28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference

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A Wealth of Opportunity:
Employee Ownership Fuels Growth

Still the best one day employee ownership conference in the nation!

Thursday April 24th, 2014      Akron Fairlawn Hilton

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Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote – Karl WarnkePresident and CEO of Davey Tree Expert Company
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Lunch Keynote – Jordana Barrack, Director of Love and Calendars for New Belgium Brewing Company

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April 24th Ohio Employee Ownership Conference Agenda – Download the full 2014 Conference Agenda
8 am – 9 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 am – 10 am – Welcome, Morning Keynote
10 am 10:15 am – Networking Break
10:15 – 11:45 am – Breakout Sessions 1
11:45 am – 12 noon – Networking Break
12 noon – 1:30 pm – Lunch, 2014 Employee Ownership Awards, Lunch Keynote Speaker
1:30 pm – 3 pm – Breakout Sessions 2
3 pm – 3:20 pm – Networking/Coffee Break
3:20 pm – 4:50 pm – Breakout Sessions 3
4:50 pm – 6 pm – Closing Reception

Breakout Session Topics Include:

  • ESOPs: ABCs of ESOPs for New Employee Owners
  • ESOPs: Legal, Administration, and Accounting Issues
  • ESOPs: Management/Leadership Issues
  • ESOPs: Sustainability Issues
  • ESOPs: Culture and Communications
  • ESOPs: Selling Your Business to an ESOP
  • ESOPs: The Path to 100% S ESOP Ownership
  • ESOPs: Critical Review of an ESOP Valuation
  • Coops: Selling Your Business to a Worker Cooperative
  • Coops: Mondragon/USW Model
  • General: Employee Ownership and Community/Economic Development
  • General: The “Sharing Economy”– sharing assets and improving community life
      • And More!! More details on panels coming soon!

Cost: Early Bird Rate – $125 until 4/6/14; $150 4/7/14 or after; $195 at the door
Special Rates Available for Members of Ohio’s Employee Owned Network, Contact Kelly Fitts (email) or 330-672-3028 (phone) for details.

Click here for a printable registration form or Register online!
Reserve a room at the Hilton

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April 23rd Pre-Conference Events

Register online for any Pre-Conference event or fill out the printable registration form listed next to each event. 

2014 Employee Ownership Reception – 5pm-6pm – Fairlawn Ballroom
Hors-douvres, desserts, and refreshments
Cost: Free for registrants of the 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference or any pre-conference session; $40 for registrants of reception and movie only. Conference registrants must also register for the Reception and Movie.

We The Owners” Movie Showing – 6pm-7:30pm Fairlawn Ballroom – Followed by a Q & A with Mary Ann Beyster, Executive Producer of the movie and President of the Foundation for Enterprise Development

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ESOP CEO/CFO Forum3 pm-5 pm – Board Room
Join your peers in an open and honest dialogue about issues and opportunities for your company. Session facilitated by Roy Messing, Director, Ohio Employee Ownership Center
cost: $35 for members of Ohio’s Employee-Owned Network; $70 for non-members – includes the reception and movie (see above).
Printable Registration Packet

ESOP Communications Roundtable3 pm-5 pm – Conference Room A
Join your fellow ESOP communicators in a discussion on best practices and new ideas on unlocking the ESOP advantage. Session facilitated by Jim Bado, Workplace Development Inc.
cost: $35 for members of Ohio’s Employee-Owned Network; $70 for non-members – includes the reception and movie (see above).
Printable Registration Packet

4th Annual Ohio Cooperative Forum – 3 pm-9 pm – Conference Room B, Fairlawn Ballroom
A two hour introduction of cooperative business models followed by a full series of breakout sessions at the 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference, with a focus on worker-owned cooperatives.
cost: $125 – includes the reception and movie (see above), and full day admission to the 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference (with 3 cooperative specific panels, see Conference Agenda above for more info). $20 for Wednesday events ONLY. Co-Sponsored by the USDA’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant program.
Printable Registration Form

ESOPs for Exit Planners3pm-5pm – Baekaert Room – Co-sponsored by the NE Ohio Chapter of the Exit Planning Institute.
When the baby boom generation business owners are ready to transition out of their business, will you be ready to help them explore all of their options? Learn more about whether an ESOP can benefit your clients at this session. Presenters: Chris Cooper, CEPA, OEOC; Jeanne Gordon, Cavitch Familo & Durkin; Ray Lampner, BCG & Company
cost: Free with registration to the 28th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference – $35 for Professional Members of the OEOC and for members of the NE Ohio Chapter of the Exit Planning Institute; $70 for non-members – includes the reception and movie (see above).
Printable Registration Packet

Reserve your Room

If you would like to stay at the Akron/Fairlawn Hilton for the discounted rate of $145.00 per night just follow the steps below . . .

  1. Go to:   akronhilton.com/oeoc14 (type exactly as is).
  2. Select “Click Here” (located at the bottom of the page) to proceed to the
    Reservation page
  3. Enter Reservation Password ohemp14
  4. Enter your reservation information
  5. Please note any special requests in the comments field when making your reservation.

That’s it!  A detailed email confirmation will arrive within minutes of the reservation.

Are you a Professional Service Provider or Employee-Owner interested in suggesting a topic for one of the panels at our conference? Find out more here:
Proposal Submission Guidelines
Propose a Breakout Panel Session for the 2014 Conference
Propose a Webinar for 2014

Interested in being a sponsor of a conference event? Find out more here:
Conference Sponsorship Info

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