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ESOP-focused law firm Steiker, Greenapple & Fusco P.C. announces name change, welcomes Paul S. Fusco as a named partner

The firm formerly known as Steiker, Greenapple & Croscut P.C. is pleased to announce that Paul S. Fusco has become a named partner of the firm. As such, the firm has changed its name to Steiker, Greenapple & Fusco P.C., effective immediately. "We have been thrilled to have Paul as a partner and greatly respect his work, his commitment to employee ownership, his commitment to his clients, his commitment to his partners and his commitment to the ESOP community," said James G. ... Read more

Four attorneys of Steiker, Greenapple & Fusco, P.C. to speak on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) this fall

Four attorneys with Steiker, Greenapple & Fusco, P.C., a boutique law firm focusing specifically on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) will be offering their expertise on (ESOPs) at different times and locations during October and November: Steiker, Greenapple & Fusco P.C. (SG&F), will be offering their experience and knowledge on ESOPs at three conferences covering the following topics: Internal trustee review and annual valuation reports at The ESOP Association's New England Chapter Annual Fall Conference in South Portland, Maine on Oct. 6 and 7; What paralegals ... Read more

Boomers opt for ESOPs as a succession planning tool

Monaco Jr., in his mid-60s, knew he had several good choices to cash out of his investment in Unicast. He decided to sell to the folks he knew best, his employees. To accomplish this, he used an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. ESOPs are a way to sell a company internally to employees. ESOPs enjoy several valuable tax benefits, including the possibility for a selling shareholder to defer capital gains tax on sale of shares to an ESOP and the ability ... Read more

Vespoli Puts Workers At The Helm

In two months, Amanda Ward will have worked to sell Vespoli USA racing rowboats for a full year — meaning she will be an owner of the Fair Haven company. Some of Ward’s coworkers already own the company. That’s because company founder Michael Vespoli is planning to retire soon and last May established an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), giving the company over to all full-time employees who have been there for at least a year. With no heir to the company after almost ... Read more

Advice From the Field: Consider an ESOP stock plan for a small business

If you own or have the inclination to own a small business, take time to become familiar with ESOP basics. An ESOP is a profit-sharing stock bonus plan usually set up by the owners of a closely held business. It spreads some or all ownership to employees of that business. It is also a tax-deductible contribution and tax-deferred retirement plan. Shares are transferred to employees following legal rules, such as minimum hours worked, and value is disbursed years later, under other strict and complicated ... Read more

At King Arthur Flour, Savoring the Perks of Employee Ownership

Last month, a recipe for lemon cake filled with pastry cream and lemon curd spread quickly on Facebook, garnering 6,200 shares and 9,900 likes. Of the 300-plus commenters, some had followed the recipe and were displaying photos of their frosted creations, while others asked baking questions or inquired about dairy- and gluten-free versions of the recipe. Another contingent was just plain hungry. “I need a piece of that cake right now,” one person wrote. The recipe and the Facebook page are those ... Read more

King Arthur Flour Named 2016 Employee-Owned Company of the Year

King Arthur Flour, an employee-owned company headquartered in Norwich, Vermont, was named the 2016 ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Company of the Year by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association's 39th Annual Conference in Washington, DC on May 18, and accepted by several employee-owners on King Arthur Flour's Ownership Culture Team. The award recognizes a company that shows a strong commitment to employee ownership–which includes promoting employee participation, wealth creation, and individual dignity and worth. Read the entire ... Read more

National employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) attorney to speak on best practices of making the ESOP transition

Steiker, Greenapple & Fusco P.C., will be offering their expertise in employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) on June 2nd at the Vermont Employee Ownership Center Conference and on June 7th at The ESOP Association's 2016 Super Regional Board of Directors & Trustee Conference for the PA/DE, NY/NJ and New England Chapters. On June 2nd, SG&F will be speaking at the 2016 Vermont Employee Ownership Conference at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. With co­speakers David Stiller from Heritage Aviation and John Brady of ... Read more

More worker-owned businesses are sprouting

A growing number of employers are devising an innovative remedy for wage stagnation and income inequality: turning their workers into owners. Last month, top Greek yogurt maker Chobani cast a national spotlight on the trend by announcing that the company’s 2,000 full-time employees will receive shares worth up to 10% of the company’s value when it goes public or is sold. Yet the two most prominent ways to give workers significant stakes — employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and worker cooperatives — go ... Read more

The Michigan Chapter of The ESOP Association has named Koops, Inc. the 2016 Company of the Year

Koops, Inc., a systems integrator company offering custom automation solutions, has received the distinction of being named ESOP Company of the Year by The ESOP Association of Michigan. Winning the ESOP Company of the Year award is an honor based on a few specific criteria. Most importantly, the winning company must demonstrate a commitment to encouraging a sense of employee ownership, as shown by the company's involvement with The ESOP Association, the way the company communicates with employees and the way it ... Read more
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