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Partner Marc Schechter to Speak at NCEO in Denver on April 5, 2017

Representatives from employee-owned companies (and companies seeking to learn about employee ownership) from across the nation and around the world will gather April 4-6, 2017 for the 2017 Employee Ownership Conference, hosted by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). More than 1,700 people will attend the conference which will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and Conference Center.

The U.S. presently has close to 9,000 employee ownership companies who employ over 14 million people. These companies grow 2.5% per year faster than they would have without employee ownership, and provide employees with two to three times the total retirement assets of their counterparts who lack employee ownership.  Companies choose employee ownership as a tax-favored means of business transition, as well as a way to engage employees.  As employee ownership has grown, the number of conference attendees has also grown by over 50% since 2011.

Butterfield Schechter LLP is proud to be sponsoring this conference. Additionally, partner Marc Schechter will be presenting on Tuesday, April 5, 2017, from 1:30 pm-2:45 pm about How ESOP Companies Utilize Their Equity Value to Sustain Long Term Employee Ownership. As a sponsoring organization, we are able to offer our clients and contacts the following discount codes which can be inserted into your registration form.

$35 off the price of the main conference per attendee (17Save35Main)

$25 off the price of any of the preconference sessions per attendee (17Save25PreCon)

For more information and to register, go to the NCEO website ( 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:

  • David vs. Goliath: Employee Ownership as a Competitive Advantage When Your Company is Not a Corporate Giant, a morning Keynote Panel on Wednesday, April 5 by three company leaders, moderated by Halisi Vinson from the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center (Suzanne McDowell, King Arthur Flour, Joe Phelps, The Phelps Agency, Lars Wulff, Mud Bay)
  • Over 130 breakout sessions in five learning tracks
  • Five half-day preconference sessions offered on the afternoon of Monday, April 3, Compensation Issues for Privately Held Companies, Employee Engagement and Communication Issues in an Employee-Owned Company, Is an ESOP Right for Your Company?, ESOP Basics for Employee-Owners, and Corporate Governance at ESOP Companies.
  • The Innovations in Ownership Award Ceremony at the opening lunch on Tuesday, April 4
  • Numerous opportunities to network, discuss, participate, learn, and share
  • Exhibit hall with a wide representation of firms doing business in the field

What past participants say about this conference:

"This conference is always a success and in my opinion, the very best conference of the year!"

"We will continue to go to the NCEO conference as we always come away with ideas to implement at our company, and we see the conference as a great team-building experience… “

"We are not yet an ESOP, and the event did exactly what we wanted it to do…make us feel comfortable taking the next step to become an employee-owned company”

"The NCEO conference was my first with your organization and I was greatly impressed by the content, the quality of the speakers, and by the efficient organization that your staff put together.”

The NCEO ( is a self-sustaining nonprofit membership organization that provides practical resources and objective, reliable information on ESOPs, equity compensation plans, and ownership culture.  Learn more about employee ownership from the NCEO ( or our informational Web site    


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