The 2018 annual Las Vegas ESOP Conference & Trade Show, hosted by The ESOP Association, drew more than 1,500 participants in early November. More than 60 individual breakout sessions were offered at this two-day event, including a track for employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trustees. The conference also included a networking reception for attendees to meet and greet with prospective and other ESOP companies and service providers.
Employee Ownership Foundation Chair Mark Lomele presented an award to Frieda Takaki for her support and promotion of employee ownership. Takaki is the president of CHART Rehabilitation of Hawaii, Inc. and an active member of the Hawaii Chapter of The ESOP Association.
The ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling gave a political update and shared his outlook on the current legislative environment in Washington, D.C. He focused on the effect of the midterm elections on employee-owned companies and related legislation. Keeling also was pleased to announce that more than $139,000 was raised to support the Employee Ownership Foundation and its efforts to increase support and awareness of employee ownership around the nation. This was a record-setting total that exceeded last year’s donations by more than $45,000.
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