Employee Stock Ownership Plan

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The business of the future is ethical, sustainable, and employee-owned

You may not know it, but when you’re buying clothes from Eileen Fisher, you’re buying from an employee-owned company. Fisher founded the company in the early 1980s, but instead of going public, she sold 30% of the company to her own employees in 2006 (they now own 40%). That’s helped her keep the brand’s principles

A seat at the table

Silos tend to form as companies grow. You’ve got your office and field silos. Then, there are operations and sales silos. There are silos of executive leadership, department managers and field supervisors. Field labor has a silo of its own, too. “We have been really fortunate in our 30 years of business that we have

How a growing manufacturer became an ESOP

A fabricator’s roundtable at this year’s Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting, held in March in Nashville, brought up myriad topics, from the impact of fiber laser technology to advances in software. But near the end of the conversation, most roundtable participants agreed that success in fabrication doesn’t hinge on having a particular laser cutting

Series A stage startups give more weightage to ESOPs to retain talent

The element of talent plays a critical role in the growth trajectory of startups, and companies are increasingly leveraging the tool of Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOPs) to retain the best of their employees. A study by Trifecta Capital, a venture debt firm, says more than 50 percent of Series A startups have an ESOP

Before Selling Your Business You Should Consider An ESOP

In its simplest terms, an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), is a qualified defined-contribution benefit plan comprised of company stock, held by shareholders at a company (which is usually all vested employees). An ESOP is a way to sell your company to your employees, enabling all employees to become shareholders in the company, and selling

ESOP Roles and Responsibilities Assumptions

ESOP Roles and Responsibilities Assumptions – WTF         As a busy person constantly on the go, you make assumptions about all kinds of things, every day. In fact, you just made one about this article. Do me a favor, park your assumption for a moment and instead ask a question: why would I — someone who

The Financial Rewards of Selling to Employees

Our April issue of Oregon Business magazine featured a column by Bob Moore, the founder and president of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. Moore wrote about his decision to “give” ownership of his company to employees through an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. The column provoked readers to take Moore to task for describing his decision to

How Massachusetts is working to get retiring business owners to let their employees take over

Like every state in the U.S., Massachusetts is worried about what will happen when the baby boomer owners of thousands of small to midsize businesses reach retirement age, in what is being called the “silver tsunami.” Fewer and fewer small business owner now expect to pass their enterprise onto their children and many older entrepreneurs, concerned

Employees buy prominent Cleveland architecture firm

The namesake founder and owner will be retired, but the Richard L. Bowen + Associates architecture and engineering firm will keep the name as employees conclude their purchase through an employee stock ownership plan. "There's a brand there. Why would we want to change it?" said Allan Renzi, the prominent firm's new president. The transfer of

How Companies Survive And Thrive After The Founder Retires

We’re both planning to attend the annual conference of the National Center for Employee Ownership in Pittsburgh next week. The prospect got us thinking about employee stock ownership plans, or ESOPs, which are even now one of the most misunderstood and underutilized devices in an entrepreneur’s toolkit. Let’s review the bidding. At some point you will want

KI Industries driven by employee ownership, engagement

Berkeley, Ill.-based KI Industries Inc., a supplier of decorative plastic and die-cast components, is driven by its employees in the form of an ESOP, or employee stock ownership plan. Since the ESOP inception in 2012, the organization has grown more than 500 percent, making a significant contribution to employee retirement plan accounts. With 65 employees

On worker cooperatives and workplace democracy

Think about the last job you held. As long as your check cleared, how much did you care about the company’s success? How much did you care about their goals and ambitions? Maybe a little, if you were a committed employee. Conversely, how much do you think the CEO or owner of the company cared

Johnny’s Pizza House celebrates 100% employee ownership

Johnny’s Pizza House has announced that the company reached its goal of becoming a 100% employee-owned organization. Founder Johnny Huntsman imitated the change, and work started in May 2000. Founded in 1967, Johnny’s Pizza House was supported and funded by members of the Huntsman family, friends of "Mr. Johnny," and some of the very first Johnny’s

Insurance brokerage Bender converts to employee-owned structure

Bender Insurance Solutions, a third-generation family-owned company in Roseville, has restructured into an employee-owned firm. The move from family ownership to being an Employee Stock Ownership Plan-run company is seen as a way to prepare for succession and to ensure the company remains independent, said Jillian Bender-Cormier, brand manager and partner of the independent insurance brokerage.

Why a family-owned business should consider an ESOP

In the world of succession planning options, an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an alternative to a third-party sale that warrants consideration from privately held business owners. An ESOP provides a tool for a business owner to create an internal, tax advantaged buyer for privately held stock without the need for the disruption of

In Business for Ourselves

William Flynn started Franklin Street marketing 32 years ago and had a number of partners over the years. In 2015, when he started thinking about retiring, he transitioned the firm to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) where, instead of selling to a new buyer or closing shop, he turned the firm into an employee-owned business. “This

ACCEND Construction launches in Chicago

ACCEND Construction LLC has opened its doors for business in Chicago. The general contracting firm is led by Andy MacGregor, president, an industry veteran who has headed some of Chicago’s largest projects in this space. The company will use an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), making it one of the few general contractors to offer every

From the big stage to the political arena: It’s time for employee ownership to get its closeup

Liberalism is ascendant, at least in the Democratic Party. New Gallup polling just out shows that for the first time, more than half of Democrats identify as “liberal” as opposed to “moderate” or “conservative.” The left’s newly minted hero Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is becoming the right’s new favorite foil. Her Green New Deal and amplification of

How Bill Roark Built A Different Kind Of Company And Rocketed To Success

Spreading out from the base of Emerald Ridge in Northern Alabama all the way to the Tennessee River, Huntsville is the third largest city in the state. Long associated with the U.S. space program - both the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Marshall Space Flight Center are located here - Huntsville is also

Intervine Becomes 100% Employee Owned

One of the largest suppliers of wine to the world’s airlines and cruise ships has become 100 percent employee owned. Intervine, headquartered in California’s Napa Valley, became 100 percent employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). ESOP’s were established by the United States Government nearly 50 years ago as part of the Employee