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The ESOP Podcast Episode 29 – Communicating Value to ESOP Participants

The ESOP Podcast Episode 29 – Communicating Value to ESOP Participants

This episode of The ESOP Podcast is a recording of the “Communicating Value to Participants” presentation given at the New Jersey/New York Chapter of The ESOP Association’s 2018 Spring Conference held in Syracuse, New York on April 5th, 2018.  The presenters are Rob Hilton, Director of Valuation and ESOP Services at Katz Sapper & Miller, Andy O’Neill, Director at Prairie Capital Advisors, and Bret Keisling, Managing Director at Capital Trustees.

During the second half of the podcast there is an excellent give and take with the diverse group of ESOP companies in the audience, which makes this presentation even more valuable for ESOPs looking to continuously improve their communication and engagement.

Click below to download the accompanying “Communicating Value to Participants” slide show presentation.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this presentation and the presentation materials are not intended to be used as legal advice. Please consult with counsel as necessary.


More about Robert C. Hilton Jr. and Katz Sapper & Miller

Robert Hilton

Katz Sapper and Miller Logo

Rob Hilton, ASA is Director of Valuation and ESOP Services at Katz Sapper & Miller. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers and is based in Rochester, NY.  As one of the top 60 CPA firms in the nation, KSM has earned a reputation as a leader in the areas of accounting, tax and consulting services. KSM is regularly named one of the “Best of the Best” accounting firms in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting magazine.  KSM is a 100% employee-owned S-corporation ESOP.

EXPERIENCE:  Rob has about 20 years of experience and has provided hundreds of valuations in a wide variety of equity classes.  Rob has extensive experience with the implementation and administration of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), the valuation of gift and estate planning, buy-sell agreements, recapitalization, mergers and acquisitions, purchase price allocations, financial reporting, and general corporate planning with experience in a broad range of industries. In addition, he focuses on the valuation of covenant-not-to-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

CERTIFICATIONS/EDUCATION:  He is a member of the National Center of Employee Ownership and The ESOP Association and is a regular speaker at regional and national conferences.  He is currently the Executive Vice President of the New York/New Jersey ESOP Association Chapter.

Rob has testified as an expert witness in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Rob holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from Emory University and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.

You can also get to know more about Rob Hilton in his own words by listening to The ESOP Podcast Episode 23 – Rob Hilton, Mark Kossow, and Rich Heeter.

More about Andy O’Neill and Prairie Capital Advisors (PCA)

Andy O’Neill is a Director with Prairie Capital Advisors (PCA) in Boston, Massachusetts. PCA is an employee-owned company that provides investment banking, ESOP advisory and valuation services to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. PCA is based Oakbrook Terrace, with offices in Boston, Atlanta, Louisville, Cedar Rapids, and Chicago.  The company is an advisor to closely-held companies nationwide.

Andy advises companies and principals on valuation and ownership transition issues specifically Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) formation and implementation.  Mr. O’Neill has performed valuation and economic analysis services for clients in the following industries: software, retail, manufacturing, distribution, energy services and infrastructure, utilities, telecommunications, transportation, and engineering and construction management.

EXPERIENCE:  Prior to joining Prairie Capital Advisors, Mr. O’Neill was a Managing Director at independent valuation firms, a Principal with the Consulting division of Bechtel Corporation, and the successor entity Nexant, where he managed the Transaction Advisory Services practice. Additionally, Andy was Vice President of Merrill Lynch Business Advisory Services working with closely-held businesses and owners on liquidity and ownership transition issues.

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.
  • FINRA Series 79 and 63 Investment Banking Registrations

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
  • The ESOP Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth

More about Bret Keisling, Capital Trustees, LLC

And, of course, you can learn more about our own Managing Director, Bret Keisling, on our about page, or listen to ESOP Podcast Episode 1: Introduction.


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The ESOP Podcast Episode 27 – If I’d Only Known Then What I Know Now: Transitioning to and Embracing an ESOP

Laurie Calvert presenting with Bret Keisling

The ESOP Podcast Episode 27 – If I’d Only Known Then What I Know Now: Transitioning to and Embracing an ESOP

Today’s episode has two parts, both recorded at the 2018 Spring Conference of the New England Chapter of The ESOP Association on Friday, March 23rd in Burlington, Massachusets.

Capital Trustees is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2018 Spring Conference of the New England Chapter of The ESOP Association in Burlington, Massachusets.

We start with an interview with Laurie Calvert, Chief Operating Officer of Meridian Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm that transitioned to 100% employee ownership in 2016.  She shares her perspective as both a leader and a participant in the early years of an ESOP, including a great analogy to the early years of home ownership.

The external trustee for Meridian Associates’ ESOP is Kjersti Cory of GreatBanc Trust Company, who planned to co-present “If I’d Only Known Then What I Know Now: Transitioning to and Embracing an ESOP” with Laurie Calvert at the conference.  Unfortunately, Kjersti Cory was waylaid by the unpredictable winter weather, and so Bret Keisling, Managing Director at Capital Trustees, LLC, stepped in as understudy to present from the external trustee perspective. The second half of this podcast is a recording of that interactive session, which is designed to give companies who are thinking about becoming an ESOP or are new to ESOPs information and ideas to help with the success of the transition.  As you will hear, audience members were invited to ask questions, and we invite you to contact either Laurie Calvert or Bret Keisling with your own questions via email.

[The first section of the podcast has some background noise from the conference, which subsides as the recording progresses. Listeners with auditory issues that make it difficult to process background interference should skip ahead to the 18:05 mark to jump to the lead-in to the presentation.]

Laurie Calvert presenting with Bret Keisling

L-R: Laurie Calvert of Meridian Associates, Inc. and Bret Keisling of Captial Trustees, LLC.

Click below to download the accompanying “If I’d Only Known Then What I Know Now: Transitioning to and Embracing an ESOP” slide show presentation.

If I’d Only Known Then What I Know Now: Transitioning to and Embracing an ESOP

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this presentation and the presentation materials are not intended to be used as legal advice. Please consult with counsel as necessary.


More about Laurie Calvert and Meridian Associates, Inc.

Laurie Calvert Meridian Associates COO

Meridian Associates

“Meridian Associates provides land development, land surveying, civil engineering, renewable energy, 3D laser scanning, and sustainability consulting services to corporate, commercial, industrial, institutional and public sector clients. These services encompass a comprehensive permit and development process from initial site acquisition studies to final compliance certification, analysis and implementation.

Meridian Associates is headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts with a branch office in Westborough, Massachusetts. Meridian Associates has provided services to projects in 29 of 48 contiguous states in the US, and several foreign countries. Meridian seeks to provide clients with technical expertise and end-to-end management of complex development and energy projects in helping them to succeed financially, environmentally and socially responsibly.” [Source: Meridian Associates, Inc., Copyright 2017 ]

“Laurie Calvert is the Chief Operating Officer at Meridian Associates. Laurie brings over 20 years of business experience in organizational leadership, operations and financial management, strategy development and execution, and program management to her role as COO at the firm. Laurie is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations including the strategic planning and execution process. On any given day, Laurie is working hard to promote a culture of teamwork, improving tools and infrastructure to enable firm performance, or communicating with employees on firmwide initiatives.  Laurie serves on the board of directors at Meridian Associates.

Laurie earned her Master of Arts in Urban + Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University. Her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration is from Oakland University.” [Source: Meridian Associates – Leadership]


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The ESOP Podcast Episode 25 – Tabitha Croscut of Devine Millimet on Transactional Law for ESOPs

The ESOP Podcast Episode 25 – Tabitha Croscut of Devine Millimet on Transactional Law for ESOPs

Our guest is Tabitha Croscut an ESOP attorney with Devine Millimet, Attorneys at Law. Tabitha Croscut discusses the history and current practice of transactional law for employee stock ownership companies.  She walks the listener through the process owners interested in employee-ownership would go through when they consult an ESOP attorney to investigate whether an ESOP is right for their company.

This podcast was recorded during the March 2018 ESOP Professionals’ Forum. The Professional Forum is a unique opportunity for professionals that serve the ESOP community to have strategic and complex discussions about the challenges facing ESOPs. Tabitha Croscut also recommends you attend your local ESOP Association meetings, such as her local chapter the New England Chapter of the ESOP Association, and the annual ESOP Association conference in Washington, DC.

You can follow the latest from Tabitha Croscut on Twitter @ESOPDiva and on LinkedIn.


More about Tabitha Croscut

Tabitha Croscut, Source: Devine Millimet, Professionals

I help my clients assess, consider, and navigate the utility of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan as an ownership succession and employee incentive strategy. For companies that have already implemented an ESOP, I provide counsel and guidance for ongoing compliance of the ESOP as a qualified retirement plan and with any related fiduciary or corporate governance concerns, including US Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service audits and any voluntary correction submissions that may be applicable.

My clients include business owners and companies considering an ESOP, companies that have already implemented an ESOP, individual selling shareholders, banks, and internal and external (individual and institutional) ESOP trustees. I have advised clients in ESOP transactions ranging from under a million dollars to over four hundred million dollars.

I frequently speak at ESOP conferences nationwide and present regularly on how ESOPs can be an effective and tax-efficient exit or transition planning solution for owners of privately held businesses.

I strongly believe that employee ownership through an ESOP can be extremely motivating for employees in a structure that maintains good jobs in local communities while serving as an ownership transition and liquidity strategy for privately held business owners. Curious how to hire and ESOP attorney and why it matters?

When I’m not counseling clients on a myriad of ESOP related matters, my other job is as a mother of two young girls who keep me busy with their love of animals, sports, and musical activities. I also enjoy travel and meeting new people in new towns all over the United States.” [Source: Devine Millimet, Professionals]

More about Devine Millimet

“Devine Millimet is one of the largest and most dynamic business and litigation law firms in the region, serving our clients and our communities since 1947. Working from our historic headquarters building in Manchester, New Hampshire, and our satellite offices in Concord and Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts, we serve individuals, businesses, and nonprofits in the areas of healthcare, tax, estate planning, construction, intellectual property litigation, medical malpractice, real estate, insurance, utilities, and all aspects of corporate law, including finance, employment, workers’ compensation, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, and government affairs. We also provide strategic consulting, lobbying, bond and public finance services, and crisis management services as part of our government regulation practice and Devine Strategies strategic consulting group.”

Source: About Devine Millimet


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The ESOP Podcast Episode 23 – Rob Hilton, Mark Kossow, and Rich Heeter

ESOP 101 Around the Table

The ESOP Podcast Episode 23 – Rob Hilton, Mark Kossow, and Rich Heeter

This special ESOP Podcast is a companion episode to our well-received “ESOP 101” podcast (Episode 21), which presented a 360-degree overview of the “What, Why, and How” of employee stock ownership plans.  In this episode we’ll learn more about the perspective and background of each of those “ESOP 101” presenters: Robert C. Hilton Jr., ASA, Director of Valuation and ESOP Services at Katz, Sapper & Miller, Mark R. Kossow, Esq., a partner at Archer & Greiner P.C., and Richard A. Heeter, Managing Director at Captial Trustees, LLC.

ESOP 101 Around the Table

L-R: Mark R. Kossow, Esq. Archer & Greiner P.C., Robert C. Hilton Jr., ASA, Katz Sapper & Miller, and Richard A. Heeter and Brian Keisling of Captial Trustees, LLC.

 

ESOP 101

Download “The ESOP Podcast Episode 21 – ESOP 101: What, Why, and How” podcast and presentation here.


More about Robert C. Hilton Jr. and Katz Sapper & Miller

Robert Hilton

Katz Sapper and Miller Logo

Rob Hilton, ASA is Director of Valuation and ESOP Services at Katz Sapper & Miller. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers and is based in Rochester, NY.  As one of the top 60 CPA firms in the nation, KSM has earned a reputation as a leader in the areas of accounting, tax and consulting services. KSM is regularly named one of the “Best of the Best” accounting firms in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting magazine.  KSM is a 100% employee-owned S-corporation ESOP.

EXPERIENCE:  Rob has about 20 years of experience and has provided hundreds of valuations in a wide variety of equity classes.  Rob has extensive experience with the implementation and administration of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), the valuation of gift and estate planning, buy-sell agreements, recapitalization, mergers and acquisitions, purchase price allocations, financial reporting, and general corporate planning with experience in a broad range of industries. In addition, he focuses on the valuation of covenant-not-to-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

CERTIFICATIONS/EDUCATION:  He is a member of the National Center of Employee Ownership and The ESOP Association and is a regular speaker at regional and national conferences.  He is currently the Executive Vice President of the New York/New Jersey ESOP Association Chapter.

Rob has testified as an expert witness in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Rob holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from Emory University and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.

More about Mark R. Kossow and Archer & Greiner PC

Mark Kossow

Archer and Greiner logo

Mark Kossow focuses his practice on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and is a partner at Archer & Greiner P.C.

His practice is focused on implementing ESOP transactions and their compliance with IRS and Department of Labor requirements.  Mark’s strong tax background helps corporations, fiduciaries, and selling shareholders to maximize the tax advantages of their ESOP transactions.

He frequently speaks on topics relating to ESOPs, ERISA, and tax matters at meetings of The ESOP Association and other organizations concerned with exit planning and succession planning.

Mark is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Tax Law), and is an active member of The ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).

Mark is a graduate of the University of Michigan (with distinction) and Albany Law School (cum laude).  He also holds an advanced legal degree (LL.M.) in taxation from New York University Law School.

More about Richard A. Heeter, Capital Trustees, LLC

And, of course, you can learn more about our own Managing Director, Rich Heeter, on our about page, or listen to ESOP Podcast Episode 1: Introduction.


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The ESOP Podcast Episode 22 – Rob Zicaro on Employee Ownership

The ESOP Podcast Episode 22 – Rob Zicaro on Employee Ownership

Our guest is Rob Zicaro, an ESOP advocate, speaker, and consultant, and a singer-songwriter. He spent 26 years as an employee-owner at Web Industries, and he shares his insider’s perspective from his years as an active employee-owner, as well as his current experience enjoying this unique benefit and continuing his career in music at RobZMusic.com.  Rob offers a lot of food for thought for both current and prospective employee owners, with an emphasis on the importance of developing a culture of communication and mutual respect.

Here’s the video of Rob Zicaro speaking at “The Future of the American Workplace” conference, July 26th, 1993, as heard at the 05:15 mark in this podcast episode.

 

@CapTrusteesBret kicked off this podcast from Worcester, Massachusetts on Periscope here.


about Rob Zicaro

Rob Zicaro [Source: RobZ Music]

“Professional songwriter who writes, produces, arranges, and mixes original radio-ready songs. Also an employee ownership advocate with 26 years experience.” You can follow @RobZicaro on Twitter and his daily ESOP food for thought here.

You can find more about Rob’s music on his webpage RobZMusic.com, or subscribe to Rob’s music on Soundcloud here.

More about Web Industries

“A 100% employee-owned company, Web Industries, Inc., is the largest and most diverse provider of flexible material converting and end-product manufacturing services for the Advanced Composites, Medical, Consumer Health & Hygiene, Multi-Layer Insulation, and Wire & Cable markets. Utilizing the widest array of slitting, spooling, winding, and ply formatting configurations in the business, Web formats composites, nonwovens, specialty films, papers, foils, laminates, and foams for downstream manufacturing. Web specializes in developing optimized material processing solutions that deliver converted materials on custom-designed spools, planetary rolls, planetary pads, and ply kits for efficient, cost-effective product manufacturing. ”

“A 100% employee-owned company, Web Industries has been a vocal proponent of EO for decades, and the company’s employee-owners have long been active within the local, regional, and national EO communities. Web’s employee-owners have even provided valuable insights on the topic to US Presidents and Congress. Every person at Web is a stakeholder in the company, and they know that the company’s success is driven by the success of our customers. This makes us stewards of their business as well as ours and drives us to constantly improve our processes, discover new efficiencies, and develop new capabilities to meet market needs.” [Source: Web Industries, Marlborough, MA]


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The ESOP Podcast Episode 21 – ESOP 101: What, Why, and How

ESOP 101

The ESOP Podcast Episode 21 – ESOP 101: What, Why, and How

Mark R. Kossow, Esq., a partner at Archer & Greiner P.C., Robert C. Hilton Jr., ASA, Director of Valuation and ESOP Services at Katz, Sapper & Miller, and Richard A. Heeter, Managing Director at Captial Trustees, LLC  gathered together at Archer & Greiner’s offices in Haddonfield, NJ to present you with a 360-degree overview of the what, why, and how of ESOPs.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this presentation and the presentation materials are not intended to be used as legal or valuation advice. Please consult with counsel as necessary.

Click below to download the accompanying “ESOP 101 What, Why and How” slide show presentation.

ESOP 101

 

This presentation was broadcast live on Periscope on Thursday, February 8th.  Follow @CapTrusteeBret on Twitter for future live broadcasts.

ESOP 101 Presentation Panel Live

L-R: Mark R. Kossow, Esq. Archer & Greiner P.C., Robert C. Hilton Jr., ASA, Katz Sapper & Miller, and Richard A. Heeter of Captial Trustees, LLC.

Archer and Greiner Haddonfield

Archer & Greiner’s offices in Haddonfield, NJ.


More about Mark R. Kossow and Archer & Greiner PC

Mark Kossow

Archer and Greiner logo

Mark Kossow focuses his practice on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and is a partner at Archer & Greiner P.C.

His practice is focused on implementing ESOP transactions and their compliance with IRS and Department of Labor requirements.  Mark’s strong tax background helps corporations, fiduciaries, and selling shareholders to maximize the tax advantages of their ESOP transactions.

He frequently speaks on topics relating to ESOPs, ERISA, and tax matters at meetings of The ESOP Association and other organizations concerned with exit planning and succession planning.

Mark is listed in Best Lawyers in America (Tax Law), and is an active member of The ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO).

Mark is a graduate of the University of Michigan (with distinction) and Albany Law School (cum laude).  He also holds an advanced legal degree (LL.M.) in taxation from New York University Law School.

More about Robert C. Hilton Jr. and Katz Sapper & Miller

Robert Hilton

Katz Sapper and Miller Logo

Rob Hilton, ASA is Director of Valuation and ESOP Services at Katz Sapper & Miller. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers and is based in Rochester, NY.  As one of the top 60 CPA firms in the nation, KSM has earned a reputation as a leader in the areas of accounting, tax and consulting services. KSM is regularly named one of the “Best of the Best” accounting firms in the nation by INSIDE Public Accounting magazine.  KSM is a 100% employee owned S-corporation ESOP.

EXPERIENCE:  Rob has about 20 years of experience and has provided hundreds of valuations in a wide variety of equity classes.  Rob has extensive experience with the implementation and administration of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), the valuation of gift and estate planning, buy-sell agreements, recapitalization, mergers and acquisitions, purchase price allocations, financial reporting, and general corporate planning with experience in a broad range of industries. In addition, he focuses on the valuation of covenant-not-to-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

CERTIFICATIONS/EDUCATION:  He is a member of the National Center of Employee Ownership and The ESOP Association and is a regular speaker at regional and national conferences.  He is currently the Executive Vice President of the New York/New Jersey ESOP Association Chapter.

Rob has testified as an expert witness in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Rob holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from Emory University and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.


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The ESOP Podcast Episode 19 – Martin Staubus of The Beyster Institute at The Rady School of Management

The ESOP Podcast Episode 19 – Martin Staubus of The Beyster Institute at The Rady School of Management

Our guest is Martin Staubus, Executive Director of The Beyster Institute at The Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego.  We learn about some of the history of the ESOP movement, how the benefits of employee ownership are even more relevant today, and then take a peek into our crystal ball on the future of ESOPs.

Along the way, we discuss transparency, open-book management, and The Great Game of Business.  We also give an overview of the training and certification programs offered by the Beyster Institute’s Governance Curriculum for Employee Ownership Companies.

Here are some resources if you wish to delve deeper into the topics covered in this podcast:

And, as mentioned at 1:18:18 in the podcast, here is a view of the beautiful Rady School of Managment Wells Fargo Hall where the podcast was recorded.

Rady School of Managments Wells Fargo Hall

Source: UC San Diego News


More about Martin Staubus

Martin Staubus

Martin Staubus, Source: UC San Diego Rady School of Managment

Martin Staubus has been leading The Beyster Institute for 18 years. “He has advised hundreds of business leaders on the design and creation of employee stock ownership programs, including ESOPs, stock options plans, SAR plans, restricted stock plans and more.” [Source: LinkedIn]

More about The Beyster Institute at The Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego

Rady School of Management

“The Beyster Institute at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management works to advance the understanding and practice of employee ownership as an effective and responsible business model. We focus on educationresearch, and consulting to promote employee ownership and the creation of effective ownership cultures.

We serve companies interested in the employee ownership business strategy, business owners looking to transition out of their companies and professional advisers who want to better serve their clients by gaining employee ownership knowledge.”

Source: Rady School of Management, Beyster Institute, Employee Ownership 

More about J. Robert Beyster

“The work of the Beyster Institute began in 1986 when, as part of the Foundation for Enterprise Development, it took on the commission to spread the visionary ideas of Dr. J. Robert Beyster, the founder of SAIC. These ideas have led to the development of many highly successful enterprises based on the potent combination of employee ownership and entrepreneurial spirit.

Dr. Beyster founded SAIC in 1969, and by the time he retired from the company in 2004 it had grown to Fortune 500® size, with more than 40,000 employees and annual revenues approaching $8 billion. Dr. Beyster firmly believed that the methods used to develop SAIC – employee ownership, shared entrepreneurship and participation – can make a real difference in the success of an enterprise and in the economic lives of people everywhere. From the very beginning, Dr. Beyster rewarded the performance of employees with stock ownership. As SAIC grew, Dr. Beyster fought to preserve the values that had made the early SAIC successful – not only employee ownership and entrepreneurship, but a flexible and decentralized organization structure, technical excellence, high standards of ethical conduct, and a firm belief in customer service.

Dr. Beyster retired from the company in 2004. In conjunction with his retirement, the Beyster Institute joined the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego, a leading professional school within one of the top-ranked institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research.  Dr. Beyster passed away at his home in La Jolla on Dec. 22, 2014, leaving behind a legacy that continues to have a lasting impact on people, businesses, and communities across the face of our nation and around the globe.”

Source: The Beyster Institute, About Us


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The 12 Days of ESOPs, Day 9: Jason Wellman of ESOP Partners on Employee Communication

The 12 Days of ESOPs, Day 9: Jason Wellman of ESOP Partners on Employee Communication

We’re celebrating the spirit of the ESOP Movement with The Twelve Days of ESOPs.

12 Days of ESOPs
 
Our guests over these twelve days hail from a variety of fields in ESOP World – from lawyers, to valuators, to CEOs, and even employee owners themselves – each bringing their own unique outlook and experience to our ongoing conversation about what makes ESOP participation so valuable to companies.
 
On the ninth day of ESOPs, our guest is Jason Wellman, Senior ESOP Relationship Consultant with ESOP Partners.  Jason Wellman specializes in communicating, educating, teaching, training, and presenting about ESOPs so that employees understand this unique, non-traditional benefit.  
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💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃 Keep on your toes! Just like great dancers, great businesses need excellent communication with their partners. A correct and consistent communication plan helps ESOPs reap the rewards of an engaged workforce.

More about ESOP Partners

ESOP Partners

ESOP Partners is based in northeastern Wisconsin and serves companies across the United States.  They offer comprehensive ESOP services including ESOP administration, compliance, planning, and consulting.

More about Jason Wellman

Jason Wellman,  Senior ESOP Relationship Consultant with ESOP Partners [Photo Credit: ESOP Partners]

Jason Wellman “helps ESOP companies by developing a comprehensive Ownership Culture through proactive educational resources for all participants to improve their understanding of ESOPs’ unique benefits.

He has over 20 years of experience in sales and sales management, specializing in internal and external training and education. Prior to working with ESOP Partners, Jason served as a Regional Sales Specialist for Ariens, a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, and a Regional Sales Director for GNC, a nutritional supplement company that is the largest of its kind worldwide.

He is a member of the ESOP Association Advisory Committee on Ownership Culture and Communications and of the Minnesota & Dakotas ESOP Chapter Membership Committee. Jason is also a contributing author for the ESOP Association’s ESOP Report on Ownership Advantage topics to improve ESOP culture and communications for the Association’s members.

In his free time, Jason is a devoted Green Bay Packers fan and attends games frequently with his wife, Anne.  He enjoys spending time playing sports with their three children, Brady, Tyler, and Leah.  He is also actively involved in his local church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and Awana Captain.” [Source: ESOP Partners, Our Team]

Twitter:

As mentioned during the podcast, we originally ‘met’ Jason over Twitter. You can join us in following him on Twitter @1_wellman, and follow ESOP Partners at @ESOPPartners.  You can follow Bret at CapTrusteesBret.


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The 12 Days of ESOPs, Day 6: Kevin McPhillips of the PA Center for Employee Ownership (PaCEO) on ESOP Awareness

The 12 Days of ESOPs, Day 6: Kevin McPhillips of the PA Center for Employee Ownership (PaCEO) on ESOP Awareness

We’re celebrating the spirit of the ESOP Movement with The Twelve Days of ESOPs.

12 Days of ESOPs
 
Our guests over these twelve days hail from a variety of fields in ESOP World – from lawyers, to valuators, to CEOs, and even employee owners themselves – each bringing their own unique outlook and experience to our ongoing conversation about what makes ESOP participation so valuable to companies.
 
On the sixth day of ESOPs, our guest is Kevin McPhillips, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership (PaCEO) who joined us to discuss exit planning, promoting ESOP awareness, and how ESOPs benefit employees and businesses in Pennsylvania and beyond. 🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚🥚 Just like those six geese a-laying, when we work together we can build quite the nest egg for our retirement!
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Capital Trustees is proud to be one of the founding sponsors of the  Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership (PaCEO).  As discussed in the podcast, the benefits of ESOPs extend far beyond the borders of Pennsylvania. The PA Center of Employee Ownership is affiliated with the National Center for Employee Ownership which continues the work of ESOP awareness on a national level.

More about Kevin McPhillips

Kevin McPhillips, Executive Director PaCEO [Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership]

Kevin McPhillips has enjoyed more than 30 years working in both non-profit and private leadership. Before joining the PaCEO, McPhillips served as CEO of 1000 Museums, the leading online community destination for museums and exhibitions from around the world. Prior, he was President of The Princeton Companies, handpicked by the Governor’s Office as a model of NJ Business growth, served as President of Direct Group, one of the nation’s largest Direct Marketing firms, and spent 8 years leading non-profit centers for citizens with special needs. His experiences managing and owning businesses taught him that employee ownership and investment IS good business. Kevin is a product of Northwestern University.

More about the Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership

The Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership (PCEO) promotes a better understanding of the values of employee ownership among business leaders, public officials, employees, members of the media, students, teachers, nonprofit leaders, consumers, and other persons and organizations in Pennsylvania.

The objectives of the PCEO are as follows:

  1. Raise awareness. Promote greater awareness of employee ownership as a form of business succession planning among various stakeholders in Pennsylvania.
  2. Create more employee ownership. Increase the number of new, and percentage ownership of existing employee-owned companies in the state.
  3. Improve the Pennsylvania economy. Strengthen the state’s economy by retaining and expanding the local workforce through employee ownership.

[Source: Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership, About Us]


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The 12 Days of ESOPs, Day 2: ESOP Advocacy with Mike Shuey of Restek, Corporation

The 12 Days of ESOPs, Day 2: ESOP Advocacy with Mike Shuey of Restek, Corporation

We’re celebrating the spirit of the ESOP Movement with The Twelve Days of ESOPs.

12 Days of ESOPs
 
Our guests over these twelve days hail from a variety of fields in ESOP World – from lawyers, to valuators, to CEOs, and even employee owners themselves – each bringing their own unique outlook and experience to our ongoing conversation about what makes ESOP participation so valuable to companies.
 
On the second day of ESOPs we’re highlighting the importance of ESOP advocacy with Mike Shuey of Restek Corporation,
🐢🕊️🕊️  Just like “two turtle doves” — a symbol of peaceful teamwork — ESOP advocacy works even better when we team up and work together! Mike Shuey is an officer with the ESOP Association’s PA/DE Chapter and works with other ESOP companies to advocate for employee ownership at the state and federal level.

 More about Mike Shuey

[Photo Credit: Restek News web page.]

Mike Shuey is Restek’s International Customer Service Supervisor. He received the 2016 ESOP Outstanding Chapter Officer Award.  “Mike takes great pride in being a part of legislative efforts to support and educate our representatives to keep our ESOP benefits in place and is proud of Restek’s grassroots efforts to show the nation that our ESOP model works and is a positive business strategy for the success of our country.”

For more information on ESOP PA/DE’s work and a list of excellent advocacy resources, check out the ESOP Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter Advocacy Page.

More about Restek

Restek

Restek Pure Chromatography is based in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

‘Restek is a leading developer and manufacturer of chromatography columns and accessories. We provide analysts around the world with the innovative tools they need to monitor the quality of air, water, soil, foods, pharmaceuticals, chemical, and petroleum products.

Our reputation for Plus 1 customer service and quality, innovative products is world-renowned. Plus 1 customer service means every Restek employee will work hard to exceed your expectations in helpfulness and courtesy.

Restek is an independent company in which all employees share ownership through our employee stock ownership plan. Every employee deeply cares about your satisfaction and appreciates your loyalty every time you choose a Restek product. Since 1985, we have consistently improved our quality and our customer service, and we have developed innovative products that make your job easier. Thank you for playing a key role in Turning our Visions into Reality.”

Source: About Restek


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