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Celebrating Michael Keeling, ESOP Champion and Farsighted Leader

Attending last year’s annual national conference of the ESOP Association, I marveled at how it has grown. Once a gathering of roughly several dozen people, it has become the premier conference of employee ownership advocates, with nearly 1,000 attendees. Many people have contributed to the success of the ESOP movement over the past three decades,

Capitalism for the common good

In the past few years, Mark Barnes and wife, Perri, were excited to prepare for their retirement from the lawn care and snow removal business, Barnes Inc., that they founded in 1981. But there was one thing that worried them: What would happen to their 145 employees — 175 during winter months — after they

One Way to Fix Uber: Let Drivers Become Owners

Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya made a big splash last year by giving 10 percent of his company to employees — to the tune of roughly $150,000 per staffer. “I’ve built something I never thought would be such a success, but I cannot think of Chobani being built without all these people,” he reportedly said at