ESOP Company Congressional Visits

Many of our members have shared with us pictures and information from their meetings with members of Congress. We thank them for taking the time to setup these meetings and make that all important connection with their member of Congress.

Today, we wanted to share with you information from a visit hosted by ESOP Association member, Restek Corporation located in Bellafonte, PA. The company hosted a meeting with Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) on Wednesday, November 23, 2011.

Mike Shuey, Customer Service, Domestic Supervisor for Restek Corporation shared this email with us after the visit:

“Hello all. The visit was excellent. We presented him and his assistant with a folder full of company, ESOP and Capitol Hill information for review. We thanked him for supporting H.R. 1244, gave him a sheet to address the Secretary of Labor and he gave us a list of Senators to address our ESOP concerns and questions with so Restek will put together a team in the near future for that. I attached most of the documents we presented to him and his assistant. As soon as I get our pictures I’ll send them to you. Thank you all for your support and help. Have a great Thanksgiving!!!!!!!”

Mike’s thank you all was both to the national office and the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter leaders in particular, Alice Simons of SES Advisors, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA. He also included several documents which are great examples of what to share with your member of Congress during a company visit and we wanted to share those with you here. (Click on the title to open the document.)

Restek Agenda

Reference Sheet on the DOL proposed regulation on the definition of a fiduciary

Summary of HR 1244 

Summary of S 1512

Summary of S 1232  

Information from The ESOP Association on Tax Reform

As J. Michael Keeling said, “Restek did professional work on this visit. They’re a true model and the entire ESOP community thanks Mike, Restek and our Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter for the effective, true grassroots advocacy.”

Take a look at the above and feel free to use these as examples in putting together your company visits.

As many of you know, there are several resources on The ESOP Association’s website to help in setting up a Congressional meeting.

The 2011 Fall Congressional Company Visit Kit

The Fall 2011 Fall Advocacy Kit

And if you’re looking for the most recent legislative developments, you can find emails and links under the ESOP Bulletin link.

As always, if there are questions, please email us at

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