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Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE)

What is the AACE Competition?

The Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE) competition identifies companies that excel at communicating with employee owners and the larger community. Categories include: 

•   Video (Click here to see past entries)
•   Printed Materials
•   Intranet
•   Employee Ownership Marketing
•   One Special Event
•   Series of Special Events
•   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 ESOP Association's Annual Conference in Washington, DC

What is the Employee Ownership Month (EOM) Poster Competition?

The five-person panel of ESOP Association members that judges the AACE competition also selects a winner for the EOM poster competition. The EOM poster competition highlights the poster that best embodies and exemplifies employee ownership and ESOP culture. 

The winner will be announced at the Annual Conference Awards Ceremony in May in Washington, D.C.

Entries will be judged based on:

•   How clearly, powerfully, and effectively they convey employee ownership and the ESOP concept.
•   How involved employee owners were in creating and executing the poster design.
•   The technical quality of the communication.
•   Creativity and originality. 

When can my company enter?

The 2019 AACE and EOM Poster Competitions are now open! All entries must be received by February 1, 2019.

How do we enter?

Download the digital entry form to your computer, type in your information, save the form, and attach it to an e-mail sent to media@esopassociation.org.

Be sure to read the 2019 AACE and EOM Poster Competition Rules, especially since there are two changes to the entry process this year

Other helpful information

To help you prepare your entry, look at the entries that were winners and runners up from past competitions, which you can find below:

Past AACE Winners and Runners Up   

Archive of Past AACE Video Entries

Winner and finalists of the 2018 Employee Ownership Month Poster competition


All entries must be received by Feb. 1, 2019. 

AACE or EOM Poster Competition Questions? 

Contact Patrick Mirza, (202) 293-2971, patrick@esopassociation.org