About the Association

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

National Awards
Each year, The Association presents awards in several cateogries:
    ESOP Company of the Year
    Employee Owner of the Year  
    Chapter of the Year
    Outstanding Chapter Officer
    Member Recruitment Award--for a Professional Member who excels at recruiting Corporate

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—for a member of The Association who has made significant long-term
              contributions to The Association and employee ownership

Annual Award for Communications Excellence (AACE) 
The AACE competition identifies those 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
This 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 418 companies that hold the Silver ESOP Award provide concrete evidence that ESOPs are stable and resilient.