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NCEO Board of Directors

As of April 2013

Tom Roback (Chair)
Blue Ridge ESOP Associates
Tom RobackTom Roback is the managing director of Blue Ridge ESOP Associates and, effective as of April 2013, the chair of the NCEO's board of directors. Tom has worked in the accounting, investment, and ESOP industry for over 20 years. He is an expert in the design, implementation, and execution of ESOP, stock option, stock purchase, and restricted stock plans. Tom received his MBA from the University of Baltimore and a BS in accounting from the College of William and Mary. He is a Qualified 401(k) Administrator and a Certified Equity Professional. Tom is also the Capital Area Regional Vice President of the ESOP Association's Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Tom enjoys fishing and coaching the various youth sports teams of his two children.
Mark Lewis (Vice Chair)
Woodfold Manufacturing
Mark LewisMark Lewis joined Woodfold Mfg., Inc. in 1985 and assumed the role of President in 1993. Woodfold formed an ESOP in 1987 and became 100% employee owned in 1998. Mark has served as Chair of ESCA for three years and currently serves the role of Immediate Past Chair. He also serves on the national boards of NCEO and the Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME). He sits on the Executive Committee of the Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB) and Chairs the OWIB Manufacturing Committee.
Victor Aspengren (Executive Committee, Immediate Past Chair)
Prairie Capital Advisors
Victor AspengrenAs part of Prairie Capital Advisors' Cedar Rapids office, Victor Aspengren provides Midwest and nationwide business owner clients the expertise needed for their ownership transition planning and implementation needs. He lived the ESOP experience as an employee owner, HR Manger and CEO in ESOP companies. Victor is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, YMCA Senior Director, Creativity Central trainer and coach for The Great Game of Business. Victor is a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership and served as chair of the board until April 2013. He is also a member of the National ESOP Association and a former board member, Ownership Culture committee chair, and IA/NE Chapter officer. Victor is a regular presenter in the employee ownership world.
Judy Kornfeld (Executive Committee)
ESOP Economics
Judy KornfeldJudy Kornfeld, the founder and president of ESOP Economics, Inc., has been working with ESOP companies for more than 20 years on all aspects of repurchase obligation planning, focusing on developing strategies for managing and funding these obligations. She has authored many articles about ESOP repurchase obligations and is a frequent speaker at regional and national ESOP conferences. Judy received The ESOP Association's Life Service Award in 2008 and was elected to the Board of the NCEO in 2011. She holds a JD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and The Wharton School.
Karen Needham (Executive Committee)
ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Karen NeedhamKaren Needham is Senior Manager - Equity Plans at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals and has been involved in equity compensation for over 30 years. Having worked on both the issuer and provider sides of equity compensation, Karen has a unique perspective that allows her to understand the issues facing all parties. In addition, Karen has been an NCEO board member and chair of the equity committee working to expand the NCEO to the greater equity compensation industry. She is committed to employee education. She is a CEP and is a member of the advisory board for the Certified Equity Professional Institute at Santa Clara University.
Corey Rosen (Executive Committee, non-voting)
NCEO founder
Corey RosenCorey Rosen, Ph.D., is the cofounder and senior staff member of the NCEO. He co-authored, along with John Case and Martin Staubus, Equity: Why Employee Ownership Is Good for Business (Harvard Business School Press, May 2005). Over the years, he has written, edited, or contributed to dozens of books, articles and research papers on employee ownership. He is generally regarded as the leading expert on employee ownership in the world. Rosen received his Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University in 1973, after which he taught politics at Ripon College in Wisconsin before being named an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1975. He worked on Capital Hill for the next five years, where he helped initiate and draft legislation on ESOPs and employee ownership. In 1981, he formed the NCEO.
Steve Baker
Great Game of Business
Steve BakerSteve Baker is the vice president of The Great Game of Business, a division of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corp. He speaks nationally on topics of open-book management, business literacy, and employee engagement. The Great Game helps companies unleash the entrepreneur inside every employee through high-involvement strategic planning and execution. He serves on the board of directors of the NCEO and on the Steering Committee for SRC's Ownership Culture Initiative. Steve spent 18 years in marketing/branding roles and holds a design degree from MSU. Steve and his trophy wife, JoAnn, make their home in Springfield, Missouri with their 3 above-average children.
Neil Brozen
BTC ESOP Services
Neil BrozenNeil Brozen is a vice president and managing director at BTC ESOP Services. He has been providing ESOP trustee services since 2005 and opened the Minneapolis office for BTC in 2010. He is a member of the board of governors for the ESOP Association as well as a frequent national speaker on various ESOP issues. Neil wrote the article "Responding to Unsolicited Offers to Purchase ESOP Companies" in the NCEO issue brief Responding to Acquisition Offers in ESOP Companies and coauthored the chapter "Fiduciary Issues for ESOP Trustees Regarding Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation" in the NCEO's book Executive Compensation in ESOP Companies. Neil previously worked for the IRS, Arthur Andersen & Co., and several private companies, and he also had his own management consulting business.
Nancy Dittmer
Verisight, Inc.
Nancy DittmerNancy Dittmer is a managing director for Verisight, Inc. As the leader of the firm's ESOP administration and consulting practice, Nancy is responsible for all of their ESOP services. These include feasibility studies, repurchase obligation studies, annual participant accounting and reporting, etc. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of the NCEO, she authors a column on ESOP Operational Issues for their website. She is a member of the ESOP Association and currently serves as the Chair of the Administration Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee on Fiduciary Issues. Nancy is also a member of the Employee Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA).
Alex Freytag
Ownership Thinking
Alex FreytagAlex Freytag has spent 17 years helping employees think and act like owners, initially at Profitworks, Ltd., an employee training firm he founded, and now at Ownership Thinking in Columbus, OH, where he is president and chief operating officer. Alex has an honors degree in psychology from Hamilton College and an MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where he was valedictorian of his class.
Paul Horn
WorkPlace Consultants, LLC
Paul HornPaul Horn litigated retirement plan cases for IRS Chief Counsel and then worked at major law firms before returning to the government as FDIC Benefits Counsel. He then served as Benefits Director for a large 100% ESOP company. Paul formed WorkPlace Consultants, LLC in 2007 to assist clients with ESOP and benefits-related matters. Paul earned a B.A. Mathematics, SUNY Binghamton (1980), J.D., Boston University Law School (1983), and MLT, Georgetown University Law School (1987). Other positions/accomplishments: Past President, The ESOP Association (TEA) Mid-Atlantic Chapter; TEA Chapter Officer of the Year (2003); Past Chair, TEA Ownership Culture Committee; Trustee, Employee Ownership Foundation.
Todd Leistner
Scot Forge Company
Todd LeistnerTodd Leistner is the controller for Scot Forge Company, a 100% employee-owned manufacturer of custom open die and rolled ring forgings. Scot Forge has over 100 years of experience, leading the industry as one of the most modern and respected forging companies in the world. Todd further developed his strategic knowledge of ESOP planning and administration through his prior 12 years' experience in public accounting serving a wide variety of large successful ESOP clients. He and his team of owners at Scot Forge are very involved and dedicated to serving the ESOP community.
Linshuang Lu
Praxis Consulting Group
Linshuang LuLinshuang Lu is a consultant at Praxis Consulting Group, where she assists companies with communications, ownership culture development, and employee committees. She is a member of the ownership culture committee of the ESOP Association and has authored a chapter in the NCEO's ESOP Committee Guide. Linshuang also guest teaches at the University of Pennsylvania on the accounting, financing, and social implications of nonprofit, cooperative, and employee-owned enterprises. Before joining Praxis, Linshuang worked at Nonprofit Finance Fund, where she taught workshops and provided consulting services to nonprofits in financial planning, management, and education.
Bill Marshall
Phelps County Bank
Bill MarshallBill Marshall has been associated with Phelps County Bank for the past 26.5 years, the last 12 as president and chairman of the board of directors. Phelps County Bank has been an ESOP since 1980 and 100% owned since 1993. As of the end of 2012 Bill retired from active duties, but he remained as board chair. This would not have been possible if not for the ownership structure. He has been fortunate enough to experience the power of ownership not only personally, but more importantly in the lives of Phelps County Bank's employees.
Jorge Martin
Jorge MartinJorge has over 18 years of experience in professional services, implementation, product management, marketing, relationship management, and sales. Prior to joining EASi, Jorge was the vice president of shared services for E*TRADE Corporate Services, where he led the teams responsible for development, roll out and support of equity compensation solutions. He was also the vice president of relationship management and was responsible for the retention, satisfaction, and sales efforts for all clients of the Corporate Services Group. Prior to E*TRADE, Jorge worked at Avolent as the director of strategic alliances, for Netscape as group product marketing manager, and at DST Output as a product manager.
James Mauch
Tenmast Software
James MauchJames C. Mauch has been president/CEO of Tenmast Software since 1998. Tenmast provides enterprise-based software systems to the public housing industry, and James has led Tenmast as an open-book management company during his tenure. He designed a financial literacy training program that all new employees participate in, a high-involvement planning process, and bi-weekly and monthly huddles for forecasting in which all employees contribute to drive results. In 2012, James started an ESOP to reward employees' ownership thinking by becoming employee-owners.
Pat Moody
Fleetwood Group
Pat MoodyPat Moody is the Chief Operating Officer of Lumi Technologies, a >$20 million technology business that specializes in developing mobile survey solutions and interactive meeting tools (www.lumimobile.com). Pat's hands-on employee ownership experience spans over 18 years in sales and corporate leadership positions. During that time he served as an inside director of a 100% employee-owned company (Fleetwood Group, www.fleetwoodgroup.com). In that role, he gained significant experience serving on audit/finance and valuation committees. Pat's prior fiduciary experience also includes being chairman of ESOP board of trustees. Pat's alma mater is The United States Military Academy at West Point.
Loren Rodgers
Loren RodgersLoren Rodgers is the executive director of the NCEO. Having written dozens of articles, he speaks extensively about topics including communications, ESOP education, employee committees, business literacy, building and maintaining enthusiasm, current research, and corporate governance for employee ownership companies. Rodgers has a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, where he studied employee ownership and international development with a focus on Slavic Europe. Before joining the NCEO in 2005, he was a senior principal and co-owner of Ownership Associates, a employee ownership consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he worked for 10 years. He is a researcher and active volunteer in the field.
Scott Rodrick
Scott RodrickAs the NCEO's director of publishing and information technology, Scott is in charge of all publications except the Employee Ownership Report. He designed and created the NCEO's present line of books and is the author or coauthor of several books himself, including the best-selling An Introduction to ESOPs, Understanding ESOPs, and The Decision-Maker's Guide to Equity Compensation. He is an attorney and served at the U.S. Department of Labor as an attorney-advisor from 1991 to 1993 before coming to the NCEO. Before law school, he earned an MA in music from UCLA, where he served as a teaching associate. Scott is also a Web developer; he created the NCEO's first Web site in 1994 and has maintained the NCEO's presence on the Internet since then.
James Steiker
SES Advisors
James SteikerJames G. Steiker is chairman and CEO of SES Advisors, Inc. and founding partner and Chairman of Steiker, Fischer, Edwards & Greenapple, P.C. Jim is a corporate, pension and tax attorney and financial advisor with more than 25 years of experience in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and other employee ownership matters. Jim is a Chair of the Finance Committee of The ESOP Association, a trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership. He is also a frequent speaker and author on ESOP matters and serves as a director of eight ESOP companies.
Dan Walter
Dan WalterDan Walter, CEP, is the president and CEO of Performensation. Dan is one of the industry's leading authorities on equity compensation issues. With more than 18 years of experience he focuses delivering on high-performance, culture-fit equity and executive compensation for both private and public companies. Dan's expertise includes the diagnosis, design, communication, administration, and reporting of compensation programs. In addition to consulting, Dan has created administrative software solutions and technological best practices for these programs. A popular and frequently-requested speaker, Dan does dozens of presentations a year, combining humor and technical expertise into accessible and practical information.
Alison Wright
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Alison  WrightAlison Wright is a partner in the San Francisco/Palo Alto office of Baker & McKenzie LLP. Alison's practice focuses on the tax, securities, and ERISA aspects of executive and equity compensation (including nonqualified deferred compensation plans, stock compensation plans and employee stock purchase plans) and of traditional employee benefit plans — including 401(k) and other retirement plans — health and welfare plans and cafeteria plans.