Category Archives: Events

CEO/CFO Forum for Employee-Owned Companies

Ohio’s Employee-Owned Network (a program of the OEOC) is sponsoring a CEO/CFO Forum & Dinner for leaders in employee-owned companies on Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. in Ashtabula. The Forum and Dinner is being hosted by Ric Selip, CEO, and Donny Chaplin, Vice President of Grand River Rubber and Plastics. The Dinner portion of the program is being held at the facilities of the Spire Institute in nearby Geneva, OH.

In addition to the Forum and Dinner, there is a  4:30 P.M. tour of the Grand River facility.

For questions, email Jay Simecek or call the OEOC at 330-672-3028.

The OEOC Will Be Live Streaming Our Annual Conference…!

The OEOC will be taking another technological leap this week by streaming two portions of our upcoming conference on Friday April 20th:

1) the Morning General Session – 9 am 10 am (EST) – Events during this session will include, a welcome from Kathleen Clyde, Ohio State Representative for Kent State’s district; Opening Remarks from Bill McIntyre, OEOC Director; two welcome videos from Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown; and presentations for the Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Awards.

2) Keynote Address – 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm (EST) – This year’s Keynote speaker is Dr. Joseph Blasi, the Robert Beyster Professor of Employee Ownership at Rutgers University. Dr. Beyster will be talking about his latest research into the trends and best practices of employee ownership.

To watch the live stream, you can 1) go to our home page for the embedded viewer, or 2) go to our Facebook page and click on the Ustream tab.

Join us live on Friday April 20th!

Employee Ownership: A Better Way of Doing Business

If you’re interested in learning “a better way of doing business,” we invite you to attend the 26th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference. The conference, titled Employee Ownership: A Better Way of Doing Business, will take place April 20 in Akron, Ohio, and will feature keynote speaker Joseph Blasi.

Joseph Blasi is a professor at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University where he was named to the post of Robert J. Beyster Professorship of Employee Ownership.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of employee ownership, and meet with other network members. If you’re interested in attending you can register and find more information on the OEOC Website.

We hope to see you this April in Akron!

Two New Employee Owner Retreats for Summer

The Employee Ownership Foundation is sponsoring two new employee owner retreats in August of this year, one in the Chicago area and one in Honolulu (yes, you read that right!). The retreats are staffed by the crack staff here at the OEOC (yes, I am one…!). The retreats are an excellent opportunity for the non-managerial employee-owners of your company to learn more about what being an employee owner means, effective communication, financial literacy, team problem-solving, and more.

More information on the retreats can be found on our website.

Be there or be square!

The 25th Employee Ownership Conference Is Just About Here…

I haven’t been posting a lot lately, as we have spent the last two weeks or more preparing for our 25th Annual Employee Ownership Conference on April 29th in Akron Ohio. As is the case every year, this year’s conference features a full schedule of sessions, speakers, and fun on everything employee ownership. The featured speakers are:

1) Jeff Evans, President and CEO of the Will-Burt Co., and

2) Michael Peck, U.S. Representative of the Mondragon Cooperatives of Spain

In addition to the focus on Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), this year’s conference also features a bevy of information on cooperatives, employee-owned and otherwise. For more information, or to register (yes, there is still time!), you can check out the conference page on our website or drop me a line at