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ESOP Association Leadership


James Bonham


Mr. James Bonham

President & CEO, The ESOP Association

From The ESOP Association’s national headquarters in Washington, DC, James Bonham serves as President and CEO, leading The Association and its 18 state and regional chapters throughout the nation. Bonham also serves as President of the Employee Ownership Foundation, whose mission is to educate and expand employee ownership throughout the United States.

Bonham is a recognized expert in public policy, government advocacy, and executive leadership. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a high level government official, advisor, and business leader with expertise in the fields of taxes, labor, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, and government contracting.

Before joining The Association, Bonham was Chairman for nearly eight years of the highly regarded Public Policy and Government Relations practice at Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP, a nationally recognized law and business consulting firm. In this role, Bonham led teams of lawyers, policy experts, and advocates representing clients as diverse as New York Life, The Recording Academy (Grammy’s), StarKist, and the American Land Title Association.

During a decade of public service, Bonham held multiple senior staff positions, including Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, where he was frequently cited in the media as one of the 50 most influential aides of either political party.

His passion for shared capitalism springs from a family commitment to employee ownership: His grandfather had a personal and professional relationship with James Cash (J.C.) Penney, based partly on a shared business philosophy. One of their beliefs was granting a form of ownership to employees in the small mercantile businesses they ran. Bonham is proud to carry on today his family tradition of expanding employee ownership.

Gary Shorman

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Gary Shorman

President, Eagle Communications

Gary Shorman is President and CEO of Eagle Communications, which established an ESOP in 1998 and became 100 percent ESOP in 2012.

Gary has worked at Eagle since 1985, and has completed the University of Pennsylvania ESOP Executive Leadership Development Program.

He has extensive experience as a volunteer leader of non-profit entities, having served as Director of the National Telecommunications Association, National Cable Television Cooperative, and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

He is a recipient of the KAB Distinguished Service Award, and was named to its Hall of Fame.

He has actively participated in the Heart of America ESOP Association Chapter, and has presented at both Chapter and National seminars and conferences.

Eagle is a two-time recipient of the Heart of America Chapter’s ESOP Company of the Year Award, and is a five-time recipient of the national Annual Award for Communication Excellence.


Gary Shorman


President Eagle Communications

Ali Jamshidi

Vice Chair

VP of Finance & CFO

CTL Engineering, Inc.

Karen Ellis

Secretary & Treasurer

Executive VP of HR

Superior Farms, Transhumance Holding Company

David Fitzgerald

Immediate Past Chair

Vice President & CFO Carris Reels, Inc.

Cindy Turcot

Chair of the Employee Ownership Foundation

Gardener’s Supply Company

Missy Pieske

State & Regional Council Chair

Executive Assistant & Meeting Planner
The Walman Optical Company

Brian Ippensen

Chair, Advisory Committee’s Chairs Council


Derrick Vick

At-Large Board of Directors Member

Freedom Industries, Inc.

Peter A. Ney

At-Large Board of Directors Member

Executive Vice President and Treasurer
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

Andrew Ward

At-Large Board of Directors Member

Managing Director


Ronald Gilbert

At-Large Board of Governors Member

ESOP Services, Inc.

Jeffrey Gelburd

At-Large Board of Governors Member

Vice President
Merray Securus

Scott Miller, CPA/ABV, CVA

At-Large Board of Governors Member

ESI Equity

Jim Winterscheid

At-Large Board of Governors Member

VP of Human Resources
Travel & Transport, Inc.

Victor Aspengren

At-Large Board of Governors Member

Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

Peter Shuler

At-Large Board of Governors Member

Crowe LLP

Raman Venkat

At-Large Board of Governors Member

Office of the CEO/CFO
LeFiell Manufacturing Company

Jim Hirsh

At-Large Board of Governors Member

Air Tractor, Inc.

Brian Bowers

At-Large Board of Governors Member

President & CEO
Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc.

Ron Kirby

At-Large Board of Governors Member

VP of Accounting
Vermeer Texas-Louisiana

David Nagy

At-Large Board of Governors Member

Director of Asset Management & Finance
Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. dba ORP

A.C. “Fred” Engelfried

At-Large Board of Governors Member

Chairman of the Board
Lewis Tree Service, Inc.

Mark Adams

At-Large Board of Governors Member

President & CEO
Sebago Technics, Inc

Marcus R. Piquet, CPA

At-Large Board of Governors Member

Senior Managing Director
Ambrose Advisors

Mary Josephs

Honorary Board of Governors Member

Founder & Executive Managing Director
Verit Advisors, LLC

Daniel Goldstein

At-Large Board of Governors Member

President & CEO

Robert Smiley Jr

Life Member of Board of Governors

Managing Editor

Benefit Capital Companies

Executive Committee of the State and Regional Chapter Council

Steve Earle

State & Regional Council Chair

VP of Kitchen Operations

Mid South Building Supply

Janeece Higgins

President & Chief Executive Officer

Alaska Rubber and Supply Inc. 

Matthew Olson


Jackson's Hardware Inc.

Maria Prado

VP of Human Resources

Rex-Cut Abrasives

Ali Jamshidi

VP of Finance & CFO

CTL Engineering, Inc.

Charles Kroll


Crystal Flash

Becky Streff

Vice President, Organizational Excellence

ESP International