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September 2014 ESOP Report

The September 2014 ESOP Report is now available for members. To access this month’s issue, you’ll need to sign into The ESOP Association’s website. The Member Sign In button is located at the top of the page. To get to the ESOP Report, click Meet & Learn. A link to the ESOP Report is located on the left side menu.


Filed under: Member Services, Publication,

Release: ESOP Companies Report Economic Growth in 2013

We normally don’t post more than once a day but we wanted to share this release sent out by the Employee Ownership Foundation today announcing the results of the 23rd Annual Economic Performance Survey.

FoundationFor Immediate Release: September 15, 2014

ESOP Companies Report Economic Growth in 2013

September 15, 2014 (Washington, DC) – Results from the Employee Ownership Foundation’s 23rd Annual Economic Performance Survey of ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) companies show that ESOPs continue to see increased economic growth. Additionally, ESOP companies continue to have increased share value, report high productivity among employee owners, and have overwhelming support for the ESOP among leaders of the companies, according to the results of this 2014 survey which was conducted among members of The ESOP Association in the summer of 2014.

Since the Employee Ownership Foundation’s annual economic survey began 23 years ago, a very high percentage, 93% of survey respondents, have consistently agreed that creating employee ownership through an ESOP was “a good business decision that has helped the company.” It should be noted that this figure has been over 85% for the last 14 years the survey has been conducted. In addition, 76% of respondents indicated the ESOP positively affected the overall productivity of the employee owners. In terms of revenue and profitability — 70% of respondents noted that revenue increased and 64% of respondents reported that profitability increased. In terms of stock value, the majority of respondents, 80%, stated the company’s stock value increased as determined by outside independent valuations; 18% of the respondents reported a decline in share value; 2% reported no change. The survey also asked respondents what year the ESOP was established. Among those responding to this survey, the average age of the ESOP was 16 years with the average year for establishment being 1998.

“As we’ve said before, research proves that ESOPs, and companies with other forms of broad-based employee ownership, provide more sustainable employment for U.S. workers,” said Employee Ownership Foundation President, J. Michael Keeling. “Our national leaders need to take note, step up, and encourage broad-based inclusive capitalism and increase employee ownership to ensure sustainable employment and more income for average pay employee owners. It’s the best jobs policy we have in this country.”

The survey asked companies to indicate their performance in 2013 relative to 2012:

  • 65% indicated a better performance; 21% indicated a worse performance; and 14% indicated a nearly identical performance to the previous year
  • 70% indicated revenue increased; 30% indicated revenue decreased
  • 64% indicated profitability increased; 36% indicated profitability decreased
  • 64% of companies have created an ESOP education program or ESOP advisory committee since establishing the ESOP

The 2014 Economic Performance Survey was distributed by the Employee Ownership Foundation to The ESOP Association’s 1,500+ members in June 2014. The results are based on 503 responses, a 34% response rate.


The Employee Ownership Foundation is The ESOP Association’s affiliated 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting employee ownership –

The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and the leading voice in America for employee ownership. The core cause of The ESOP Association is the belief that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation, and strengthen our free enterprise economy. More information: website – and blog –

Filed under: Economic Performance, Employee Ownership Foundation, Retirement Issues,

2014 Las Vegas Conference & Trade Show

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The ESOP Association’s 2014 Las Vegas Conference & Trade Show, November 13th & 14th at Caesars Palace is shaping up to be a program that anyone who deals with the technical side of an ESOP should attend!

  • The Friday lunch will focus on “How will the Mid-Term Elections Impact ESOPS in the Congressional Tax Committee and Tax Reform; at the Department of Labor?”
  • This year the agenda will have over 70 sessions to choose from.
  • Great networking opportunities at the opening night reception and tradeshow.
  • An entire track dedicated to “ESOP Trustees.”
  • A Chance to win great exhibitor prizes at the Friday Lunch.

Click for all things Vegas.

Hotel rooms are going quickly so make your hotel reservation soon.

Booths are still available. If you are interested in exhibiting please contact Rosemary Clements at The ESOP Association at rose AT or by calling 202-293-2971 for booth availability.

By clicking HERE you may do on-line registration or download a copy of the registration form to complete and return to The ESOP Association.

 Hope to see you in November!!

“The ESOP Association: Where the ESOP Community Meets” 

Filed under: Conference Information,

Senator Mitch McConnell’s Welcome to Chapter Conference Attendees

Recently, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) welcomed attendees to the 2014 Annual Tri-State ESOP Conference – Ohio/Kentucky and Indiana Chapters of The ESOP Association – taking place in Louisville, KY on August 27, 2014. We thought we’d share his video remarks with readers.

Filed under: Government Affairs, , ,

October is Employee Ownership Month — Download Your Press & Event Planning Kit

Employee Ownership Month (2)October will be here before you know it. Star planning TODAY! Download your copy of the 2014 Press & Event Planning Kit. A link to the Kit can be found on the Employee Ownership Month page.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing stories from members to help inspire your company celebrations this October. Now is the time to celebrate the incredible spirit of employee ownership and an opportunity to educate employee owners about the tremendous benefits of ESOPs. It’s also an opportunity to educate the public, elected officials, and the media as to why employee ownership through ESOPs is good public policy.

If you have questions or would like to submit stories and photos about your Employee Ownership Month events, please send an email to media AT

All corporate members of the Association will receive a complimentary copy of this year’s winning poster designed by Entertainments Partners (Burbank, California). Additional copies of the poster can be ordered online.

Filed under: Employee Ownership Message, ,

The ESOP Association’s Outside Board Registry

As a member service, The ESOP Association maintains an Outside Board Registry. This registry is a list of potential board members knowledgeable about and familiar with ESOPs and employee ownership.

Members of The ESOP Association can be listed free of charge in the registry. To be listed, participants must be employed at or retired from a current ESOP Association member company, or be a current member of the Association in any member category. There is no charge for the registry if requested by a member of the Association.

If you would like to be included in this registry, contact Sharon Spencer at

The registry can be found on The ESOP Association’s website under Network. To access the information, you will need to login. The member login is at the top of the page. The Outside Board Registry is a member service provided by The ESOP Association.

Filed under: Member Services,

September 2014 Chapter Events

ESOP events in your neighborhood! Take a look at a few Chapter events we have going on this September.

(Current as of August 14, 2014. Check out the calendar for new events.)

September 4, 2014
Heart of America Chapter
15th Annual Fall ESOP Conference
DoubleTree by Hilton
Overland Park, KS  66210
Contact:  Karrie Imbrogno at 440.989.1552 or karrie AT

September 11 – 12, 2014
Illinois, Iowa / Nebraska, Minnesota / Dakotas & Wisconsin Chapters
Midwest ESOP Regional Conference-ESOPs Move Us Forward
Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort
Oak Brook, IL
Contact Donna Walseth @ dwalseth AT or (763) 785-4122 or Sue Crockett @ scrockett AT or (612) 872-4375

September 12, 2014
Northwest Chapter
Let’s Talk ESOPs Brochure – Billings
Pacific Steel & Recycling
3385 Coulson Road
Billings, MT 59101
Contact Donna Walseth at 763-785-4122 or e-mail dwalseth AT

September 17 – 18, 2014
New South Chapter
“In Tune With ESOPs”
Nashville, TN
Contact Donna Walseth @ dwalseth AT or (763) 785-4122

September 17-18, 2014
PA/DE & NY/NJ Chapters
2014 Multi-State ESOP Conference
Hilton Scranton Conference Center
Scranton, PA
Contact Sue Crockett at scrockett AT or (612) 872-4375

September 18th & 19th, 2014
Southwest Chapter 2014 Fall Conference
Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
4 Riverway
Houston, Texas 77056
Contact:  Jim Schranz at 903.575.7345 or jschranz7 AT

September 25, 2014
Michigan Chapter
2014 Annual Fall Conference
Lansing Center
Lansing, MI 48933
Contact: Karrie Imbrogno at 440.989.1552 or karrie AT

September 26, 2014
Northwest Chapter
Let’s Talk ESOP’s – Portland
Chartwell Capital Solutions

Filed under: Chapter News, Member Services,

NewAge Industries Hosts Visit with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick

ESOP COMPANY NEWS — To wrap-up August, we thought we’d highlight a few members. All this week, we’ll be sharing ESOP Association member stories and events. Enjoy.

NewAge Industries Hosts Visit with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick

NewAge_Industries_Congressman_Fitzpatrick_visit-72Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) recently met with the employee owners of NewAge Industries in Southampton, Pennsylvania to discuss the benefits of employee ownership. The Congressman took part in a town hall style meeting to discuss the benefits of an ESOP and their potential to help other Pennsylvania businesses.

NewAge team members from several departments and with various levels of seniority, job responsibilities and length of employment — from two to twenty-five years — took part. They discussed the mindset of being an owner and not just an employee. The group displayed a thorough understanding of how their day-to-day decisions affect the future of everyone in the company.

NewAge’s employee owners feel that ESOP retirement plans can be a good option for Pennsylvania businesses. When previously employed at other companies, some current NewAge team members experienced the sale and subsequent dissolution of those companies. Other current employee owners work with companies whose owners are aging, and there’s concern that the leadership teams of those companies simply haven’t considered an ESOP as a viable business transition.

Thanks to NewAge’s Ann Phy for sharing the news with the Association.

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Filed under: Member Services, TEA Members,

Mid South Building Supply Hosts MAC Breakfast

ESOP COMPANY NEWS — To wrap-up August, we thought we’d highlight a few members. All this week, we’ll be sharing ESOP Association member stories and events. Enjoy.

Mid South Building Supply Hosts MAC Breakfast

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) recently hosted a breakfast at Mid South Building Supply, Inc. in Springfield, Virginia. Breakfast meetings are a time-efficient and inexpensive way to provide additional information and networking opportunities for Chapter members in between larger Chapter-wide and National conferences. Bottom photo at left: Ben Wells of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, and Greg Hogan of SC&H Capital, LLC, lead a presentation on ESOP Releveraging at the MAC ESOP Breakfast meeting on July 30.

According to Tom Roback of Blue Ridge ESOP Associates, it was a very active session.

Thanks to Tom Roback and Paul Horn of WorkPlace Consultants for sending photos.

Have company news to share? Send us a note at media AT

MAC Mid South Meeting


Filed under: Member Services, TEA Members,

Flippo Construction Company, Inc.’s Employee Owners Show Off

ESOP COMPANY NEWS — To wrap-up August, we thought we’d highlight a few members. All this week, we’ll be sharing ESOP Association member stories and events. Enjoy.

Flippo Construction Company, Inc.’s Employee Owners Show Off

Flippo shareholders meetingThe employee owners of Flippo Construction Company, Inc. recently showed off their money tree shirts at the company’s annual shareholders day held on July 10, 2014 in Forestville, Maryland.

Thanks to Paul Horn of WorkPlace Consultants for sharing the photo.

Have company news to share? Send us a note at media AT

Filed under: Member Services, TEA Members,

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