Our 250th Episode! Bret Keisling is joined by Loren Rodgers (NCEO) and Steve Storkan (EOX) who discuss the newly formed NCEOX Initiative, combining the great messaging of NCEO with the wonderful messengers of EOX. They share plans to bring employee ownership to states and communities with a focus on businesses considering EO and local/state leaders.
The National Center for Employee Ownership's unparalleled research is a perfect fit for the focus of Employee Ownership Expansion Network and its state centers, and the NCEOX Initiative formalizes an informal relationship that has gone on for several years. They discuss the importance of all forms of employee ownership: worker cooperatives, ESOPs, and Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). They also discuss changing how we talk about EO, and Steve shares how two people influenced how he talks about EO. Spoiler: one came from a previous episode of our podcast.
Finally, Loren and Steve help Bret celebrate this 250th episode of our longform Tuesday podcast, with more than 178,000 plays since we started in 2017. In addition to The EsOp Podcast, we've released 234 episodes of The EsOp Mini-cast, which drops on Fridays.
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Episode 250 Show Notes
Previous episodes referenced in this episode:
Mini-cast 139: If ESOP-world Ran the Airlines
Mini-cast 226: The NCEOX Initiative
Mini-cast 228: Lori Atone and the NCEO's Innovative Communication Coalition
About Loren Rodgers
Loren Rodgers joined the NCEO in 2005 as its research director and became its executive director in 2010. He writes extensively on employee ownership in professional and academic publications and has spoken at events around the world. Since he entered the field in 1995 as a consultant, he has worked with hundreds of companies and presented to thousands of people. His expertise includes ESOPs, equity compensation, best practices for employee ownership companies, research, effective communications, employee motivation, corporate governance, ESOP transactions and operations, and business literacy.
Loren has a master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, where he studied employee ownership and international development with a focus on Slavic Europe.
Previous episodes featuring Loren Rodgers:
About Steve Storkan
Steve Storkan has been involved with employee stock ownership plans for over 25 years, most recently as the Director of ESOP Administration for Alerus Retirement and Benefits where he worked closely with businesses in the creation of an ESOP and the technical administration and compliance required in subsequent years. Steve spent 11 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association where also served as Chapter President and VP of Government Relations. Steve holds a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation from the University of Minnesota State Mankato.
Some of the previous episodes featuring Steve Storkan:
The Owner to Owner podcast Episode 29: The EO State Centers
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