The ESOP Podcast Episode 24 – Michael Keeling, President of The ESOP Association

The ESOP Podcast Episode 24 – Michael Keeling, President of The ESOP Association

Our guest is Michael Keeling, President and Chief Staff Officer of The ESOP Association.

This podcast was recorded on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at The Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, Louisiana during the ESOP Professionals’ Forum. The Professional Forum is a unique opportunity for the vendor members of the ESOP Association to have strategic and complex discussions of the challenges facing ESOPs.  There is no other program like this in the employee stock ownership world.

In this podcast, we learn how many pieces of the bigger picture came together to bring Michael Keeling into the employee ownership community, and what makes ESOP organizations special.  ESOPs have had bi-partisan support since the start of the movement because employee ownership appeals to both our independent and communal spirit.

Michael Keeling has visited over 573 ESOP companies and has great stories to share from his visits. He invites all ESOP companies to join the national association and their local chapter. He also invites listeners to learn more about The Employee Ownership Foundation, whose mission is to fund research and educational programs to increase the level of awareness and appreciation of the benefits of employee ownership in order to educate the thought leaders of the future.


Watch a live excerpt of @CapTrusteesBret recording Episode 24 of The ESOP Podcast on Periscope here.

The ESOP Podcast with Rob Zicaro referenced at 35:06 in this podcast is Episode 22.

More about J. Michael Keeling, CAE

J. Michael Keeling, CAE

President, The ESOP Association
[Photo by Delane Rouse/DC, Source: The ESOP Association, Executive Bios]

“J. Michael Keeling, CAE, is the President and Chief Staff Officer of The ESOP Association, a national trade association promoting the growth of employee ownership in America through Employee Stock Ownership Plans, or ESOPs.

Since assuming his position in April 1991, the Association has experienced strong growth in membership and revenues, and is the largest organization in America dedicated to ensuring employee-owned companies are effective in operating their ESOP in an environment of ownership.

He is also President of the Association’s affiliated 501(c)(3) educational and research foundation, the Employee Ownership Foundation.

Prior to becoming President, Michael was General Counsel from 1984. Prior to 1984, he represented the Association on several legislative initiatives before Congress. While General Counsel, he maintained a private practice of law focused on legislative and administrative issues related to tax and retirement income policies.

During the 1970’s, he was Chief of Staff for former Congressman J. J. Pickle of Austin, Texas. Prior to that, he worked as an aide in several statewide campaigns in Texas, as a private consultant to labor and farm groups, and as an employee of the Texas State Legislature.

He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Texas Law School.

The American Society of Association Executives has certified Michael as a Certified Association Executive. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Politics and Who’s Who in America.

He is married and has two children.”

More about The ESOP Association

The ESOP Association Logo

“The ESOP Association is America’s largest employer-sponsored advocacy and education association focused on employee stock ownership plans. Founded in 1978, the Association seeks to enhance federal laws governing ESOPs, provide members with expert information, and fund research via the Employee Ownership Foundation (an affiliate).

The ESOP Association is a national non-profit organization with 18 local Chapters. Its members include ESOP companies, companies considering an ESOP, and service providers that assist in setting up and maintaining ESOPs.” [Source: The ESOP Association, About the Association]

More about the Employee Ownership Foundation

Employee Ownership Foundation logo

“The Employee Ownership Foundation’s (EOF) primary purpose is to fund research and educational programs to increase the level of awareness and appreciation of the benefits of employee ownership and increase the number of employees who have access to these benefits.”

“Those who have experienced firsthand the power of employee ownership believe whole-heartedly that economic growth, employee well-being and dignity, and success of the business enterprise are common characteristics of employee-owned companies.”

[Source: The Employee Ownership Foundation, What We Do and About Employee Ownership]


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