Atlanta 2014

Employee Ownership Conference

Atlanta, GA :: April 8–10, 2014 (preconference on April 7)

This is where the employee ownership world meets. Join us there.

The 2014 Employee Ownership Conference sold out and was an enormous success, with over 1,200 attendees; see our photo gallery. We look forward to our 2015 conference, which will take place in Denver at the Sheraton Downtown from April 21–23, with preconference offerings on Monday, April 20. Watch for details later this year.

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Unparalled Educational Opportunities for All Levels in All Fields.

In addition to general sessions featuring thought-provoking leaders in the field, you may select from almost 90 breakout sessions and special preconference sessions exploring a variety of critical issues and discussing emerging trends. From practical case studies and management tips to technical, financial, and legal topics, you create the curriculum that's right for you.

Learn from Leading Experts. And Your Peers.

The conference features interactive presentations and lectures from hundreds of top employee ownership experts, giving you ample opportunities to get questions answered and learn new ideas that will work for you. Ample structured and unstructured networking opportunities will help you learn from your peers as well. The conference and preconference offer continuing education credit.

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Atlanta Marriott Marquis

An outstanding location. Easy to reach.

The conference will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, located in Peachtree Center in downtown Atlanta. The hotel features a striking atrium (pictured) and over 1,500 guest rooms and suites. The Marquis has easy access to the MARTA rapid transit train to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 15 miles away. See our hotel and transportation information.

Learning Tracks Provide Focused Learning Opportunities

From hands-on, how-to communication sessions, to practical case studies and management tips to technical, financial, and legal topics, you create the curriculum that's right for you.

ESOP Basics

These introductory sessions cover the basics of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Attendees gain basic knowledge of topics such as ESOP feasibility, stock valuation, legal issues, taxation, financing strategies, plan design, and more.

ESOPs: Beyond the Basics

For those who already know the basics of ESOPs, these sessions address finer points and emerging issues. Attendees learn about administrative challenges, repurchase obligation, accounting, legislative and regulatory updates, innovative transaction structures, and more. A session on legal and regulatory updates from the past year is offered.

Equity Compensation/Other Employee Ownership Plans

Sessions on the first day of the conference share best practices from ESOP companies that use equity compensation to attract, retain, and motivate key employees. On the second full conference day, learn about the various ways (other than ESOPs) that companies share ownership, from broad-based equity compensation to worker cooperatives to LLC ownership.

Communications & Culture

In these sessions, many of which are hands-on and interactive, learn how dynamic companies involve and engage their employees.

Leadership and Governance

These sessions are designed to give leaders strategic insight into the unique challenges and opportunities involved in managing an employee-owned company. Attendees gain a better understanding of how to use the power of employee ownership to achieve business goals.

What People Say About Our Conference

This conference is designed for anyone interested or involved in equity sharing as an effective business strategy, including company presidents, employee-owners, CEOs, executives, directors, managers, investors, and professional service providers. Read what past attendees say:

"Keep doing what you're doing—it's a spectacular service and will remain a learning experience for us and our ESOP for many years!"

"Nice mix of time to talk one-on-one and concurrent sessions. I could always find something I was interested in."

"This is an excellent conference! It's very inspiring to see so many people who are interested in and passionate about employee ownership."

"NCEO does a first-class job of bringing everyone together and offering a broad array of topics, sessions, and methods for receiving the information."

"This conference was packed with good activities—couldn't keep up!! Awesome job!"

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