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ESOP Association Members at the out 2019 National Conference

ESOP Association Membership

Why join The ESOP Association? Because TEA offers benefits you can’t find anywhere else—like a unique nationwide network of 18 chapters, advocacy tools and support for any ESOP company regardless of size or corporate structure, world-class conferences, and the largest membership with the best networking available. Not to mention timely tools, updates and webinars to help members navigate the COVID-19 crisis.  

Want to learn more about becoming a member? See our options for membership categories and pricing or contact us for more information. 

ESOP Association Chapters

Chapter Meetings at 2019's National Conference

When you join The ESOP Association you are enrolled automatically in your local chapter, where you can attend events and meetings close to home. Our nationwide network of 18 chapters produces more than 150 educational and networking events each year where you can gain new skills or sharpen existing ones so you can excel at administering your ESOP or communicating about your ownership culture.

Chapter educational and networking events offer content geared to everyone, and at every level, of your organization. 

Round tables and special content provide unique opportunities for CEO, CFOs, and HR executives to interact with and learn from their peers at other ESOP companies.    

Chapter activities also are a perfect way for employee owners on ESOP Communication Committees to develop knowledge and skills, and to grow a personal network of committee members serving in other companies. Your TEA membership is a unique investment in developing your committee members, who then pass the knowledge and information they gain to every employee owner they reach.  

ESOP Association Conferences & Meetings

ESOP Association Employee Owned 2019 Conference Attendees

In addition to chapter meetings, The ESOP Association presents five world-class national events each year. These meetings provide specialized content to every member of the ESOP community: ESOP company top executives, leaders in finance and HR, members of ESOP Communication Committees, professional service providers, and those who just want to learn more about employee ownership. No matter who you are or what kind of content you seek, you’ll find a national event perfectly suited to you.  

Visit our Events & Meetings page for detailed information on each of our specially planned, exquisitely executed, and unforgettable world-class events. If you want to learn about ESOPs and meet others in the field, these are the events to attend. And with discounted registration as one of your ESOP Association member benefits, attending is an unbeatable deal.  

ESOP Advocacy

ESOP Association Members visiting their representatives on Capitol Hill.

Since the earliest days of ESOPs, The ESOP Association (TEA) has been there to give employee owners and their companies a voice on Capitol Hill. For decades, TEA has rallied grassroots support and offered its members advocacy leadership and expertise, through good times and bad. The result: Despite repeated challenges, ESOP companies have lost no significant benefits and have, instead, gained new ones.  

The strength of The Association’s approach is in helping you—our members, who live employee ownership each day and who are active at the voting booth—obtain the tools to make your voices heard. Through education, data, and structured advocacy opportunities—like visiting Capitol Hill as a team during the National Conference in Washington DC each May—we help ESOPs stay front and center in the minds of elected officials. Joining TEA is the best investment ESOP companies can make to ensure their future.  

Employee Owner Networking

ESOP Association Members at a Networking happy hour during Employee Owned 2019

One of the most powerful aspects of our ESOP community is its willingness to share ideas and experiences. No matter what stage you find your ESOP company at, other ESOP firms have been through what you are dealing with now—and are willing to offer advice to help smooth the way for you. Through our chapters, conferences, events, and online networks can find and interact with other ESOP companies in the same city, industry—or anywhere across the country—with ease.  

Our community also includes a network of cutting-edge, plugged-in professional service providers who can share insights and provide experiences gained from helping many different ESOP businesses. Our online directories, sponsorships, and national and chapter conferences all offer wonderful opportunities to compare notes and pick the brains of leading experts in the ESOP field. Join today to start building your network of ESOP companies and service providers!  

ESOP Association Resources

Association members browsing resources

You have to understand ESOPs before you can lead them. Our resources—free to members—help you gain knowledge and insights you can share with company executives, employee owners, customers, and your representatives in Congress.  

Long- and short-form content help you learn everything from the basics to the arcane about running an ESOP company. Our monthly newsletter, the ESOP Report, keeps you apprised of the latest legal, regulatory, and association news. Our webinars provide the expert insights you need to tackle pressing problems. Washington Alerts provide timely updates on TEA advocacy efforts on your behalf and on legal and regulatory developments in our nation's capital.

Our surveys provide data to help you benchmark and raise your level of performance. Our online directories connect you to just about anyone you could want to meet, and our conference app makes it easy to find and meet new contacts at our various conferences. Want to see how other companies communicate about their ESOPs? See member-produced videos and gain insights from ESOP companies that have launched award winning communication efforts. It all adds up to a treasure trove of information worth many times the cost of membership.  

ESOP Association Awards

ESOP Awards

For more than four decades TEA has had the distinct honor of highlighting the work and accomplishments of employee owned companies, professionals, and devoted ESOP advocates.

The highest honors the ESOP Association can bestow, The ESOP Company of the Year and Employee Owner of the Year, are selected annually from winners at our 18 chapters. These honorees exemplify the spirit and practice of employee ownership. 

The Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE) competition identifies companies that excel at communicating with employee owners and the larger community about ESOPs


-David Kelly, CFO at Acadian Ambulance Service Inc.

“Membership in The ESOP Association is vital to an ESOP owned company. The advocacy and education services are invaluable and are not duplicated by any other organization.” 

-Philip S. Dooly, President at Haywood Builders Supply

“I consider The Association to be a vital partner for the continued well-being of our ESOP—and, therefore, our company.”