2014 Employee Ownership Conference in Atlanta This Spring

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The growing community of employee-owned companies will gather April 7-10, 2014, in downtown Atlanta for the 2014 Employee Ownership Conference. Hosted by the National Center for Employee Ownership, more than 1,100 attendees representing businesses from across the U.S. will learn about emerging trends, legal issues, best management practices, and much more.

The United States now has over 12,000 employee ownership companies. These businesses employ over 11 million people and outperform other business in job creation and productivity, while more broadly sharing the wealth they create. Driven by the demographic wave of baby boomers entering retirement age, the number of businesses for sale is sharply increasing, and many of those owners are choosing to exit their businesses by selling to employees. 2014 is the first year the conference will be held in the eastern part of the country.

Butterfield Schechter LLP is proud to be sponsoring the conference again this year.Marc Schechter will be a member of a panel speaking on the topic of Basic ESOP Financing during Session 1 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8.

For more information and to register, go to www.nceo.org/conference or call the NCEO at 510-208-1300. We urge interested companies to register soon, as this conference often sells out in advance!

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Morning Keynote Session on Wednesday, April 9, The Idea-Driven Employee-Owned Company, by Dean Schroeder
  • Close to 90 sessions in five learning tracks: employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) basics, ESOPs beyond the basics, equity compensation, communications and culture, and leadership and governance.
  • On the afternoon of Monday, April 7, three half day preconference sessions, Compensation Issues for Privately Held Companies, Building a Culture of Ownership in an Employee-Owned Company and Corporate Governance at ESOP Companies.
  • The Tuesday April 8 Welcome Luncheon and Opening General Session with the address, the State of Employee Ownership, by executive director Loren Rodgers plus a guest presentation by Joseph Blasi, author of The Citizen's Share: Putting Ownership Back into Democracy.
  • Numerous opportunities to network, to discuss, participate, learn, and share
  • Exhibit hall with a wide representation of firms doing business in the equity compensation and employee ownership field

What Past Participants Say About This Conference:

  • "Keep doing what you're doing—it's a spectacular service and will remain a learning experience for us and our ESOP for many years!"
  • "This is an excellent conference! It's very inspiring to see so many people who are interested in and passionate about employee ownership."
  • "NCEO does a first-class job of bringing everyone together and offering a broad array of topics, sessions, and methods for receiving the information."
  • "This conference was packed with good activities—couldn't keep up!! Awesome job!"

The NCEO (www.nceo.org) 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.

Learn more about employee ownership from the NCEO (www.nceo.org) or our informational Web site www.esopinfo.org.

Retirement Plans

We help establish a customized plan that meets regulatory requirements as a tax qualified plan. Following implementation, our attorneys can assist clients and their plan administrator with regular reviews and updates to help with regulatory compliance for the plan's operation, and continued effectiveness in meeting the client's specific goals.


We are dedicated to employee ownership. When you come to us for ESOP services, you receive influential legal counsel who stand beside you to help you stay informed, in compliance, and abreast of the latest developments-all to help you realize your plan goals as fully and effectively as possible.


A QDRO is a specially designed court order that is required for the division of retirement benefits in a family law case. Many family law attorneys do not possess the expertise necessary to divide retirement benefits or stock options upon divorce. We have extensive experience in dividing qualified plans, government plans, IRAs and stock options between the employee spouse and non-employee spouse.

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