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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 Sharon 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 Register is a member service provided by The ESOP Association.

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The ESOP Association Announces 2014 Silver ESOP Award Recipients

The ESOP Association sent out the following release this morning announcing the 2014 Silver ESOP Award Recipients. We’re sharing with readers here. Congratulations to all 2014 recipients.

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2014

For More Information: Amy Gwiazdowski, 202/293-2971, amy AT

The ESOP Association Announces 2014 Silver ESOP Award Recipients

April 16, 2014 (Washington, DC) – The ESOP Association has presented 45 corporate members of the Association with a Silver ESOP Award to recognize their work in sustaining their ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) for 25 years or more. This year, the Silver ESOP Awards are being presented to companies that will be celebrating 25 years or more as an ESOP company in 2014.

This is the seventh year the Silver ESOP Awards have been presented by the Association. In 2008, 117 corporate members were presented with the first annual Silver ESOP Awards; 2009, 12 members; 2010, 22 members; 2011, 41 members; 2012, 49 members; and in 2013, 26 members were honored. To be named a Silver ESOP Award recipient, a company must be a member of The ESOP Association and have an ESOP in place for 25 years or more.

“It is my pleasure to present these 45 ESOP companies with the 2014 Silver ESOP Award for excellence in sustaining their ESOP for 25 years,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling. “Research proves that employee owned companies provide more sustainable employment and preserve locally-controlled jobs in today’s global economy.”

2014 Silver ESOP Award Recipients:

Accutrex Products, Inc., Canonsburg, PA

AGM Container Controls, Inc., Tucson, AZ

Allen Insurance and Financial, Camden, ME

American Technical Publishers, Inc., Orland Park, IL

Atlantic Track & Turnout Company, Bloomfield, IN

Avery W. Hall Insurance Agency, Inc., Salisbury, MD

Chesapeake Financial Shares, Inc., Kilmarnock, VA

Citizens Telephone Company of Higginsville, Higginsville, MO

Cleaves-Bessmer-Marietti, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Delta Star, Inc., Lynchburg, VA

Diversified Industrial Capital Group, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

ESOP Services, Inc., Scottsville, VA

Financial Corp. of LA, Crowley, LA

First Citizens Bankshares, Waxahachie, TX

Floturn, Inc., Fairfield, OH

H & G Sales, Inc., Saint Louis, MO

Harps Food Stores, Springdale, AR

Houchens Industries, Inc., Bowling Green, KY

J. F. White Contracting Company, Framingham, MA

Johnson Supply, Houston, TX

Leighton Enterprises, Inc., Saint Cloud, MN

Mattern & Craig, Inc., Roanoke, VA

McBride & Son Companies, Inc., Chesterfield, MO

McGarvin-Moberly Construction Company, Worland, WY

Morley Builders, Santa Monica, CA

Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc., Hendersonville, NC

Moss Engineering Corp., Fort Wayne, IN

National Wire & Cable Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

NCM Associates, Inc., Shawnee Mission, KS

Newton Manufacturing Company, Newton, IA

NTH Consultants, Ltd., Northville, MI

Ollis & Company, Springfield, MO

ParEn, Inc. Dba Park Engineering, Honolulu, HI

Physical Sciences Inc., Andover, MA

Plastic Products Company, Inc., Lindstrom, MN

Pleune Service Company, Grand Rapids, MI

SC2 Inc., Peoria, IL

Scicom Data Services, Minnetonka, MN

SECHAN Electronics, Inc., Lititz, PA

Southeast Power Systems, Inc., Orlando, FL

SPS Companies, Inc., Minneapolis, MN

The Bank NA, McAlester, OK

Tunnell Consulting, Inc., King of Prussia, PA

Unette Corporation, Randolph, NJ

Vigo Coal Company, Inc., Evansville, IN

All 312 Silver ESOP Award recipients will be honored at The ESOP Association’s Annual Conference in May (May 8 – 9, 2014) and highlighted at the 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony held on the evening of May 7th.


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 –

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ESOPs Debated Supreme Court

On April 3, 2014, Michael Keeling, President of The ESOP Association gives an update following the oral arguments presented to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in the case of Fifth Third Bancorp, et al., v. John Dudenhoeffer,

Argument Transcripts

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2014 AACE Award Winners

The ESOP Association is pleased to announce the 2014 AACE Award winners. You can view a complete list of AACE Award winners here.

Congratulations to all of the 2014 winners!


Filed under: AACE - Annual Awards for Communications Excellence, TEA Members,

Annual Awards Ceremony to Honor AACE Award Winners

Will you be joining us for the 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC on May 8th and 9th this year? If so, don’t forget about the Awards Ceremony on the evening of May 7th. Each registrant for the 37th Annual Conference is entitled to one ticket to the Awards Ceremony; the ticket price is included in the registration fee.  In advance of the 2014 Awards Ceremony, we thought we’d take a look back at the 2013 AACE Award winners.

During the last week of March, the AACE Awards judging will take place and the 2014 winners will be announced in April on the Association’s website and in the ESOP Report, the newsletter of The ESOP Association.

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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. Named 2014 Better Workplace Award Winner

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) located in Pullman, WA, received a 2014 Better Workplace Award from the Association of Washington Business (AWB). Pictured: Stacey Doty, SEL Director of Human Resources and Luis D’Acosta, SEL Chief Operating Officer accept the 2014 AWB Better Workplace Award.

SEL Accepts AWB Award

AWB’s Annual Better Workplace Awards recognize member companies that provide a family-friendly work environment, promote safety, and enable employees to achieve their best. Awards are presented to companies that demonstrate innovation in workplace safety, job training and advancement, and benefit and compensation programs.

SEL received the award in the Innovative Benefits/Compensation category and was selected based on the company’s imaginative employee benefits, including the decision to locate a new manufacturing facility closer to where the employees live and the soon-to-open employee child-care center. In addition to SEL’s ESOP, the company also offers an on-site health center staffed with an advanced nurse practitioner, and a wellness program complete with a workout facility and trained staff. The company also offers monthly education benefits and adoption assistance, in addition to more traditional benefits, such as healthcare insurance, paid personal leave, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, and others.

“It’s exciting to be recognized for the Innovative Benefits/Compensation award,” said Stacey Doty, director of Human Resources. “We strive to provide exceptional benefits, and this award acknowledges that others see value in what we are doing, and that makes us proud.”

SEL was among five companies to receive an award from AWB, which is recognized as Washington’s state chamber of commerce, manufacturing, and technology association, and represents 8,100 private employers from across the state.

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Carl Warren & Company Celebrates 70 Years

Carl Warren & Company, located in Placentia, CA, recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. To help kickoff the celebration, former Congressman, Joe Baca, stopped by the company’s office to join the employee owners in celebrating. Pictured: Caryn Siebert, President/CEO, Carl Warren & Company and former Congressman Joe Baca.

Carl Warren - Caryn and Joe Baca1And in More Carl Warren News…

On March 7, 2014 the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) announced finalists for the 2014 CLM Professionals of the Year Award. Caryn Siebert, President and CEO of Carl Warren & Company was named as a finalist in the category of Claims Management. Finalists were chosen based on their commitment to the profession, leadership in the industry and contribution to the success of their company or clients. Ms. Siebert is a long-time ESOP Association member and Carl Warren & Company was named the ESOP Company of the Year in 2013.  CLM Award winners will be announced in April at the CLM Annual Conference in Florida.

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Congressman Ron Kind Visits ESOP Company, W.A. Roosevelt

On February 13, 2014, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) was on site to visit W.A. Roosevelt in La Crosse, WI. Congressman Kind spent an hour at the company meeting employee owners and spending time with members from the company’s ESOP committee. W.A. Roosevelt is a leading distributor of quality plumbing, electric, refrigeration, and heating and air conditioning equipment & supplies.  W.A. Roosevelt is a division of Dakota Supply Group, a member of The ESOP Association.

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Filed under: Employee Ownership Message, Government Affairs, Member Services, TEA Members, , , ,

ESOP Company News

We thought we’d share news from our members this week. To start this week off, a note from ESOP Association member, Hypertherm.

In January 2014, Hypertherm, Inc. announced its transition from being a minority owned ESOP to a 100% associate-owned ESOP.  King Arthur Flour, a neighboring 100% employee-owned ESOP, sent us a token of congratulations. See below.

KAF Photo

The Associates at Hypertherm thank our friends at King Arthur Flour – Your company and its employee owners are a class act!

Thanks to Carey Chen, VP / GM – Light Industrial Businesses & CIO of Hypertherm, Inc. for sharing this news with us. And, congratulations to the employee owners of Hypertherm!

If you have company news to share, please send an email to media AT with information and photos. We’ll include as many member posts as we can.

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March 2014 ESOP Report Now Available

The March 2014 ESOP Report is now available. To access this month’s issue, you’ll need to sign into the 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.

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