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2018 Employee Ownership Conference in Atlanta This Spring

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March 28, 2018
2018 Employee Ownership Conference in Atlanta This Spring

Employee-owned companies are more productive, create more jobs, and often unlock the problem-solving creativity of their work forces. More than 1,700 people will gather April 18-20, 2018 for the 2018 Employee Ownership Conference, to learn how to make employee ownership reach its potential by sharing best practices and focusing on technical nuts and bolts. The conference, hosted by the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), will be held at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta.
The U.S. presently has more than 6,000 employee ownership companies that employ at least 10 million people. These companies grow 2.5% per year faster than they would have without employee ownership, and research released by the NCEO in 2017 shows that employee-owners have 92% greater net household wealth and 33% greater income form wages than non-employee-owners. 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.
Torch Technologies is proud to be sponsoring this conference. Additionally, Torch CEO Bill Roark will be presenting on April 18th at 9:00 AM in a panel addressing "Hiring and Developing Leaders Who Support an Ownership Culture" as well as on April 19th at 1:15 PM as the speaker for “Expand Your Outreach: Employee-Owned Companies Active In Their Communities.”
For more information and to register, go to the NCEO website (www.nceo.org) 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:
  • Thursday Morning General Session Panel: Harnessing the Power of Employee Ownership! Dallan Guzinski, NCEO will set the stage for this powerful presentation featuring Shawn Eastham (Polyguard), Kimberly Jones (Butler/Till), and Michael Quarrey (Web Industries)
  • Over 135 breakout sessions in five learning tracks
  • On April 17, we are offering five preconference sessions over the whole day --two sessions in the morning, three in the afternoon--so attendees are not limited to taking just one session.
  • New this year: Short Takes on Great Ideas and Campfire Sessions. Participants can attend either a participatory campfire session OR choose one of many great new ideas they can “copy/paste” into their own companies!
  • Opportunities to network, discuss, learn, and shar--including at an off-site networking event.
  • Exhibit hall with a wide representation of firms doing business in the field What past participants say about this conference:
"Fantastic job—extraordinary amount of brainpower present. We will never miss one of these, and we'll send at least 3 people from our company every year.”
“This was my first year attending the conference, and it exceeded all of my expectations. Definitely worth the investment to go. A great learning experience.”
“The conference was packed with great, useful information and one of the best I’ve attended. I already look  forward to  next year!”
“A great conference; I learned a lot of information. I also had great networking opportunities and good ideas to take back to my company. Thanks!”

The NCEO (www.nceo.org) 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 (www.nceo.org) or our informational Web site www.esopinfo.org.

Cayce Taylor, Communications Specialist
(256) 319-7521