards business. He earned a BA from Bowdoin College, and an MBA from the Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. 


Rob loves to spend his winters skiing in the White Mountains and his summers by the lake in the Adirondacks. He named the company Alpine because the mountains invoke a feeling of wonder and awe, to rise above the fray and reach one’s full potential. We see this same vision in each client and colleague that we serve.

Ready to unlock the potential of your organization’s compensation and rewards programs?