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From April 23 to 26, 2013, more than 1,000 business leaders and employee ownership and equity professionals will gather at the Westin Seattle Downtown for the 2013 Employee Ownership Conference, presented by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management, UCSD. For more information and to register, go to or call the NCEO at 510-208-1300. We urge interested companies to register soon, as this conference often sells out in advance!

Butterfield Schechter LLP is proud to be sponsoring this conference once again. We will be actively involved by sponsorship and speaking. Marc Schechter will be presenting on Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 4:00-5:15 p.m. about S Corporation ESOP Basics.

Highlights of the conference include:

  • The Wednesday April 24 Welcome Luncheon and Opening General Session with the address The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company by Jack Stack, SRC Holdings
  • Numerous opportunities to network, to discuss, participate, learn, and share
  • Morning Keynote Session on Thursday April 25, What's Brewing in Employee Ownership, with Irene Firmat of Full Sail Brewing Company and Kim Jordan of New Belgium Brewing
  • Thursday afternoon screening of the new employee ownership film We the Owners
  • Two half day pre-conference sessions, Compensation Issues for Privately Held Companies and Issues and Solutions for Internal Fiduciaries in Employee-Owned Companies
  • 88 sessions in five learning tracks: employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) basics, ESOPs beyond the basics, equity compensation, communications and culture, and leadership and governance.
  • Exhibit hall with a wide representation of firms doing business in the equity compensation and employee ownership field

Past Participants Sing Its Praises:

“The best and most informative conference I've ever been to. I enjoyed and learned from every presentation that I attended. You did an outstanding job of selecting the topics and presenters.

“Your continued ability to provide innovative topics, new perspectives, and real life applications makes this a go-to conference for those who want a pulse on thought leadership.

“This is a terrific conference for both the experienced ESOP folks and the uninitiated. I have frequently recommended it to folks considering the ESOP as a great learning and networking resource.

The NCEO ( is a nonprofit research and education organization established in 1981. It is widely recognized as the main source for accurate, unbiased information on ESOPs, stock options, other forms of equity compensation, and ownership culture.

The Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management University of California, San Diego is an educational center for the study and promotion of employee ownership and the creation of effective ownership cultures.


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