Virtual Roundtable Events :
Your local ESOP Association chapter is now offering regularly scheduled virtual roundtables for HR professionals, CFOs, and CEOs. Join your peers in ESOP companies to talk about the pressing issues facing your business and share ideas and solutions.

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May. 04
In this special 24-page issue get ideas on managing in a crisis, help planning for the reopening of your workplace, news of TEA’s expanding advocacy efforts and member benefits, updates on new webinars, and more!
The HUB, COVID-19, network, webinar archive
Apr. 08
Come to The HUB, the new online networking platform where ESOP companies and employee owners connect, share resources, and watch TEA recorded webinars. Exclusively for ESOP Association members!
Apr. 03
April ESOP Report Now Available
The April edition of the ESOP Report is now available online for members of TEA.
This month's edition is special. In our expanded ESOP Report you will find articles about all the new member benefits we are providing to help our members weather the current health and financial crisis. We hope this month's newsletter becomes a valuable resource for your employee owners or, for our professional members, your clients. 
Mar. 16
In response to the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, the city of Washington, D.C., has banned gatherings in the nation’s capital of more than 250 participants. Accordingly, we are cancelling our National Conference, scheduled to take place May 20-22. While we are disappointed we will be unable to gather with the ESOP community in May, we fully appreciate and support government efforts to slow the spread of the virus and prevent our nation’s health care system from being overwhelmed.
Mar. 12
Today, following ongoing reports and announcements from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The ESOP Association announced it will postpone all events between March 14 and April 27.
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Ownership Advantage, Legal Update, Congressional Testimony, Daniel Goldstein, House testimony, Sen. Sanders, ESOP Insurance, Redeem, Recycle
Feb. 27
Member Daniel Goldstein testifies before Congress on behalf of The ESOP Association, saying regulations and help with loans must be addressed now.
Feb. 21
Washington, DC, Feb. 20, 2020—The ESOP Association is pleased that employee ownership arose in the Democratic party Presidential debate last night and that multiple candidates were able to vocalize their support. We believe more Americans need to know about and participate in employee ownership—especially ESOPs, which are the largest and most common form of employee ownership—and would encourage greater discussion about this important form of business ownership in America.
Department of Labor, Adequate Consideration
Feb. 12
Daniel Goldstein, President and CEO of Folience, testified on behalf of The ESOP Association before the House Committee on Small Business. Feb. 12, 2020.
Ownership Advantage, Legal Update, Washington Report, Jodi Lamb, Kevin Korenthal, ESOP Contributions, Allocations, Nydia Velazquez, ESOP PAC, SRCC Meeting
Jan. 30
ESOP Association makes a strategic investment in chapter support. 
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Amanda Rushing, AACE, Ownership Advantage, S 177, HR 2258, ESOP Transactions, CEO
Jan. 07
ESOP Association launches a new member database and new website.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Foundation, EOF, Valuation, Resource
Nov. 01
A new era begins for Employee Ownership Foundation fundraising.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Turcot, Foundation, EOF, Washington Report, DOL, Economic Performance Survey, Resource
Oct. 01
Results released for the 2019 Economic Performance Survey.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Corner, Selling an ESOP, Financial Literacy, Employee Ownership Foundation, Resource
Sep. 01

Employee Ownership Foundation launches new website.  

ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Gwenn Rosenthal, Resource
Aug. 01

Employee Ownership Month resources are now available.  

ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Kristie Marks, Washington Report, Employee Owned, Resource
Jul. 01

News about Employee Owned 2019, the Conference and Trade Show for ESOPs.  

ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Trustee Idemnification, Advocacy, ESOP Audits, National Conference, Resource
Jun. 01

A recap of the 2019 National Conference in Washington, DC.  

Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
Washington, DC, May 23, 2019 - Miklos Systems Inc. (MSI) of Fairfax, VA has won The ESOP Association’s highest corporate honor—the ESOP Company of the Year Award. The award honors a company that actively participates in the employee ownership community and that demonstrates a dedication to The ESOP Association’s vision of employee participation, wealth creation, and individual dignity and worth.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
Research released today by the Employee Ownership Foundation (EOF) and the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations at The ESOP Association's 42nd National Conference in Washington, DC shows that employee owned businesses enjoy uniquely broad support among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
 
Washington, DC, May 23, 2019 - Janet Edmunson, founder of JME Insights in South Portland, ME, has been named the 2019 Life Service Award winner by The ESOP Association. The Life Service Award honors individuals who’ve made a significant, long-term contribution to employee ownership and the ESOP community. 
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
 
Washington, DC, May 23, 2019 - Jeff Mounts, Marketing Coordinator at ESP International based in Cedar Rapids, has been named the 2019 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association. This award recognizes a non-management employee owner who provides a positive influence in the company, and who participates in the company’s employee ownership activities and in the activities of The ESOP Association.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 23
 
Congratulations to all our AACE winners and runners up - we had an incredible year for the AACE program with some of the best entries we have ever received. Thank you to our judges who took two days to fly to DC to judge the countless entries. We look forward to next year!
More than 250 Employees
Air Tractor (Olney, TX)
• Winner: Video
Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, MO)
• Runner Up: Total Communications
• Runner Up: Series of Special Events
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Stock Drop Cases, Advocacy, Gary Shorman, Ali Jamshidi, Karen Ellis, DOL, Resource
May. 01

Rep. Guthrie elicits key on-the-record comments from Labor Secretary Acosta.  

Press Releases, Resource
Apr. 12
 
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Distribution Delays, Constellis, Advocacy, National Conference, Resource
Apr. 01
Frank Luntz to provide insights on communicating in an employee owner environment in keynote remarks at National Conference.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Arbitration, National Conference, Resource
Mar. 01
National Conference offers great content for members of ESOP committees.
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, President's Corner, Washington Report, Engagement, Vesting, Fitz-Gerald, Bonham, Resource
Feb. 10

New ESOP Association CEO announced.

Resource, Press Releases
Feb. 07
 
Washington, DC, February 7, 2019 – The ESOP Association (TEA) announced today that James J. Bonham will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on March 1.  Founded in 1978, TEA is America’s largest national trade association focused on advancing employee ownership through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) model.
Bonham will also serve as President of the Employee Ownership Foundation, an affiliated non-profit with a mission to encourage, educate, and catalyse new research in support of employee ownership nationwide.
Press Releases, Resource
Jan. 21
 
Resource, Press Releases
Jan. 21
The results of this year's Economic Performance Survey (EPS) show that, once again, companies belonging to the ESOP Association have experienced positive corporate performance.
Just as importantly, the EPS once again shows that when companies perform well, employee owners share in the rewards. This year, new data reveal a new facet of how ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) companies distribute those rewards.
 
Employee Owners Share the Rewards
ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, Wealth Distribution, Valuation, Social Media, Plan Records, Resource
Jan. 01

A pro-ESOP bill is introduced in the Senate.  

ESOP Report, Resource, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, PBGC, Washington Report, ESOP PAC, Valuation, Lifetouch, Culture, AACE
Dec. 01
Deadlines loom for AACE and EOM Poster competitions.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, Economic Performance Survey, Valuation, Insufficient Assets, Employee Ownership Month
Nov. 01
Members of The ESOP Association and the public show even greater interest in celebrating Employee Ownership Month.
Resource, Press Releases
Oct. 01
President Donald Trump this week received a letter from 27 influential members of the House of Representatives, urging him to rein in overzealous and unfair enforcement of regulations that apply to ESOP companies.
The letter offers powerful support for ESOP companies, at a time when that support is sorely needed.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Corner, Releveraging, Foundation
Sep. 01
Ownership culture runs deep at Gardener's Supply Company, the 2018 ESOP Company of the Year.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Arbitration, Plan Termination, Economic Performance Survey, EBSA
Aug. 01
Meet Luke Deets, 2018 Employee Owner of the Year.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, ESOP PAC, Former Employee
Jul. 01
The ESOP Association takes ESOP advocacy overseas.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, C Corporations, AACE Winners, Annual Conference
Jun. 01
The Annual Conference confirms that we are all Better Together.
Resource, Press Releases
May. 11
The ESOP Association celebrates a new law that will help businesses better understand and pursue options for becoming employee owned. The law—the Main Street Employee Ownership Act—seeks to make better use of existing programs offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to companies considering an employee owned model, such as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, ESOP Communication Committee, Fitz-Gerald
May. 01
One ESOP bill passes in the House, another is introduced in the Senate. 
Resource, Press Releases
Apr. 15
Gardener’s Supply Company of Burlington, VT, has been named the 2018 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association. The announcement was made at The Association’s Annual Conference.
“Gardener’s Supply is a prime example of an ESOP company that actively engages its employee owners, the employee ownership community, and elected officials at the state and federal levels,” said ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling. “Its commitment to sharing with others the power of ESOPs is an example all ESOP companies can proudly seek to replicate.”
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, ESOP PAC, Distribution, SBA, Foundation, Stock Sale, Asset Sale, Voluntary Correction Program
Apr. 01
Congress takes two actions in support of ESOPs.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Velazquez, Chabot, Minor Beneficiaries
Mar. 01
Pro-ESOP bill H.R. 5236 is passed quickly, unanimously by House committee.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Valuation, Beneficiary Designation
Feb. 01
The Impact of Tax Reform on ESOP C and S Corporation Business Valuations.
Resource, Press Releases
Jan. 21
For more than 28 years, Employee Ownership Month has been an opportunity for ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) companies across the nation to educate employee owners and the public about the undeniable benefits of employee ownership for employees, their companies, their communities, and the nation.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, DOL, Foundation, Compliance Testing, Communication, EBSA, Employee Ownership Month
Jan. 10
Shifting views on personal property just might open the door to greater employee ownership.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, TPA, Communication, Foundation, Kelso Fellows
Jan. 01
A report from the 2018 Kelso Workshop.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Safe Harbor, Layoffs, EBSA, Economic Performance Survey
Dec. 01
Research shows that employee owned firms are dramatically better at retention.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, DOL, Mullins, Kelso Fellows, AACE
Nov. 01
Time for change at the Department of Labor.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, DOL, Mullins, Kelso Fellows, AACE
Oct. 01
Responding to a hurricane, the ESOP way.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Repurchase Obligation Study, Tax Reform, Overvaluation
Sep. 01
SJE-Rhombus, 2017 ESOP Company of the Year.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Notifications, Strategic Planning, Stock Drop, EBSA
Aug. 01
Carl Morgan, 2017 Employee Owner of the Year.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Letitia James, Repurchase Liability, Cindy Turcot, ESOP Plan Design
Jun. 01
Can ESOPs help keep companies in business in New York City?
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report
May. 01
Large, high-energy crowd shares the love for ESOPs at the 2017 Annual Conference.
Resource, ESOP Research, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Coaching, Data Errors, Kelso Fellows, Foundation, H.R. 2092, S. 1212
Apr. 01
A new pro-ESOP bill is introduced in the House.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Prohibited Transaction
Mar. 01
ESOPs: The answer for retaining jobs?
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Control Premiums, ESOP Loan, Fiduciary Rule, Gary Shorman, Butler, Becker
Feb. 01
A cure for political disagreement.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, 1042, Related Party Deduction, Susan Collins, Kelly Ayotte, Gary Shorman, Ali Jamshidi, Missy Pieske
Jan. 07
ESOPS: A truly American invention.
Resource, ESOP Report, Legal Update, Ownership Advantage, Washington Report, President's Page, Distribution Policy, Stock Drop, Tax Reform, ESOP Loan, ESOP PAC, Kelso Symposium
Jan. 01
Big changes, new programs are in store for TEA’s 2017 Annual Conference.
Resource, Press Releases
Washington, DC, July 11, 2019 - The ESOP Association (TEA) today announced that seasoned business and operations executive Kristie Mark will join The Association July 16 as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Mark, who served as the Chief Administrative Officer in the Executive Office of the President during the Obama administration, is known for her ability to assist organizations as they navigate leadership, cultural, and financial transitions at a world-class level.