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The ESOP Association Awards

The ESOP Association's Awards Programs seek to identify and promote excellence throughout the ESOP community. 

AACE Awards

The Annual Award for Communications Excellence (AACE) competition identifies companies that excel at communicating with employee owners and the larger community. Categories include: Video, Printed Materials, Intranet, Employee Ownership Marketing, One Special Event, Series of Special Events, and Total Communications. 

     A panel of five judges representing various elements of The ESOP Association's membership evaluates AACE entries in the first quarter of each year. Winners are announced each year at an awards banquet in May that kicks off The Association's Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 

Silver ESOP Awards

The Silver ESOP Award recognizes corporate members of The ESOP Association that have celebrated 25 years of ESOP operation. ESOPs once were considered a flash in the pan, but the 459 companies that hold the Silver ESOP Award provide concrete evidence that ESOPs are stable and resilient.  

National Awards

Each year, The Association presents awards in several categories:

In addition, at its discretion, the awards committee may present awards to deserving individuals in two other categories:

  •     Outstanding Board of Governors Member
  •     Life Services Award


2018 National Award Winners:


ESOP Company of the Year

Gardener's Supply


Employee Ownership Month Poster Contest Winner

A.D. Marble


Life Service Awards

Mark Lomele, SVP/CFO, Recology


Membership Recruitment for a Professional Member

Hillary Hughes, Prairie Capital Advisors


Employee Owner of the Year

Luke Deets, Project Executive, McCownGordon Construction
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Chapter Officer of the Year

Larry Filipski, President, New York/New Jersey Chapter
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Chapter of the Year

Heart of America Chapter