SEE The ESOP Association

Yep, see us! On Flickr that is. We uploaded photos from the recent 2012 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show held November 8th and 9th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. Take a look and see if we caught you networking at the Trade Show. You can find The ESOP Association’s Flickr page here. Below is a preview.

Flickr Screen Shot 12-3-2012

Members of Congress Share Thoughts on ESOPs

At The ESOP Association’s 2012 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show, Speaker of the House, Congressman John Boehner (R-OH), and Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) delivered, by video, messages to ESOP Association members during the Association’s Friday Luncheon.

Congressman Boehner and Senator Sanders, both long-time advocates for ESOP companies, spoke about the value of employee ownership.

“We thank Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) for taping these messages to members of The ESOP Association,” said ESOP Association J. Michael Keeling. “It’s important to remember how vital it is to share information with members of Congress that proves employee stock ownership is good for America.”

The videos are now available on The ESOP Association’s YouTube Channel. You can also watch the videos below.

The Elections’ Impact on ESOPs

Join ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling, for a look at the impact this year’s Presidential Election will have on your ESOP.


Friday, November 9, 2012

12:15 AM – 1:45 PM

Augustus Ballroom

Short videos from Senator Bernard Sanders and Congressman and Speaker of House of Representatives, John Boehner, will be viewed during Mr. Keeling presentation. The ending will feature an inspirational message from Senator Kelly Ayotte.

2012 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show — Employee Ownership Foundation Lunch, Thursday, November 8th

At this year’s Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show, the Employee Ownership Foundation Lunch will focus on the Leading in an Ownership Setting: The Program for CEOs and will feature CEO Program participants.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

11:40 AM – 1:10 PM

Augustus Ballroom

Join Employee Ownership Foundation Chair, Fried S. Takaki of CHART Rehabilitation of Hawaii, Inc. at the Lunch.

Below is information about the CEO Program that the Association shared earlier this year with readers.

Leading in an Ownership Setting: The Program for CEOs a Success

At the end of June 2012, 17 CEOs of ESOP companies from around the country participated in the first of two sessions of a leadership development program co-sponsored by the Employee Ownership Foundation and offered by the University of Pennsylvania. The program, Leading in an Ownership Setting: the Program for CEOs, received very positive reviews by all participants.  The participants included experienced CEOs, new CEOs, and senior leaders designated to become CEOs within the next few years.  Their companies ranged in size from under 50 employees to more than 4,000.

Despite their differences, participants learned a lot from one another as well as from the program faculty.  The formal sessions presented by University of Pennsylvania faculty covered topics such as the role of values in effective leadership; emotional intelligence; understanding and analyzing communication; storytelling as a leadership tool; and, leadership, motivation, and engagement. Another program element was a 360 assessment, from people in each participant’s own company, focusing on leadership practices that each participant then de-briefed with an executive coach.

In addition to the formal program content, participants reported that as a result of the program design they now have a peer group of other CEOs with whom they can discuss leadership issues in their respective companies.  The group will return to the University of Pennsylvania at the end of September for the program’s second session.

Following the session, several participants joined ESOP Association President and Employee Ownership Foundation President, J. Michael Keeling, on a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield to discuss leadership strategy.

This program is likely to be offered again beginning in the late spring or early summer of 2013.  The dates are not yet set.  If you or someone you know might be interested in attending, please contact Ginny Vanderslice (; 215-653-0303) or Alan Barstow (; 215-898-2802) to get on the mailing list for next year’s program materials.

Joining Us in Las Vegas? Stop by the Membership Services Booth!

If you’re joining The ESOP Association for the 2012 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show at Caesars Palace on November 8 & 9, stop by the Association’s Membership Services Booth (#107 on the Trade Show floor). We’ve got much to share this year.

  • Check out the ESOP Association’s NEW website

  • Pick up your deck of ESOP cards
  • View the interactive ABCs of ESOPs educational tool for ESOP participants

  • Pick up your copy of the new publication — A Guide to Financing ESOP Transactions

  • Enter to win an iPad 3!!!

Stop by and say “hello.”

The ESOP Association’s Membership Services Booth #107 on the Trade Show floor — where the ESOP community meets.

Download the 2012 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show App!

2012 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show new smartphone app makes annual show a year-round interactive experience

The ESOP Association has launched the Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show  smartphone mobile app called “ESOP 2012” to give attendees a convenient and comprehensive way to navigate the event and a way to utilize features before, during, and after the show.

This year’s app features:

Interactive exhibitor list
Exhibitor e-brochures & product info available for download
Complete listing of events
Real-time show alerts via text messaging
Exhibitor and product searches
Up-to-date news via the ESOP Association Blog

To download this app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, search the Apple Store for ESOP 2012 and download the mobile app as you would any other.

To download this app for all other Droid phone types,  search ESOP 2012 in the Android Market.

For Blackberry users, point browser to:

App information will be updated regularly.

Click to enlarge image for more information.

The Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show App is Coming!

You’ve asked and we’re answering. Yes, there will be a mobile app for the 2012 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show. You’ll soon see an email from the Association letting you know it’s ready for download.

Upcoming National ESOP Events

Information for the 2012 Annual Conference — registration links, hotel information, and preliminary topics and speakers — are now online. Don’t forget your ticket to the 21st Annual Awards Dinner. It will be held on the evening of May 9th. Join your fellow employee owners in honoring this year’s winners.

One more highlight — the 2012 AACE Awards display. With 50 entries this year, it’s not to miss. Want an AACE Awards refresher, check out these videos:

The ESOP Association’s AACE Awards Display at the 2011 Annual Conference

The ESOP Association’s 2011 AACE Award Winners

35th Annual ESOP Conference

May 10 & 11, 2012
Renaissance Washington Hotel, Washington, DC

To register for the Annual Conference and/or make hotel reservations, click here.

Don’t forget, early bird registration ends April 10th

Mark your calendars for the 2012 Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show too.

The ESOP Association’s 2012 Las Vegas Conference & Trade Show

November 8 & 9, 2012
Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV

More information can be found here.

For a full list of Association events, national and Chapter, please visit the calendar page on the Association’s website.  The list is updated on a regular basis.

Questions about an ESOP Association event? Please email

Become a Sponsor

Don’t be left out, there are plenty of good sponsorships available for upcoming ESOP Association conferences.

Sponsorships for the 35th Annual Conference being held May 10 – 11, 2012 in Washington, DC are now available, including an exciting new app sponsorship. For more information, check out the sponsorship brochure.

Consider a booth at the Las Vegas Conference & Trade Show in November to promote your company’s services. The Las Vegas Conference and Trade Show is the largest ESOP Conference in the world and the trade show is now a big part of the conference. A floor plan for the booths will be available soon. Keep an eye on this page.

For an updated list of available sponsorships, including the all new app sponsorships, use this link.  If you have questions, please contact The ESOP Association’s Meetings Department at