Bret Keisling is joined by author Dave Fitz-Gerald to discuss a new Kickstarter campaign for If It's the Last Thing I Do, which is the very first fiction novel to feature an ESOP. We encourage everyone to support this effort and give what you can to help bring ESOPs into popular culture.
The Kickstarter campaign features several goals. The first goal makes the book possible. The second goal funds a soundtrack to accompany the book, and the final "stretch" goal would fund an audiobook version of the novel. "If It's the Last Thing I Do" tells the story of a retired receptionist who unexpectedly inherits her father's business and converts it into an ESOP in the late 1970s. The story includes many twists and turns that will be familiar to anyone involved in ESOP transitions and business succession. The book is expected to be published this summer (2023).
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Episode 244 Show Notes
Bret featured the book on Mini-cast 225: "If It's the Last Thing I Do," an ESOP-themed Novel.
You can listen to more about Dave's previous work in on Episode 78: Third Party Administration and an Author Interview.
About David Fitz-Gerald
Dave is a past board chairman of The ESOP Association, incoming chairman of The Employee Ownership Foundation, and long-time CFO of Carris Reels, a legendary ESOP based in Vermont.
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