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Is an ESOP Right for You? An In-Depth Look at Employee Stock Ownership Plans

A seminar specifically designed for companies considering an ESOP

October 9–10, 2019 :: Omaha, NE

About This Meeting

Learn how you can enhance your company's legacy and benefits plan with an ESOP—the most tax-efficient method of exit planning. The seminar will cover valuation, financing, legal issues and plan design, issues for selling shareholders, and communication and ownership culture.

This seminar is also an excellent way for new employees at an ESOP company to gain an understanding of how ESOPs work. To maintain the integrity of this meeting, registration is restricted to companies that either have an ESOP or are considering one (see below under "Registration").


October 9, 2019
12:30 PM
Check-in and Refreshments
Sponsored by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
1:00 PM
Welcome and Introduction
Corey Rosen, NCEO
1:30 PM
An ESOP Company Perspective
2:00 PM
ESOP Transaction Structures
Edward C. Renenger, SES ESOP Strategies, a Stevens & Lee/Griffin Company
2:45 PM
3:00 PM
Assessing ESOP Feasibility
Dan Markowitz, Boulay LLP
3:45 PM
Table Talks: Roundtable Discussion Groups
4:15 PM
Plan Design and Operation
Scott J. Freund, Blue Ridge ESOP Associates
5:00 PM
Wine and Cheese
Join your co-attendees and presenters for wine and cheese and get those last-minute questions answered
October 10, 2019
8:30 AM
Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 AM
Welcome and Recap
Corey Rosen, NCEO
9:15 AM
Determining Stock Value
Lindy D. Ireland, BCC Advisers
10:00 AM
Financing an ESOP
Craig Olinger, ESI Equity
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
Fiduciary Issues
Scot Storjohann, GreatBanc Trust Company
11:45 AM
Lunch with the Experts
12:45 PM
Incentive Compensation for ESOP Companies
Peter E. Jones, Horizon Trust & Investment Management
1:30 PM
Alternatives to an ESOP
Ted Margarit, Chartwell
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
Investing the 1042 Rollover
Curt Rubinas, The ESOP Group, UBS Financial Group, Inc.
3:15 PM
Ownership Communications and Culture, Recent Research
Loren Rodgers, NCEO
4:00 PM


Scott J. Freund

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Blue Ridge ESOP Associates

Scott has more than 23 years of experience providing administration and consulting advice to ESOP clients. Scott is a member of the ESOP Association's Administration Advisory Committee and is a frequent speaker on ESOP administration topics for both the ESOP Association and the NCEO. He has extensive experience with ERISA law, Department of Labor regulations and IRS code compliance. He has worked closely with plan sponsors, accountants, advisors, and legal counsel to provide guidance on plan design and to resolve plan issues such as compliance matters and audit discrepancies.

Lindy D. Ireland

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BCC Advisers

Lindy Ireland is vice president and shareholder at BCC Advisers, providing valuation services and consulting to ESOPs and those exploring employee ownership. With over 25 years of experience in financial compliance, planning and analytical roles, her practice includes annual valuations, ESOP transactions, fairness opinions and consulting.

Peter E. Jones

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Horizon Trust & Investment Management

Peter is a vice president and ESOP trust officer for Horizon Trust & Investment Management. Peter has worked extensively with ESOPs and ESOP-owned companies, first as legal counsel, and now as an ESOP trust officer for Horizon. Peter is a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership, Ohio Employee Ownership Center, and American Bar Association, and serves as co-chair of the legislative and regulatory affairs committee of the OH/KY Chapter of the ESOP Association. Peter has been a member of the Ohio state bar since November 2007.

Ted Margarit

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Ted is a member of Chartwell's corporate finance practice, where he focuses on providing holistic ownership transition strategies, including the execution of ESOP transactions and/or traditional sell-side processes to strategic and private equity buyers. Prior to Chartwell, Ted was an investment banker at Harris Williams & Company and Lazard Middle Market, where he advised both family and private equity held companies on their sale.

Dan Markowitz

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Dan is the leader of Boulay's ESOP practice. He specializes in audit and other financial reporting engagements for private and ESOP-owned companies. Dan provides financial and consulting services to ESOP companies, including ESOP feasibility studies, ESOP sustainability projects, repurchase obligation studies, and managing annual ESOP administration. Dan also leads due diligence teams in evaluating the financial and operational reporting system of acquisition target companies, assisting companies with deal structuring, tax impacts, and quality of earnings reports.

Craig Olinger

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Esi Equity

Craig is managing director of ESI Equity. While assisting companies in achieving their business needs, Craig has completed assignments consisting of valuations for existing and prospective ESOPs, leveraged buyout analysis, sell-side advisory, fairness opinions, and synthetic compensation analysis since joining the team in 2007. Additionally, he consults on corporate governance and acquisitions and oversees ESI's business development and strategic planning. Craig possesses a range of management experience in business administration, and his years in the service industry extend across disciplines including plant operations, sales, financial analysis, and customer relations.

Edward C. Renenger

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SES ESOP Strategies, a Stevens & Lee/Griffin Company

Edward is COO of SES ESOP Strategies, a Stevens & Lee/Griffin-affiliated company, and co-chair of Stevens & Lee's ESOP Group. He concentrates his practice in helping companies navigate the complexities of ESOPs. Ed advises business owners on selling their companies to employees through an ESOP by determining the feasibility of creating an ESOP, consulting on whether the ESOP accomplishes the goals of the relevant stakeholders, designing the appropriate structure, implementing the transaction, and assisting the company with the ongoing administration and compliance of the ESOP.

Corey Rosen

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National Center for Employee Ownership

Corey Rosen, PhD, 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). Corey 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. Corey worked on Capitol Hill for five years, where he helped initiate and draft legislation on ESOPs and employee ownership.

Curt Rubinas

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UBS Financial Services Inc.

Curt is a member of the ESOP Group at UBS, based in Atlanta, which has been advising business owners on 1042 strategies for over 30 years. Prior to joining the team, he worked in the UBS Portfolio Advisory Group developing customized portfolios for the firm's largest clients. Curt started his career in NYC working for Merrill Lynch in derivatives and alternate investments and has a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University.

Scot Storjohann

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GreatBanc Trust

Scot serves as senior vice president at GreatBanc Trust Company, focusing on managing client relationships and ESOP transactions. He has 30 years of experience in the retirement plan and ESOP trust industry. He works with ESOP companies of all sizes and varying levels of complexity. Scot is a member of the NCEO and the ESOP Association and its Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee on Fiduciary Issues as well as its Executive Committee of the Iowa/Nebraska Chapter. He regularly speaks at local, regional, and national seminars and conferences.

Meeting Site

The meeting will be held at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capital District, located at 222 North 10th Street Omaha, NE. Sleeping rooms are available for our group at a special rate of $169. Please call 844-696-3779 or visit this link to make a reservations by September 6, 2019. Mention the National Center for Employee Ownership when making your reservation.


All meeting registrations must be prepaid.

NCEO members: $195.00 for the first person and $170.00 for each additional person through September 6; $245.00 for the first person and $220.00 for each additional person thereafter. (If you are not an NCEO member but join when you register, you will receive the member price.)

Nonmembers: $260.00 for the first person and $260.00 for each additional person through September 6; $310.00 for the first person and $310.00 for each additional person thereafter.

Number of Attendees:

Continuing Education Credit

CPE Credit

The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

This program is a "group-live" offering and provides 11.00 hours of CPE credit for accountants in the area of "specialized knowledge." The material is basic level. No prerequisites or advanced preparation is needed. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact the NCEO at 510-208-1300.

IRS Credit

The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) is registered with the IRS as an approved provider of continuing education credit. This program provides 3.00 hours of IRS credit for Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents. Programs listed in other areas of our Web site are not approved for continuing education credit for Enrolled Retirement Plan Agents. Attendees must provide a PTIN with their registration in order to obtain IRS CE credit. Continuting education credit is not mandatory for tax return preparers.

SHRM Credit

This program is valid for 8.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be issued, less a $50.00 per person administrative fee, if the request is received by the close of business on September 9, 2019. Any refunds issued more than 120 days after a credit card payment is processed will be made via check. Cancellations made after that date and before our guarantee date of October 3, 2019, will be eligible for credit toward another program, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Those canceling on or after October 3, 2019, will not receive a paper credit or a refund.