Throughout the month of October, ESOP Association members in the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter celebrated several milestones. In addition to celebrating Employee Ownership Month, the Chapter also celebrated its 25th anniversary.
The Minnesota/Dakota Chapter includes 114 corporate members and 78 professional members in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and has been serving the employee ownership community in the region for 25 years. The Chapter hosted an event on October 9th to honor those Chapter members whose work has helped the Chapter grow tremendously.
“I’m pleased to note the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter’s 25th anniversary and the benefits the Chapter has brought to members,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling. “This is an incredibly active Chapter, with members making personal visits to members of Congress to share the value of employee ownership with their legislators, and this year Chapter members have secured Employee Ownership Month proclamations from the Governors of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. What a great way to celebrate Employee Ownership Month.”
“Minnesota and The Dakotas have a strong legacy in successful ESOPs. Employee ownership not only changes the way we do business, it changes lives. We celebrate our 25 years as a Chapter in The ESOP Association with those who have been with the Chapter from the very beginning and those who are just beginning their ESOP journey. We look forward to many more years of advocacy, friendship, and growth in the ESOP community,” said President of The ESOP Association’s Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, Missy McManigle.
The Chapter’s celebration was also noted in a blog post by a past Chapter President and ESOP Association member, Steve Sheppard. On his personal blog, Winds of Peace Foundation, Mr. Sheppard noted that the party felt like a homecoming for him and the sense of ownership that people in the room felt for the cause of employee ownership. You can read his post here.
Congratulations to the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter on 25 years!