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NCEO Board of Directors

As of April 2016

Mark Lewis (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.
Judy Kornfeld (Vice Chair)
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.
Matthew Keene (Secretary)
Matthew KeeneMatt leads Chartwell's executive compensation consulting practice. For 24 years, he has worked with companies to obtain relevant pay data and achieve goals for compensation programs, with a special focus on ESOP companies and equity-based incentives. Matt has held various leadership positions within the ESOP Association and the NCEO, and participates in the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. Matt is a frequent speaker and writer on the national level on topics relating to executive compensation, ownership transition, and qualified and nonqualified plan operational issues.
Tom Roback (Immediate Past Chair)
Blue Ridge ESOP Associates
Tom RobackTom Roback is the managing director of Blue Ridge ESOP Associates and 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.
Corey Rosen (Executive Committee)
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.
Alison Wright (Executive Committee)
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Alison  WrightAlison Wright is a partner in the San Francisco office of Hanson Bridgett 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.
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.
John Brown
Business Enterprise Institute
John BrownAs founder and CEO of the largest network of exit planning professionals in the United States (Business Enterprise Institute), John Brown writes and speaks about how owners can construct business exits that meet their financial and personal goals. Included on the list of exit options are ESOPs, often the overlooked and misunderstood child in the exit planning family. In addition to two books on exit planning, John has written numerous articles including "Keeping Hometown Businesses at Home: Using an Employee Ownership Plan for Business Continuity" with Corey Rosen in the IEDC Economic Development Journal (Summer 2012).
Neil Brozen
Ventura ESOP Fiduciary Services
Neil BrozenNeil Brozen has been providing ESOP trustee services since 2005. 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.
Jeff Buettner
ButcherJoseph & Co.
Jeff BuettnerJeff Buettner is a managing director at ButcherJoseph & Co. Over the past 15 years, Jeff has worked with companies providing valuation and financial advisory services for ESOP and shareholder liquidity transactions, corporate recapitalizations, and financial opinions to fiduciaries. In addition to his involvement in the National Center for Employee Ownership, Jeff serves on the Valuation Advisory Committee of The ESOP Association and is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national employee ownership conferences.
Barbara Clough
Newport Group (formerly Verisight)
/Barbara CloughBarbara is a director at Newport Group (formerly Verisight) in the firm's national ESOP administration and consulting practice. Barbara is responsible for client relations, training, mentoring, and managing the ESOP team as well as oversight of the administration and compliance for their ESOP business. Barbara holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts. She is chairwoman of the ESOP Association Administrative Advisory Committee; a member of the ESOP Association, NCEO, and ASPPA; and a frequent speaker and author.
Adele Connors
Adele ConnorsAdele Connors is the co-founder and CEO of Adworkshop (, a certified women-owned, full service digital marketing agency located in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. For more than 35 years Adele and her partner Tom have overseen the agency's growth from two employees to 30. Adele's experience in implementing Adworkshop's ESOP allows her to understand the opportunities and challenges small businesses face when going through the ESOP transition. She is uniquely poised to assist the NCEO by elevating the brand awareness and increasing membership. Adele would like to explore ways of making ESOPs more viable for smaller companies.
Amanda DeVito
Butler / Till Media & Communications + Brand Cool
Amanda DeVitoAmanda has more than 15 years of experience as a marketing professional and is responsible for driving strategic thinking, creative solutions, and innovation across the agency. As vice president of engagement, she is helping to set the course of Butler/Till (and its newly acquired agency Brand Cool). Butler/Till believes that success is based on talent; Amanda is charged with keeping a close eye on ensuring that the culture is preserved. She has helped companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Citrix Online, Rent-A-Center, and Winn-Dixie/BI-LO.
Cecilia Loftus
Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
Cecilia LoftusAs vice president at Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc., Cecilia provides clients the expertise needed for their ownership transition planning and implementation needs. In addition, she is a frequent speaker at forums around the country on various aspects of ESOP repurchase obligation planning issues. Prior to joining Prairie Capital Advisors, Cecilia held tenure as vice president and shareholder at ESOP Economics, Inc., where she was focused on issues involving repurchase obligation planning. Her responsibilities included recommending repurchase obligation methods and funding strategies that were critical to clients' long-term strategic planning.
Veronica Ortiz
Web Industries
Veronica OrtizVeronica has been employed at Web Industries Hartford as its process analyst for nine years. In addition to those responsibilities, she serves on the employee ownership steering committee and as the lead on the employee-owners communications group.
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.
David Solomon
Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
David SolomonDavid is a partner with Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. David founded and serves as the chair of the firm's ESOP practice which serves clients who engage in ESOP transactions as well as represents many middle-market companies in a "general counsel" capacity by handling various business law issues. David also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of the ESOP Association and has lectured frequently and published articles in several publications on various ESOP-related topics.
Mary Stenvig
Realityworks, Inc.
Mary StenvigMary Stenvig, CFO of Realityworks, Inc. a Wisconsin-based ESOP, led the company's implementation and education efforts to instill an employee ownership culture. During her tenure she established ESOP structure, led ownership through ESOP goals, led the board through fiduciary responsibilities, completed several ESOP transactions, and defined employee roll-out and communication programs. Beyond Realityworks she is passionate about ESOPs and has educated owners and legislators by sharing Realityworks story and design. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Wisconsin ESOP Association, has been featured as a presenter at conferences, and recently completed an interview on about ESOPs.
Brian Sweeney
Redpath and Company
Brian SweeneyBrian is a partner and board member at Redpath and Company, a 100% ESOP-owned CPA firm. He leads the commercial audit service area specializing in financial statement audits, business and systems consulting, advisory services and mergers and acquisitions. Brian also serves as the ESOP Industry Team Leader focusing on client services to employee-owned companies. Brian is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Center for Employee Ownership, The ESOP Association, and Employee-Owned S Corporations of America.
Cecil Ursprung
Cecil UrsprungCecil Ursprung recently retired as CEO of Reflexite Corporation after 25 years. Reflexite's ESOP was established in 1984. Based on NCEO information services, Reflexite not only made the ESOP its largest shareholder, but also established other equity vehicles including a stock options plan, an ESPP, and an internal market for the stock. Cecil formerly served as the NCEO board's co-chair and is VP, Government Relations, New England Chapter of The ESOP Association. He has worked on the leadership transition at NCEO, as well as helping to grow more active relationships with the other organizations serving the ESOP community. One example is the ROOF steering committee, which has members from throughout the ownership community. Cecil also currently serves on the boards of two ESOP companies.