The ABC’s of ESOPs Webinar

To download a pdf of the presentation slides, click here This is a one-and-a-half hour live Audio/Web Seminar that covers the basics of ESOPs from A to Z. This Audio/Web Seminar is designed for company owners and financial officers who want to determine whether an ESOP might be a good fit for their company. This program is designed to provide a broad overview of the advantages and disadvantages of ESOPs, without going into the detailed technical aspects of ESOPs. Program Agenda Why ESOPs Are Popular Liquidity & Diversification for Seller Employee Productivity Increase Company Cash Flow Business Succession ESOPs vs. Other Alternatives ESOP Disadvantages Menke Services Q&A ... Read More..

The Origin and History of the ESOP and Its Future Role as a Business Succession Tool

The First ESOP (1956) San Francisco lawyer and economist Louis O. Kelso created the first employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) in 1956 as a way to transition ownership of Peninsula Newspapers, Inc. from its two founders (both then in their 80s) to their chosen successors, the managers and employees. Kelso had long believed that the company’s own employees should be the logical buyers and the ultimate owners; they were the ones who made the business successful in the first place, and the ones who knew the ins and outs of the business better than anyone else in the industry. The two founders had long wanted their employees to inherit ownership. They had promised that when the time came for them to retire, the employees would have the first right of refusal. They had seen too many of their competitors gobbled up by large newspaper chains, and they had seen the ... Read More..