ESOP Association Leadership


James Bonham


Mr. James Bonham

President & CEO, The ESOP Association

From The ESOP Association’s national headquarters in Washington, DC, James Bonham serves as President and CEO, leading The Association and its 18 state and regional chapters throughout the nation. Bonham also serves as President of the Employee Ownership Foundation, whose mission is to educate and expand employee ownership throughout the United States.

Bonham is a recognized expert in public policy, government advocacy, and executive leadership. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a high level government official, advisor, and business leader with expertise in the fields of taxes, labor, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, and government contracting.

Before joining The Association, Bonham was Chairman for nearly eight years of the highly regarded Public Policy and Government Relations practice at Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP, a nationally recognized law and business consulting firm. In this role, Bonham led teams of lawyers, policy experts, and advocates representing clients as diverse as New York Life, The Recording Academy (Grammy’s), StarKist, and the American Land Title Association.

During a decade of public service, Bonham held multiple senior staff positions, including Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, where he was frequently cited in the media as one of the 50 most influential aides of either political party.

His passion for shared capitalism springs from a family commitment to employee ownership: His grandfather had a personal and professional relationship with James Cash (J.C.) Penney, based partly on a shared business philosophy. One of their beliefs was granting a form of ownership to employees in the small mercantile businesses they ran. Bonham is proud to carry on today his family tradition of expanding employee ownership.

Ali Jamshidi, Chair ESOP Association Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ali Jamshidi

VP of Finance & CFO, CTL Engineering, Inc.

Ali Jamshidi is the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at CTL Engineering Inc., in Columbus, OH. He has worked at CTL, which is 100% employee owned, since 1985.

Ali has been very active in The ESOP Association and has served in multiple leadership positions. On the Board of Directors, he has served as Secretary/Treasurer and Vice Chair; as Vice Chair, he presided over a special committee tasked with evaluating and updating The Association’s strategic plan.

He has been the Board Liaison to the Executive Committee of the State and Regional Chapter Council, the Committee Chair of the Board of Governors, and the President of TEA’s Ohio/Kentucky Chapter.

Ali also has held leadership roles for the Employee Ownership Foundation, where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees and has served on the Executive Committee. He also serves on the boards of other ESOP companies.


Ali Jamshidi


VP of Finance & CFO

CTL Engineering, Inc.

Karen Ellis

Vice Chair

Executive VP of HR

Superior Farms, Transhumance Holding Company

Derrick Vick

Secretary & Treasurer


Freedom Industries, Inc.

Gary Shorman

Immediate Past Chair


Eagle Communications

Cindy Turcot

Chair of the Employee Ownership Foundation

Gardener’s Supply Company

Steve Earle

State & Regional Council Chair

Vice President of Kitchen Operations
Mid South Building Supply Inc. 

Robyn Pollina

Corporate At-Large Member


Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Co.

Peter A. Ney

Chair, Public Policy Council

Executive Vice President and Treasurer

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

Daniel Goldstein

President & CEO

Lori Stuart

Chair, Advisory Committees

Senior Consultant

Blue Ridge ESOP Associates

Brian Ippensen

Professional At-Large Member



Executive Committee of the Public Policy Council

Peter A. Ney

Chair, Public Policy Council

Executive Vice President and Treasurer

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

Daniel Goldstein

Public Policy Council, TEA Board Representative

President and CEO


Brian Bowers

ESOP Rep. (Up to 250 Employees)


Bowers & Kubota

Ben Holder

ESOP Rep. (More Than 250 Employees)

President and CEO

Plastic Products, Inc.

Barbara Clough

TEA Chapter Advocacy Officer Rep.

Senior Manager

Crowe LLP

Renee Lewis

ESOP Professional Rep.


Holland & Knight

Eric Tober

At Large Membership Rep.

Principal and Director


Sean-Tamba Matthew

At-Large Membership Rep.


Stevens & Lee/SES ESOP Strategies

Allison Wilkerson

At-Large Membership Rep.


McDermott, Will & Emory

Executive Committee of the State and Regional Chapter Council

Steve Earle

State & Regional Council Chair

VP of Kitchen Operations

Mid South Building Supply

Janeece Higgins

President & Chief Executive Officer

Alaska Rubber and Supply Inc. 

Matthew Olson

Vice President of Operations

Mountain Hardware and Sports

Maria Prado

VP of Human Resources

Rex-Cut Abrasives

Karen Ellis

Executive VP of HR

Superior Farms, Transhumance Holding Company

Charles Kroll


Crystal Flash

Becky Streff

Vice President, Organizational Excellence

ESP International

Daniel Goldstein

President and CEO


Chairs of The ESOP Association Advisory Committees

Tracy Woolsey

Chair, Advisory Committee on Fiduciary Issues

Senior Vice President / Employee Benefits Officer

Horizon Trust & Investments

Cara Benningfield

Chair, Advisory Committee on Finance



Julie Govreau

Chair, Advisory Committee Legislative & Regulatory

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

GreatBanc Trust Co.

John Williams

Chair, Advisory Committee on Ownership Culture


Elucidate Resources LLC

Donny Springer

Chair, Advisory Committee on Valuation

Managing Principal and Shareholder

Columbia Financial Advisors Inc.

Lynn Archer

Chair, Advisory Committee on Administration

Senior Vice President

GreatBanc Trust Company