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Alabama

BMSS, LLC

Dalton Hopper
BMSS, LLC
Birmingham, AL

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In 1991, Keith Barfield, Don Murphy and John Shank decided to leave a large, local firm to establish a new type of public accounting firm. The goal was to build a world-class advisory and accounting firm that values character, family and life/work balance while creating a professional environment where each individual is treated with respect.

Nearly 30 years later, BMSS has grown to become Alabama’s second largest accounting firm with five offices and approximately 230 people . Regardless of your size or situation, we will focus on your unique circumstances to learn how we can provide you with peace of mind.

Listed under:
Equity compensation administration
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Maynard Nexsen PC

Jessica Everest
Maynard Nexsen PC
Birmingham, AL

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Our multi-disciplinary team regularly represents ESOP companies, shareholders, trustees, and lenders, and we provide ongoing ESOP legal counseling needs. We have counseled both public and private corporations, trust companies, and financial institutions on the use of ESOPs in many transactions over the years, including mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, stock repurchases, and ownership-succession transactions. Whether our clients are using an ESOP as a part of their employee benefits offering, as a financial and succession planning tool, or in a strategic corporation transaction, we help them navigate all aspects of the intricacies involved. We then partner with our clients as needed to provide ongoing support on day-to-day ESOP operational issues.

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Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Warren Averett, LLC

Todd McAdams
Warren Averett, LLC
Huntsville, AL

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Warren Averett is an advisory and accounting firm focused on your business's goals. Get the accurate accounting, HR guidance, technology insight and strategic know-how you need to reach the goals you've set for your company. Warren Averett's honest advice and hundreds of specialized professionals help organizations do what matters most to them by removing the worry of technical planning, security or compliance. Our passion for our clients underscores why we do what we do. That passion remains at the core of our promise and mission to help you thrive and accomplish more of what’s important to you, always. We do that by being on and at your side—helping you make the most of opportunities to create, grow and protect value.

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Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP valuation

Arizona

Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos, P.C.

Kevin R. Yeanoplos, CPA/ABV, ASA
Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos, P.C.
Tucson, AZ

Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos, P.C. ... expertise when it counts. Whether circumstances call for litigation support, negotiation, financial analysis, or valuation of a company, today's business world is unquestionably more complicated. There's one company that puts all of the pieces together. Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos, P.C. is a leader in valuation and litigation support services- from divorce settlement to selling a business, ESOPs to estate taxes, intellectual property valuation to insurance claims.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation
Equity compensation valuation

Mack Business Appraisals, LLC

John Mack, ASA, MCBA, ABAR
Mack Business Appraisals, LLC
Peoria, AZ

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Mack Business Appraisals, LLC is dedicated to providing business owners and their financial advisors with the highest-quality business valuation services available. Our valuation experts have received specialized ESOP valuation training offered by the American Society of Appraisers and the Institute of Business Appraisers and have significant experience in valuing companies for ESOP transactional and ESOP administration purposes. John G. Mack, ASA, MCBA, ABAR, is the managing member of Mack Business Appraisals and holds the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation from the American Society of Appraisers - Business Valuation Discipline and the Master Certified Business Appraiser (MCBA) designation from the Institute of Business Appraisers.

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ESOP valuation

RBG Capital

Tim Sperling
RBG Capital
Scottsdale, AZ

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We are a sell-side Investment Bank, and wealth advisory, selling companies in the lower middle market. Typical EBITDA $2M - $15M. Industry agnostic. Any state. Focus on client objectives, financial planning before exit. Focus on ESOPs and can work with companies with $1M EBITDA. Boutique firm in business since 1986.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

Sandberg Phoenix

Michael Conger
Sandberg Phoenix
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

ERISA Attorney
ESOP plan design
"ESOF" plan design, an employer and employee friendlier version of the normal requirements of an ESOP
Executive compensation planning for insiders
ESOP Transactions and documentation
Legal advice for fiduciaries and non-fiduciaries

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Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

California

Acuity Advisors

Chris Kramer
Acuity Advisors
Santa Ana, CA

Acuity Advisors is an investment banking and valuation advisory firm dedicated to helping middle-market businesses through ownership transition. Serving business owners, fiduciaries, leadership teams, and their advisors since 1989, the firm's professionals have extensive expertise in ESOP company valuation, transaction advisory and fairness opinions, new ESOP formation, and seller representation in the sale of existing ESOP-owned companies. The firm is based in California, and serves a nationwide footprint of ESOP clients, with well over 100 engagements across more than a dozen states on an annual basis.

Listed under:
Employee education and financial advice
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Acuity Advisors

Chase Hoover
Acuity Advisors
Santa Ana, CA

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Acuity Advisors is an investment banking and valuation advisory firm dedicated to helping middle-market businesses through ownership transition. Serving business owners, fiduciaries, leadership teams, and their advisors since 1989, the firm's professionals have extensive expertise in ESOP company valuation, transaction advisory and fairness opinions, new ESOP formation, and seller representation in the sale of existing ESOP-owned companies. The firm is based in California, and serves a nationwide footprint of ESOP clients, with well over 100 engagements across more than a dozen states on an annual basis.

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Employee education and financial advice
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Acuity Advisors

Michael Lovett
Acuity Advisors
Santa Ana, CA

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Acuity Advisors is an investment banking and valuation advisory firm dedicated to helping middle-market businesses through ownership transition. Serving business owners, fiduciaries, leadership teams, and their advisors since 1989, the firm's professionals have extensive expertise in ESOP company valuation, transaction advisory and fairness opinions, new ESOP formation, and seller representation in the sale of existing ESOP-owned companies. The firm is based in California, and serves a nationwide footprint of ESOP clients, with well over 100 engagements across more than a dozen states on an annual basis.

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Employee education and financial advice
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

AmbroseAdvisors

Marcus Piquet
AmbroseAdvisors
Riverside, CA

AmbroseAdvisors is a middle-market investment bank and financial advisory firm focused on guiding and assisting business owners with business succession planning, executing liquidity strategies and capital placements. We have a concentrated focus on the utilization of an ESOP as an exit planning solution. Our services include sell-side M&A advisory, ESOP buyouts, capital procurement, business valuation & fairness opinions, ESOP third party administration, and business, tax and ERISA legal services. We have a unified, multi-disciplinary team of in-house investment banking, consulting and legal professionals to provide a complete and comprehensive sell-side solution to our clients.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Bank of America

Kevin Trieber
Bank of America
Los Angeles, CA

National ESOP Executive for Bank of America (including Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank). Focused on driving leveraged finance (origination, structuring & arrangement) and wealth management (estate planning & asset management) solutions in connection with growth, ownership succession/ESOPs, and liquidity and diversification strategies.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

Benefit Associates

Mark Clark
Benefit Associates
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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Since 1982, our expertise is the design, installation, administration, and operation of qualified retirement plans. We provide plan consultation, design, installation, administrative, and actuarial services on a fee only basis. We believe in continuity of account management and close contact with our clients, their legal counsel, and tax advisors. We know that the same answer is not right for every employer, so we focus on your objectives and design plans that are workable and congruent with your goals.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Buchalter, APC

Robert Willner
Buchalter, APC
Los Angeles, CA

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Robert A. Willner is a Shareholder in the firm’s Commercial Finance Practice Group and Chair of the Leveraged ESOP Finance Practice Group. Robert provides practical, business oriented, legal advice to his clients on how to best structure, document, and manage their commercial lending transactions. Robert’s practice covers a broad spectrum of middle-market, senior and second lien lending, including asset-based lending, cash flow lending, leveraged ESOP finance, lender finance, fund finance (including capital call and subscription facilities, and NAV and hybrid loans), FCC License finance, unitranche finance, acquisition finance, dividend recaps, aircraft finance, tech finance, healthcare finance, cross-border transactions, equipment leasing, debtor-in-possession financing, trade finance, and factoring. In addition, Robert also handles problem loan workouts and restructurings, liquidations and foreclosures. His clients include commercial banks, alternative lenders, commercial finance companies, equipment leasing companies, factors, and other financial institutions.

He is recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in the field of Banking & Finance, and is a frequent lecturer on issues related to commercial finance.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP law firm

Butterfield Schechter LLP

Marc S. Schechter, Esq.
Butterfield Schechter LLP
San Diego, CA

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The firm's employee benefits attorneys have extensive experience designing and implementing all types of employee benefit plans, including pension, 401(k), profit-sharing and ESOPs, cafeteria plans, qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs), non-qualified deferred compensation, prohibited transaction exemptions, ERISA compliance issues (including IRS and DOL audits), and ERISA litigation. The firm's attorneys counsel employers and lecture about ESOPs, leveraged buyouts, ERISA compliance, and other employee benefit topics.

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ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design

Campbell Taylor Washburn

Lia Bekalu
Campbell Taylor Washburn
Roseville, CA

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Campbell Taylor Washburn is a full service CPA firm specializing in providing accounting, tax, audit and consulting services to ESOP owned companies. Our team of professionals have extensive knowledge and experience in ESOP related matters. We specialize in auditing the financial statements of ESOPs as well as plan sponsors.

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting

CapitalSmith Financial & Insurance Services, Inc.

Kelly Smith
CapitalSmith Financial & Insurance Services, Inc.
Irvine, CA

CapitalSmith is a boutique, Advanced Planning Business Consulting Group within Pacific Advisors, a California-based, financial planning firm. CapitalSmith specializes in bespoke, proprietary strategies for business transitions, "Offset Strategies™" providing a "Fully Insured Financial Infrastructure™" creating "Tax-Exempt-Retained-Capital™ (TERC™)," that allows for the business owner to keep all of their profits, for accelerated growth, full risk mitigation, including funding for the ESOP Repurchase Obligation and "Pre-Leveraged™ and/or Capitalized™" plans that enable smooth, funded, ownership transition and repurposed, Estate liquidity funding.

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Employee education and financial advice
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Richard Joseph
Chartwell
Costa Mesa, CA

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

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Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

ClearPath Business Advisors

Patrick Bormann
ClearPath Business Advisors
Pleasanton, CA

ClearPath Business Advisors believes that business owners should build a healthy, sellable business whether they plan to sell or not.

As former CEOs, CFOs, and other executives, we understand the levers that drive value for businesses, and the obstacles that get in the way of increasing that value. When combined with our significant M&A transactional expertise, we provide an outside investor’s point of view.

We know you have to wear many hats. Let us wear some of those hats for you.

Your path to a healthy, sellable business is waiting for you. Let’s walk it together.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation
Independent board member

Common Trust

Zoe Schlag
San Francisco, CA 94104

Common Trust helps business owners exit to their employees and community through Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). We work with business owners and next generation leadership from first impression through financing, supporting them to evaluate the feasibility of a transition, design a customized purpose trust to protect the people, purpose and business through the transition, and finance the transaction to ensure equitable outcomes across sellers, employees and investors.

Our model allows you to:

- Get a competitive, tax advantaged sale
- Set your company up for long-term success
- Ensure your people, mission and values are protected long-term
- Incentivize next generation leadership
- Maintain flexibility for growth and change
- Exit over time, while staying involved

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Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
Equity compensation plan design
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

CSG Partners

Eitan Milstein
CSG Partners
San Francisco, CA

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A former GE Capital executive and founder of Access Credit Corporation, Eitan's leveraged ESOP advisory work is rooted in corporate finance principles.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Eide Bailly CPAs & Business Advisors

Glenn Carniello
Tustin, CA 92780

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We are a full service CPA and Business Advisory firm. We specialize in helping business owners successfully exit their businesses, create legacies, provide opportunities for team members within their organizations.

We have a team of experts at Eide Bailly who help assess the feasibility of an ESOP transition and if it makes sense, assist with structuring and executing the transaction. We work with a firm who has attorneys on staff to help with the legal aspects of the transaction.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP valuation

Employee Benefits Law Group

Kevin Long
Employee Benefits Law Group
San Jose, CA

Employee Benefits Law Group is an AV rated law corporation entirely focused on employee benefits law. We take you through the entire ESOP process from start to finish, including feasibility, design, leveraged buyouts, transactions, terminations and fiduciary duties. We install new ESOPs and work with existing and mature ESOPs looking for more comprehensive advice and guidance. We represent public and closely held corporations, ERISA fiduciaries and lenders in ESOP transactions. We also routinely handle DOL investigations and IRS audits.

Listed under:
ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm

ESOP Law Group LLP

Laurence Goldberg
ESOP Law Group LLP
San Francisco, CA

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ESOP Law Group has a team of professionals focused on ESOP transactions. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of ESOPs since the 1980s. In that time, we have designed and completed hundreds of transactions in a variety of industries, representing all of the various parties to an ESOP transaction. We are a go-to law firm for many of the best service providers in the ESOP industry, including trustees, investment bankers, corporate appraisers, and consultants. Our lawyers bring our big firm experience to our ESOP boutique practice. Our clients receive personal attention from experts who know the answers to their questions. We bring a creative, yet practical approach to structuring transactions and finding solutions. Our track record demonstrates that we are lawyers who get ESOP deals done.

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ESOP law firm

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Jeremy Pelphrey
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Faegre Drinker is a top 50 firm designed for clients. With a team of attorneys focused on the ERISA, tax, corporate, securities and banking laws that affect ESOP transactions, our ESOP practice group at Faegre Drinker has a proven record of success in this important area of legal services. Effectively integrating the many disciplines that bear on successful plans, we provide proactive, innovative solutions that help companies, fiduciaries and selling shareholders achieve their goals while complying with the legal requirements involved in the implementation and maintenance of an ESOP.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Michael Pasahow
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
San Francisco, CA 94111

Faegre Drinker is a top 50 firm designed for clients. With a team of attorneys focused on the ERISA, tax, corporate, securities and banking laws that affect ESOP transactions, our ESOP practice group at Faegre Drinker has a proven record of success in this important area of legal services. Effectively integrating the many disciplines that bear on successful plans, we provide proactive, innovative solutions that help companies, fiduciaries and selling shareholders achieve their goals while complying with the legal requirements involved in the implementation and maintenance of an ESOP.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP law firm

Fiduciary Services, Inc.

Daniel Reser
Fiduciary Services, Inc.
San Rafael, CA

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Through Fiduciary Services LLC we offer independent trustee, fiduciary and investment management services for qualified retirement plans that hold employer stock including Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Reser also offers Expert Witness services relating to ESOP litigation and mediation.

With over 30 years of ESOP experience and expertise as trustee and fiduciary Reser has helped hundreds of plan sponsors in the proper establishment of an ESOP as well as meet the requirements of ongoing trust administration. The Department of Labor as well as plaintiff's law firms are active in investigating and finding issues to pursue relating to ESOPs. Our background and tested trustee process helps to set a record that deters regulators and litigators from seeking to attack ESOP plans.

Listed under:
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
Independent board member

Gelman LLP

Lisa Green
Gelman LLP
Irvine, CA

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Gelman LLP is an accounting and consulting firm that serves hundreds of business and individual clients. Our highly qualified staff provides professional services, including accounting, auditing, tax, Employee Stock Ownership Plan consulting, litigation support and personnel recruitment.

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting

Greymar Partners

Enrique Mayer, ASA
Greymar Partners
Los Angeles, CA 90071

A business valuation and investment banking firm with offices located in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Irvine, Greymar Partners has close to 25 years of experience providing ESOP valuation and financial advisory services to mid-sized private companies located throughout Southern California.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

Houlihan Lokey

Jeff Tarbell
Houlihan Lokey
San Francisco, CA 94104

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Valuation expert with more than three decades of ESOP-centric experience.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

Khorsand ESOP Advisory

Brian Khorsand
Khorsand ESOP Advisory
San Diego, CA

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Khorsand ESOP Advisory specializes in Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) services for organizations and business owners at any stage along their ESOP journey. We help evaluate, design, and implement ESOP transactions to achieve ownership transition and liquidity for shareholders while at the same time creating a benefit plan that aligns the incentives of the employees with that of the company. We also provide tailored consulting services to existing ESOP companies for issues such as repurchase obligation, plan design, compliance, plan operations, mature ESOP issues, benefit level analysis, and sustainability. For more information about our services, please visit https://www.esopadvisory.com/esop-consulting-services.

Listed under:
Employee communications
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Maitland Partners Executive Search

Jim MacNee
Maitland Partners Executive Search
San Juan Capistrano, CA

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Founded by Jim MacNee in 1999, Maitland Partners Executive Search is a retained executive search firm based in Southern California that serves clients nationwide. We have a proven track record recruiting C-level leaders, senior executives and members of their teams.

We have substantial interest and experience working with ESOP companies having placed President, Chief Financial Officer, Controller and VP Sales roles.

Jim is active in the NCEO having spoken at the 2019 pre-conference on succession planning and he has attended numerous educational/certification courses with the Beyster Institute on employee ownership.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting

Menke & Associates, Inc.

Victor Alam
Menke & Associates, Inc.
Burlingame, CA

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Menke & Associates, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and most active firm dedicated to designing, installing, financing, and administering ESOPs.  We provide comprehensive ESOP services that include feasibility analysis, investment banking services, legal services, and plan administration services. We have installed over 3,500 ESOPs since 1974, and we have designed, installed and  administered ESOPs in all 50 states.  

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Menke & Associates, Inc.

Trevor Gilmore
Menke & Associates, Inc.
Corona Del Mar, CA

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Menke & Associates, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and most active firm dedicated to designing, installing, financing, and administering ESOPs.  We provide comprehensive ESOP services that include feasibility analysis, investment banking services, legal services, and plan administration services. We have installed over 3,500 ESOPs since 1974, and we have designed, installed and  administered ESOPs in all 50 states.  

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

National Center for Employee Ownership

Corey Rosen
National Center for Employee Ownership
Oakland, CA

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Corey Rosen is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Employee Ownership. He previously served on the board of the Great Place to Work Institute and currently is on the board of ESOP-owned Dealey Renton and Associates and the advisory board of the Certified Equity Professional Institute.

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Independent board member

National Center for Employee Ownership

Loren Rodgers
National Center for Employee Ownership
Oakland, CA

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Loren Rodgers is the executive director of the National Center for Employee Ownership, where he specializes in employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation, communications, and best practices for employee ownership companies. Active in the field since 1995, he works with companies on technical training, group norms, survey assessment, plan design, and communicating about transactions. He speaks extensively and writes for academic, trade, and employee-ownership publications in the US and abroad. He has served on company and non-profit boards and is actively seeking positions on the boards of employee-ownership companies.

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ESOP general consulting
Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
Independent board member

Newport Valuations

Michael Yi
Newport Valuations
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Newport Valuations, Inc. is specialized in ESOP valuations for the initial transactions and fairness opinion, on-going annual ESOP updates, ESOP termination and ESOP litigation.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation

Options4Growth

Jill Pappenheimer
Options4Growth
Walnut Creek, CA, CA

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Specializing in creating a Culture of Ownership - not just in theory but practice. Connecting all of your employees to the strategy, creating shared visibility into what everyone is working on, and providing a framework for ongoing conversations between employees and managers is what we are all about, utilizing a system called OpaConnect.

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ESOP general consulting
Employee communications
Employee participation
Software

Principal Financial Group

Chad Holland
Principal Financial Group
Orange County, CA

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Principal® is a leader in offering businesses, individuals, and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services to help them achieve their financial goals. Principal® Total Retirement Solutions has expanded beyond ESOP to include equity compensation plans. This wider range of stock plans offers full-service consulting, administration, and recordkeeping services through our consultative approach, commitment to the industry, and a proactive, personalized service model. For more information, visit https://www.principal.com

Listed under:
Employee communications
Equity compensation administration
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Private Capital Corporation

Bryan Golden
Private Capital Corporation
Carmel Valley, CA

Specializing in succession and exit strategies for shareholders of privately held companies. Our focus: 1. Tax advantaged use of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs)--feasibility study; installation and communication; transaction design and annual administration. 2. ESOP operational reviews 3. Arrange financing for an ESOP transaction or a growing company. 4. Design equity-based incentives for key people (stock purchase, stock options, phantom and/or stock appreciation rights). 5. Creating an atmosphere wherein employees think and act like owners. 6. Merger and acquisition strategies.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
Independent board member

Prudent Fiduciary Services, LLC

Miguel Paredes
Prudent Fiduciary Services
WEST COVINA, CA

Prudent Fiduciary Services provides Independent Fiduciary, ERISA consulting, and expert witness services, with a focus on ESOP Trustee services. Prior to establishing PFS, Mr. Paredes was an investigator/supervisor with the U.S. Department of Labor - EBSA focusing on ESOP enforcement. Mr. Paredes brings an expert-level understanding of ERISA compliance, coupled with relevant business experience, and a common-sense approach to engagements. In addition to his unmatched expertise, Mr. Paredes has an internal Advisory Board consisting of highly-qualified ESOP professionals with many years of ESOP and valuation experience. Mr. Paredes is a noted ERISA authority that has presented to ERISA fiduciaries, service providers, and the public on ERISA fiduciary obligations and ESOP investigations.

Listed under:
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

ROI

Andrea Gonzalez
ROI
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

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ROI Communication, an ESPOP, is an internal communication agency that crafts strategies that inspire employees and take business performance from average to awesome.

As a leading employee engagement company, we know what it takes to turn companies into employee-owned communities. We’ve spent the last 21 years crafting innovative, purpose-driven strategies that connect people, invigorate cultures and create brand champions.

From comprehensive strategies to designing integrated communication systems, we focus on solving whatever your employees — and business — need to thrive.

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Employee communications
Employee participation

Roorda, Piquet & Bessee

Cristen Stier
Roorda, Piquet & Bessee
Riverside, CA

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Shareholder at RP& CPAs, a firm that specializes in the accounting and taxation of ESOP companies.

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies

Scale LLP

Natasha Fedder
Scale LLP
Los Angeles, CA

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Natasha Fedder is a dedicated advocate with over a decade of civil litigation experience. She focuses her practice on ESOP litigation and DOL investigations. She has defended selling shareholders and trustees in litigation challenging ESOP stock purchase transactions. She has also represented ESOP service providers responding to third-party document and deposition subpoenas. At the administrative level, Natasha has guided clients through DOL investigations. She has narrowed DOL subpoenas and document requests, responded to voluntary compliance letters, negotiated voluntary resolutions, and obtained closing letters. Natasha graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and previously practiced law at O'Melveny & Myers, Groom Law Group, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

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ESOP law firm

Securieon Inc.

Tony Quintong
Securieon Inc.
Gilroy, CA

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The Securieon Group is a business optimization and M&A advisory firm that guides privately held companies in a quandary, to achieve better performance and higher valuations. Our team has extensive experience in ESOP, complex financial, and traditional M&A transactions.

We provide operational and financial performance expertise while focusing on supporting shareholders and management teams in analyzing the ESOP's impact on their company, employees, cash flow, tax savings, shareholder liquidity, and employee benefits.
 

Listed under:
Employee education and financial advice
Equity compensation employee financial advice
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP general consulting
Independent board member

Stout

Todd Poling
Stout
San Diego, CA

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Equity plans in a non-U.S. country
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)
Software

Summit Business Advisors

Mark Smith
Summit Business Advisors
Blairsden Graeagle, CA

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Since 2007, Mark has been active as an Independent Director of several 100% ESOP Board of Directors throughout the West and Midwest areas of the United States. He currently serves as the Board Chair, Audit Committee Chair and Compensation Committee Chair.
Bringing over 30 years of Corporate Banking, ESOP M&A experience, Corporate financial Planning and Strategic planning to the boards he serves.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
Independent board member

The Beyster Institute, UCSD Rady School of Management

Kim Blaugher
The Beyster Institute, UCSD Rady School of Management
La Jolla, CA

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Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation plan design

The Price Company

Philip D. Price
The Price Company
Fresno, CA

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The Price Company designs, installs, and administers qualified retirement plans for corporations, partnerships, and the self-employed. The firm has over 25 years’ experience and serves clients throughout the Western states. The highly trained staff focuses on assisting clients in obtaining their financial goals through the unique regulatory environment of qualified retirement plan administration.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Timothy Carlson, Independent Financial Consultant

Timothy E. Carlson
Danville, CA 94526

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Tim Carlson has several decades of CPA experience plus added tenure as an investment advisor. He has a specialty niche in ESOPs - when/how to use as a tool of corporate finance for succession planning and/or aligning employee benefit planning with enterprise goals. Tim understands the costs/disadvantages of ESOPs and works closely with CPAs, ERISA attorneys, and valuation firms on feasibility and compliance issues. He designs, constructs, and monitors security portfolios which comply with reinvestment/gain deferral constraints under applicable income tax laws. Tim has a BS in accounting and finance from UCB and a MBA in accounting from UCLA.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
Independent board member

Trucker Huss, APC

Joseph Faucher
Trucker Huss, APC
Los Angeles, CA

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Joe Faucher is a litigation attorney who focuses on ERISA and ESOP litigation. He has extensive experience in defending claims involving ESOP valuation issues and breach of fiduciary duty claims against both inside and independent fiduciaries.

Listed under:
ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm

Ventura Trust

Darvyn Jean-Baptiste
San Diego, CA 92105

Senior Analyst at Ventura Trust, provider of ESOP trustee and fiduciary services.

Listed under:
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Weaver

Sharyl David
Equity Business Valuations, Inc.
Folsom, CA

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Sharyl’s career spans 30 years including more than 25 years of business valuation with a strong emphasis on ESOP's.

She holds extensive experience as a sell-side and buy-side advisor for mergers and acquisitions and is a respected thought leader in the areas of ESOPs and business valuation. Her skill set also features a vast understanding of construction, manufacturing, distribution, professional services and other industries.

She is a member of the NCEO and the National Valuation Advisory Committee for the ESOP Association. Additionally, she has presented at numerous conferences and seminars on the subjects of valuation and mergers and acquisitions, as well as related topics including value drivers and how compensation structures affect value.

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP valuation

Colorado

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Nancy Strelau
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Denver, CO

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I am an employee benefits lawyer and work with employers on all aspects of their ESOP and equity compensation programs, including establishment, ongoing compliance, termination, and involvement in corporate stock and asset sales, purchases and mergers.

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ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm
Employee communications
Independent board member

Gibraltar Business Valutaions

Don Drysdale
Gibraltar Business Valutaions
Longmont, CO 80501

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Gibraltar Business Valuations is a full service valuation firm. We help ESOP trustees in their duty to determining fair market value and adequate consideration. We also help ESOP companies develop reasonable and well supported financial forecasts.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

Harper Hofer & Associates, LLC

Greg Weiss
Harper Hofer & Associates, LLC
Denver, CO

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It's all about value at Harper Hofer & Associates. We focus on business valuation, litigation support, and forensic accounting. As a result, we have a team of more than 20 valuation professionals with a deep level of technical knowledge and a broad base of experience. That means if you're looking for someone to value your company for ESOP purposes, including fairness opinions, we can help. Or, if you're looking for someone to value your equity compensation plan, we can help there too. And of course we can help you when transferring ownership to insiders, either through an employee stock purchase plan or a more traditional transaction. Most importantly, we'll help you communicate this value to trustees, employees, and regulators.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP valuation
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation valuation

Holland & Hart LLP

Kevin Selzer
Holland & Hart LLP
Denver, CO

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Holland & Hart encourages every employee to think like an owner, so we feel a kinship to ESOP companies. Together with our clients, the ESOP team at Holland & Hart can create comprehensive ESOP structures to help businesses grow while promoting a culture that truly values employees. And for clients ready to wind down an ESOP, our lawyers help with that, too. Throughout the Mountain West, from coast to coast and beyond, Holland & Hart provides clients with astute legal service from a vantage like no other. For more information, visit hollandhart.com.

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Employee communications
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

KeyBank

Doug Dell
KeyBank
Denver, CO

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Experienced ESOP Lender and ESOP subject matter expert for KeyBank National Association. Former CFO for an ESOP owned Middle Market Manufacturer, CPA and ABV (Accredited in Business Valuations by the American Institute of CPAs.) Serves on the Colorado Governor's Employee Ownership Commission.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Jan A. Steinhour
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
90 S Cascade Ave
Ste 1100
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-1677

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie offers a wide range of services including litigation, real estate transactions, banking compliance, insurance reorganization, corporate organization and finance, tax and executive compensation, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and government relations, and labor and employment. Mr. Mahaffey and Ms. Steinhour focus on taxation, finance, corporate, and transactions. They provide counsel on many tax-sensitive and ERISA-related matters including ESOPs, qualified plans, and advice to plan sponsors concerning fiduciary and plan administration issues. They also handle compensation and fringe benefit matters, including qualified and nonqualified options, self-funded welfare benefit plans, and related matters.

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Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Mosaic Creation, LLC

Jennifer Briggs
Mosaic Creation, LLC
Windsor, CO

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Organizational development, leadership development, organizational psychology.

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Employee communications
Employee participation
ESOP general consulting
Independent board member

PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory

Ken Sommers
PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory
Denver, CO

At PCE, we sit at the sweet spot – where investment banking & valuation prowess meets deep ESOP knowledge. Our experts understand the unique complexities of transactions for employee-owned businesses, crafting solutions that meet both your financial goals and ESOP requirements.

Whether you're navigating M&A, valuation, restructuring, raising capital or ESOP sustainability issues, we tailor our advice to your specific ESOP structure and key objectives. Don't wait for challenges to arise – proactive ESOP management is the winning strategy. Let’s discuss how PCE can partner with you to unlock the full potential of your employee-powered enterprise.

PCE Investment Bankers is a member of FINRA & SIPC. We have area offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Orlando.

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Principal Financial Group

Amy Hartnett
Principal Financial Group
Telluride, CO

Principal® is a leader in offering businesses, individuals, and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services to help them achieve their financial goals. Principal® Total Retirement Solutions has expanded beyond ESOP to include equity compensation plans. This wider range of stock plans offers full-service consulting, administration, and recordkeeping services through our consultative approach, commitment to the industry, and a proactive, personalized service model. For more information, visit https://www.principal.com

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ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Zick Business Advisors, Inc., CPAs and Certified Valuation Analysts

Eric Ransick, CPA/CFF, CVA
Zick Business Advisors, Inc., CPAs and Certified Valuation Analysts
Englewood, CO

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Connect with us...Connect with Trust. Zick has over a quarter- century of ESOP experience. We specialize in businesses with or considering ESOP or other stock-based ownership or incentive plans. For ESOPs, our four CVAs bring the highest level of technical expertise and understanding of ESOP valuation issues to engagements, and work closely with internal and external trustees. Long-term relationships are our goal, since stability is an important factor in ESOP valuations. For potential ESOP companies, we can help you determine if an ESOP is right for you and your company. Our services include transactional and annual ERISA required valuations, feasibility analysis, fairness opinions, and valuation and consulting services regarding other equity-based compensation and incentive plans.

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ESOP valuation
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation valuation

Zick Business Advisors, Inc., CPAs and Certified Valuation Analysts

Matt Ransick, CPA/CVA
Zick Business Advisors, Inc., CPAs and Certified Valuation Analysts
Englewood, CO

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Connect with Trust ... Connect with Us. Zick has over 30 years of ESOP experience. We specialize in businesses with or considering ESOP or other stock-based ownership or incentive plans. For ESOPs, our CVAs bring the highest level of technical expertise and understanding of ESOP valuation issues to engagements, and work closely with internal and external trustees. Long-term relationships are our goal, since stability is an important factor in ESOP valuations. For potential ESOP companies, we can help you determine if an ESOP is right for you and your company. Our services include transactional and annual ERISA required valuations, feasibility analysis, fairness opinions, and valuation and consulting services regarding other equity-based compensation and incentive plans.

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Connecticut

CSG Partners

Patrick Trask
CSG Partners
Greenwich, CT

With over 25 years of banking, consulting, and public accounting experience, Patrick offers ESOP investment banking clients a diverse financial services toolkit.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Empire Valuation Consultants

Chuck Coyne, ASA
Empire Valuation Consultants
West Hartford, CT

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Chuck is a Sr. Managing Director of Empire Valuation Consultants, a 100% employee-owned company. He leads the Firm's ESOP Advisory and Transactional Consulting services, including; assistance with ESOP Valuations, Fairness Opinions, ESOP feasibility studies, transaction design, and sourcing transaction financing. Over the past 30+ years, He has provided hundreds of ESOP feasibility and design studies to companies throughout the country. He has worked with dozens of ESOP Trustees on hundreds of ESOP transactions and annual update valuations. Chuck received his MBA from the University of Hartford and has an ASA designation in Business Valuation from the American Society of Appraisers. He is the Past Chair of the National ESOP Valuation Advisory Committee.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

ESOPMarketplace.com/PTCFO, Inc

Jack Veale
ESOPMarketplace.com/PTCFO, Inc
West Hartford, CT

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We are a community of ESOP Advisors who provide professional services to new or existing ESOP Companies, as well as business owners who are researching their succession plan. We offer Legal, Fiduciary, Financial, and ESOP Administrative services as well as managerial and family systems training.

Listed under:
Employee communications
Employee participation
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
Independent board member

Marcum LLP

Kenneth Pia
Marcum LLP
New Haven, CT 06511

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Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the nation, with offices in major business markets throughout the U.S., as well as Grand Cayman, China and Ireland. Headquartered in New York City, Marcum provides a full spectrum of traditional tax, accounting and assurance services; advisory, valuation and litigation support; and an extensive range of specialty and niche industry practices. Our highly experienced and respected team of valuation and accounting experts provides business valuation, consulting, accounting, and auditing services to ESOPs across the country. We regularly act as independent financial and valuation advisors in ESOP transactions and have assisted in establishing ESOPs for companies of all sizes.

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ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Schatz Brown Glassman LLP

Robert Schatz
Schatz Brown Glassman LLP
West Hartford, CT

Rob Schatz is a partner of Schatz Brown Glassman LLP, a boutique ESOP law firm with offices in Connecticut and New York. ESOP Plus has received awards for "Best Boutique ESOP Law Firm (U.S.)" and "Excellence in ESOP Transaction Planning" and Rob has been named as a "Top Attorney in North America (2019)." A corporate and finance lawyer for more than 40 years, Rob structures (and documents) ESOP acquisitions, divestitures and financing transactions and advises Corporate Boards, management and ERISA fiduciaries. Rob and his partner, Richard Glassman each is a member of the Boards of Directors of 2 ESOP companies and Rob is a Trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation. Both Rob Schatz and his partner, Rob Brown, are Fellows in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
Independent board member

District of Columbia

Advanced Valuation Analytics, Ltd.

Barry Goodman
Advanced Valuation Analytics, Ltd.
Washington, DC

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We are experts in the valuation of employee stock ownership plans, with extensive experience in this area. Barry Goodman, the firm's founder, has been a member of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan ("ESOP") Association's Valuation Advisory Committee for over 20 years. He has headed and/or participated in several key subcommittees whose topics include the valuation of shares in a leveraged ESOP, the valuation of convertible preferred stock owned by ESOPs, and various subjects dealing with the valuation of S Corporation ESOP stock.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation
Equity compensation valuation

Apis & Heritage Capital Partners

Todd Leverette
Apis & Heritage Capital Partners
Washington, DC 20036

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A&H Capital Partners is a private equity firm that invests in Real Economy businesses that generate $2-6M in EBITDA with at least 40 full-time employees (where, at minimum, ⅓ of employees are People of Color). A&H’s core industries are (1) landscaping, (2) commercial cleaning, (3) mechanical contracting (eg HVAC, plumbing, roofing, etc.), (4) food processing, (5) waste hauling, (6) transportation/trucking and logistics, (7) warehousing and (8) manufacturing. We have raised over $50M from the nation’s leading impact investors and foundations and we establish ESOPs for the entire workforce as we make acquisitions. We do this to provide greater long-term wealth for the employees, a core function of our mission to improve worker wealth through employee ownership.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

Ben Wells
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Washington, DC

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Ben Wells is a nationally recognized authority on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and is a frequent author and lecturer on ESOP issues. He counsels ESOP trustees, fiduciaries, sponsors, and lenders on the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA as they relate to ESOPs and also in the use of ESOPs as tools of business planning and succession. Dinsmore's ESOP practice group services clients throughout the United States from the firm's offices in Washington, Cincinnati and Columbus.

Listed under:
ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm
Equity plans for multinationals

JMK-WAY,LLC

J. Michael Keeling
JMK-WAY,LLC
Washington, DC

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37 years of direct experience with ESOP law and regulations as first counsel, then general counsel, and finally 28 years as President of The ESOP Association. Very knowledgeable of best practices establising and managing an ESOP company, including knowledge of Federal regulation of ESOPcompanies. Most qualified to serve as Board member of ESOP company.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
Independent board member

RSM US LLP

Anne Bushman
RSM US LLP
Washington, DC

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RSM US LLP is a leading provider of assurance, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market. RSM currently serves hundreds of ESOP clients in various business models including: public and private companies, C and S corporations, and minority and majority ESOP ownership levels. From the day you begin to consider an ESOP through dealing with the complex compliance demands that your plan will entail going forward, RSM's deep experienced ESOP team will be a valuable resource: accountable professionals to whom you can always turn for quick, reliable advice.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Florida

BankUnited, N.A

Guillermo Doria
BankUnited, N.A
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

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BankUnited, Inc., with total consolidated assets of $35.9 billion at June 30, 2023, is a bank holding company with one wholly owned subsidiary, BankUnited.

BankUnited (NYSE: BKU) is a national bank headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida with banking centers in Florida, the New York metropolitan area and in Dallas, Texas. We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial and collaborative culture encompassing the best minds, the brightest talent and the boldest decision makers.

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ESOP financing and investment banking

Berman Hopkins CPAs (The ESOP Guy)

Phillip Hayes
Berman Hopkins CPAs (The ESOP Guy)
Melbourne, FL 32940

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We approach ESOP formation as a team to support companies that are a good fit for an ESOP by a step by step process that has proven to support multiple industries and small to large companies at a cost effective approach, making ESOPs viable for even small companies. We have been able to provide support to the ESOP community by podcasting on key issues and educational topics that support the ongoing learning necessary for new and existing ESOPs. This podcast is under the name of The ESOP Guy - journeytoanesop.com. We also support ESOP companies with ongoing needs including ESOP accounting, ESOP benefit plan audits, and ongoing consulting.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Greenberg Traurig

Brandon Feingold
Greenberg Traurig
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Full-service international law firm with interdisciplinary ESOP practice group for all stages of an ESOP's life cycle.
 

Listed under:
ESOP law firm

Menke & Associates, Inc.

Victor Alvaro
Menke & Associates, Inc.
Naples, FL

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This office of Menke & Associates, Inc. provides ESOP and 401(k) plan administration services, together with ESOP repurchase obligation studies. We have administered ESOPs since 1974, and we have ESOP administration clients in all 50 states.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

PCE Investment Bankers

David Jasmund
PCE Investment Bankers
Winter Park, FL

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At PCE, we sit at the sweet spot – where investment banking & valuation prowess meets deep ESOP knowledge. Our experts understand the unique complexities of transactions for employee-owned businesses, crafting solutions that meet both your financial goals and ESOP requirements.

Whether you're navigating M&A, valuation, restructuring, raising capital or ESOP sustainability issues, we tailor our advice to your specific ESOP structure and key objectives. Don't wait for challenges to arise – proactive ESOP management is the winning strategy. Let’s discuss how PCE can partner with you to unlock the full potential of your employee-powered enterprise.

PCE Investment Bankers is a member of FINRA & SIPC. We have area offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Orlando.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory

Jon Gogolak
PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory
Winter Park, FL

At PCE, we sit at the sweet spot – where investment banking & valuation prowess meets deep ESOP knowledge. Our experts understand the unique complexities of transactions for employee-owned businesses, crafting solutions that meet both your financial goals and ESOP requirements.

Whether you're navigating M&A, valuation, restructuring, raising capital or ESOP sustainability issues, we tailor our advice to your specific ESOP structure and key objectives. Don't wait for challenges to arise – proactive ESOP management is the winning strategy. Let’s discuss how PCE can partner with you to unlock the full potential of your employee-powered enterprise.

PCE Investment Bankers is a member of FINRA & SIPC. We have area offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Orlando.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory

Will Stewart
PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory
Winter Park, FL

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At PCE, we sit at the sweet spot – where investment banking & valuation prowess meets deep ESOP knowledge. Our experts understand the unique complexities of transactions for employee-owned businesses, crafting solutions that meet both your financial goals and ESOP requirements.

Whether you're navigating M&A, valuation, restructuring, raising capital or ESOP sustainability issues, we tailor our advice to your specific ESOP structure and key objectives. Don't wait for challenges to arise – proactive ESOP management is the winning strategy. Let’s discuss how PCE can partner with you to unlock the full potential of your employee-powered enterprise.

PCE Investment Bankers is a member of FINRA & SIPC. We have area offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Orlando.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

SES ESOP Strategies

Steven B. Greenapple
SES ESOP Strategies
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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SES ESOP Strategies is a national ESOP firm that assists private business owners and their companies in planning their internal succession strategies using Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs).

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP law firm
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design

Sheldrick, McGehee & Kohler, LLC

Jess W. Wright, ASA
Sheldrick, McGehee & Kohler, LLC
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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Sheldrick, McGehee & Kohler (SMK) is one of the largest privately held business valuation firms in the eastern U.S., specializing in ESOP valuations and feasibility studies and providing fair market valuations to meet a wide range of business needs for more than 70 years. SMK is also one of the leading providers of valuations for estate tax filings (Form 706) and gift tax filings (Form 709).

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP valuation

Vision Point Capital, Inc.

Will Rodriguez
Vision Point Capital, Inc.
Tampa, FL

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Vision Point Capital is a professional service firm that is focused on advising business owners throughout the lifecycles of their business, helping them reach their dreams and preserve their legacy. Every year, Vision Point Capital helps companies nationwide with their ESOP needs including initial transactions, annual valuation updates, ESOP feasibility, DOL audits representation, and fairness opinions. Furthermore, VPC team members are active in sponsoring and speaking at the National Center for Employee Ownership and the ESOP Association conferences.
 

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

Georgia

Applied Economics, LLC

Eric Kreimer
Applied Economics, LLC
Atlanta, GA

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 ESOP valuation firm, providing feasibility studies, transaction advisory  and due diligence, capital raise, ESOP plan implementation, due diligence, fairness opinions, and annual valuation updates.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

BDO Capital Advisors, LLC

Blake Head
BDO Capital Advisors, LLC
Atlanta, GA

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The BDO Capital ESOP Advisory team consists of professionals with a wide range of experience in investment banking, tax, valuation, benefits, and commercial banking. We help business owners understand how an ESOP may suit their exit and liquidity objectives and guide them through every step of selling their business. Our ESOP professionals work collaboratively to assess ESOP feasibility, valuation, and tax impact and advise companies through the transaction process with selection of the ESOP trustee, transaction structuring and negotiation, capital raising, benefit plan design, M&A comparative analysis, tax analysis, and accounting.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
Equity plans in a non-U.S. country
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

BMO

Leah Turnbull
BMO
Atlanta, GA

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At BMO, we bring capital and advisor in a partnership model that is customized to your needs and unique situation. BMO Corporate Advisory will work with your privately held business to help it grow, create value, and monetize wealth for shareholders and employee owners. We bring sophisticated analytics and practical advice to support executive-level decision making for companies considering acquisitions, recapitalizations, ESOPs, or an outright sale. As a nationally recognized ESOP practice, our team at BMO is dedicated to supporting employee-owned companies across all industries. Whether you’re looking to form an ESOP or need to navigate an existing plan, our professionals work with you to find the solution that allows you to maintain your legacy and support your employees while maximizing your company’s performance.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

Censeo Advisors, LLC

Adrian Loud
Censeo Advisors, LLC
Atlanta, GA

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Censeo Advisors, LLC is a professional services firm dedicated to providing economic peace of mind to clients nationwide by delivering proven business valuation, financial advisory, tangible asset appraisal, and forensic analysis services, including work performed in conjunction with employee stock ownership plan ("ESOP") needs and requirements. Our team of highly experienced and accredited practitioners assists ESOP clients and other professional service providers with feasibility, implementation, transaction due diligence, annual valuation updates, and litigation support. Please please visit our website or call us to see if we may assist you.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

GreatBanc Trust Company

Bucky Wright
GreatBanc Trust Company
Marietta, GA

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GreatBanc Trust Company is nationally recognized as a highly skilled, independent ERISA fiduciary with a specialization in ESOPs. GreatBanc provides ESOP trustee services for hundreds of ESOPs throughout the United States, with plan assets ranging from approximately $1 million to $9 billion. GreatBanc has extensive experience with ESOP purchases and sales, ESOP administration, corporate governance and ESOP valuation. Bucky Wright currently serves as Senior Vice President in the Employee Stock Ownership Plans Client Services group, managing the finance area of valuation, fairness and consideration opinions for custom engagements related to ESOPs and other fiduciary trusteeships. With 15 years of experience in financial consulting, he has structured and negotiated complex ESOP transactions.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

HLB Gross Collins. P.C.

Michael Bohling
HLB Gross Collins. P.C.
Atlanta, GA

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HLB Gross Collins, P.C. is a Top 25 CPA firm in Atlanta providing tax, audit, and advisory services to both domestic and international clients. We are committed to the growth of our clients and to becoming a trusted advisor to each client that we serve. We are a member of HLB International, ranked 8th among global accounting networks.

We have in-depth knowledge and expertise to help clients manage the opportunities and challenges of ESOPs, and we work with clients to protect assets and maximize value. Careful planning can identify new opportunities and mitigate the challenges that are unique to ESOPs. We advise and serve clients through all phases of the ESOP transaction from feasibility studies through the closing of the transaction and ongoing operations and reporting.

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory

Kyle Wishing
PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory
Atlanta, GA 30346

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At PCE, we sit at the sweet spot – where investment banking & valuation prowess meets deep ESOP knowledge. Our experts understand the unique complexities of transactions for employee-owned businesses, crafting solutions that meet both your financial goals and ESOP requirements.

Whether you're navigating M&A, valuation, restructuring, raising capital or ESOP sustainability issues, we tailor our advice to your specific ESOP structure and key objectives. Don't wait for challenges to arise – proactive ESOP management is the winning strategy. Let’s discuss how PCE can partner with you to unlock the full potential of your employee-powered enterprise.

PCE Investment Bankers is a member of FINRA & SIPC. We have area offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Orlando.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory

Paul Vogt
PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory
Atlanta, GA

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At PCE, we sit at the sweet spot – where investment banking & valuation prowess meets deep ESOP knowledge. Our experts understand the unique complexities of transactions for employee-owned businesses, crafting solutions that meet both your financial goals and ESOP requirements.

Whether you're navigating M&A, valuation, restructuring, raising capital or ESOP sustainability issues, we tailor our advice to your specific ESOP structure and key objectives. Don't wait for challenges to arise – proactive ESOP management is the winning strategy. Let’s discuss how PCE can partner with you to unlock the full potential of your employee-powered enterprise.

PCE Investment Bankers is a member of FINRA & SIPC. We have area offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Orlando.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

Michael McGinley
Prairie Capital Advisors
Atlanta, GA

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Prairie provides investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuation advisory and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Since 1996, we have helped hundreds of companies structure, value, and sustain their ESOP. We take pride in our well-earned reputation of providing independent guidance, industry expertise, and outstanding results to our clients nationwide.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

RBC Wealth Management

Leslie Lauer, Managing Director & Private Wealth Advisor
RBC Wealth Management
Atlanta, GA

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The ESOP Group at RBC Wealth Management has 30 years of experience working with business owners on the structure and sale of their privately held businesses to an ESOP. The team focuses on creating liquidity and diversification through Section 1042 tax deferral and family wealth management. Our wealth management expertise and ESOP focus have earned our clients' trust. Our mission is to provide comprehensive technical and investment knowledge that result in the delivery of our unique experience, where value exceeds expectations. The purpose of this knowledge and experience is to bring about clarity and confident decision-making to clients and their families, as well as their companies and stakeholders.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

RBC Wealth Management

Rebecca Glasgow, Managing Director & Private Wealth Advisor
RBC Wealth Management
Atlanta, GA

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The ESOP Group at RBC Wealth Management has 30 years of experience working with business owners on the structure and sale of their privately held businesses to an ESOP. The team focuses on creating liquidity and diversification through Section 1042 tax deferral and family wealth management. Our wealth management expertise and ESOP focus have earned our clients' trust. Our mission is to provide comprehensive technical and investment knowledge that result in the delivery of our unique experience, where value exceeds expectations. The purpose of this knowledge and experience is to bring about clarity and confident decision-making to clients and their families, as well as their companies and stakeholders.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

RBC Wealth Management

Curt Rubinas, Managing Director & Private Wealth Advisor
RBC Wealth Management
Atlanta, GA

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The ESOP Group at RBC Wealth Management has 30 years of experience working with business owners on the structure and sale of their privately held businesses to an ESOP. The team focuses on creating liquidity and diversification through Section 1042 tax deferral and family wealth management. Our wealth management expertise and ESOP focus have earned our clients' trust. Our mission is to provide comprehensive technical and investment knowledge that result in the delivery of our unique experience, where value exceeds expectations. The purpose of this knowledge and experience is to bring about clarity and confident decision-making to clients and their families, as well as their companies and stakeholders.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

Synovus Bank

Brad Beard
Synovus Bank
Atlanta, GA

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Southeast Regional Bank with specialty offerings through the Wholesale Bank including ESOP financing, acquisition lending and general Commercial & Industrial Banking.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Frank "Chip" Brown
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Warren Averett, LLC

Alex Hartel, CPA, CVA
Warren Averett, LLC
Roswell, GA

Warren Averett is an advisory and accounting firm focused on your business's goals. Get the accurate accounting, HR guidance, technology insight and strategic know-how you need to reach the goals you've set for your company. Warren Averett's honest advice and hundreds of specialized professionals help organizations do what matters most to them by removing the worry of technical planning, security or compliance. Our passion for our clients underscores why we do what we do. That passion remains at the core of our promise and mission to help you thrive and accomplish more of what’s important to you, always. We do that by being on and at your side—helping you make the most of opportunities to create, grow and protect value.

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP valuation

Windham Brannon, LLC

Donna Caruso
Windham Brannon, LLC.
Atlanta, GA

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Exit strategy consulting and coordination with other ESOP providers, company financial statement presentation and accounting consulting, ESOP and KSOP plan audits and compliance consulting, tax preparation.

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Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

Hawaii

Iowa

Bankers Trust Company ESOP Finance Group

Joe DeJong
Bankers Trust Company ESOP Finance Group
Des Moines, IA

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The Bankers Trust ESOP Finance team is a Midwest based, nationally focused practice that provides middle-market businesses with strategic employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) lending. Our experienced team works with customers as they plan for structural change and growth. We employ a high-touch banking experience that allows customers to focus on their business as it navigates through the cultural and financial changes brought on by transitioning from a private company to a minority or majority ESOP owned company.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

BCC Advisers

Lindy Ireland
BCC Advisers
Des Moines, IA

BCC Advisers offers valuation, transaction, and consulting services to ESOPs across the U.S. Our accredited analysts perform appraisals for transactions and annual compliance, consult on ESOP matters, and issue fairness opinions. Our approach is comprehensive and fully compliant. We are ESOP valuation experts and are committed to your company's ESOP.

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

BrownWinick Law Firm

Drew Larson
BrownWinick Law Firm
Des Moines, IA

BrownWinick Law Firm provides bold and wise legal advice to private companies and their owners as they consider setting up an ESOP and with nearly all stages of the process, including structuring transactions, plan formation, negotiating financing terms and structure, tax planning, collaborating with other advisors, experts, and independent trustees, setting up governance, and all the issues that come up in any sale transaction.

If you need someone who is able to communicate complicated issues in everyday language while also being able to tackle the complexities of ERISA and other ESOP-related laws, don’t hesitate to reach out for an initial consultation.

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Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP law firm
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

Eide Bailly, LLP

Terry Merfeld
Eide Bailly, LLP
Des Moines, IA 50309

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We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

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Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

GreatBanc Trust Company

Scot Storjohann
GreatBanc Trust Company
Elkhart, IA 50073

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Scot Storjohann is a Sr. V.P. at GreatBanc Trust and he has over 30 years of experience in the retirement plan and ESOP industry. He works with ESOP companies across the U.S. on transactions (initial, second-stage, redemptions, loan refinancing, M&A, etc.) and provides ongoing trust services once the ESOP is established. His clients range in size from the small to very large, and from very basic in structure to the most complex. He speaks regularly at local, regional and national ESOP events. He is a member of the ESOP Association, a committee member of the Fiduciary Advisory Committee, Immediate Past-President of the IA/NE Chapter of the TEA, Trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation and a member of the NCEO.

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ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

HDH Advisors LLC

Duane Tolander
HDH Advisors LLC
West Des Moines, IA

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As one of the largest boutique finance firms in the South and in the Midwest, HDH Advisors, LLC offers business appraisal, litigation support, and corporate financial services to business owners across the United States from two offices, one in Atlanta and one in Des Moines. We have been involved with ESOPs since 1995 and provide valuation services to companies in various industries. We're here to provide the expertise you can trust with decades of experience and a commitment to getting it right the first time.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
ESOP general consulting

HDH Advisors, LLC

Brian Crotty
HDH Advisors, LLC
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Mr. Crotty is a Managing Director with HDH Advisors, LLC with over twenty years of experience in business appraisals and ESOP's. Mr. Crotty was elected by his industry peers to the National American Society of Appraisers’ (“ASA”) Business Valuation Discipline Committee (2022’–2025’) and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Examiners (2022’-2023’). He was also elected and serves on the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts’ (“NACVA”) Valuation Credentialing Board (2022’–2025’). He previously served on the NACVA Standards Board (2018’-2021’). 
 

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Holmes Murphy & Associates

Steve McManus
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Waukee, IA

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Holmes Murphy is one of the largest employee-owned insurance consultants & brokers in the US. Specializing in Property & Casualty and Employee Benefits. As an employee-owned company we know that culture matters. Founded in 1932 we have perpetuated our leadership team through 4 generations by successfully providing the best experience for employees, customers, and owners.

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ESOP insurance and workers compensation
Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation

Holmes Murphy & Associates

Miles Weis
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Waukee, IA

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Holmes Murphy's dedicated ESOP Practice works closely with ESOP companies and tailors bespoke coverage and risk management solutions to provide essential protections for your unique risks.
HMA prides ourselves on selling “thinking,” not insurance. In a nutshell, we sell the cumulative knowledge and experience that make insurance and businesses work better. Holmes Murphy is a privately held, 100% employee-owned insurance agency. We serve business and industry leaders across the nation in the areas of Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Surety, Captives, Risk Management, Loss Control, and Organizational Wellbeing. Our mission is to make a difference by promoting health, protecting wealth, and delivering peace of mind.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP insurance and workers compensation

Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

Hillary Hughes
Prairie Capital Advisors
Cedar Rapids, IA

Prairie provides investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuation advisory and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Since 1996, we have helped hundreds of companies structure, value, and sustain their ESOP. We take pride in our well-earned reputation of providing independent guidance, industry expertise, and outstanding results to our clients nationwide.

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Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

Idaho

Alturas Fiduciary Services, LLC

Kayla Adams
Alturas Fiduciary Services, LLC
Boise, ID

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Kayla Adams, CPFA offers independent fiduciary services across the country to companies sponsoring ESOPs for stock sale transactions and ongoing annual trustee services.

Prior to founding Alturas, Kayla specialized in sell-side advisory overseeing project management and coordination of over 70 ESOP formations. Consulting with over 1,000 selling shareholders considering an ESOP as a business succession strategy has created a unique perspective and understanding of how to better serve our clients in the role of Trustee.

Alturas is focused on building quality partnerships with the ESOPs we serve. We earn our fees through dedicated service and commitment and our promise is to be responsive and a strong resource when our clients need us.

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ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Illinois

Acclaro Valuation Advisors

Jason Wietfeld
Acclaro Valuation Advisors
Riverside, IL

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Acclaro Valuation Advisors is a trusted business valuation firm made up of highly principled, experienced valuation professionals dedicated to clarifying the value of a business for business owners, ESOP trustees, attorneys, and other financial professionals and stakeholders. With decades of experience working with privately held and family owned businesses, we're committed to providing every client with balanced perspective, keen attention to detail, a focus on problem-solving, and consultative, professional service.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

American Working Capital, LLC

Richard May
American Working Capital, LLC
Chicago, IL 60661

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American Working Capital is a merchant bank focused on the privately held middle market of USA based firms. We function both as direct investor and as a provider of co-investment capital. We also perform a wide range of advisory services for firms contemplating change of control transactions. AWC has particular expertise in utilizing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) as a tool of corporate finance. ESOP structures facilitate ownership succession and provide an inclusive, broad based benefit plan for management and employees. Headquartered in Chicago, AWC maintains additional offices in New York, Boston and Atlanta.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

BMO

Ashley Kirchner
BMO
Chicago, IL

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At BMO, we bring capital and advisor in a partnership model that is customized to your needs and unique situation. BMO Corporate Advisory will work with your privately held business to help it grow, create value, and monetize wealth for shareholders and employee owners. We bring sophisticated analytics and practical advice to support executive-level decision making for companies considering acquisitions, recapitalizations, ESOPs, or an outright sale. As a nationally recognized ESOP practice, our team at BMO is dedicated to supporting employee-owned companies across all industries. Whether you’re looking to form an ESOP or need to navigate an existing plan, our professionals work with you to find the solution that allows you to maintain your legacy and support your employees while maximizing your company’s performance.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

Chartwell

Will Bloom
Chartwell
Chicago, IL

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Ryan Rassin
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Dan Kaczmarek
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60606

Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

CIBC Bank USA

Jim Rolfe
CIBC Bank USA
Chicago, IL

CIBC Bank USA, headquartered in Chicago, IL, works with middle market companies throughout the U.S. providing specialized financing solutions, treasury management services and other ancillary banking services (i.e. Wealth Management, Private Banking, Derivative Products, Capital Markets including Investment Banking) to our clients. Our clients tend to be 2nd/3rd generation family owned businesses seeking financing in the $10 million - $100 million range. In addition to lending to traditional manufacturers, distributors and service companies, we also do a significant amount of business with private equity firms (for new platforms and add-ons) and for ESOP transactions.

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ESOP financing and investment banking

ComStock Advisors

John O'Brien
ComStock Advisors
Itasca, IL 60143

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ComStock Advisors is a national financial advisory firm that specializes in business valuations. The main focus of ComStock is the valuation
of capital stock for Employee Stock Ownership Plans, estate planning and gifting transactions, estate tax, and merger & acquisition transactions, and relate corporate advisory services. ComStock Advisors also provide turnkey structuring services for implementing ESOP transactions and litigation support services.

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ESOP valuation

Duff & Phelps Opinions Practice of Kroll, LLC

Elyse Bluth
Chicago, IL

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With completing over 1000 assignments, we are the firm of choice for fairness opinions, valuing stock, structuring, and raising financing in ESOP transactions and addressing ongoing financial issues. A pioneer in ESOP planning and transaction execution, we guide principals, companies and fiduciaries through the complex financial and valuation implications of the financial, regulatory and tax aspects of these transactions.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Equitable Edge Services LLC

Paul Trost
Equitable Edge Services LLC
Chicago, IL 60618

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Navigating ownership transition and ESOP fiduciary matters for your company and employees

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

ESOP Structuring Specialists, Inc.

Peter Abrahamson
ESOP Structuring Specialists, Inc.
Lake Barrington, IL

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Peter is the founder of ESOP Structuring Specialists, Inc., a sell side ESOP advisory firm focused on designing and implementing optimal ESOP structures for companies and their owners. Es2 also provides mature ESOP consulting services to management teams and company boards with respect to strategic value issues, ESOP repurchase liability and capital allocation topics. Peter has been providing ESOP advisory services for 18 years and he has spoken at numerous conferences regarding advanced ESOP valuation and transaction structuring topics.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Rick Pearl
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Chicago, IL 60606

Faegre Drinker is a top 50 firm designed for clients. With a team of attorneys focused on the ERISA, tax, corporate, securities and banking laws that affect ESOP transactions, our ESOP practice group at Faegre Drinker has a proven record of success in this important area of legal services. Effectively integrating the many disciplines that bear on successful plans, we provide proactive, innovative solutions that help companies, fiduciaries and selling shareholders achieve their goals while complying with the legal requirements involved in the implementation and maintenance of an ESOP.

Listed under:
Employee communications
ESOP law firm
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
ESOP valuation

Fiocchi McCarthy ESOP Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Meredith Fiocchi
Fiocchi McCarthy ESOP Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Schaumburg, IL

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Our group is dedicated to educating business owners. We cover everything from very early ESOP 101 education through advanced execution of Section 1042 tax deferral. I have spoken on a local, regional and national level for the NCEO and the ESOP Association, where I serve on the National Advisory Committee for Ownership Culture. We help clients execute Section 1042 tax deferral by assisting with portfolio buildout and monetization loans when appropriate.

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Employee education and financial advice
Equity compensation employee financial advice
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

First American Bank

Jamie Walrack
First American Bank
Elk Grove Village, IL

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First American Bank is a privately-held financial institution that has been providing financing to ESOP companies nationwide for more than 25 years. Our experienced team of ESOP lenders have a strong knowledge across a broad range of industries and place a high emphasis on customer service. As an ESOP ourselves, First American Bank understands the value of being employee-owned.

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ESOP financing and investment banking

GreatBanc Trust Company

Kevin Kolb
GreatBanc Trust Company
Lisle, IL

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GreatBanc Trust Company is nationally recognized as a highly skilled, independent ERISA fiduciary with a specialization in ESOPs. GreatBanc provides ESOP trustee services for hundreds of ESOPs throughout the United States, with plan assets ranging from roughly $1 million to $9 billion. GreatBanc has extensive experience with ESOP purchases and sales, ESOP administration, corporate governance and ESOP valuation. Kevin Kolb currently serves as Sr. Vice President in the ESOP Client Services group, focusing on managing client relationships and ESOP transactions. Mr. Kolb has a LL.M degree in employee benefits and a juris doctor from The John Marshall Law School, experience in 100+ transactions and has handled the negotiation, structure of purchases and sales of both private & public companies

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

GreatBanc Trust Company

Patrick DeCraene
GreatBanc Trust Company
Lisle, IL

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GreatBanc Trust Company is nationally recognized as a highly skilled, independent ERISA fiduciary with a specialization in ESOPs. GreatBanc provides ESOP trustee services for hundreds of ESOPs throughout the United States, with plan assets ranging from roughly $1 million to $9 billion. GreatBanc has extensive experience with ESOP purchases and sales, ESOP administration, corporate governance and ESOP valuation. Patrick DeCraene currently serves as Sr. Vice President in the Employee Stock Ownership Plans Client Services group. He manages business development for custom engagements for ESOPs and fiduciary trusteeships. He has extensive experience in the design and administration of qualified and non-qualified plans, including ESOPs, defined benefit, 401(k), profit sharing and 403(b) plans.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

GreatBanc Trust Company

Mitchell Miller
GreatBanc Trust Company
Lisle, IL 60532

GreatBanc Trust Company is nationally recognized as a highly skilled, independent ERISA fiduciary with a specialization in ESOPs. GreatBanc provides ESOP trustee services for hundreds of ESOPs throughout the United States, with plan assets ranging from approximately $1 million to $9 billion. GreatBanc has extensive experience with ESOP purchases and sales, ESOP administration, corporate governance and ESOP valuation.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

GreatBanc Trust Company

Steve Ryan
GreatBanc Trust Company
Lisle, IL 60532

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ESOP Trustee

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Holland & Knight LLP

Grant McCorkhill
Holland & Knight LLP
Chicago, IL

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Grant McCorkhill specializes in representing companies, sellers, trustees and lenders in all aspects of ESOP transactions. He has worked for many years representing companies and ESOP trustees in structuring, negotiating and closing ESOP transactions. He also represents both lenders and borrowers in ESOP finance transactions, including single bank and syndicated transactions.

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ESOP law firm

Holland & Knight LLP

Renee Lewis
Holland & Knight LLP
Chicago, IL

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Renee Lewis is a partner in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and a member of the firm's Financial Services Practice Group. Renee is the co-chair of the firm's ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plans) practice. Renee advises company executives and owners on strategically structuring complex financing transactions. Her practice focuses on counsel for financial institutions, privately held companies and trustees in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of ESOP transactions, which may entail leveraged buyouts, equity repurchases and corporate reorganizations. Renee speaks regularly at national and local conferences on ESOP matters.

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Equity compensation law firm
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

Ice Miller LLP

Kathleen Scheidt
Ice Miller LLP
Chicago, IL

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Ice Miller LLP is a full service law firm dedicated to helping clients stay ahead of a changing world. Ice Miller professionals advise a broad range of clients on all aspects of complex legal issues across more than 20 practice areas. Kathleen Scheidt is a partner in Ice Miller’s Chicago office. She collaborates with clients throughout the country (and around the world for those with employees outside the country) on ESOP and other employee benefits and executive compensation matters.

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Employee communications
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
Equity plans for multinationals
ESOP law firm

J.P. Morgan

Regina Carls
J.P. Morgan
Chicago, IL

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J.P. Morgan's ESOP Advisory Group is dedicated to assisting bankers and their privately held clients evaluate the benefits of selling stock to an ESOP as an alternative to an outright sale of stock, a leveraged recapitalization, or an IPO. This group helps make J.P. Morgan more than just a financing source for ESOP transactions; with more than 100 years of collective experience, we can help you structure financing that not only provides strategic & financial benefits to your business, but also aligns with your long-term ownership strategy.

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ESOP financing and investment banking

Krieg DeVault

Bill Merten
Krieg DeVault
Chicago, IL 60602

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“Bill Merten is a Partner at Krieg DeVault in its Employee Benefits and ESOP practices. He has authored numerous articles and has been recognized by leading publications such as Martindale-Hubbell, American Lawyer Media, Super Lawyers, The Legal 500, and Leading Lawyers Network. He advises corporations, shareholders, directors, ESOP trustees and various professionals regarding the use of ESOPs and related strategies including management buyouts, ownership succession, private equity transactions, going-private transactions, ESOP company sales, and mergers & acquisitions. Bill speaks frequently for various organizations and has served as an executive compensation professor for DePaul University's Masters of Law in Taxation program.”

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Equity compensation plan design
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC

David Solomon
Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
Chicago, IL

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Levenfeld Pearlstein has extensive experience in the legal and financial issues involved in the formation and administration of ESOPs and has represented clients throughout the United States in various aspects of ESOP transactions. Our attorneys are nationally recognized for their experience in working with owners who have sold their business to an ESOP and for their skill in assisting ESOP companies comply with the complex laws and regulations involved in the administration of their plans. We also have experience restructuring companies wishing to form an ESOP to fully realize preferential tax benefits available to them, as well as representing fiduciaries in various types of transactions involving ESOPs, including acquisitions and divestitures involving the plan sponsor and termination.

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ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm

Loop Capital Financial Consulting Services, LLC

Steven Sherman
Loop Capital Financial Consulting Services, LLC
Chicago, IL 60604

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The Loop Capital team has undertaken over 1,000 valuation and quality-of-earnings related projects over the past 10 years. This has included for ESOP’s advisory projects in support of independent boards, expert testimony including on behalf of the Department of Labor, and Solvency/Fairness Opinions. Our team is led by Steve Sherman who spent over 30 years at KPMG LLP. During his last eight years there, he led their global valuations business, overseeing a network of 1,200 professionals in more than 50 countries.

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation
Independent board member

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Theodore Becker
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Chicago, IL

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Ted is a partner in McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He focuses on employee benefits and ERISA litigation and has special expertise relating to ESOPs. For thirty years, Ted has defended some of the highest-profile lawsuits involving ESOPs. He represents ERISA and ESOP plan sponsor companies, their directors and officers, plan fiduciaries, administrators, investment advisors, and other service providers in a wide variety of matters, including U.S. Department of Labor investigations and lawsuits brought by plan participants and the DOL.

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ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm

Menke & Associates, Inc.

Matt Nels
Menke & Associates, Inc.
Evanston, IL

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Menke & Associates, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and most active firm dedicated to designing, installing, financing, and administering ESOPs.  We provide comprehensive ESOP services that include feasibility analysis, investment banking services, legal services, and plan administration services. We have installed over 3,500 ESOPs since 1974, and we have designed, installed and  administered ESOPs in all 50 states.  

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ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Brian Hector
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Chicago, IL

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Morgan Lewis has one of the largest interdisciplinary teams of lawyers in the United States dedicated to advising public and private companies, family businesses, private equity groups, lenders, and fiduciaries involved with ESOP transactions. We advise clients on M&As of ESOP companies and companies using ESOPs for shareholder liquidity, and counsel boards of directors of ESOP companies on their fiduciary duties. Regarding ERISA, we advise companies and fiduciaries on regulatory matters affecting an ESOP and counsel boards of directors of ESOP companies and fiduciaries involved in DOL investigations or litigations.

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Equity compensation law firm
ESOP general consulting

PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory

Eric Zaleski
PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory
Hoffman Estates, IL

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At PCE, we sit at the sweet spot – where investment banking & valuation prowess meets deep ESOP knowledge. Our experts understand the unique complexities of transactions for employee-owned businesses, crafting solutions that meet both your financial goals and ESOP requirements.

Whether you're navigating M&A, valuation, restructuring, raising capital or ESOP sustainability issues, we tailor our advice to your specific ESOP structure and key objectives. Don't wait for challenges to arise – proactive ESOP management is the winning strategy. Let’s discuss how PCE can partner with you to unlock the full potential of your employee-powered enterprise.

PCE Investment Bankers is a member of FINRA & SIPC. We have area offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Orlando.

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Peak Wealth Planning, LLC

Peter Newman
Peak Wealth Planning, LLC
Champaign, IL

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Peak Wealth Planning helps ESOP participants with large balances gain confidence in their retirement planning. We help with critical decisions about diversification of your ESOP beginning at age 55 and create plans to invest your money for steady retirement income. Through our financial planning process we advise on what age you can comfortably retire, when to take social security, whether to pay off your mortgage, help you get a will done, and plan for your children’s future. We work with your CPA and estate attorney to minimize your taxes. Peter Newman, CFA founded the firm in 2014 as a fee only registered investment advisor. Contact Peter and the Peak Wealth team to gain confidence in your financial future.

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Equity compensation employee financial advice

Pendo Advisors, LLC

Peter Aliferis
Pendo Advisors, LLC
Chicago, IL

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Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation
Independent board member

PNC Bank

Thomas Clarke
PNC Bank
Chicago, IL 60606

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The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC) is a leading relationship-based provider of traditional banking solutions and services for its Corporate Banking clients. PNC proudly delivers ESOP Solutions as part of its full suite of Corporate & Institutional Banking services. Our ESOP experience includes full and partial leveraged ESOP transactions, follow-on transactions, and providing relationship-focused banking solutions to companies navigating corporate finance transactions with the added complexity of ESOP ownership.

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ESOP financing and investment banking

Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

Franco Silva
Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
Chicago, IL

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Prairie provides investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuation advisory and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Since 1996, we have helped hundreds of companies structure, value, and sustain their ESOP. We take pride in our well-earned reputation of providing independent guidance, industry expertise, and outstanding results to our clients nationwide.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

Dave Diehl
Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

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Prairie provides investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuation advisory and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Since 1996, we have helped hundreds of companies structure, value, and sustain their ESOP. We take pride in our well-earned reputation of providing independent guidance, industry expertise, and outstanding results to our clients nationwide.

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Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

Rocky Fiore
Prairie Capital Advisors
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Prairie provides investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuation advisory and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Since 1996, we have helped hundreds of companies structure, value, and sustain their ESOP. We take pride in our well-earned reputation of providing independent guidance, industry expertise, and outstanding results to our clients nationwide.

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Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

SC Stone Consulting

Steve Stone
SC Stone Consulting
Breese, IL

SC Stone Consulting offers full service ESOP administration and consulting services to small privately-held ESOP companies. Mr. Stone has over 30 years of experience helping ESOP owned companies design, manage and administer employee stock ownership plans. 

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ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

TI-TRUST

Brian Ippensen
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL

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Building on over 65 years of experience, TI-TRUST, Inc. is a leading provider of fiduciary services for ESOPs, 401ks, Personal Trust, Wealth Managment, and Farm Services. With solid core values and decades of proven commitment to high ethical standards, our experienced team of financial, legal, and administrative professionals is dedicated to earning and maintaining the trust and confidence of our clients.

Today, TI-TRUST is a regulated financial services entity, has a dedicated team of individuals with locations in five states, and more than $17 billion in assets under management. We are an employee-owned company with our own ESOP.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Marilyn Crim
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL 62305

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Jennifer Gordley
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL 62305

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Betsy Gustison
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL 62305

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Kimberly Serbin
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Jennifer Sousa
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL 62305

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Teresa Daggett
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Elizabeth Di Cola
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Oak Brook, IL

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TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service. Elizabeth Di Cola brings over 30 years' experience as a corporate finance professional, attorney and commercial lender to her trustee work with TI-TRUST.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Craig Baker
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Kelly Poncé
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Building on 65 years of experience, TI-TRUST offers clients comprehensive fiduciary services for employee benefit plans, including ESOPs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and Nonqualified Plans.

TI-TRUST proudly enjoys a reputation as a “high-touch” client centered fiduciary service provider. Our flexibility allows us to offer service solutions whether we serve as trustee, custodian, or consultant.

With a clear understanding of the industry’s many rules and regulations, TI-TRUST is able to successfully navigate complex fiduciary matters. Our strong team brings diversified skill sets, attention to detail, and unparalleled expertise that seamlessly integrate all our services and products to make your employee benefit program successful.

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ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

TI-TRUST, Inc.

Dawn Goestenkors
TI-TRUST, Inc.
Quincy, IL

TI-TRUST, Inc., providing trust services since 1956, offers a comprehensive range of trustee services including ESOP, 401(k), custodial, and estate planning services. As a well recognized, institutional provider of specialized fiduciary and trustee services for ERISA retirement plans and their sponsors, we have a specialized, nationally recognized expertise in employee stock ownership plans. Our highly skilled, dedicated team of industry professionals allows TI-TRUST to provide the highest quality fiduciary services designed to meet the complex and rigorous requirements of both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

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ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
Independent board member

Vedder Price PC

Chris Buch
Vedder Price PC
Chicago, IL

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Christopher Buch has a multidisciplinary practice that focuses on a variety of employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), executive compensation and employee benefits matters.

Chris represents plan sponsors, ESOP trustees, selling shareholders, ESOP committees, lending institutions, private equity firms and other fiduciaries in connection with all types of ESOP matters. He is frequently called upon to assist his clients with ownership succession transactions, going-private transactions, management buyouts, corporate conversions, releveragings, ESOP company sales and transactions involving private equity.

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Equity compensation law firm
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP law firm

Verit Advisors LLC

Mary Sullivan Josephs
Verit Advisors LLC
Chicago, IL

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Verit Advisors unites sophisticated investment banking capabilities with a client-centric boutique, fluent in ESOPs, debt and equity capital markets, fairness opinions, board advisory work, and mergers and acquisitions. Verit's unbiased advice and custom solutions drive successful outcomes while alleviating transaction obstacles. Verit's team has successfully completed hundreds of transactions on a national basis across a multitude of industries. Our team has the breadth, ability, expertise, and independence to design a unique transaction for each situation. Whether new or existing ESOP companies, our clients utilize our portfolio of debt, equity, ESOP, M&A, and finance solutions to best understand strategies to optimize shareholder value over time.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Verit Advisors LLC

Jake Cravens
Verit Advisors LLC
Chicago, IL 60602

Verit Advisors unites sophisticated investment banking capabilities with a client centric boutique, fluent in ESOPs, debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, and board advisory services. Verit, founded in 2009 and based in Chicago, IL, works with clients nationally in evaluating and executing strategic alternatives. Integrity, teamwork, service, and innovation are at the heart of the organization, as Verit strives to provide independent, unparalleled advice and custom solutions to its clients.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

Verit Advisors LLC

John Solimine
Verit Advisors LLC
Chicago, IL 60602

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Verit Advisors unites sophisticated investment banking capabilities with a client centric boutique, fluent in ESOPs, debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, and board advisory services. Verit, founded in 2009 and based in Chicago, IL, works with clients nationally in evaluating and executing strategic alternatives. Integrity, teamwork, service, and innovation are at the heart of the organization, as Verit strives to provide independent, unparalleled advice and custom solutions to its clients.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

Wells Fargo

Kim Abello
Wells Fargo
Chicago, IL

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Wells Fargo seeks to satisfy all of our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. With over 400 existing ESOP customers, Wells Fargo is one of the leaders in lending to ESOP companies nationally. Through our regional commercial banking offices we serve customers in all parts of the country. Our ESOP expertise includes financing initial ESOP purchases, refinancing seller debt, second stage ESOP transactions, acquisitions by ESOP companies, and repurchase obligation funding. We also offer a complete platform of traditional banking and brokerage products, including investment banking services, asset based lending, wealth management, and equipment finance. 

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

Wintrust ESOP Finance

James Swabowski
Wintrust ESOP Finance
Rosemont, IL

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Our experienced professionals provide financing for ESOP-owned companies in a variety of industries throughout the U.S. Our experts partner with businesses to ensure a smooth transition to employee ownership and remain active throughout the life cycle of the company. We understand that, as your financing partner, the needs of our clients do not stop at just the ESOP transaction. Our relationship-focused approach, paired with the resources of a multi-billion dollar financial services company, allows our lenders to support clients as they transform through many economic and business cycles.

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ESOP financing and investment banking

Wintrust ESOP Finance

Patrick Stoltz
Wintrust ESOP Finance
Rosemont, IL

Wintrust is a leading financial services company with sophisticated tools to assist clients with long-term business needs, day-to-day operations as well as personal financial goals. Our solutions include traditional banking services for commercial lending, asset based lending, treasury management, international services, wealth management, capital markets, and equipment finance. Our experienced and relationship oriented ESOP professionals provide financing for ESOP-owned companies in a variety of industries throughout the United States. We remain involved throughout the lifecycle of the company, from the initial transaction and second stage transactions, to the refinancing of seller debt and repurchase obligations.

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ESOP financing and investment banking

Indiana

Blue & Co., LLC

Brad Minor
Blue & Co., LLC
Carmel, IN

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Business valuations and feasibility studies for ESOP purposes for:
Construction/Contractors
Small and Medium Manufacturing
Distribution and Wholesale
Retail
Convenience Stores
Professional Services
Agribusiness
Healthcare
 

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ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Philip Gutwein
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Faegre Drinker is a top 50 firm designed for clients. With a team of attorneys focused on the ERISA, tax, corporate, securities and banking laws that affect ESOP transactions, our ESOP practice group at Faegre Drinker has a proven record of success in this important area of legal services. Effectively integrating the many disciplines that bear on successful plans, we provide proactive, innovative solutions that help companies, fiduciaries and selling shareholders achieve their goals while complying with the legal requirements involved in the implementation and maintenance of an ESOP.

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Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

GreatBanc Trust Company

Dave Van Ness
GreatBanc Trust Company
Carmel, IN 46032

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GreatBanc Trust Company is nationally recognized as a highly skilled, independent ERISA fiduciary with a specialization in ESOPs. GreatBanc provides ESOP trustee services for hundreds of ESOPs throughout the United States, with plan assets ranging from approximately $1 million to $9 billion. GreatBanc has extensive experience with ESOP purchases and sales, ESOP administration, corporate governance and ESOP valuation.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Horizon Trust & Investment Management

Dave Van Ness
Horizon Trust & Investment Management
Carmel, IN

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Dave Van Ness is an ESOP Trust Officer for Horizon Trust & Investment Management in Carmel, IN. Horizon serves as an Independent Trustee for a wide variety of ESOP companies across the United States. Along with belonging to NCEO, Dave is a member of the Horizon ESOP Committee, Indiana Chapter of The ESOP Association, The ESOP Association's Administrative Committee and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center. Dave has over 25 years of experience in the Employee Benefit field including compliance, auditing, administration and trust work. He graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Accounting and passed the CPA exam in 1989.

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ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
ESOP general consulting
Employee participation
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Jackie Salmon Consulting

Jackie Salmon
Jackie Salmon Consulting
Indianapolis, IN 46206

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With over 30 years ESOP experience, Jackie is now consulting with ESOP companies and their CEO/CFOs, as well as assisting in educating and training those involved with ESOPs in any respect. She is also on the boards of ESOP companies.

Listed under:
Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
Independent board member

Katz, Sapper & Miller

Andy Manchir
Katz, Sapper & Miller
Indianapolis, IN

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The professionals of KSM combine the depth of ESOP Valuation and Financial Advisory experience with the breadth that comes from the firm's position as a leader in the areas of advisory, tax, and audit services. KSM knows the value and challenges of an ESOP firsthand. Since implementing our own ESOP in 2001, we have benefited from the same values and overcome the same obstacles that you may face. We understand the distinct opportunities an ESOP provides and know the importance of having knowledgeable, trusted advisors on your side. KSM serves as business, tax, accounting, consulting, and valuation advisors to employee-owned companies across a variety of industries. Our in-depth knowledge, experience, and resources help manage an ESOP's many moving parts, protect assets, and provide innovative ideas and guidance to navigate this complex plan structure. 

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Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Katz, Sapper & Miller

Dan Rosio
Katz, Sapper & Miller
Indianapolis, IN

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The professionals of KSM combine the depth of ESOP Valuation and Financial Advisory experience with the breadth that comes from the firm's position as a leader in the areas of advisory, tax, and audit services. KSM knows the value and challenges of an ESOP firsthand. Since implementing our own ESOP in 2001, we have benefited from the same values and overcome the same obstacles that you may face. We understand the distinct opportunities an ESOP provides and know the importance of having knowledgeable, trusted advisors on your side. KSM serves as business, tax, accounting, consulting, and valuation advisors to employee-owned companies across a variety of industries. Our in-depth knowledge, experience, and resources help manage an ESOP's many moving parts, protect assets, and provide innovative ideas and guidance to navigate this complex plan structure. 

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Katz, Sapper & Miller

Mark Flinchum
Katz, Sapper & Miller
Indianapolis, IN

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The professionals of KSM combine the depth of ESOP Valuation and Financial Advisory experience with the breadth that comes from the firm's position as a leader in the areas of advisory, tax, and audit services. KSM knows the value and challenges of an ESOP firsthand. Since implementing our own ESOP in 2001, we have benefited from the same values and overcome the same obstacles that you may face. We understand the distinct opportunities an ESOP provides and know the importance of having knowledgeable, trusted advisors on your side. KSM serves as business, tax, accounting, consulting, and valuation advisors to employee-owned companies across a variety of industries. Our in-depth knowledge, experience, and resources help manage an ESOP's many moving parts, protect assets, and provide innovative ideas and guidance to navigate this complex plan structure. 

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP

Zach Kubly
Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP
Indianapolis, IN

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The professionals of KSM combine the depth of ESOP Valuation and Financial Advisory experience with the breadth that comes from the firm's position as a leader in the areas of advisory, tax, and audit services. KSM knows the value and challenges of an ESOP firsthand. Since implementing our own ESOP in 2001, we have benefited from the same values and overcome the same obstacles that you may face. We understand the distinct opportunities an ESOP provides and know the importance of having knowledgeable, trusted advisors on your side. KSM serves as business, tax, accounting, consulting, and valuation advisors to employee-owned companies across a variety of industries. Our in-depth knowledge, experience, and resources help manage an ESOP's many moving parts, protect assets, and provide innovative ideas and guidance to navigate this complex plan structure.

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Krieg DeVault LLP

Alexander Mounts
Krieg DeVault LLP
Indianapolis, IN

Krieg DeVault is a leader in structuring ESOP transactions throughout the United States. Since 1985, Krieg DeVault has developed one of the largest and most sophisticated ESOP practices in the country. Our ESOP attorneys co-authored the "S" corporation ESOP legislation and implemented the first ESOP sponsored by an "S" corporation. Our clients include plan sponsors, trustees, offices and board of Directors. Founded in 1870, Krieg DeVault provides clients of all sizes with the highest level of service.

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ESOP law firm

Krieg DeVault LLP

Fenton Strickland
Krieg DeVault LLP
Indianapolis, IN

Krieg DeVault's ESOP practice features more than 100 years of combined experience counseling clients in a wide range of industries on ESOP-related matters. The firm represents companies, boards of directors, shareholders, banks and trustees and other fiduciaries in ESOP design and implementation, buy and sell transactions and plan administration, corporate governance, litigation and more. Our attorneys also deliver services relating to other benefit plans and various executive compensation arrangements. Krieg is a premier business-focused law firm founded in Indianapolis more than 140 years ago.

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Equity compensation law firm
ESOP law firm

SIGMA Appraisal

Randa Doleh
SIGMA Appraisal
Evansville, IN

Description

SIGMA Appraisal is the solution when you need to make data-driven decisions about your assets. We use our proprietary systems that leverage metrics from thousands of actual, observed sales transactions, combined with our 20+ years of industry experience, to help you quantify the true market value of your assets.

Our USPAP certified reports are the industry standard for financial and equipment divestment decision making. Our appraisers are designated with the American Society of Appraisers and abide by the highest ethics and performance standards set forth by the Appraisal Foundation

 

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
ESOP valuation

Stokastique LLC

Thomas Totten
Stokastique LLC
Carmel, IN

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Stokastique's founders are ex CEO's of a mature ESOP and have consulted and served on boards of ESOP's. Our specialty is to help clients keep the ESOP indefinitely. We do this by performing robust actuarial repurchase studies that are unparalleled in the industry. We also treat ESOP's as a pension plan that require funding and we model funding based upon actuarial techniques.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
Independent board member

Kansas

C5 Business Advisors, LLC

Stephanie Klingzell Carlin, ASA
C5 Business Advisors, LLC
Salina, KS

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C5 Business Advisors is committed to helping owners understand the value of their business by providing business valuation, business coaching, and ownership transition services. C5 Business Advisors helps business owners understand and increase the value of their business, beyond the numbers, so they can move forward in their pursuit of success with significance.

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Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
ESOP valuation
Independent board member

Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

Melissa Goetz
Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
Overland Park, KS

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Prairie provides investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuation advisory and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Since 1996, we have helped hundreds of companies structure, value, and sustain their ESOP. We take pride in our well-earned reputation of providing independent guidance, industry expertise, and outstanding results to our clients nationwide.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Kentucky

C. Johnston Cramer, III, PLLC

John Cramer
C. Johnston Cramer, III, PLLC
Lexington, KY

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Primary business advisory and law practice focus: Formation of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and merger and acquisition and other transactions involving ESOP-owned companies. Beyond primary focus areas, general ESOP law matters. Nationwide focus with particular attention since 2013 to middle market companies located in Southern California. In addition to NCEO Membership, a Professional Member of The ESOP Association; former Associate Member and current active participant in activities of the ESOP Association Legal & Regulatory Advisory Committee; Member of the American and Kentucky Bar Associations and the ABA Business Law Section. Since 2011, I have worked on ESOP formation transactions and other ESOP matters involving approximately $860,000,000 in total transaction value.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

Canavera Financial Group, LLC

Clifford Canavera, CFP®, MBA
Canavera Financial Group, LLC
Louisville, KY

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Canavera Financial Group, LLC is a financial planning and investment advisory practice for both individuals and businesses, with particular emphasis on employee-owned companies. We provide a wide range of professional services, such as strategic planning, exit strategy/financial/legacy planning and implementation for the outgoing owners, Section 1042 rollover planning, compensation planning, and repurchase obligation strategy development. Much of our work is on the development of strategies for the proactive management and funding of repurchase obligation so as to increase sustainability of the company and provide for employee-owners to thrive in their business and personal lives. See my website for pertinent regulatory disclosures and disclaimers.

Listed under:
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

CSG Partners

George Thacker
CSG Partners
Louisville, KY

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Recognized by M&A Advisor and the Atlas Awards with multiple Deal of the Year honors, George has advised some of the nation’s largest ESOP companies.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

FORVIS, LLP

Cara Benningfield
FORVIS, LLP
Bowling Green, KY 42101

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

FORVIS, LLP

Angela Fisher
FORVIS, LLP
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.

Tim Jamison
Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
Louisville, KY

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Prairie provides investment banking, ESOP advisory, valuation advisory and financial reporting valuations to support the growth and ownership transition strategies of middle-market companies. Since 1996, we have helped hundreds of companies structure, value, and sustain their ESOP. We take pride in our well-earned reputation of providing independent guidance, industry expertise, and outstanding results to our clients nationwide.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Retirement Management Services, LLC

Amber Lloyd, APA, CFP®, CMFC, ERPA
Retirement Management Services, LLC
Louisville, KY 40243

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Amber M. Lloyd, Managing Member and Owner of RMS, began her career in retirement plan administration and consulting in 1994. She is credentialed as an Accredited Pension Administrator and an Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent. Throughout her 29 years in the retirement field, she has worked on all types of retirement programs, including both qualified and nonqualified plans and often speaks on retirement plan topics. Amber is an active member of the National Institute of Pension Administrators, the ESOP Association (where she currently serves on the advisory group for the OH/KY Chapter). Amber currently devotes most of her time to new business development, consulting on 401(k), Profit Sharing, and Employee Stock Ownership Plans and heads up the firm’s ESOP Practice Group.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Retirement Management Services, LLC

Laura Lyvers, CPA, QKA
Retirement Management Services, LLC
Louisville, KY

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Founded in 1997, we are an independent, fee-based, third party administrator and consulting firm for hundreds of qualified plans in 26 states. Our ESOP Practice Group can assist employers with feasibility studies, plan design, repurchase obligation analysis, ongoing administration, and compliance services. We work closely with employers and their advisors to make sure all of their retirement plans operate smoothly, while continuing to fit their human resource and business objectives.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Retirement Management Services, LLC

Andrea Bennett, QPA, QKA, ERPA
Retirement Management Services, LLC
Louisville, KY 40243

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Founded in 1997, we are an independent, fee-based, third party administrator and consulting firm for hundreds of qualified plans in 26 states. Our ESOP Practice Group can assist employers with feasibility studies, plan design, repurchase obligation analysis, ongoing administration, and compliance services. We work closely with employers and their advisors to make sure all of their retirement plans operate smoothly, while continuing to fit their human resource and business objectives.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Retirement Management Services, LLC

Greg Glasscock, QKA
Retirement Management Services, LLC
Louisville, KY 40243

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Founded in 1997, we are an independent, fee-based, third party administrator and consulting firm for hundreds of qualified plans in 26 states. Our ESOP Practice Group can assist employers with feasibility studies, plan design, repurchase obligation analysis, ongoing administration, and compliance services. We work closely with employers and their advisors to make sure all of their retirement plans operate smoothly, while continuing to fit their human resource and business objectives.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

SCJ Fiduciary Services

Kjersti Cory, MBA – Independent Trustee
SCJ Fiduciary Services
Smithfield, KY 40068

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Kjersti Cory is an Independent Trustee on the SCJ Fiduciary Team. With her 25+ years of ESOP experience, Kjersti joined the team in July of 2022 and has been an asset to our team ever since. Having worked for ESOP companies since the 1990's, Great Banc Trust Company, and even opening the Illinois office for Bankers Trust Company ESOP Services, we consider her an expert in all things ESOP. Ms. Cory specializes in the implementation of new ESOPs, second-stage ESOP transactions, redemption and sales transactions, mergers and acquisitions, as well as refinancing, restructuring, bankruptcy and liquidation transactions. Kjersti graduated from the University of Missouri where she earned her degree in business administration with an emphasis on finance. She later went on to earn her MBA from Quincy University.

Listed under:
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

SCJ Fiduciary Services

Stephen C. James, CPA – Independent Trustee
SCJ Fiduciary Services
Smithfield, KY

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Steve James is the Founder and an Independent Trustee for the SCJ Fiduciary Services Team.  He founded the company in Louisville, KY in 2008. Steve spent many years practicing in public accounting for CPA firms, and afterwards served as a Controller, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and Chief Operation Officer (COO) for several companies. Amongst his accomplishments during his almost 36-year tenure as a finance professional, Steve introduced Employee Ownership to Mortenson Family Dental (now Mortenson Dental Partners), one of the first Dental Practice ESOPs in America. In 2019, he left Mortenson   to focus 100% of his time towards his passion for Employee Ownership. Steve has overseen hundreds of ESOP formations and transactions and now serves as trustee for Employee-Owned Companies across America.  Steve graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1988.

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Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
Independent board member

SCJ Fiduciary Services

Drew Schaefer, CPA – Independent Trustee
SCJ Fiduciary Services
Smithfield, KY 40068

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Drew Schaefer maximizes the SCJ Fiduciary Team as an Independent Trustee and Director of Finance. He joined the team full-time in 2018 and prior to that was engaged on an as needed basis for his financial expertise since 2015. Drew's expertise in finance comes from his impressive past experience as a Financial Analyst and Controller. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 2007.

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ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Louisiana

Chaffe & Associates, Inc.

Marc Katsanis, CPA/ABV, CFA, CPVA
Chaffe & Associates, Inc.
New Orleans, LA

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Chaffe & Associates, Inc. provides valuation and merger and acquisition services to public and private companies, family-owned partnerships, and limited-liability companies in a wide range of industries across the United States. Whether Chaffe's client is pursuing the valuation for tax or corporate planning, a company sale, financial reporting, litigation support, issuance of employee stock options (409A) or employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), Chaffe documents every detail to provide a rational, defensible basis for the valuation. All these factors combine to make valuations fair, accurate, and able to withstand rigorous scrutiny.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation
Equity compensation valuation

Massachusetts

CSG Partners

David Blauzvern
CSG Partners
Boston, MA

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An award-winning leveraged ESOP expert, David advises middle-market firms across New England and beyond. His industry specializations include construction, healthcare, media, staffing, and technology.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

E.J. Callahan & Associates, LLC

Steve Zaremba
E.J. Callahan & Associates, LLC
Woburn, MA

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The partners at E.J. Callahan & Associates (EJC) have been serving ESOP companies for over a decade. EJC assists clients through every step of the ESOP process, ensuring that the best result is achieved for all stakeholders. EJC also specializes in ESOP and other ERISA employee benefit plan audits.

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ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation accounting

Gillis Consulting

Melisa Gillis
Gillis Consulting
Danvers, MA

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Gillis Consulting (GC) offers organizational development, leadership, and team coaching. Leadership teams are pivotal to organizational success and therefore we focus our engagements with executive and senior leadership teams to drive and sustain high levels of engagement and performance for all.

As founder of GC, Melisa brings more than 35 years of organizational development work as consultant and senior leader for both ESOP and non-ESOP organizations, giving her a vast and unique depth and breadth of knowledge and experience.

Our mission is to facilitate the creation of healthy organizations accelerating strong employee ownership cultures with thriving employees resulting in organizational success. Leadership Teams are pivotal in this mission. Curious? Let's talk.

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Employee communications
Employee participation
ESOP general consulting

Maselan & Jones, P.C.

Mary McCooe
Maselan & Jones, P.C.
Boston, MA 02108

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Mary is an attorney at Maselan & Jones, P.C. in downtown Boston. Mary frequently counsels companies, selling shareholders, and ESOP trustees in all aspects of business succession planning, ESOPs, and ESOP transactions, including drafting and negotiation of transaction documents, ERISA and Internal Revenue Code compliance, synthetic equity plans, and fiduciary duties.

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Equity compensation law firm
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

Morgan Stanley

Joseph Verri
Morgan Stanley
Wellesley, MA 02481

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Joseph D. Verri CRPS® CEPA

As a Certified Exit Planning Advisor, I help business owners identify and implement an exit strategy to meet their personal and financial goals. While I have been involved in many different transitions over the years, I provide specific guidance and education on the use of an ESOP. I work with numerous ESOPs nationally as an investment fiduciary in areas such as: repurchase liability funding, corporate cash investing and implementation and maintenance of qualified plans (401k).

Listed under:
Employee education and financial advice
Equity compensation employee financial advice
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Ownership Associates, Inc.

Christopher Mackin
Ownership Associates, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

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Ownership Associates provides strategic transaction advice as well as support for organizational culture development exclusively to employee-ownership companies. Services include communications, organizational design, feasibility analysis, transaction support and employee training. OA is the original developer of the Ownership Culture Survey(tm), an attitude survey for employee-ownership companies now owned and managed by the NCEO. OA is headquartered in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a satellite office in Mondragon, Spain. Clients include ​Web Industries, ​ New Belgium Brewing Company​ and ​ Carris Reels.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
Independent board member

Maryland

ESOP Services, Inc.

David Binns
ESOP Services, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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ESOP Services, Inc.’s experienced professionals specialize in all aspects of Employee Stock Ownership Plans for both private and public companies throughout the United States and internationally. Our unique approach emphasizes the financial aspects of ESOPs, while coordinating the many diverse elements necessary to successfully establish an ESOP.

Listed under:
Employee communications
ESOP general consulting
Independent board member

Harvest Business, LLC

Gregory Caruso, JD, CPA, ABV, CVA
Harvest Business, LLC
Columbia, MD 21046

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We provide ESOP business valuation services primarily to Trustees. We only provide valuation services so you get 100% of our attention. Initial formation and annual valuations. We are pleased to work with smaller entities.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation

Menke & Associates, Inc.

Phillip DeDominicis
Menke & Associates, Inc.
Chesapeake City, MD

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Menke & Associates, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and most active firm dedicated to designing, installing, financing, and administering ESOPs. We provide comprehensive ESOP services that include feasibility analysis, investment banking services, legal services, and plan administration services. We have installed over 3,500 ESOPs since 1974, and we have designed, installed and administered ESOPs in all 50 states.

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Wells Fargo

Joseph Gilbert
Wells Fargo
Bethesday, MD

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As a Financial Advisor whom has focused on assisting ESOP Selling Shareholders and ESOP Companies for his entire over a decade long career, Joe is dedicated to helping clients achieve their financial goals. Whether you are business owner looking to retire and transition ownership while preserving hard earned wealth, or you are an individual or family saving for retirement while looking to leave a legacy and create opportunity for your heirs, Joe can assist by helping you to achieve all of these financial goals. Joe has a particular area of expertise assisting clients execute an IRS Section 1042 election and QRP portfolio construction, most frequently utilizing a monetization loan strategy.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP valuation
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation administration
Equity compensation brokerage services
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
Equity compensation employee financial advice
Employee education and financial advice
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Wells Fargo Advisors

Jamie Waldren
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Columbia, MD 21044

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Jamie M. Waldren , CFP is a Managing Director - Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors. Mr. Waldren leads a integrated Virtual Family Office Wealth Management practice for wealthy clients. He helps entrepreneurs from inception through exit and provides guidance along the way, including a full or partial sale to an ESOP, including IRS Section 1042 Election - structuring QRP portfolios, providing investment management services as well as access to advanced estate planning, strategies, bank lending, trusts and insurance services.

Mr. Waldren has been serving clients as a financial advisor since 1992. He lives in Highland, Maryland with his wife Nora, son Matthew and daughter Alexandra. He enjoys playing golf, fishing and skiing.

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ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice

Maine

BerryDunn

William Enck
BerryDunn
Portland, ME

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As the largest independent certified public accounting and management consulting firm in Northern New England, BerryDunn provides audit and accounting, tax, information technology, and management consulting services to a wide range of organizations. Within our staff, we have business valuation experts, employee benefit plan and executive compensation consultants, and individuals who have experience provide tax, audit, and accounting services to ESOP companies.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP valuation
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation administration
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

BerryDunn

Seth Webber
BerryDunn
Portland, ME

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BerryDunn is a broad service accounting, tax, and consulting firm, with over 800 professionals working nationwide. Our Valuation Services Group is a team of highly credentialed specialists that have a focus on ESOP valuation, working on both buy-side and sell-side transactions.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP valuation

Spinnaker Trust

Jeannine Pendergast
Spinnaker Trust
Portland, ME

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Spinnaker Trust provides specialized trustee and custodial services for your ESOP. Our experienced staff is dedicated to providing you with the customized, professional fiduciary services your plan deserves. From objective guidance on complex company decisions to helping navigate the ever-changing sea of regulations, Spinnaker remains focused on the primary goal; long term growth and prosperity for the participants of your ESOP. We can serve as trustee for both ESOP purchase transactions and ongoing ESOP trust needs.

Listed under:
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

Michigan

Adamy Valuation

Jake Helwick
Adamy Valuation
Grand Rapids, MI

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Adamy is a full-fledged business valuation and litigation services firm. We are experts in our craft and bring decades of combined experience in substantially all ESOP valuation matters. At each and every stage of an ESOP's lifecycle, Adamy is here to assist.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation

Ferguson & Widmayer, P.C.

Warren Widmayer
Ferguson & Widmayer, P.C.
Ann Arbor, MI

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Warren and Larry concentrate their Ann Arbor law practice on employee benefit planning, business succession planning, and tax and estate planning, particularly for small- to medium- size businesses. Both have been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for several years, and Warren is past chairperson of the Employee Benefits Committee of the the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section. They approach ESOP operation and ESOP transactions as a team: Larry focuses on the structure and strategy of the transaction, and Warren handles all ESOP technical issues from plan drafting to compliance advice and consulting.

Listed under:
ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm

Greenwich Capital Group

Brian Hock
Greenwich Capital Group
Birmingham, MI

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Greenwich Capital Group (GCG) is a middle-market focused investment bank offering a range of strategic and financial advisory services to privately held businesses, private equity investors and publicly traded companies. GCG's ESOP services include performing feasibility studies, transaction structuring, raising capital, transaction negotiation, and guiding companies through a successful transaction process. GCG also assists existing ESOP-owned companies with buy-side (acquisition) advisory, second-stage transactions, and sell-side advisory. GCG has transaction experience in nearly every industry and offers unique expertise to help shareholders complete successful transactions while maximizing value and minimizing risk.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation
Independent board member

Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C.

William Sigler
Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C.
Southfield, MI

Maddin Hauser has provided legal services to ESOP companies for over 30 years. The firm assists in the feasibility, design, implementation, and termination of such plans; representing clients in IRS and Department of Labor audits; preparing and amending plan documents, summary plan descriptions, distribution policies and other plan-related documents; preparing filings for IRS determination letter requests and applications to correct plan document or operational errors through the IRS's correction programs; providing counsel on S corporation ESOPs, Section 1042 rollovers, ESOP loans, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and ESOP combinations.

Listed under:
ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm

PNC Bank

Julie Williams
PNC Bank
Grand Rapids, MI

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PNC is one of the largest and most well regarded diversified financial services institutions in the United States. PNC is organized around its customers and communities and is engaged in retail banking, corporate and institutional banking, and asset management.

Whether a business is growing and looking for access to capital, or is transitioning ownership to its employees or exploring a new strategic direction, PNC can help. The bank offers a suite of capabilities and specialized advisors to provide sophisticated advice and hands-on transaction support.

PNC’s ESOP Solutions team understands the complexities and opportunities that ESOPs present and takes them into account to assist businesses in creating appropriate solutions at every stage of their ESOP.

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ESOP financing and investment banking

Ventura Trust

Alex Perry
Ventura Trust
Grand Rapids, MI

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ESOP professional with experience in valuation and independent trustee services. Alex is passionate about employee ownership and is happy to be a resource for anyone in the industry!

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
ESOP valuation

Minnesota

BDO USA, P.C.

Casey Gustafson
BDO USA, P.C.
Minneapolis, MN

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BDO has over 40 years of experience in Retirement Plan Services. Our professionals provide comprehensive design, administration and operational support for all qualified retirement plans, including 401(k), Profit Sharing, ESOPs, and cash balance plans. We perform annual compliance testing, prepare plan documents and government filings, including Form 5500. BDO assists with plan corrections under IRS and DOL programs including self-correction and voluntary compliance filings. Our team also provides plan compliance reviews and due diligence related to mergers and acquisitions. Our ERISA Center of Excellence provides updates on regulations impacting plans: https://www.bdo.com/services/audit-assurance/employee-benefit-plan-audits/erisa-center-of-excellence

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation administration
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

BMO

Steve Suckow
BMO
Minneapolis, MN

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At BMO, we bring capital and advisor in a partnership model that is customized to your needs and unique situation. BMO Corporate Advisory will work with your privately held business to help it grow, create value, and monetize wealth for shareholders and employee owners. We bring sophisticated analytics and practical advice to support executive-level decision making for companies considering acquisitions, recapitalizations, ESOPs, or an outright sale. As a nationally recognized ESOP practice, our team at BMO is dedicated to supporting employee-owned companies across all industries. Whether you’re looking to form an ESOP or need to navigate an existing plan, our professionals work with you to find the solution that allows you to maintain your legacy and support your employees while maximizing your company’s performance.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

Boulay

Dan Markowitz
Boulay
Minneapolis, MN

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Dan is the leader of Boulay's ESOP practice. He specializes in audit and other financial reporting engagements for public, private and ESOP-owned clients in a variety of industries including retail, engineering, professional services, real estate, and manufacturing and distribution. Dan analyzes business operations to provide recommendations for enhancing overall business performance, and he 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 the due diligence team in evaluating the financial and operational reporting system of acquisition target companies, and he assists clients with merger and acquisition activities.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation administration
Employee education and financial advice
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Brittany Funk
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN

Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Chris Staloch
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Gregory Fresh
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Joe Skorczewski
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Matt Schubring
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets , and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Tim Cleary
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Wil Becker
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Ryan Graham
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Collin Mayer
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Katie Lind
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Paul J. Halverson, ASA
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets , and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Matt Dennison
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Matt Ewing
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets , and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Lindsey Reilly
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)

Darren Paumen
CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)
Waite Park, MN

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CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through our industry-focused advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax, and consulting services. CLA's employee benefit plan (EBP) team has served the industry for more than 60 years and is the leading provider of employee benefit plan audits in the country.* We offer assurance, tax, valuation, feasibility and other consulting services to both ESOP sponsors and their related benefit plans. For more information, visit CLAconnect.com *According to the most recent data from the Department of Labor (2017)

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP valuation
ESOP general consulting

Eide Bailly, LLP

Mary Lou Lamberton
Eide Bailly, LLP
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Eide Bailly, LLP

Mark Guy
Eide Bailly, LLP
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Debra Linder
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Minneapolis, MN

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Fredrikson & Byron's Compensation Planning & Employee Benefits Group works with clients to design, draft, implement and maintain all types of benefit programs. Our experience includes health and welfare programs; flexible benefit/cafeteria plans; executive incentive/nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements; equity incentive/stock option programs; and retirement plans, including defined benefit pension, 401(k), profit sharing, employee stock ownership (ESOPs), 403(b) and 457 plans. Our attorneys think creatively to find a solution that best fits the client's business needs.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting

John A. Knutson & Co., PLLP

Kyla Hansen
John A. Knutson & Co., PLLP
Falcon Heights, MN

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Kyla specializes in audits, financial reporting and succession planning for non-ESOP owned and ESOP owned businesses. She is the leader of JAK’s assurance and ESOP practice and focuses on the construction, manufacturing, real estate and retail industries. She also assists clients with mergers & acquisitions. By analyzing her clients’ business operations and understanding their business goals, she provides consulting with the thought process that no two businesses are alike.

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

KeyStone Search

Mike Frommelt
KeyStone Search
Minneapolis, MN

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KeyStone Search is a retained executive recruiting firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The firm specializes in C-Suite and VP level search, as well as Business Succession planning and search. KeyStone works primarily with privately held businesses, ESOP companies, EOS/Traction companies, healthcare organizations and professionals associations. KeyStone is known for its passion for cultural fit and aligning executive teams around shared core values. KeyStone has deep expertise working with Employee Owned companies. We know how critical culture fit is for an ESOP, especially when hiring a leader from outside the company. Our search process allows us to incorporate our clients' unique cultures and identify executives who are not only talented, but also "fit."

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting

Menke & Associates, Inc.

Jessica Quaday
Menke & Associates, Inc.
Winnebago, MN

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This office of Menke & Associates, Inc. provides ESOP and 401(k) plan administration services, together with ESOP repurchase obligation studies. We have administered ESOPs since 1974, and we have ESOP administration clients in all 50 states.  

Listed under:
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Principal Financial Group

Joel Davis
Principal Financial Group
Minneapolis, MN

Principal® is a leader in offering businesses, individuals, and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services to help them achieve their financial goals. Principal® Total Retirement Solutions has expanded beyond ESOP to include equity compensation plans. This wider range of stock plans offers full-service consulting, administration, and recordkeeping services through our consultative approach, commitment to the industry, and a proactive, personalized service model. For more information, visit https://www.principal.com

Listed under:
Employee communications
Equity compensation administration
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Saul Ewing LLP

Andy Daly
Saul Ewing LLP
Minnapolis, MN

Saul Ewing's ESOP attorneys help closely held companies operate efficiently within legal and regulatory parameters. With a deep understanding of the technical tax rules and ERISA's fiduciary requirements, our attorneys regularly advise clients on plan design and establishment, ongoing administration and compliance, ESOP transactions, and federal investigations. Providing practical counsel with creative problem-solving advice, our ESOP team includes attorneys with extensive backgrounds in plan administration and employee benefits law. As part of a full-service law firm, the team regularly coordinates with attorneys in complementary areas to help ensure that our clients receive efficient and streamlined support to address any issues that might arise during or after an ESOP transaction.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP law firm

Stinson LLP

Jeff Cairns
Stinson LLP
Minneapolis, MN

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Full service law firm with 12 offices in the Midwest, Southwest, Washington DC and New York City.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

Value Consulting Group

Patrick Schmidt
Value Consulting Group
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

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Value Consulting Group is a well-established valuation firm that has significant experience in ESOP transactions and annual valuation updates for ESOP companies. Patrick Schmidt is a frequent national speaker on valuation issues related to ESOP companies.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation

Ventura Trust

Neil Brozen
Ventura Trust
Minneapolis, MN

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Neil has provided ESOP trustee services since 2005. He currently serves as ongoing trustee for more than 100 ESOPs in 24 states and has served as transaction ESOP trustee for more than 300 engagements. Ventura team members have many professional designations including CPA, JD, ASA, QKA, SHRM-CP and several with Master's degrees.

We provide premier ESOP trustee services while developing long-term relationships with our clients.

We are passionate about employee ownership and love our work.

Listed under:
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
Independent board member

Missouri

ButcherJoseph & Co.

Carter Smith
ButcherJoseph & Co.
Saint Louis, MO

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Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

ButcherJoseph & Co.

Tristan Tahmaseb
ButcherJoseph & Co.
St. Louis, MO 63102

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ButcherJoseph & Co. is an investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services to provide highly customized solutions for middle market companies. We are focused on providing a full spectrum of liquidity options for our clients including traditional M&A, ESOP buyouts and recapitalizations, and debt & capital advisory, all supported by a robust, independent valuation practice.

The firm was founded and is managed by a group of highly experienced, dedicated professionals with previous, significant work experience at premier, global investment banking franchises. We collaborate closely as a team to carefully develop tailored strategies and are fiercely devoted to achieving success for our clients.

Our firm is nationally recognized as a leader in ESOP transaction advisory services.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

ButcherJoseph & Co.

Jack Thurston
ButcherJoseph & Co.
St. Louis, MO 63102

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ButcherJoseph & Co. advises privately held businesses on ownership succession transactions. We listen and understand each client’s unique concerns and tailor an objective-driven approach to help you identify the best buyer of your business. We are industry leaders in employee ownership transactions, and understand all phases of the ESOP lifecycle, from initial buyout to recapitalizations.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

ButcherJoseph & Co.

Rose Thompson
ButcherJoseph & Co.
St. Louis, MO 63102

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ButcherJoseph & Co. is an investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services to provide highly customized solutions for middle market companies. We are focused on providing a full spectrum of liquidity options for our clients including traditional M&A, ESOP buyouts and recapitalizations, and debt & capital advisory, all supported by a robust, independent valuation practice.

The firm was founded and is managed by a group of highly experienced, dedicated professionals with previous, significant work experience at premier, global investment banking franchises. We collaborate closely as a team to carefully develop tailored strategies and are fiercely devoted to achieving success for our clients.

Our firm is nationally recognized as a leader in ESOP transaction advisory services.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Dentons US LLP

Margo Soule
Dentons US LLP
Kansas City, MO

Attorney with over 30 years of experience with equity compensation and with ESOP formation, design, compliance, fiduciary matters and transactions.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
Equity plans for multinationals
Equity plans in a non-U.S. country
ESOP law firm

Enterprise Bank & Trust

Steve Albart
Enterprise Bank & Trust
St. Louis, MO

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Enterprise Bank & Trust is an experienced bank in partnering with ESOP owned companies. Our team has 35 years of experiencing assisting mutli-generational companies achieve their succession planning goals. Enterprise Bank & Trust is experienced in financing the transition to an ESOP, recapitalizing an ESOP along with providing lines of credit, equipment and real estate financing.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking

Haynes Benefits PC

Theodore Mitchell
Haynes Benefits PC
Kansas City, MO

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Ted leads the ESOP practice at Haynes Benefits PC, a law firm focused solely on employee benefits, executive compensation, and human resources law. Ted advises employers, ESOP trust companies, and lenders on the complex skein of ESOP law, prohibited transaction exemptions, and fulfillment of fiduciary duty obligations under ERISA.

Ted routinely guides companies on the creation and funding of new ESOPs, the management of mature ESOPs and the process of selling corporations that maintain ESOPs in M&A transactions.

Ted graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP law firm

Husch Blackwell LLP

Alan Kandel
Husch Blackwell LLP
St. Louis, MO 63105

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Alan is a partner in the employee benefits and executive compensation group at Husch Blackwell. Husch is a national law firm with over 1,000 lawyers in 22 cities.
Alan helps companies at all stages of the life of an ESOP, from the initial ESOP transaction, to the many compliance issues, subsequent transactions, and ESOP termination. He has represented ESOP companies, selling shareholders, lenders, and trustees. He has significant experience representing ESOP companies before the IRS and DOL, including for plan failures that can be corrected only outside of the regular plan correction process.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP law firm

MHM Retirement Plan Solutions

Cindy Dwyer
MHM Retirement Plan Solutions
Kansas City, MO

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MHM Retirement Plan Solutions is a hands-on Third Party Administration firm (TPA) and has been offering quality retirement plan services for over 35 years. Our focus is concentrated on retirement plan accounting, consulting, administration and plan design. Our team consists of certified public accountants, 401(k) plan administration experts (QKA), qualified plan administrators (QPA) and an experienced staff of accountants dedicated to providing our clients with the highest-quality service. We provide services to over 300 qualified plans, including ESOPs.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Polsinelli PC

Wally Brockhoff
Polsinelli PC
Kansas City, MO

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Experienced counsel to ESOP companies, part of deep team of professionals in the Polsinelli ESOP Practice Group.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
Equity plans for multinationals
Equity plans in a non-U.S. country
ESOP law firm
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

Polsinelli PC

Jamie Zveitel Kwiatek
Polsinelli
St Louis, MO

Jamie Zveitel Kwiatek focuses her practice on employee benefits law. She assists clients located throughout the country in plan design, implementation, and operation of employee benefit programs, including qualified and non-qualified plans, welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, stock option plans, phantom stock plans, deferred bonus plans and other types of compensation arrangements. Ms. Kwiatek also has significant experience with ESOPs, representing companies establishing ESOPs, lenders making ESOP loans, ESOP trustees, and management employees involved in ESOP buyouts. Ms. Kwiatek has significant experience representing clients on benefit plan matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP law firm

Sandberg, Phoenix, and von Gontard, PC

Kathleen Bilderback
Sandberg, Phoenix, and von Gontard, PC
St. Louis, MO

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Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP law firm
Independent board member
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

Sean Power

Sean Power
Polsinelli
Kansas City, MO

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Sean Power brings a pragmatic, experienced perspective to clients’ business challenges and strategies.

With a primary focus on Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) matters, such as ESOP transaction planning and design, ESOP formation, operation, and regulation, Sean is well-suited to represent various parties to an ESOP transaction, including selling shareholders, companies, lenders, and trustees.

In a career spanning more than twenty five years, Sean has held both business and legal roles, which makes him uniquely positioned to develop a clear understanding of commercial drivers and business goals in order to efficiently provide legal solutions to help businesses achieve their goals.

Listed under:
ESOP law firm

Stern Brothers Valuation Advisors

John Korschot
Stern Brothers Valuation Advisors
Kansas City, MO

Stern Brothers Valuation Advisors is a valuation and financial advisory firm headquartered in Kansas City Missouri, We specialize in the valuation of closely held businesses of all sizes and industries for ESOP and other purposes.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation

The Great Game of Business

Kylie Jackson
The Great Game of Business
Sptingfield, MO 65804

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The Great Game of Business provides training and coaching services on the best practices of open-book management, employee engagement, business literacy and employee ownership. We are a subsidiary of SRC Holdings, Corp. One of America’s Top 100 Largest Employee Ownership Companies (#74 in 2021). SRC’s CEO, Jack Stack, is the coauthor with Bo Burlingham of two best-selling books ‘The Great Game of Business’ and ‘A Stake in the Outcome’.

Listed under:
Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
ESOP general consulting

The Great Game of Business

Rich Armstrong
The Great Game of Business
Springfield, MO

The Great Game of Business provides training and coaching services on the best practices of open-book management, employee engagement, business literacy and employee ownership. We are a subsidiary of SRC Holdings, Corp. One of America’s Top 100 Largest Employee Ownership Companies (#80). SRC’s CEO, Jack Stack, is the coauthor with Bo Burlingham of two best-selling books ‘The Great Game of Business’ and ‘A Stake in the Outcome’.

Listed under:
Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
ESOP general consulting

The Great Game of Business, Inc

Steve Baker
The Great Game of Business, Inc
Springfield, MO

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Unleash the entrepreneur inside every employee with The Great Game of Business. An employee-owned company, The Great Game of Business, Inc. provides affordable training and coaching services on the best practices of open-book management and business literacy. We offer publications, products, tools, and sponsor an international conference and recognition program to identify and celebrate exceptional open-book companies. With the Great Game, you can create a business of business people who think, ac,t and feel like owners.

Listed under:
Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation

Wipfli LLP

Douglas Mueller
Wipfli LLP
Clayton, MO 63105

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Specializing in tax consulting and implementation of ESOP plans.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP valuation

Montana

Eide Bailly, LLP

Travis Lance
Eide Bailly, LLP
Billings, MT 59103

We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Holland & Hart LLP

Elizabeth Nedrow
Holland & Hart LLP
Billings, MT

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Holland & Hart encourages every employee to think like an owner, so we feel a kinship to ESOP companies. Together with our clients, the ESOP team at Holland & Hart can create comprehensive ESOP structures to help businesses grow while promoting a culture that truly values employees. And for clients ready to wind down an ESOP, our lawyers help with that, too. Throughout the Mountain West, from coast to coast and beyond, Holland & Hart provides clients with astute legal service from a vantage like no other. For more information, visit hollandhart.com.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP law firm

North Carolina

Chartwell

Matt Keene
Chartwell
Raleigh, NC

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Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets , and sustainability.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation plan design
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.

Mike Coppa
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
Charlotte, NC

Chartwell provides comprehensive financial advisory solutions to employee-owned companies throughout the US. We represent companies, shareholders, and fiduciaries in transaction, valuations, and specialized services designed to optimize ownership and corporate capital structure. Valuations, fairness options, structuring & feasibility, mergers & acquisitions, equity compensation, capital markets, and sustainability.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

ComStock Advisors

Brant Armentrout, CFA
ComStock Advisors
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

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ComStock Advisors is a national advisory firm that specializes in business valuations. The main focus of ComStock is the valuation
of capital stock for Employee Stock Ownership Plans, estate planning and gifting transactions, estate tax, and merger & acquisition transactions, and relate corporate advisory services. We also provide turnkey structuring services for implementing ESOP transactions and litigation support services.

Listed under:
ESOP valuation

Moore & Van Allen PLLC

Michael Zeller
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
Charlotte, NC

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Over 400 lawyers and professionals in over 90 areas of focus represent clients across the country and around the globe. Blue-chip Fortune 500 organizations, financial services leaders, domestic and global manufacturers, retailers, individuals, and healthcare and technology companies benefit from our strategic, innovative approach to significant business transactions, complicated legal issues and difficult disputes.

Our ESOP practice encompasses all facets of ESOPs from representing trustees, plan sponsors and lending institutions.

Listed under:
ESOP law firm

Principal Financial Group

Christel Jimenez
Mooresville, NC

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Principal® is a leader in offering businesses, individuals, and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services to help them achieve their financial goals. Principal® Total Retirement Solutions has expanded beyond ESOP to include equity compensation plans. This wider range of stock plans offers full-service consulting, administration, and recordkeeping services through our consultative approach, commitment to the industry, and a proactive, personalized service model. For more information, visit https://www.principal.com

Listed under:
Employee communications
Equity compensation administration
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

North Dakota

Atlas Legal Services, PLLC

Bart McIlonie
Atlas Legal Services, PLLC
West Fargo, ND

Atlas Legal Services provides comprehensive legal, financial, and tax services for businesses, including transitions to Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), as well as management of the ESOP throughout the entire lifecycle. Under guidance from an experienced ESOP attorney, our strategic approach minimizes owner risk while maximizing business value and empowering employees.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

Eide Bailly LLP

Kirk Lindemann
Eide Bailly LLP
Fargo, ND

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We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Eide Bailly, LLP

Ryan Sperling
Eide Bailly, LLP
Fargo, ND 58108

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We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Eide Bailly, LLP

Markus Dahl
Eide Bailly, LLP
Fargo, ND

We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Eide Bailly, LLP

Alexis Odden
Eide Bailly, LLP
Fargo, ND 58103

We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Eide Bailly, LLP

Ryan Beste
Eide Bailly, LLP
Fargo, ND 58103

We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Eide Bailly, LLP

Melanie O'Toole
Eide Bailly, LLP
Fargo, ND 58103

We understand employee-owned companies operate with some of the most diverse and complex challenges an organization can face. As a top 25 CPA firm in the nation, Eide Bailly has made employee-owned companies a priority, offering proven solutions to your unique challenges.

We offer a variety of services to ensure success for your ESOP, Including:
• ESOP Consulting, Including Transaction Analysis and Feasibility
• Audit, Review and Compilation Compliance Services
• Tax Compliance and Consulting
• Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity
• And More!

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation
Software

Nebraska

Acclaro Valuation Advisors

Aaron Pryor
Acclaro Valuation Advisors
Omaha, NE

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Acclaro Valuation Advisors is a trusted business valuation firm made up of highly principled, experienced valuation professionals dedicated to clarifying the value of a business for business owners, ESOP trustees, attorneys, and other financial professionals and stakeholders. With decades of experience working with privately held and family owned businesses, we're committed to providing every client with balanced perspective, keen attention to detail, a focus on problem-solving, and consultative, professional service.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Acclaro Valuation Advisors

Tom McQueen
Acclaro Valuation Advisors
Omaha, NE

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Acclaro Valuation Advisors is a trusted business valuation firm made up of highly principled, experienced valuation professionals dedicated to clarifying the value of a business for business owners, ESOP trustees, attorneys, and other financial professionals and stakeholders. With decades of experience working with privately held and family owned businesses, we're committed to providing every client with balanced perspective, keen attention to detail, a focus on problem-solving, and consultative, professional service.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

dHALLOCK LLC

Dale Hallock
dHALLOCK LLC
Omaha, NE 68124

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Employee Ownership Consultant with 50 years of Employee Stock Ownership Experience / Expertise

Listed under:
Employee participation
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
ESOP valuation
Independent board member

Lutz

Kyle Hofeldt
Lutz
Omaha, NE

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Business Solutions Tailored to You
Your goals are our goals. Our team is ready to handle your most difficult personal, financial, and organizational challenges.

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP general consulting

McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO

Joan Cannon
McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO
Omaha, NE

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We are a full service law firm that specializes in ESOPs, tax, ERISA, and executive compensation. We believe in working together as a team with the Company's owners and key managers, CPA, financial advisor and third-party administrator to bring the best, most cost-effective services to the ESOP Company. We are very experienced in ESOP plan design, implementation, completing a stock transaction, on-going plan administration, compliance, fiduciary training, designing and drafting executive compensation, etc. We believe in collaboration and work hard to have a successful team work together. We love ESOPs!

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm
Independent board member

REDD Advisory Collective

Leonard Sommer
REDD Advisory Collective
Omaha, NE 68102

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I am a professionally trained CPA. I specialize in transition planning including installation and management of ESOPs. I also serve as a trustee of a large ESOP-owned service organization.

Listed under:
Equity compensation accounting
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP general consulting
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
Independent board member

New Hampshire

Atlantic Management Company, Inc.

John P. Murphy
Atlantic Management Company, Inc.
Portsmouth, NH

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Atlantic Management Company Inc. is a leading valuation and financial advisory firm serving the business, legal and financial communities throughout New England from our offices in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Founded in 1968, the firm's Valuation Group provides business valuations, fairness and solvency opinions, and litigation support for private and public companies. The Ownership Transition Group specializes in mergers and acquisitions, ESOPs, and business succession strategies for privately owned companies and public companies desiring to go private. Our client list includes a broad cross- section of New England's most successful companies, both public and closely held.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation valuation

Caron & Bletzer, PLLC

John Bletzer
Caron & Bletzer, PLLC
Kingston, NH

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Caron & Bletzer, PLLC is a highly specialized accounting firm focused on the employee benefit plan audit area. Leverage our wealth of experience and expertise in employee benefit plan audits and experience fantastic service delivery designed to make the audit process as painless as possible while complying with the highest of quality standards.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies

Deborah Groban Olson, Attorney at Law, PLLC

Deborah Olson
Deborah Groban Olson, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Hanover, NH 03755

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Since 1981, Attorney Deborah Groban Olson, has created and advised employee-owned companies including ESOPs, co-ops and employee ownership trusts (EOTs), representing sellers, buyers and unions. See www.esoplaw.com for case studies. Former chair of the National Center for Employee Ownership, Olson is Board Chair of the employee owned Once Again Nut Butter Collective, where she facilitated creation of an inclusive and efficient employee participation system. She was the founding Executive Director of both the Center for Community Based Enterprise, Inc., and the Capital Ownership Group (COG), a global online think-tank and conference center. Graduated, Order of the Coif, 1976 Univ. of Wisconsin Law School, Olson has a Martindale Hubbell AV rating as a preeminent attorney in her field.

Listed under:
ESOP law firm
Independent board member
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A.

Tabitha Croscut
Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A.
Manchester, NH

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Devine Millimet has one of the most active ESOP and M&A practice groups in New England serving clients across the country. Devine Millimet’s attorneys counsel clients regarding transactional, compliance and fiduciary issues with respect to their ESOPs, and have represented companies, sellers and trustees in ESOP stock purchase and sale transactions involving businesses in a variety of industries. Please visit our website at YourESOPTeam.com.

Listed under:
Equity compensation law firm
ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

Lument

Laca Wong-Hammond
Lument
Etna, NH 03750

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ESOPs are complex in nature and sellers should have a thorough understanding of operational and financial impacts prior to entering into a transaction. If you are interested in exploring how your business would be valued as an ESOP, the benefits, as ESOP advisors - we can help you execute a successful transaction.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

M&T Bank

David Janelle
M&T Bank
Concord, NH 03301

Making a difference in people's lives.
Great companies have an enduring sense of purpose. We're driven to help, encourage and enable our customers and communities to thrive. M&T is a full service bank founded in 1856 and now with the merger and integration of People's United Bank in New England, the combined franchise has operations from Maine to Virginia.

Dave Janelle, Sr. VP Commercial Banking at M&T Bank has experience assisting business owners with ownership transition and financing associated with ESOP Transactions.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking

McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA

John Bentas
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA
Manchester, NH

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The McLane Law Firm combines legal excellence with creative thinking and superior client service to construct innovative and winning strategies for our clients. Founded in 1919, McLane has four offices throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. With 90 attorneys and more than 25 paralegals, our progressive approach has enabled us to work with all types of clients in New England and beyond to deliver solutions that are customized and cost-effective. See more at: http://www.mclane.com/#sthash.deXMpdvO.dpuf

Listed under:
ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm
Equity plans for multinationals

ROI Cubed, LLC

George Raftopoulos
ROI Cubed, LLC
Portsmouth, NH

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ROI Cubed is a consulting firm working with business owners looking to retire. We help owners maximize their business value, sell their company to a synergistic buyer or sell their ownership via an ESOP. Our ESOP consultation services include feasibility thru negotiation and implementation.

Listed under:
Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
ESOP general consulting
Independent board member

New Jersey

CSG Partners

Patrick Fallon
CSG Partners
Middletown, NJ

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A sought-after advisor by CEOs and CFOs, Patrick has extensive experience providing diversified finance and ESOP investment banking services to leading companies.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Fox Rothschild LLP

Jose Jara
Fox Rothschild LLP
Morristown, NJ 07960-5122

Jose began his career as an Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (DOL). Jose’s experience includes representing plan sponsors, boards, and fiduciaries under investigation by the DOL and defending them from lawsuits alleging breach of fiduciary duty in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). He further guides plan fiduciaries on meeting their fiduciary responsibilities and avoiding prohibited transactions under ERISA. Jose has an LL.M. and Employee Benefits Law Certificate from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is the Co-Chair of the Fiduciary Responsibility, Administration, and Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association.

Fox Rothschild, LLP, is a full-service AmLaw100 law firm.

Listed under:
ESOP general consulting
ESOP insurance and workers compensation
ESOP law firm
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services

PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory

Daniel Cooper
PCE Investment Banking | ESOP | Valuation | Advisory
Ridgewood, NJ

At PCE, we sit at the sweet spot – where investment banking & valuation prowess meets deep ESOP knowledge. Our experts understand the unique complexities of transactions for employee-owned businesses, crafting solutions that meet both your financial goals and ESOP requirements.

Whether you're navigating M&A, valuation, restructuring, raising capital or ESOP sustainability issues, we tailor our advice to your specific ESOP structure and key objectives. Don't wait for challenges to arise – proactive ESOP management is the winning strategy. Let’s discuss how PCE can partner with you to unlock the full potential of your employee-powered enterprise.

PCE Investment Bankers is a member of FINRA & SIPC. We have area offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New York and Orlando.

Listed under:
Equity compensation valuation
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Pilot Hill Advisors LLC

Robert E. Massengill
Pilot Hill Advisors LLC
Summit, NJ

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Pilot Hill Advisors consults with the owners of privately held companies on employee centric ownership transition strategies. Among the most common used are ESOPs, management buyouts, and combinations of the two. The firm's primary areas of expertise are planning, transaction analysis, raising capital, consulting for mature ESOPs, and transaction execution. Through its national reach and long term industry relationships, Pilot Hill brings the most independent solution to each client's transactions.

Listed under:
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting

Pilot Hill Advisors LLC

Jim Higgins
Pilot Hill Advisors LLC
Summit, NJ 07901

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We are specialized finance consultants that assist successful companies with planning, implementing, and managing internal ownership transition strategies using Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Our clients operate in all industries nationwide.

Listed under:
Equity compensation plan design
ESOP administration
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
ESOP valuation

Questar Capital Partners

Gerry Spitzer
Questar Capital Partners
Paramus, NJ 07652

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At Questar, Gerry focuses on all aspects of private wealth management, including investments, multi-generational estate planning, tax planning, insurance and charitable giving. He specializes in working closely with privately held business owners, advising them on succession planning, liquidity needs, and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP).

The customized financial solutions and long-range planning Gerry provides to families and business owners includes asset management and tax minimization.

In addition to being a CPA, he holds designations as a Certified Private Wealth Advisor, Certified Exit Planning Advisor and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

Nevada

CSG Partners

Steve Golden
CSG Partners
Las Vegas, NV

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An accomplished accounting professional with a deep understanding of ESOP tax optimization, Steven Golden was a longtime consultant on CSG-led transactions. Today, as a member of CSG’s investment banking team, he directly advises middle market companies on a range of employee ownership strategies.

Formerly a Managing Director at CBIZ MHM, Steven held a number of leadership roles while working with high net worth individuals, closely-held businesses, and publicly-traded firms. In over 25 years at CBIZ, he established himself as an authority on insolvency matters, estate planning, and employee stock ownership plans. A member of American Institute of CPAs, Steven has lent his expertise to law firms as both a tax consultant and as an expert witness.

Despite formally joining CSG in 2022, his ties to the firm run deep. A former colleague of CSG’s founder, Lawrence Kaplan, Steven consulted on some of the ESOP advisor’s earliest transactions. 

A native of Buffalo, New York, also Steven has deep ties to southern California’s business and accounting communities. He currently hails from Las Vegas.

Steven is a licensed CPA in New York State.

Listed under:
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Reins

Chris Buttenham
Reins
Las Vegas, NV

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Reins helps small businesses keep their key employees. Our MARE Stock and MARE Profit products enable even LLCs to provide owner-like benefits to key staff so that they stick around for the long haul.

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Employee communications
Equity compensation administration
Equity compensation plan design
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)
Software

New York

Aegis Trust Company, LLC

Jeremy Crystal
Aegis Trust Company, LLC
Valley Stream, NY

Aegis Trust Company, LLC offers trustee services to privately-held companies that sponsor employee stock ownership plans (“ESOPs”). In an ESOP transaction, some or all of the owners of a company individually decide to sell some or all of their stock to the company’s employees through a to-be-formed ESOP.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP law firm
ESOP trustee and fiduciary services
ESOP valuation

Bank of America, N.A.

John Budzynski
Bank of America, N.A.
Melville, NY

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ESOP financing and investment banking

CSG Partners

Lawrence Kaplan
CSG Partners
New York, NY

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Since founding CSG Partners in 2000, Lawrence and his team have evaluated, structured, and financed hundreds of leveraged ESOP transactions for middle market companies nationwide. 

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

CSG Partners

Michael Bannon
CSG Partners
New York, NY

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With experience spanning M&A, capital markets, and investments, Michael’s broad understanding of corporate transactions and business finance heavily influences his leveraged ESOP advisory work. Michael’s focus areas include medical practices, professional services, manufacturing, and industrial firms.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

CSG Partners

Steve Berman
CSG Partners
New York, NY

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With over 40 years of finance leadership – from ESOP advisory, to restructuring, to fund management – Steve has managed numerous, complex transactions for middle market and corporate clients.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

CSG Partners

Alex Mumblat
CSG Partners
New York, NY

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Alex has helped structure and finance hundreds of ESOP transactions across a range of industries including manufacturing, engineering, apparel, and telecom.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP investment and 1042 rollover advice
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

EOT Advisors

Christopher Michael
EOT Advisors
New York, NY

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EOT Advisors is the first advisory services and investment banking firm in the country dedicated to assisting business owners in selling to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). We work in all 50 states and internationally. Our aim is to provide a one-stop shop for EOTs. We assist with company structuring, transaction design, valuation, debt financing, capital raising, fiduciary services, and legal forms, as well as with creditors and the commercial real estate aspect of transactions. Through our affiliate law firm, EOT Law, we are able to provide the legal services required for an EOT transaction. We also advise and assist on other forms of employee ownership, including Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), employee-owned cooperatives, and broad-based equity compensation.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

EOT Law P.C.

Christopher Michael
EOT Law P.C.
New York, NY 10001

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EOT Law is the first law firm in the country dedicated to assisting business owners in selling to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). Our subsidiary EOT Advisors provides advisory and investment banking services for EOTs in all 50 states and internationally. Our aim is to provide a one-stop shop for EOTs. We assist with company structuring, transaction design, legal documentation, valuation, debt financing, capital raising, and fiduciary services, as well as with creditors and the commercial real estate aspect of transactions. We also advise and assist on other forms of employee ownership, including Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), employee-owned cooperatives, and broad-based equity compensation, in addition to broad-based profit and gain sharing.

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Other EO (Co-ops, LLCs, employee ownership trusts)

ESOP One

Carlito Cabelin
ESOP One
New York, NY 10120

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ESOP One makes engaging and motivating your employee-owners simple. Our ESOP Calculator works alongside your existing TPA to illustrate the long-term value of your employee stock ownership plan while alleviating the administrative burdens of education and communication. Contact us to see just how easy it is to engage your employee owners, build a culture of ownership, and recruit/retain top talent.

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Employee communications
Employee education and financial advice
Employee participation
ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting
Software

Fox Rothschild LLP

Harvey Katz
Fox Rothschild LLP
New York, NY

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My 34 year career has included extensive experience in designing, implementing, and terminating ESOPs, including many highly complex ESOP transactions. I also concentrate my practice in IRS and Department of Labor audits of ESOPs and have represented dozens of ESOPs in very difficult situations. The firm is a full service law firm with a very substantial executive compensation practice including experience in a broad array of equity compensation arrangements.

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ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm
Equity plans in a non-U.S. country
Equity plans for multinationals

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Brian Goldstein
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Albany, NY

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Brian P. Goldstein is an Equity Principal in the Albany, NY office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Brian has concentrated his practice for over 25 years in the areas of the design and implementation of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements, related compliance matters and ERISA fiduciary counseling, with a particular focus on ESOPs, equity based compensation arrangements, ESOP transactions by public and private companies, and representing institutional and other ESOP fiduciaries in transactions and compliance matters, including DOL investigations and controversies, and IRS exams. Brian's practice spans from Alaska to Puerto Rico and all across the U.S. Jackson Lewis P.C. is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms.

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ESOP law firm
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation law firm
Employee communications

Long Point Capital

Ira Starr
Long Point Capital
New York, NY

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Long Point Capital is a private investment firm that invests in great companies with highly capable management teams and strong growth prospects. We focus on founder, family and management-owned companies. We offer creative liquidity solutions. We take a partnership approach to building successful businesses.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
Independent board member

Menke & Associates, Inc.

Michael Hatlee
Menke & Associates, Inc.
Ithaca, NY

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This office of Menke & Associates, Inc. provides ESOP and 401(k) plan administration services, together with ESOP repurchase obligation studies. We have administered ESOPs since 1974, and we have ESOP administration clients in all 50 states.  

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ESOP administration
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Morrison Cohen LLP

Brian Snarr
Morrison Cohen LLP
New York, NY

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Morrison Cohen LLP is a New York City-based international law firm. The firm represents benefits providers, business owners, fiduciaries, employers, venture capital firms, underwriters, and lenders in compensation and employee benefits matters, with an emphasis on equity-based compensation structures, including ESOPs. Mr. Snarr heads the firm's Compensation and Benefits practice.

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ESOP law firm
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design
Equity plans in a non-U.S. country

Polsinelli PC

Lawrence Hirsh
Polsinelli PC
New York, NY

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I am seasoned commercial litigator whose practice is concentrated in matters relating to ESOPs and ERISA litigation, including the defense of DOL investigations, class actions and other claims against sponsor companies, their board members, trustees, and other service providers including valuation professionals. I would welcome the opportunity to introduce my practice to you should the need arise.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP law firm

Principal Financial Group

Scott Shuryn
Principal Financial Group
Warwick, NY

Principal® is a leader in offering businesses, individuals, and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services to help them achieve their financial goals. Principal® Total Retirement Solutions has expanded beyond ESOP to include equity compensation plans. This wider range of stock plans offers full-service consulting, administration, and recordkeeping services through our consultative approach, commitment to the industry, and a proactive, personalized service model. For more information, visit https://www.principal.com

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Employee communications
Equity compensation administration
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

Principal Financial Group

Joseph Marx
Principal Financial Group
Hamburg, NY

Principal® is a leader in offering businesses, individuals, and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services to help them achieve their financial goals. Principal® Total Retirement Solutions has expanded beyond ESOP to include equity compensation plans. This wider range of stock plans offers full-service consulting, administration, and recordkeeping services through our consultative approach, commitment to the industry, and a proactive, personalized service model. For more information, visit https://www.principal.com

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Employee communications
Equity compensation administration
ESOP accounting and liquidity studies
ESOP administration
ESOP general consulting
ESOP repurchase obligation consulting

RiskFin Advisory LLC

Nicholas Florio
RiskFin Advisory LLC
New York, NY

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Independent board director and advisor/mentor to start-ups, private companies, and professional services and private equity firms with respect to business/operational strategy, financial valuation, M&A due diligence, and risk management issues. Holds the ASA and CFA designations and certificates in Private Company Governance and ESOP Governance essentials with the Private Directors Association (PDA).

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation
Independent board member

Schatz Brown Glassman LLP

Robert Brown
Schatz Brown Glassman LLP
Rochester, NY

Rob Brown is a lawyer, fellow in the American College of Employee Benefits Counse,l and co-manager of Schatz Brown Glassman's Rochester, New York, office. For over 30 years, Rob has represented selling owners, corporations, and all types of ESOP trustees and fiduciaries, including inside trustees, independent trustees, and institutional trustees. We perform the legal work necessary to establish and maintain ESOPs and have represented ESOP-owned companies and their ESOPs on transactions ranging in size from $500,000 to over $1.4 billion. We also represent clients in other areas of employee benefits including preparing stock option plans and stock purchase plans, in addition to synthetic equity programs such as phantom stock plans and SARs.

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ESOP law firm
ESOP general consulting
Equity compensation law firm
Equity compensation plan design

South Park Advisors, LLC

Robert Hilton
South Park Advisors, LLC
ROCHESTER, NY

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South Park Advisors specializes in business valuations for ESOPs. At South Park Advisors, we’ll work with either trustees or the selling shareholder to implement and administer and ESOP in the most professional manner, keeping in mind the framework of the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We’ll work with closely held businesses throughout every stage of an ESOP life cycle. Whether you’re a business owner contemplating retirement, or an ESOP trustee responsible for the benefits plan of the employees you represent, we are here to help.

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ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

Stout

Aziz El-Tahch
Stout
New York, NY

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Stout is a global investment bank and advisory firm specializing in corporate finance, valuation, financial disputes, and investigations. We serve a range of clients, from public corporations to privately held companies in numerous industries. Our clients and their advisors rely on our premier expertise, deep industry knowledge, and unparalleled responsiveness on complex matters. We have the largest dedicated ESOP financial advisory practice in the nation and complete more than 275 engagements annually for ESOP companies. Having collectively completed more than 2,000 ESOP and ERISA-related engagements, our professionals have extensive experience with some of the largest ESOP transactions and offer unrivaled execution capabilities.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP valuation

Ohio

Apple Growth Partners

Matthew Silla
Apple Growth Partners
Cleveland, OH

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Matt Silla, ASA, CFA is a Principal with Apple Growth Partners ("AGP"). Mr. Silla has over 15 years of business valuation experience and significant ESOP related experience. AGP's dedicated team is focused on valuations, fairness opinions, feasibility analysis and advisory activities for existing or organizations pursuing an ESOP. Collectively, AGP works with 60+ ESOPs annually and serve as an advisor for several transactions each year. We strive to build effective relationships to better meet client’s needs.

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Equity compensation valuation
ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting
ESOP valuation

BMO

Amanda Sigg
BMO
Columbus, OH

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At BMO, we bring capital and advisor in a partnership model that is customized to your needs and unique situation. BMO Corporate Advisory will work with your privately held business to help it grow, create value, and monetize wealth for shareholders and employee owners. We bring sophisticated analytics and practical advice to support executive-level decision making for companies considering acquisitions, recapitalizations, ESOPs, or an outright sale. As a nationally recognized ESOP practice, our team at BMO is dedicated to supporting employee-owned companies across all industries. Whether you’re looking to form an ESOP or need to navigate an existing plan, our professionals work with you to find the solution that allows you to maintain your legacy and support your employees while maximizing your company’s performance.

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ESOP financing and investment banking
ESOP general consulting