Timothy J. Cotter

Chairman and Managing Director

Tim Cotter

Timothy J. Cotter
Chairman and Managing Director
Detroit Office
Direct: 248.204.9510


Tim Cotter is a Managing Director of Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Inc. In his more than 35 years of consulting, Tim has worked with a wide variety of employers in designing and evaluating reward systems for all types of employees.

Tim’s extensive experience in the health care field has included the following:

  • Working with more than 400 health care organizations on board, executive, physician and staff compensation matters, including hospitals, health systems, medical schools, academic medical centers, physician groups and health plans.
  • Appearing regularly before a wide variety of health care groups at the national, state and local levels to discuss pay-related issues.
  • Serving as a faculty member for the management education programs of leading universities and professional organizations.

As an author, Tim’s work has appeared in a multitude of professional journals, including Trustee, Exempt Organization Tax Review, Healthcare Financial Management, Board Source, HR Pulse, Personnel, Personnel Journal and Health Lawyers Weekly. He has co-authored several white papers fot the Governance Institute, including “Updated Guidance for the Board’s Executive Compensation Committee” as well as “The Board’s Role in Approving Executive Compensation.” He has also co-authored several Governance Insititue E-Briefings inlcuding the recent “Assessing Compensation Advisor Independence.” Additionally, Tim co-authored a chapter in The Practice of Evidenced-Based Management. He is quoted extensively in the ACHE’s Contracts for Healthcare Executives.

Tim earned a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of several professional organizations, including WorldatWork, which designated him as a Certified Compensation Professional.

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