WASHINGTON, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois Chapter of The ESOP Association has been named the 2011 ESOP Chapter of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association's 34th 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 Illinois Chapter of the Association was not in its early years a Chapter leader, but in the last decade, strong leadership began to alter its profile. In 2010, the hard work paid off, as the Chapter set records for attendance, increased membership, and has become involved with government relations activities on the national level. The Illinois Chapter was selected from 18 Association Chapters across the United States for this honor.
"The leaders of the Illinois Chapter work hard and provide excellent programming and value to ESOP Association members in their state. I'm proud to honor the Illinois Chapter for their efforts," said J. Michael Keeling, ESOP Association President.
The core cause of The ESOP Association is the belief that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation, and strengthen our free enterprise economy.
SOURCE The ESOP Association