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AACE Awards — A few Interesting Facts about the Program

esopaacedarkerIn doing some historical research into the AACE Awards program this summer, ESOP Association staff came across some interesting facts. First, a bit of background on the AACE program. The AACE Awards are sponsored each year by the Association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. The AACE Awards are presented each year at the Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC to companies who have excelled in communicating the ESOP and its meaning to employee owners. AACE Award winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOPs and employee ownership communications.

Additional information about the AACE Awards program, including the program brochure (the 2015 AACE Awards brochure will be available in the coming months), tips on winning, and a list of the 2014 winners, can be found here.  AACE Awards videos can be found on the Association’s YouTube Channel as well.  If you have questions concerning the AACE program, please contact Pat Barnes at (304) 876-3624 or by email at patbarnesart AT gmail.com.

Starting with 1992, as far back as staff were able to trace records, 214 ESOP companies have entered the AACE program. Breaking the numbers down by Chapter, the New England Chapter leads the way with 27 entries. The full breakdown: New England (27); Mid-Atlantic (22); California/Western States (21); Ohio/Kentucky (20); Minnesota/Dakotas (15); Southwest (14); New South (12); Pennsylvania/Delaware (11); Carolinas (10); Iowa/Nebraska (9); Heart of America (8); Illinois (8); New York/New Jersey (8); Wisconsin (6); Northwest (5); Indiana (4); Michigan (4); Hawaii (1).

According to information available in the Association’s database:

  • The majority of companies entering AACE have less than 250 employees
  • Average ESOP % of companies entering AACE is 71.77%
  • 72 of the 214 companies that have entered AACE are 100%
  • Average year the ESOP was established for companies entering AACE is 1994
  • Average year the company was established for companies entering AACE is 1962

Totaling up the companies with the most entries and wins:

  • The company that has entered the most number of times is ComSonics, Inc. (Harrisonburg, VA) with 15 entries since 1992. They have won nine AACE awards and nine runner up awards.
  • Company with the most wins overall is Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, MO) with 10. As a side note, Burns & McDonnell has entered 10 times and won an AACE Awards every time they have entered; including 3 runner up awards.

Does your company have an ESOP education committee? Take a look around and see what your company has to offer. You might just be the next AACE Award winner. The ESOP Association works to promote the best and brightest throughout the ESOP community. Help us show off your company’s hard work.

Filed under: AACE - Annual Awards for Communications Excellence

May 2014 Wrap-Up

It’s June and that means it’s time for a May link round up.

Moody’s Collision Centers, Inc. hosted an event with Senator Susan Collins in Gorham, ME

We shared a photo of the 2014 Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest Winner

The May 2014 ESOP Report was released

We highlighted the ABCs of ESOPs

The Employee Owner Retreat is open for registration

Big G Express hosted at event with Congresswoman Diane Black in Shelbyville, TN

We shared some photos from the 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, DC

The Leading in an Ownership Setting Program is open for registration

We featured items from the Employee Ownership Foundation Auction that took place at the Annual Conference

We announced the 2014 ESOP Award Winners

We shared video highlights from the Awards Ceremony

We shared a link to the Annual Conference Lobbying Kit

We extended an invitation to Conference attendees to visit the AACE Awards display

The Annual Conference App was announced

Filed under: AACE - Annual Awards for Communications Excellence, Conference Information, Employee Ownership Foundation, Employee Ownership Month (EOM), Government Affairs, Member Services, Publication, Silver ESOP Awards, TEA Members,

2014 Award Winners

The following press releases were sent out by The ESOP Association announcing the winners of the 2014 AACE Awards and the 2014 ESOP Awards. We’ve also included news and announcements regarding new Board of Directors members, new Advisory Committee Chairs, and the announcement of the 2014 – 2015 Kelso Fellowships. All of this information is available on The ESOP Association’s website.

Congratulations to all the 2014 award winners.

The ESOP Association Honors Members for Excellence in Employee Ownership Communications

The ESOP Association is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE). The AACE Awards are sponsored each year by the Association to recognize the outstanding communications and educational programs of its members. The awards were presented at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC to companies who have excelled in communicating the ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) and its meaning to employee owners.

AACE Award winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOPs and employee ownership communications. Awards are based on: overall quality and quantity of employee owner education, contributions of employee owners, integration of the ESOP into company culture, frequency of ownership communications, involvement and/or response of employee owners, encouragement of ownership attitudes, clear explanations, creative ideas, graphic design, and technical quality.

The 2014 AACE Award winners are:

Total Communications Program, 250 or Fewer Employees

Winner: PERRY proTECH, Lima, Ohio

Runner Up: Salem Distributing Company, Inc., Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Total Communications Program, Over 250 Employees

Winner: Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Runner Up: Recology, San Francisco, California

Video, 250 or Fewer Employees

Winner: Engineering America, Inc., Saint Paul, Minnesota

Video, Over 250 Employees

Winner: Austin Industries, Inc., Dallas, Texas

Runner Up: The Haskell Company, Jacksonville, Florida

Printed Materials, 250 or Fewer Employees

Winner: Mid South Building Supply, Inc., Springfield, Virginia

Runner Up: PERRY proTECH, Lima, Ohio

Printed Materials, Over 250 Employees

Winner: Eagle Communications, Inc., Hays, Kansas

Runner Up: Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Intranet, Over 250 Employees

Winner: Recology, San Francisco, California

Runner Up: Maine Drilling & Blasting, Inc., Gardiner, Maine

ESOP Advertising, Ownership Marketing – General

Winner: Carris Reels, Inc., Proctor, Vermont

Runner Up: Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

ESOP Advertising, Ownership Marketing – Website

Winner: Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Missouri

Runner Up: Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Special Events & Promotions, 1 Outstanding Event, 250 or Fewer Employees

Winner: Wiley|Wilson, Lynchburg, Virginia

Runner Up: Priority Sign, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Special Events & Promotions, 1 Outstanding Event, Over 250 Employees

Winner: Douglas Machine Inc., Alexandria, Minnesota

Runner Up: CarePro Health Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Special Events & Promotions, Series, 250 or Fewer Employees

Winner: Adworkshop, Inc., Lake Placid, New York

Runner Up: Mid South Building Supply, Inc., Springfield, Virginia

Special Events & Promotions, Series, Over 250 Employees

Winner: Entertainment Partners, Burbank, California

Runner Up: Apache Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Steve Earle of Mid South Building Supply, Inc. Named 2014 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association

Steve Earle of Mid South Building Supply, Inc., located in Springfield, Virginia, has been named the 2014 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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.

Mr. Earle is the Director of Installations – Cabinetry for Mid South Building Supply, Inc. He joined the company in 2002 and has been actively involved since he became an employee owner. Continually working to explain the concept of shared ownership to his fellow employee owners, he is a member of the company’s Board of Directors and an ESOP Trustee. He ran for election to this position in 2006 and has been elected every year since. As stated by Mid South’s President, Drew Tavss, “We not only found an ESOP cheerleader, but a true leader.” Mr. Earle’s ESOP involvement goes beyond Mid South: he’s an active member of the Association’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter, volunteering his time as Vice President of the Capital Region; a speaker on ESOP issues at both Chapter and National meetings; he participates in the Association’s AACE Awards competition on a yearly basis; participates in Employee Ownership Month activities each October; and still finds time to mentor Mid South employees on ESOP issues. He understands what it means to be 100% employee owned and 100% customer committed.

Mid South Building Supply, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of residential building products. The company supplies remodeling contractors and residential home builders and specializes primarily in kitchen and bath cabinetry, exterior siding products, and new and replacement windows and doors. The company was founded in 1966 and remained family owned until 1985 when its founders sold the business to the Mid South Building Supply Employee Stock Ownership Trust. Mid South immediately became one of the first 100% employee-owned, 100% bank-financed transactions to occur in the ESOP community. More information about Mid South Building Supply: http://www.msbs.net/.

“Steve is a true ESOP leader, not only at his company, but in the ESOP community as well. I’m pleased to present him with the 2014 Employee Owner of the Year Award,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling. “Steve makes employee ownership real for his fellow employee owners at Mid South and he has carried that message to other companies and to members of Congress. The ESOP community could not ask for a better ambassador.”

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Dakota Supply Group Named 2014 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association

Dakota Supply Group, an employee-owned company headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, was named the 2014 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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.

Since Dakota Supply Group’s establishment in 1898, the company and employee owners have worked hard at making a name as a full-line distributor of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, refrigeration, communications, utility, automation, waterworks, filtration and metering technology products and systems. In 1996, the company became an ESOP, and in May 2006, Dakota Supply Group became 100% employee owned. Continually growing since 1898, the company has had 10 acquisitions since 1999 and Dakota Supply Group now numbers 595 employee owners and over $350 million in sales. For more information about the company: http://dakotasupplygroup.com.

Dakota Supply Group is a strong supporter of employee ownership and its employee owners strive to represent the company at both Chapter and National ESOP Association events. Employee owners are regular attendees at Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter meetings and enthusiastically participate on Chapter committees and as presenters at Chapter and National conferences. The company actively recruits “Dakotas” ESOP companies to join the Chapter and was a catalyst for changing the Chapter name to accurately represent North Dakota and South Dakota. Working to strengthen employee ownership in America, the employee owners of Dakota Supply Group meet with members of Congress and work to promote ESOP issues not only in their home state but on the national level as well.

“I’m delighted to present the employee owners of Dakota Supply Group with the 2014 ESOP Company of the Year Award,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling. “The employee owners integrate the ESOP into all they do at the company and also endeavor to share that ESOP spirit with the community. Dakota Supply Group is an example of the value and potential that employee ownership can bring to a company.”

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Southwest Chapter Wins Big at ESOP Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC

Named 2014 ESOP Chapter of the Year

Recognized for Chapter Membership Recruitment

The Southwest Chapter of The ESOP Association was named the 2014 ESOP Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year by the Association. Additionally, the Chapter was recognized for its commitment to membership recruitment for the third year in a row. The awards were presented at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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 Association’s Southwest Chapter experienced all-time highs in meeting attendance in 2013 and Chapter members outdid previous work in fundraising for the Association’s affiliated foundation, the Employee Ownership Foundation, and support of the Association’s government relations efforts. The Chapter of the Year Award recognized the Chapter members’ overall work in spreading the employee ownership message in 2013. Members of the Southwest Chapter also met several targets in the promotion of employee ownership in the Southwest region as well as Chapter membership goals in 2013 earning the Chapter recognition for membership recruitment.

The Southwest Chapter was selected from among 18 Association Chapters across the United States for these honors. The Southwest Chapter includes members in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

“For the second year in a row, I’m pleased to present the leaders of the Southwest Chapter, and its members, with the 2014 ESOP Chapter of the Year Award. I’m also proud to recognize the Chapter for its membership recruitment efforts for the third consecutive year,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling. “The Chapter provides excellent programming and value to ESOP Association members in the Southwest region and members worked hard to meet target prospect goals and to promote the cause of employee ownership among ESOP companies in the Chapter.”

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Tracy Woolsey Named Chapter Officer of the Year by The ESOP Association

Tracy E. Woolsey of Horizon Bancorp, located in Michigan City, Indiana, was named the 2014 Chapter Officer of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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.

Ms. Woolsey has been actively involved with the Association on both the Chapter and National levels for several years. She is currently President of the Association’s Indiana Chapter and has been influential in the development of the Chapter’s programming and events. Ms. Woolsey has been active in sharing the employee ownership message and working to promote the Association to new members in the Indiana Chapter.

“I’m proud to present Tracy with the Association’s 2014 Chapter Officer of the Year Award,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling. “She has contributed to not only the Chapter but the Association as a whole with her leadership of the Indiana Chapter. I’m pleased to present Tracy with this award for her work in promoting the employee ownership message and The ESOP Association.”

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Heart of America Chapter Recognized for Outstanding Membership Development by The ESOP Association

The Heart of America Chapter of The ESOP Association was recognized for its commitment to membership development at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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 Heart of America Chapter demonstrated a focused commitment to membership development in the last year, and as a result, directly increased membership in the Chapter. The Chapter saw a 9% increase in membership in 2013. The Chapter was selected from among 18 Association Chapters across the United States for this honor. The Heart of America Chapter includes Association members in Kansas and Missouri.

In 2007, the Heart of America Chapter was recognized by The ESOP Association for its commitment to membership recruitment.

“I’m pleased to present the Heart of America Chapter with an Outstanding Membership Development Award for their commitment to increasing membership in The ESOP Association,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling.

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Indiana Chapter Recognized for Outstanding Membership Development by The ESOP Association

The Indiana Chapter of The ESOP Association was recognized for its commitment to membership development at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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 Indiana Chapter demonstrated a focused commitment to membership development in the last year, and as a result, directly increased membership in the Chapter. The Chapter saw a 10% increase in membership in 2013. The Chapter was selected from among 18 Association Chapters across the United States for this honor. The Indiana Chapter represents Association members in Indiana.

In 2006, the Indiana Chapter was recognized for its commitment to membership recruitment, and in 2012, the Chapter was named the ESOP Chapter of the Year by The ESOP Association.

“I’m pleased to present the Indiana Chapter with an Outstanding Membership Development Award for their commitment to increasing membership in The ESOP Association,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling.

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Entertainment Partners Wins 2014 Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest

Entertainment Partners, an employee-owned company located in Burbank, California, has been selected by The ESOP Association as its 2014 Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest Winner. The winning poster design was unveiled at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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.

Entertainment Partners’ mission is to wow clients by delivering personalized client service and innovative, reliable solutions. The company provides payroll services, production employee services, residuals and talents payments, central casting, and production incentives to the entertainment industry. The employee owners of Entertainment Partners number more than 700, with offices in Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Since 2004, Entertainment Partners has been fully owned by the employees. More information about Entertainment Partners: http://www.entertainmentpartners.com.

Entertainment Partners’s poster was chosen as the 2014 winner because of the idea it expressed: We Own Our Future. This is the second time Entertainment Partners has won this award; the first win was in 2010.

The winning poster will be used by The ESOP Association to promote Employee Ownership Month, which takes place every October and is a celebration of the incredible spirit of employee ownership. For more information about Employee Ownership Month, please visit: http://www.esopassociation.org/advocate/employee-ownership-month.

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Kathryn Daly Named Outstanding Board of Governors Member by The ESOP Association

Kathryn A. Daly, Managing Director of Chartwell Capital Solutions, located in Portland, Oregon, was named the 2014 Outstanding Board of Governors Member by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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.

Ms. Daly is an active member of The ESOP Association’s Board of Governors and has served in numerous volunteer capacities for the Association; most recently as the Chair of the Advisory Committee’s Chairs Council and as a member of the Association’s Board of Directors. She is involved on both the Chapter and National levels and has been actively working to promote the Association and employee ownership in America.

“I’m proud to present Katie with the Association’s 2014 award for Outstanding Board of Governors Member,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling. “Katie is a committed advocate of employee ownership and has shown leadership at the Chapter level as well as taking on additional involvement in programs on the National level. I’m pleased to present her with this award for her work in helping to grow the cause of employee ownership.”

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Brian Bornino Receives 2014 Membership Recruitment Award from The ESOP Association

Brian D. Bornino of GBQ Consulting LLC, located in Columbus, Ohio, was presented with The ESOP Association’s 2014 Membership Recruitment Award for a Professional Member. The award was presented at the Association’s 37th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 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.

Mr. Bornino is enthusiastically involved in the work of The ESOP Association, and in particular, the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of the Association. His commitment to employee ownership through the ESOP concept is evident in the work he has done, not only for his clients, but for the Association. Mr. Bornino actively educates companies about the Association and promotes the cause of the Association as well.

“It is my pleasure to present Brian with the 2014 Membership Recruitment Award for the work he has done to promote employee ownership and the Association and its work to new members,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling.

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The ESOP Association Announces New Board of Governors Members

The following ESOP Association members have been elected to serve on The ESOP Association’s Board of Governors starting May 1, 2014.

For election to another three-year term to the Board of Governors as a representative of a Corporate Member of The ESOP Association:

  • Carey Chen, CFO &VP/GM Light Industrial Businesses, Hypertherm, Inc., Hanover, New Hampshire

For election to another three-year term to the Board of Governors as a representative of a Professional Member of The ESOP Association:

  • Susan Ledingham, Sr. Administrator, SES Advisors, Inc., Brunswick, Georgia
  • Andrew Ward, Managing Director, Stout Risius Ross, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

For election to the Board of Governors for the first time for a three-year term as a representative of a Corporate Member of The ESOP Association:

  • David R. Corbin, COO, Steve Silver Company, Forney, Texas
  • Roseline H. Marston, President, A.D. Marble & Company, Inc., Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • Raman Venkat, Office of the CEO/CFO, LeFiell Manufacturing Company, Santa Fe Springs, California

For election to the Board of Governors for the first time for a three-year term as a representative of a Professional Member of The ESOP Association:

  • Scott D. Miller, CPA/ABV, CVA, President, Enterprise Services, Inc., Delafield, Wisconsin

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The ESOP Association Announces New Advisory Committee Chairs

On May 1, 2014, two ESOP Association members were elected as Advisory Committee Chairs of The ESOP Association. These Committees are comprised primarily of members of the Association who work in the area of their Committee’s jurisdiction. The Advisory Committees play important roles in developing services for members of the Association and are comprised of both corporate and professional members of the Association.

In addition to the new Chairs, Peter J. Shuler of Crowe Horwath LLP, Columbus, Ohio, was named Chair of the Association’s Advisory Committee’s Chairs Council on May 1, 2014.

New Advisory Committee Chairs:

  • Ted M. Becker, Drinker Biddle & Reath, Chicago, Illinois; Chair of the Association’s Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee on Fiduciary Issues
  • Barbara M. Clough, QPA, QKA, Blue Ridge ESOP Associates, East Providence, Rhode Island; Chair of the Association’s Advisory Committee on Administration

Current Advisory Committee Chairs:

  • Steven B. Greenapple, Esq., Steiker, Fischer, Edwards & Greenapple. P.C., Cedar Knolls, New Jersey; Chair of the Association’s Advisory Committee on Legislative & Regulatory Issues
  • Michael J. Harden, Eureka Capital Partners, LLC, Costa Mesa, California; Chair of the Association’s Advisory Committee on Finance
  • Rod Reinertson, Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chair of the Association’s Committee on Ownership Culture
  • Jeffrey S. Tarbell, Houlihan Lokey, San Francisco, California; Chair of the Association’s Advisory Committee on Valuation

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Employee Ownership Foundation News

Louis O. Kelso Fellows Chosen by Rutgers University

Employee Ownership Foundation Provides Grant for Fellowship Program

The Employee Ownership Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the Louis O. Kelso Fellowships for 2014 – 2015. The Louis O. Kelso Fellowships are awarded to scholars studying broadened ownership of capital in the U.S. The Fellowships are part of the national fellowship program on employee stock ownership of the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) at Rutgers University. For additional information about the Kelso Fellowships and the SMLR, please visit: http://smlr.rutgers.edu/kelso-fellows.

“The Employee Ownership Foundation is pleased to sponsor the Louis O. Kelso Fellowships through the Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations,” said Employee Ownership Foundation Chair, Frieda S. Takaki. “We are proud to support this scholarly research on the impact of employee ownership on employees, their companies, the communities, and, yes, our country.”

2014 – 2015 Louis O. Kelso Fellows:

Karla Walter: Master of Urban Planning and Policy, Economic Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, American Worker Project, Center for American Progress, Washington, District of Columbia. Research topic: Federal and State policies on inclusive capitalism in the United States.

Richard Van Doel: PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana. Research topic: Stewardship characteristics of leaders in employee-owned companies.

Vernon Woodley: Assistant Professor in Sociology and Anthropology, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois. Research topic: Factors influencing firm decisions to create an ESOP in the United States.

Frank Mullins: Assistant Professor of Management, North Carolina A&T University School of Business and Economics, Greensboro, North Carolina. Research topic: The use and effectiveness of employee ownership in family firms in the United States.

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23rd Annual Awards Ceremony

Tonight, May 7th, is the 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate corporate and individual contributions to making ownership “real.” Attend the Awards Ceremony and see the true story of what it means to be an employee owner. 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.

Join us for an evening of celebration in honor of ESOPs and employee ownership!

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2014 AACE Awards Display

And we’re kicking off a week of Annual Conference posts…first up, the AACE Awards.

Don’t forget to stop by the AACE Awards display. If you’re looking for ideas to jump start your ownership culture or new ideas to inspire your employee owners, you’ll want to find some time to browse this year’s entries.

The list of the 2014 AACE Award winners is here. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. As a reminder, to kick off this year’s Conference, we’ll be celebrating and honoring the 2014 winners at the Awards Ceremony of the evening of May 7th. Conference attendees receive one ticket per registration; included as part of the registration fee. Additional Awards Ceremony tickets may be purchased.

Below are a few photos of this year’s AACE Award entries.

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April 2014 Wrap-Up

It’s been a while, so we thought, why not share some links. Here’s a look back at some April 2014 info.

The 2014 AACE Award winners were announced.

ESOPs were debated at the Supreme Court.

The 2014 Silver ESOP Award Recipients were announced.

We updated the Association’s Outside Board Registry.

We noted a few resources on the Association’s website.

The April 2014 ESOP Report was published.

The 37th Annual Conference App was released.

If you’re joining us at the 37th Annual Conference, here are a few bits of useful info.

The Employee Ownership Foundation announced prizes for the Auction being held at the Annual Conference.

Congratulations to this year’s Chapter award winners.

Filed under: AACE - Annual Awards for Communications Excellence, Chapter News, Conference Information, Employee Ownership Foundation, Government Affairs, Silver ESOP Awards, TEA Members, , , ,

Joining us at the 37th Annual Conference in May?

esop-slide-template - 2014 Annual Conference PANARAMICYou should be!

The ESOP Association’s Annual Conference is the premier gathering of ESOP advocates in America and the most comprehensive meeting covering both the technical and human aspects of employee ownership. The preliminary agenda for the upcoming Annual Conference has been updated with additional information to help you plan your experience.

On the eve of the Annual Conference, May 7th, the Association will host the 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony to celebrate corporate and individual contributions to making ownership “real.” Come see the true story of what it means to be an employee owner. All AACE (Annual Awards for Communications Excellence) Awards entries will be on display starting May 7th. The AACE Awards recognize the outstanding communications programs of its members. Winners are chosen by a panel of five judges made up of both management and non-management employee owners, each of whom has demonstrated active experience and interest in the field of ESOP communications. Use this opportunity to talk with the winners and network with AACE entrants to brainstorm employee ownership communication ideas.

Want more? Download the App for this year’s Annual Conference.

The details and links:

May 8 & 9, 2014

37th Annual ESOP Conference & 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony
“ESOPs: Capitalism at Work”
Renaissance Washington Hotel Washington, DC
Contact Rosemary Clements or Maya Van Buren at (202) 293-2971 or meetings AT esopassociation.org.

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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!

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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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2014 AACE Awards Deadline Alert

This year only — Due to extreme weather, the AACE Awards deadline has been extended to Thursday, February 20th. This extension will also apply to the Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest. All entries must be received by Thursday, February 20th to be considered for a 2014 AACE Award.

Additional information about the AACE Awards, including guidelines and entry forms, can be found here. If you have questions concerning the AACE Awards program, please contact Pat Barnes at (304) 876-3624 or by email: patbarnesart@gmail.com.

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