Joining us at the 37th Annual Conference in May?

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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.

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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

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.

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:

How To Make Your AACE Entry Stand Out

AACE Awards LogoPaul Horn, volunteer coordinator for the AACE Awards Program, provides members with a few quick tips on entering AACE.

More information, along with entry forms, can be found on the Association’s website

The judges review many excellent submissions in a number of categories.  Here are some factors that past judges have said make a submission stand out and be memorable.

1.    Clear and concise description of event(s) or item.

2.    Labeling of photos with captions and dates.

3.    Indication of special effort or time spent.  For example, an owner’s handbook that looked like your car’s owner manual.

4.    Themes that tie into your company’s line of business.

5.    Community action and volunteer events.

6.    Events with other area ESOP companies.

7.    Hosting elected officials at your company.

8.    Fundraiser for Employee Ownership Foundation or ESOP PAC.

9.    Employees writing to or visiting elected officials.

10.  Employee outings or recognition events.

11.  Ongoing ESOP events throughout the year.

Paul Horn is president of WorkPlace Consultants, LLC located in Bethesda, MD. He is a member of The ESOP Association’s Advisory Committee on Ownership Culture and a Chapter Officer of the Association’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter.