Program

Employee Ownership Conference

Pittsburgh, PA :: April 9–11, 2019 (preconference on April 8)

Preconference: Monday, April 8
7:15–2:30
Preconference Registration Open

Open for preconference attendees only

8:00–12:00
Two Preconference sessions

Requires separate registration. See the preconference page for details.

1:00–5:00
Three Preconference sessions

Requires separate registration. See the preconference page for details.

4:30–7:30
Main Conference Pre-Events

Includes early registration and an informal meet and greet event.

Day One: Tuesday, April 9
7:30–6:00
Registration Open
7:45–10:15
Buffet Continental Breakfast

In Exhibit Foyer near Registration
Sponsored by ComStock Advisors

7:45–7:15
Exhibits Open
8:00–8:45
Orientation for New Attendees

Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom

9:00–10:15
Concurrent Sessions 1

14 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

9:00–10:15
CBMaking Incentive Programs Work
9:00–10:15
LGHow has Employee Ownership Changed over the Past 20 Years?
9:00–10:15
LGBoard Composition in ESOP Companies
9:00–10:15
LGAdvanced Issues Affecting Boards of Directors' and Trustees' Roles in ESOPs
9:00–10:15
E1How to Finance an ESOP
9:00–10:15
E1Is an ESOP the Right Exit Strategy for You? Easy
9:00–10:15
9:00–10:15
E2Benefit Levels and Planning for the ESOP Repurchase Obligation
9:00–10:15
E2An Ounce of Prevention or a Pound of Cure? Prerequisites for Defensible ESOP Transactions
9:00–10:15
E2Legal and Regulatory Update Advanced
9:00–10:15
CCESOPs for Frontline Employees
9:00–10:15
CCGetting on Track: Communicating Your ESOP's Purpose
9:00–10:15
CCCommunicating Why Employee Ownership Matters Now to Employees
10:30–11:45
Concurrent Sessions 2

13 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

10:30–11:45
CBManagement Equity Compensation: Design Tips Ahead of an ESOP Transaction
10:30–11:45
LGLeadership Succession: Planning for Success
10:30–11:45
LGRecruiting at All Levels of Your Company
10:30–11:45
LGCan ESOPs Do That? When Business Decisions Affect Value
10:30–11:45
E1Basic Administration: Timelines and Third-Party Administrator Requirements
10:30–11:45
E1ESOPs in Business Succession and Estate Planning Easy
10:30–11:45
E1Living with an ESOP: Company Perspectives
10:30–11:45
E2Creative Contribution and Segregation Methods
10:30–11:45
E2ESOP Financing from the Lender's Perspective
10:30–11:45
E2ESOP Administrative, Disclosure, and Reporting Requirement Toolkit
10:30–11:45
CCCreating an Employee Engagement Plan
10:30–11:45
CCESOP Committees in Action: Administrative, Communication, and Advisory
10:30–11:45
CCMaking ESOP Acquisitions Work: Communications and Culture
11:50–1:15
Opening Luncheon

Sponsored by BKD, LLP

12:00–12:25
The Innovations in Employee Ownership Awards
Sponsored by TEOCO
12:30–12:50
The Power of Employee Ownership Video Contest
Sponsored by McDermott, Will & Emery
12:50–1:15
Opening Address
1:15–4:15
Continuous Afternoon Coffee

In exhibit foyer
Sponsored by Menke and Associates, Inc.

1:45–2:30
Concurrent Sessions 3 (Compact Sessions)

14 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

1:45–2:30
CBThe Search for Reasonable Compensation: Follow the Yellow Brick Road
1:45–2:30
LGEmployee Ownership: Capitalism as a Team Sport
1:45–2:30
E1Basic ESOP Accounting
1:45–2:30
E1Will I Make a Good Selling ESOP Owner? Easy
1:45–2:30
E2Demystifying the Valuator/Trustee Review Call
1:45–2:30
E2The 2018 Main Street Employee Ownership Act and Its Impact on SBA Lending
1:45–2:30
E2Strategies We Used to Manage Repurchase Obligation as We Grew Rapidly
1:45–2:30
E2Meeting the Demands of Future Capital Claims
1:45–2:30
E2An ESOP Success Story: Sierra Aluminum
1:45–2:30
CCTelling Our Stories: Spreading the Word About Employee Ownership
1:45–2:30
CCPlanning a Successful Summit
1:45–2:30
CCIncentive Plans that Drive and Reward Performance
1:45–2:30
CCRestek: An ESOP Company Perspective
1:45–2:30
CCHigh Involvement Strategic Planning in an Employee-Owned Company
2:30–3:00
Afternoon Food and Beverage Break

in Exhibit Foyer

3:00–4:15
Concurrent Sessions 4

14 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

3:00–4:15
CBA Guide to Successful Retirement for ESOP Participants
3:00–4:15
LGBuild Your Leaders; Grow Your Culture
3:00–4:15
LGEffective Boards of Directors for ESOP Companies
3:00–4:15
E1Basic Distribution: Options and Challenges
3:00–4:15
E1ESOP 101 for Management
3:00–4:15
E1Fundamentals of ESOP Repurchase Obligation
3:00–4:15
E2ESOP Sustainability: A Unique Solution for Solving Your Repurchase Obligation
3:00–4:15
E2Administrative Mistakes and How to Fix Them
3:00–4:15
E2The DOL's ESOP Investigations: Recent Research and Current Status
3:00–4:15
E2Strategic Alternatives for Minority ESOPs
3:00–4:15
CCShort Term Incentives to Support Your Ownership Culture and Engage Employees with Mini-Games (Part One)
3:00–4:15
CCCulture with a Purpose: Aligning Your Company's Values, Employees, and Leadership
3:00–4:15
CCESOP Engagement: Driven by the Employees, for the Employees
3:00–4:15
CCTeaching Financial Concepts for Different Learning Styles
4:30–5:15
Concurrent Sessions 5 (Compact Sessions)

14 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

4:30–5:15
CBEducating Employee-Owners about Healthcare
4:30–5:15
LGHow to Survive and Thrive During a Difficult or Sudden Crisis
4:30–5:15
LGAlternate Paths to Employee Ownership: LLCs, Perpetual Trusts, Worker Cooperatives, and Direct Ownership
4:30–5:15
E1Missing ESOP Participants: Are They Really Missing?
4:30–5:15
E2Sustainability is NOT Stagnant ... Have You Looked at it Lately?
4:30–5:15
E2Code Section 409(p): What the Company Needs to Know
4:30–5:15
E2Build Your Own Repurchase Obligation Forecast Spreadsheet
4:30–5:15
E2The Future of Employee Ownership
4:30–5:15
CCShort Term Incentives to Support Your Ownership Culture and Engage Employees with Mini-Games (Part Two)
4:30–5:15
CCEmployee Ownership Culture: Good, Better, Best
4:30–5:15
CCCommunicating Your ESOP's Health Factors Visually and Graphically
4:30–5:15
CCA CEO's Perspective on a Recent ESOP Transaction
4:30–5:15
CCDebunking the Millennial Mystery: How to Retain and Engage Your Millennial Workforce
4:30–5:15
CCEstablishing Leadership Excellence Within Professional Services ESOPs
5:15–7:15
Opening Cocktail Reception

Sponsorship still available

Day Two: Wednesday, April 10
7:30–6:00
Registration and Exhibits Open
7:30–10:00
Buffet Continental Breakfast

In Exhibit Foyer

7:30–8:30
Choice of Expert One-on-One Appointments Group 1 or Peer Networking Groups
8:40–10:05
General Session
8:40–9:00
Announcements
9:00–10:05
Keynote Panel: More Than Just the Money
Sponsored by Empire Valuation Consultants
10:20–11:40
Concurrent Sessions 6

14 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

10:20–11:40
CBDesigning Executive Benefits in ESOP Companies
10:20–11:40
LGBuilding High Performance Teams in an ESOP Company
10:20–11:40
LGCyber Security: The New Frontier
10:20–11:40
LGSustaining Your ESOP Company Over the Long Term
10:20–11:40
LGESOPs and Benefit Corporations
10:20–11:40
E1Using an ESOP in Business Ownership Transition
10:20–11:40
E1Understanding the 1042 Exchange
10:20–11:40
E2Recent Trends with ESOP Structures Advanced
10:20–11:40
E2ESOP Insurance, Indemnification, and Risk Management
10:20–11:40
E2Fiduciary Considerations in Second-Stage ESOP Transactions
10:20–11:40
E2Perspectives on DOL Process and Settlement Agreements Advanced
10:20–11:40
E2Planning for Releveraging-Rebalancing-Reshuffling
10:20–11:40
CCUsing Stories to Propel Change Inside an ESOP
10:20–11:40
CCCreating a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy that is Right for Your Workplace
11:50–1:00
Lunch with Optional Expert Roundtable Discussions

Over 70 tables will feature discussion topics led by experts. Additional tables reserved for casual conversations.
Sponsored by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

11:50–1:00
ESOP Emerging Leaders Luncheon

Open to attendees 39 years of age and under, or those with 5 years or less of experience in this field. Seating limited, advance registration required.
Sponsored by Emplify

1:15–1:50
Campfire Sessions

Join a participatory discussion session to learn about or share great new ideas.

1:15–1:50
Jumping on the Big Data Bandwagon
1:15–1:50
Ideas for Employee Ownership Month
1:15–1:50
Social Media: What Has Worked and What Has Not?
1:15–1:50
ESOP Communication Committees: Successes and Challenges
1:15–1:50
Innovative Policy Ideas from the Lake Quinsigamond Group
1:15–1:50
State Centers: A Resource at Your Fingertips
1:15–1:50
Make a Change: Share How You Engage with Your Elected Officials
1:15–1:50
What Can the NCEO Do for You?
1:15–1:50
Sharing Ideas for Having Fun at Work
1:15–1:50
For Employee-Owners Only
1:15–4:15
Continuous Afternoon Coffee

Sponsored by Crowe LLP

2:00–3:15
Concurrent Sessions 7

14 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

2:00–3:15
CBThe Incentive Compensation Triangle Turned Upside-Down: A Unique Approach
2:00–3:15
LGBuilding the Best Board: Selecting and Training ESOP Board Members
2:00–3:15
E1Aligning Your Values, Purpose, and Goals with Your Succession Strategy
2:00–3:15
E1Overview of an ESOP Transaction
2:00–3:15
E1ESOP Valuation Issues Q&A
2:00–3:15
E2What Not To Do (and If You Did, How to Correct It)
2:00–3:15
E2Sustainability: Management of Repurchase Obligations for the Long Term
2:00–3:15
E2Analyzing the Valuation Issues in Recent ESOP Lawsuits
2:00–3:15
E2Doin' the "Two-Step": Forming a Target Company to Acquire Non-ESOP Companies Advanced
2:00–3:15
CCFrom Head-Shaking Decisions to Best-Ideas-Ever: Stories from Three ESOP Companies
2:00–3:15
CCBridging the Gap: Workshop on Inclusivity
2:00–3:15
CCWhat You Need to Communicate to Owners
2:00–3:15
CCHow the Rules of Improv Comedy Can Help Improve Your Business and Culture
2:00–3:15
CCUsing Your ESOP to Create a Culture of Safety and Accountability
3:15–3:45
Afternoon Food and Beverage Break

In Exhibit Foyer

3:45–5:00
Concurrent Sessions 8

14 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

3:45–5:00
CBNon-Qualified Deferred Compensation and Warrants
3:45–5:00
LGThe Role of Board Members in Creating Value for an ESOP Company
3:45–5:00
E1The Employee Ownership Trust: An ESOP Alternative
3:45–5:00
E1How Risk Impacts ESOP Value and What to Do About It
3:45–5:00
E1Forecasting Repurchase Obligations: A Company Perspective
3:45–5:00
E2ESOPs and 401(k) Plans Together
3:45–5:00
E2Pre-Transaction and Ongoing Diligence for Optimal ESOP Transactions
3:45–5:00
E2Interaction Between the Trustee and the Valuation Firm
3:45–5:00
E2ESOP Advantages and Considerations for Service Companies
3:45–5:00
E2Outside Capital in ESOP Companies
3:45–5:00
CCThink Like an Owner Training Workshop
3:45–5:00
CCSocial Media: Using Technology to Increase Engagement
3:45–5:00
CCCommunication Strategies for Explaining Diversification
3:45–5:00
CCCommunicating Value Drivers in an ESOP Company
5:15–6:15
Expert One-on-One Appointments Group 2 or Women's Networking Event
6:30–7:30
Riverboat Cruise

sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Day Three: Thursday, April 11
7:30–10:30
Registration and Exhibits Open
7:30–10:00
Buffet Continental Breakfast

In Exhibit Foyer

7:30–8:30
CHOICE OF EXPERT ONE-ON-ONE APPOINTMENTS GROUP 3 OR PEER NETWORKING GROUPS
8:45–9:15
General Session:Closing Address
9:30–10:45
Concurrent Sessions 9

14 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

9:30–10:45
LGPersonal Finance and Business Literacy: Why Your Board of Directors Should Care
9:30–10:45
LGStrategic Planning for Maximum ESOP Transaction Value
9:30–10:45
E1De-Constructing an ESOP Transaction for a Contractor
9:30–10:45
E1The Tax Efficiencies of Using the S-to-C-to-S Conversion for Your ESOP Transaction
9:30–10:45
E2ESOP Litigation Trends Advanced
9:30–10:45
E2The Art of the ESOP Deal: Negotiating Purchase Price Adjustments, Representations, Warranties, and Indemnification Advanced
9:30–10:45
E2Protecting Your ESOP Transaction: Transactional Liability and Insurance Protection
9:30–10:45
E2Answers to Common Mature ESOP Quandaries: Repurchase Obligations, Governance, and Valuation Transparency
9:30–10:45
E2Managing the 'Have and Have Not' Problem in S Corporation ESOPs
9:30–10:45
E2Transaction Opinion Issues: Adequate Consideration vs. Fairness
9:30–10:45
CCGetting the Right Feedback Through Employee Surveys
9:30–10:45
CCSetting Goals, Creating Engagement: Lessons from High Performing ESOP Companies
9:30–10:45
CCRoles and Responsibilities of Employee-Owners
9:30–10:45
CCSecrets and Strategies for More Effective ESOP Communications
11:00–12:15
Concurrent Sessions 10

13 concurrent breakout sessions in five topic area tracks

11:00–12:15
LGBoard of Directors Pass Through Voting: Yes or No?
11:00–12:15
LGBuilding a Diversified ESOP-Owned Holding Company
11:00–12:15
E1Forecasting Profit & Loss for ESOP Valuation
11:00–12:15
E1ESOPs Under the New Tax Law
11:00–12:15
E1Selling a Family or Multi-Shareholder Business to an ESOP
11:00–12:15
E2What's the Difference? How Internal and External Trustees Do Their Jobs
11:00–12:15
E2Resolving DOL Investigations
11:00–12:15
E2We Are Thinking of Selling Our ESOP Company
11:00–12:15
E2Key Decisions for ESOP Companies with an Acquisition Strategy
11:00–12:15
CCMaking ESOPs Work for Remote Employees
11:00–12:15
CCEffective Cooperation: The Communications Committee and the C-Suite Team
11:00–12:15
CCCalling All CFOs! Are You Doing Your Part to Drive Employee Engagement?
11:00–12:15
CCShared Stories of Employee Lifecycle Strategies
12:15
Conference Adjourns

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