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May 24, 2019, 08:33 ET Janet Edmunson Wins Life Service Award from The ESOP Association

Janet Edmunson, founder of JME Insights in South Portland, ME, has been named the 2019 Life Service Award winner by The ESOP Association. The Life...


May 24, 2019, 08:29 ET Jeff Mounts of ESP International Named ESOP Association Employee Owner of the Year

Jeff Mounts, Marketing Coordinator at ESP International based in Cedar Rapids, has been named the 2019 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP...


May 24, 2019, 07:59 ET Miklos Systems Inc. Wins ESOP Company of the Year Award

Miklos Systems Inc. (MSI) of Fairfax, VA has won The ESOP Association's highest corporate honor—the ESOP Company of the Year Award. The award honors...


May 07, 2019, 10:16 ET Secretary Acosta Acknowledges Need for Clear Guidance from DOL

The ESOP Association today welcomed Congressional testimony by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta acknowledging his "strong" support for...


Apr 12, 2019, 17:35 ET ESOP Association Applauds Introduction of Pro ESOP Bill HR 2258

The ESOP Association applauds Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI-3) and Jason Smith (R-MO-8), who earlier this week introduced pro-Employee Stock...


Feb 07, 2019, 07:30 ET The ESOP Association Names James J. Bonham President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The ESOP Association (TEA) announced today that James J. Bonham will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on March 1....


Jan 21, 2019, 11:30 ET Pro-ESOP Bill, S. 177 Introduced in the Senate

The ESOP Association, the only organization that advocates on behalf of all ESOP companies, applauds Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ben Cardin...


Oct 30, 2018, 09:00 ET ESOP Association Report: Companies, Employees Share Benefits of Strong Performance

The results of this year's Economic Performance Survey (EPS) show that, once again, companies belonging to The ESOP Association have experienced...


Oct 04, 2018, 14:30 ET Congressional Leaders Take Steps to Protect ESOP Community

President Donald Trump this week received a letter from 27 influential members of the House of Representatives, urging him to rein in overzealous and ...


Oct 01, 2018, 07:00 ET ESOP Association Invites Employee Owned Companies to Celebrate Employee Ownership Month

For more than 28 years, Employee Ownership Month has been an opportunity for ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) companies across the nation to...


Aug 14, 2018, 10:27 ET ESOP Association Welcomes New Pro-ESOP Law

The ESOP Association celebrates a new law that will help businesses better understand and pursue options for becoming employee owned. The law—the...


May 24, 2018, 09:30 ET Mark Lomele Honored with The ESOP Association's Life Service Award

Mark Lomele, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Recology in San Francisco, was awarded the Life Service Award at The ESOP...


May 24, 2018, 09:30 ET Gardener's Supply Named ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association

Gardener's Supply Company of Burlington, VT, has been named the 2018 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association. The announcement was made at...


May 07, 2018, 01:39 ET ESOP Association Applauds Introduction of S. 2786

The ESOP Association applauds Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for introducing S. 2786, the Main Street Employee Ownership Act of 2018. The...


Oct 25, 2017, 09:30 ET ESOP Association Announces 32 Companies Receive Silver ESOP Award for Plan Longevity

As part of its celebration of Employee Ownership Month, The ESOP Association is proud to announce that this year 32 companies have earned the...


Oct 23, 2017, 16:14 ET ESOP Association Supports Senate Resolution Recognizing Employee Ownership Month

The ESOP Association applauds Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for issuing Senate Resolution 295, which recognizes both October as Employee Ownership...


Oct 16, 2017, 14:45 ET ESOP Association Welcomes Nomination of Preston Rutledge to Head EBSA

The ESOP Association is encouraged to learn that Preston Rutledge has been nominated as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Labor's...


Jul 20, 2017, 10:42 ET ESOP Association Salutes Senators Cardin (D-MD) and Roberts (R-KS) For Introducing Pro-ESOP Bill

Again bi-partisan support for more employees' owning our free enterprise economy is evidenced by introduction of S. 1588 by a Republican and a...


May 11, 2015, 12:43 ET Pro-ESOP Bill, S. 1212, Introduced in Senate

The ESOP Association expresses strong support for S. 1212, introduced on May 6, 2015 by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and co-sponsored by 13 Senators. S. ...


Oct 01, 2014, 11:18 ET ESOP Companies in Minnesota and The Dakotas Celebrate Employee Ownership Month and 25th Anniversary of Chapter

Throughout the month of October, ESOP Association members in the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter will celebrate several milestones. In addition to...


Oct 01, 2014, 09:30 ET Employee Ownership Month --- the Story of ESOPs Month-long Celebration Begins October 1st

The ESOP Association and its members will celebrate Employee Ownership Month, a tribute to the tremendous spirit of employee ownership, throughout...


Jun 25, 2014, 03:25 ET Supreme Court ESOP Decision a Disappointing Mish-Mash

"Today's Supreme Court decision that says Congress's near 40 year history of promoting employee ownership does not protect fiduciaries of employee...


Jun 12, 2014, 12:51 ET Pro-ESOP Bill Introduced in House

The ESOP Association expresses strong support for H.R. 4837, the Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act, introduced June 11, 2014...


Jun 04, 2014, 11:17 ET Senator Sanders and Colleagues Propose Innovative Ideas to Encourage Employee Ownership

The ESOP Association praised legislation introduced on June 2, 2104, by Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT), and co-sponsored by two Senate colleagues:...


May 08, 2014, 08:20 ET Brian Bornino Receives 2014 Membership Recruitment Award from The ESOP Association

Brian D. Bornino of GBQ Consulting LLC, located in Columbus, Ohio, was presented with The ESOP Association's 2014 Membership Recruitment Award for a...


May 08, 2014, 08:18 ET Kathryn Daly Named Outstanding Board of Governors Member by The ESOP Association

Kathryn A. Daly, Managing Director of Chartwell Capital Solutions, located in Portland, Oregon, was named the 2014 Outstanding Board of Governors...


May 08, 2014, 08:16 ET Dakota Supply Group Named 2014 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association

Dakota Supply Group, an employee-owned company headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, was named the 2014 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP...


May 08, 2014, 08:14 ET Entertainment Partners Wins 2014 Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest

Entertainment Partners, an employee-owned company located in Burbank, California, has been selected by The ESOP Association as its 2014 Employee...


May 08, 2014, 08:12 ET Steve Earle of Mid South Building Supply, Inc. Named 2014 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association

Steve Earle of Mid South Building Supply, Inc., located in Springfield, Virginia, has been named the 2014 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP...


May 08, 2014, 08:10 ET Tracy Woolsey Named Chapter Officer of the Year by The ESOP Association

Tracy E. Woolsey of Horizon Bancorp, located in Michigan City, Indiana, was named the 2014 Chapter Officer of the Year by The ESOP Association. The...


May 08, 2014, 08:08 ET Indiana Chapter Recognized for Outstanding Membership Development by The ESOP Association

The Indiana Chapter of The ESOP Association was recognized for its commitment to membership development at the Association's 37th Annual Conference...


May 08, 2014, 08:06 ET Heart of America Chapter Recognized for Outstanding Membership Development by The ESOP Association

The Heart of America Chapter of The ESOP Association was recognized for its commitment to membership development at the Association's 37th Annual...


May 08, 2014, 08:04 ET Southwest Chapter Wins Big at ESOP Association's Annual Conference in Washington, DC

The Southwest Chapter of The ESOP Association was named the 2014 ESOP Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year by the Association....


May 08, 2014, 08:02 ET The ESOP Association Honors Members for Excellence in Employee Ownership Communications

The ESOP Association is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of the Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE). The AACE Awards are sponsored ...


Apr 16, 2014, 10:24 ET The ESOP Association Announces 2014 Silver ESOP Award Recipients

The ESOP Association has presented 45 corporate members of the Association with a Silver ESOP Award to recognize their work in sustaining their ESOP...


Mar 04, 2014, 01:17 ET Administration Again Takes Aim at Employee Ownership, Says The ESOP Association

Today, The ESOP Association expressed disappointment once more over a provision in the President's Fiscal Year 2015 budget that pertains to employee...


Nov 14, 2013, 04:23 ET Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Reverse Circuit Courts' Pro-ESOP Position

In a disappointing turn of events, the Obama Administration has once again taken a negative position in regard to employee stock ownership plans...


Oct 01, 2013, 10:00 ET Employee Ownership Month Begins October 1st

The ESOP Association and its members will celebrate Employee Ownership Month throughout the month of October, which is a tribute to the tremendous...


Jul 17, 2013, 02:00 ET ESOP Association President to Participate in Senate Small Business Committee Tax Roundtable

Today, ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling, will participate in the Senate Small Business Committee Tax Roundtable which will review key...


Jun 17, 2013, 02:31 ET Senator Kelly Ayotte Speaks to New England ESOP Association Members

Speaking to a gathering of ESOP Association members, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) once more renewed her promise to protect ESOPs (employee stock...


May 17, 2013, 03:59 ET Pro-ESOP Bill Introduced in the House; Bill Aims to Protect ESOPs

Congressmen Brett S. Guthrie (R-KY), David Loebsack (D-IA), and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) introduced H.R. 2041, a bill to modify the...


May 09, 2013, 08:31 ET Frieda S. Takaki Receives Life Service Award from The ESOP Association

For her impressive contributions to the employee ownership community and her commitment to The ESOP Association, Frieda S. Takaki, President and CEO...


May 09, 2013, 08:00 ET Southwest Chapter Named 2013 ESOP Chapter of the Year by The ESOP Association

The Southwest Chapter of The ESOP Association was named the 2013 ESOP Chapter of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the...


May 09, 2013, 08:00 ET Ronald J. Gilbert of ESOP Services, Inc. Named Outstanding Board of Governors Member by The ESOP Association

Ronald J. Gilbert, President of ESOP Services, Inc., located in Scottsville, Virginia, was named the 2013 Outstanding Board of Governors Member by...


May 09, 2013, 08:00 ET ComSonics, Inc. Wins 2013 Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest

ComSonics, Inc., an employee-owned company located in Harrisonburg, Virginia has been selected by The ESOP Association as its 2013 Employee Ownership ...


May 09, 2013, 08:00 ET Northwest Chapter Recognized for Outstanding Membership Development by The ESOP Association

The Northwest Chapter of The ESOP Association was recognized for its commitment to membership development at the Association's 36th Annual Conference ...


May 09, 2013, 08:00 ET Carl Warren & Company Named 2013 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association

Carl Warren & Company, an employee-owned company headquartered in Placentia, California, was named the 2013 ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP...


May 09, 2013, 08:00 ET Carolinas Chapter Recognized for Outstanding Membership Development by The ESOP Association

The Carolinas Chapter of The ESOP Association was recognized for its commitment to membership development at the Association's 36th Annual Conference ...


May 09, 2013, 08:00 ET Markita Madden-Puckett of ComSonics, Inc. Named 2013 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP Association

Markita Madden-Puckett of ComSonics, Inc., located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has been named the 2013 Employee Owner of the Year by The ESOP...


May 09, 2013, 08:00 ET Southwest Chapter Recognized for Outstanding Membership Recruitment by The ESOP Association

The Southwest Chapter of The ESOP Association was recognized for its commitment to membership recruitment, for the second year in a row, at the...