35th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference update

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Certificate Program for Non-Professional ESOP Fiduciaries
(Early October, 2021)

Presented in partnership with The Beyster Institute
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The only UNIVERSITY-BASED certificate program for non-professional ESOP Fiduciaries, The Ohio Employee Ownership Center is once again partnering with the Beyster Institute to bring their popular and well regarded program for Non-Professional ESOP Fiduciaries back to Ohio (and beyond) for 2020.

Important Note

Like you, we can't wait to get back to in-person events. Also like you, we need to ensure the safety of those we work, and get together, with at all times.

As it stands now, we are cautiously optimistic that we will be back with in-person events starting in late summer. With that in mind we are planning the following in-person events for the second half of the year. Right now our target date for the in person version of this program is early October, 2021. We are prepared to offer the program virtually, as we did in 2020, if necessary.

Check back for updates!

If you have any questions regarding this event contact Chris Cooper via email ccooper1@kent.edu or by phone (330)672-0338

Overview

One of the fundamental resources of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) movement is the large group of dedicated, well-intentioned people who agree to serve as trustees or other fiduciaries on behalf of their company’s ESOP. If you are one of those dedicated people, you have undoubtedly felt the concern that is inevitable when taking on that sort of responsibility. The Beyster Institute at the University of California San Diego has developed a special intensive education program to help relieve some of that concern – the Certificate Program for Non-Professional ESOP Fiduciaries.

This program is not just another seminar or conference; it is a comprehensive, and demanding, certificate program that prepares you and your fellow in-house fiduciaries with the knowledge and training you need to do the job.

Who should attend:

  • Employee-owners who serve as their company's trustee.
  • Company leaders who interact with their trustee(s) whether internal or external.
  • Members of your companies Board of Directors looking to understand the trustee relationship better.
  • Company advisors unfamiliar with the role of a trustee in an ESOP company.

Course content includes:

  • A review of the standards for appropriate fiduciary action given the potential range of decisions that will have to be made.
  • Small group work to assure that students grasp the full nature and responsibilities of the role.
  • In-depth exploration of the practical responsibilities that fiduciaries must deal with in their role.
  • Examination of a wide range of fiduciary decision-making situations, with practical guidance from our faculty and guest experts.
  • Preliminary Agenda has been updated and can be downloaded here

Instructors

  • Martin Staubus, Executive Director, Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego
  • Dale Vlasek, Attorney, McDonald Hopkins LLC
  • Davin Gustafson, Valuator and Attorney, Apple Growth Partners
  • Howard Kaplan, Trustee & Fiduciary Specialist, Kaplan Fiduciary Group
  • Ann Seward, Insurance Specialist, Oswald Group
  • Chris Cooper, Ohio Employee Ownership Center

Cost

Network Members
$1,100.00 per attendee (in-person)
$600.00
per attendee (virtual)
Includes training, materials, and meals
Non-Network Members
$1,495.00 per attendee (in-person)
$800.00 per attendee (virtual)
Includes training, materials, and meals

Here is what some of your peers said about the program:

“The program content was great, as well as the variety of speakers.”

“The program was very useful and I will recommend that the other fiduciaries in our company attend in the future.”

“I really liked the interaction with other company trustees.”

“Bravo to Kent for bringing the program to Ohio, I want to send my other folks here.”

And here is what attendees of the San Diego Program have said:

“Thanks to the entire Beyster team at UCSD! The course provided the education we all need to be successful and effective ESOP trustees for our companies. I feel better educated on what is and isn’t our responsibility as trustee. I feel empowered!”

“I feel hugely more empowered to make decisions that won’t get my company into trouble! Very much worth the time away from the office.”

“I wanted to thank you for a great class. I really enjoyed it and feel like I walked away smarter and better suited to act as a trustee.”

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