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The ESOP Association

Public Policy Council

The ESOP Association was envisioned and formed first and foremost as an advocacy organization to protect, defend, and expand government policies that promote the establishment and ongoing operations of ESOPs. To this end, the advocacy function of the Association is one of the paramount activities and functions of TEA.

The ESOP Association's Public Policy Council is a volunteer group of advocacy champions representing the most highly engaged TEA Member companies, professionals, and individual employee owner volunteers and is charged with the responsibility of helping to shape and guide the public policy initiatives and advocacy activities of TEA.

When Congress is in session, members of the Policy Council join monthly conference calls with TEA Public Policy staff for an in-depth discussion on TEA’s advocacy efforts and the most recent developments. During these calls, council members will have the opportunity to participate in the overall programming, positions, and plan of execution for advocacy.

Members of the Council are the most politically engaged members in TEA, maintain well-established relationships with policy makers, and possess a deep knowledge of The ESOP Association and issues affecting employee ownership. Advocacy experience preferred but not required.

The members of the inaugural Public Policy Council were appointed by the Board of Directors on April 30, 2021. Thanks to the following individuals for volunteering their time and energy to help our public policy efforts. 

Executive Committee of the Public Policy Council

Peter A. Ney
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

Brian Bowers
ESOP Rep. (Up to 250 Employees)
Bowers & Kubota

Ben Holder
ESOP Rep. (More Than 250 Employees)
Plastic Products, Inc.

Barbara Clough
TEA Chapter Advocacy Officer Rep.
Crowe LLP

Renee Lewis
ESOP Professional Rep.
Holland & Knight

Gary Shorman
At Large Membership Rep.
Eagle Communications

Sean-Tamba Matthew
At-Large Membership Rep.
Stevens & Lee/SES ESOP Strategies

Allison Wilkerson
At-Large Membership Rep.
McDermott, Will & Emory


Members of the Public Policy Council

Aaron Moberger
AVID Products, Inc.
Ali Jamshidi
CTL Engineering Inc.
Amy Kirby
DCS Corporation
Andy Daly
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Brian Ippensen
Castles Hollis
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Chris Buch
Polsinelli PC
Chris Hicks
Gemini Industries
Clifford Canavera
Canavera Financial Group, LLC
Danielle Montesano
JP Morgan
Derrick Vick
Freedom Industries, Inc.
Elizabeth Di Cola
TI-Trust, Inc.
Eric Tober
James Steiker
SES ESOP Strategies LLC
Jeffrey S. Tarbell
Houlihan Lokey
John Penewitt
LJA Engineering, Inc.
Karen Ellis
Superior Farms/ Transhumance Holding
Kim Abello
Wells Fargo Bank, NA
Kris Carlson
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Laura Ruzicka
SRC Holding Corporation
Leslie Kass
Lewis Tree Service, Inc.
Marcus Piquet
Ambrose Advisors
Michael Willard
Salem Fabrication Technologies Group
Nancy Love
Anderson Insurance Associates
Peter Jones
Tucker Ellis LLP
Ramon A. Gaanderse
Tucson Asphalt Contracting
Richard Pearl
Faegre Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP
Ryan Ball
VGM Group Inc
Sara Driscoll
Sarah Bothner
The Capital ESOP Group at UBS
Scott Drake
PFS Corporation dba PFS TECO
Scott Miller
Enterprise Opportunities, LLC
Steve Earle
Mid South Building Supply, Inc.
Ted Becker
McDermott, Will & Emery LLP
Tim Jochim
Walter Halverfield

The next council will be appointed in 2023. To express your interest in future council membership, click here.

Executive Committee of the Public Policy Council

Peter A. Ney

Chair, Public Policy Council

Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Director
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC

Brian Bowers

At-Large Board of Governors Member

President & CEO
Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc.