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
Check-in and Refreshments
Welcome and Introduction
Loren Rodgers, NCEO
An ESOP Company Perspective
ESOP Transaction Structures
Bart McIlonie, SES ESOP Strategies, a Stevens & Lee/Griffin Company
Assessing ESOP Feasibility
Dan Markowitz, Boulay LLP
Table Talks: Roundtable Discussion Groups
Plan Design and Operation
Scott J. Freund, Blue Ridge ESOP Associates
Wine and Cheese
Join your co-attendees and presenters for wine and cheese and get those last-minute questions answered
October 10, 2019
Check-in and Breakfast
Welcome and Recap
Loren Rodgers, NCEO
Determining Stock Value
Lindy D. Ireland, BCC Advisers
Financing an ESOP
Craig Olinger, ESI Equity
Scot Storjohann, GreatBanc Trust Company
Lunch with the Experts
Incentive Compensation for ESOP Companies
Peter E. Jones, Horizon Trust & Investment Management
Alternatives to an ESOP
Ted Margarit, Chartwell
Investing the 1042 Rollover
Curt Rubinas, The ESOP Group, UBS Financial Group, Inc.
Ownership Communications and Culture, Recent Research
Loren Rodgers, NCEO
Scott J. Freund
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
Lindy 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, peer reviews, fairness opinions, and consulting. She is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and forums.
Peter E. Jones
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 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 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.
SES ESOP Strategies, A Stevens & Lee/Griffin company
Bart has provided ownership transition, mergers and acquisitions and employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) advisory services for privately held clients for more than 10 years. He has represented ESOP plan sponsors and plan administrators and ESOP trustees in transactions establishing ESOPs, as well as shareholders selling to an ESOP. He advises clients on a wide variety of tax, corporate finance, executive compensation and ESOP operational issues, as well as ESOP sustainability and general corporate compliance-related matters.
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.
National Center for Employee Ownership
Loren joined the NCEO in 2005 and became its executive director in 2010. He writes extensively on employee ownership in professional and academic publications and has spoken at events around the world. Since he entered the field in 1995 as a consultant, he has worked with hundreds of companies. His expertise includes ESOPs, equity compensation, best practices for employee ownership companies, research, effective communications, employee motivation, corporate governance, ESOP transactions and operations, and business literacy.
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 28 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 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.
The meeting will be held at the 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 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 9; $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 $240.00 for each additional person through September 9; $310.00 for the first person and $290.00 for each additional person thereafter.
Continuing Education 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: www.learningmarket.org
This program is a "group-live" offering and provides 11.00 hours of CPE credit for accountants in the area of "specialized knowledge and applications." 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.
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.
This program is valid for 8.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.
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 cancelling on or after October 3, 2019, will not receive a paper credit or a refund.