Professional Profile

Larry Morgan has a BA from Augsburg College in Communications and Political Science with a minor in Psychology and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. He holds the Senior Professional and Global Professional in Human Resources (SPHR and GPHR) and the SHRM – SCP (Senior Consulting Professional) designations and has over 30 years of HR experience with a broad range of industries including consulting, retail, engineering, high tech, medical device, health care, manufacturing, transportation, insurance, financial services, public sector and not for profit organizations.

Larry is the owner of Orion HR Group, LLC, an independent consulting organization specializing in the alignment of compensation and benefit programs with business strategies. This work includes advising organizations on leadership development, staff assessment, organization structure, performance management and staff accountabilities.

Larry has worked for a variety of organizations in lead Compensation roles including Best Buy, Lawson Software, HB Fuller, JD Edwards, Grant Thornton public accounting where he served as national practice leader for Compensation Consulting, CUNA Mutual Group Insurance and National Car Rental where he served as HR generalist for employees in the eastern half of the United States.

Larry teaches a variety of courses for the University of Minnesota including the SHRM PHR/CP, SPHR/SCP and GPHR exam preparation, compensation strategy, total rewards strategy, employee benefits, job descriptions / analysis and HR Technology. He is also a community faculty member with Metropolitan State University and St. Mary’s University where he teaches HR Management, International Human Resources and employee compensation and benefits curriculum.

He also teaches for the International Foundation of Employee Benefits organization in compensation and executive compensation courses.  Larry also teaches for the Minnesota Society of CPA’s and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association on a variety of HR issues. Morgan also instructs internationally for the Society of HR Management.

He is currently serving on the Carlson School of Management HR and Labor Studies Alumni Board. He has also served on the Board of the Twin Cities Compensation Network (TCCN), the Twin Cities Human Resources Association and the Board of the Human Resources Executive Forum.

Larry regularly presents at local, regional and national HR conferences including World at Work, TCCN, HRP of Minnesota, State/National SHRM and other conferences.

He has also been quoted in HR Magazine, World at Work, Upsize Magazine, WCCO TV, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Employee Benefits Planner Magazine, Minnesota Society of CPA’s Magazine, Twin Cities Public Television and Business Week magazine.

He has received a Lifetime Recognition Award from the Twin Cities Compensation Network.

Areas of expertise:
  • Compensation — Market Analysis, Incentive Plan Design, Executive Compensation
  • Employee Benefits — Design, Compliance, Communication, HIPAA Compliance, Affordable Care Act
  • Management Training — Interviewing, Change Management, Conflict Management, Supervisor Training, Drug Testing, Violence in the Workplace
  • Employee Training — Harassment, Diversity and Inclusion
  • HR Technology and Systems
  • Labor Relations
  • International Human Resources
  • B.A., Augsburg College: Communications and Political Science, Minor in Psychology
  • Master Arts, University of Minnesota: Industrial Relations
  • SPHR
  • GPHR
  • Society Human Resource Management