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Pride & Service Elevator Becomes 100% Employee Owned

Pride & Service Elevator, Inc. has completed a transaction to become 100% employee-owned through its newly created Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The Company was founded in 1983 in New York, NY, and has been designing, maintaining, modernizing and repairing elevators for 36 years throughout New York and New Jersey. The Company has been owned and managed by The Todd

SCJ Alliance Is Now 100 Percent Employee Owned

With the graying of America, many businesses are looking towards what comes next. Nationwide founders, creators, officers and owners are researching transition options as retirement age approaches. For SCJ Alliance , the choice was clear, though not exactly simple. They decided to keep the business in the family, so to speak, by becoming 100 percent employee owned,

Selling a business to an ESOP offers more than just financial benefits

Business owners who decide to sell their company to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) often say they do so not just for the significant tax advantages, but to preserve their legacy. “They really want the business to survive them, especially if their name is on the door,” says Jim Altman, Middle Market Pennsylvania Regional

Barrio Brewing Company turns business over to employees

In an historic expression of gratitude as the annual season of gift-giving draws near, Barrio Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in the state of Arizona, today announced that it is transferring the entirety of the business' ownership to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) beginning in January, 2020. With this announcement, Barrio

SCJ Alliance Transitions to 100% Employee-owned Company

October was a month filled with excitement for SCJ Alliance employees and President/CEO Jean Carr. “I was privileged to announce to our employees that SCJ is now a 100% employee-owned company,” Jean shared. “Being a 100% employee-owned company is a way for our founders and previous owners to reward our employees for their dedication and

Employee Stock Options: Do Your Employees Use Them?

Employee stock options can help to secure the financial future of your workforce. But cost anxieties and the lack of information might be holding back participation in the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In this article, we discuss: The benefits of ESOPs for both employees and employers Five ideas to increase the participation rates Why

Bruce Lazear Lays Out The Anatomy Of An ESOP

Often, growing your company is not just about making money. It’s a part of your identity. "The idea of selling to a third party and being told it’s time to play golf for the rest of your life is terrifying to many,” Bruce Lazear says. “They don’t want to be irrelevant — and being rich

Insurance company announces employee ownership plan

Integrity Marketing Group, a private equity-backed distributor of life and health insurance products, on Tuesday told its 750 employees that they'll receive an aggregate payout of $50 million as a "recognition of their success" in growing the business. They'll also all become eligible for company stock, subject to 12-month vesting and continued employment. The big

Does Everyone Want To Be An Owner

In theory, employee ownership through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is an almost perfect idea, since it benefits employees and businesses equally and simultaneously. Shares are allocated to, rather than purchased by, the employees, which puts ownership within the grasp of many who might never own a business otherwise. Employees have a strong incentive

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Will Employee Ownership Decrease Wealth Inequality?

Employee ownership advocates maintain that if more citizens were owners of businesses, then wealth inequality, and perhaps income inequality, would decrease. I believe it would, too. But I also say it depends. The History of the ESOP Taking note that the most common form of having employees be “owners” is the employee stock ownership plan, often

Honoring the dignity of employees includes having them own more of the company

George Clason, in his classic book titled "The Richest Man in Babylon," wrote this line: “A part of all I earned was mine to keep.” In the 1950s, a lawyer named Louis Kelso coined the term “Employee Stock Ownership Plan” (ESOP). The intent of ESOPs is to significantly increase employee incentives and productivity, while giving

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Why Employee Ownership Wasn’t Good Enough

Not long ago, Natalie Reitman-White was at a national conference on employee ownership, listening to two of her idols on stage — Full Sail Brewery’s Irene Firmat, and New Belgium Brewery’s Kim Jordan. “I thought how amazing is this, two female CEO co-founders running beer companies, totally committed to employee-ownership culture and sustainability,” Reitman-White says.

NewAge Industries announces 100% employee ownership

At a company-wide meeting held on 5 September, it became official: NewAge Industries is now entirely owned by its employees through its ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). The event was the culmination of a plan first considered by CEO Ken Baker more than two decades ago. “I’ve had a lot of other business owners ask

Benching your VC: The employee buyout playbook

Grow or sell? It’s the ultimate dilemma for startups. This dilemma can become even more acute when you’re the CEO of a VC-funded startup. You want to develop your product, while driving sales and marketing, so that the business can reach its full potential, but your VC’s fund has reached maturity and they want you to sell

Forcing companies to share the wealth with employees could save capitalism

Americans are working hard, but employers aren’t necessarily working for them. Now a radical idea to guarantee U.S. workers a cut of their company’s profits could one day force employers to cough up more of the wealth. While established profit-sharing and equity-ownership programs already give a financial boost to many American workers, and enjoy bipartisan

Top 10 Ideas That Show Business Roundtable CEOs How To Create Value For All Stakeholders

We are in the process of putting into practice a new social contract between business and society. The most recent evidence is the Business Roundtable’s August announcement that 181 CEOs of America’s largest companies were committed “to lead for the benefit of all stakeholders.” As I wrote with my fellow co-founders of the B Corp movement: “While it

6 Ways CEOs Can Prove They Care About More Than Shareholder Value

Somewhere, Milton Friedman must be spinning. Whatever they thought they were doing, the 181 CEOs who signed the Business Roundtable’s breakthrough statement on the purpose of corporations embraced a much wider interpretation of corporate responsibility—signalling the beginning of the end for the shareholder primacy cult. The pressure on business leaders to declare and deliver against a wider social