Blue Ridge ESOP Associates Industry News

ESCA: District Visits Report

Posted by ESCA

Aug 25, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Visit #1: James Estes, Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), visited ESCA Board member Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) Charlotte facility last week. SEL employee-owners and Government Affairs Representative Larry Camm spoke with the Senator's Regional Representative about the culture of employee-ownership and gave a tour of the SEL Charlotte facility.

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Topics: Congressional Visits

ESCA: Congressional Visit

Posted by ESCA

Aug 7, 2017 11:53:14 AM

Salem Distributing Company, Inc. took initiative to meet with their Congressional representative last week. Below is an update from ESCA regarding their visit:

Last week, ESCA member company Salem Distributing Company, Inc. met with Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC-5) in her district office. Because Congresswoman Foxx chairs the Committee on Education and the Workforce, which has jurisdiction over Department of Labor issues, Salem Distributing CEO Mike Willard and Controller Gale Marett focused their discussion on the Department of Labor's approach to ESOPs. Our goal for this meeting was to encourage Congresswoman Foxx to convey her support for ESOPs and concerns about aggressive enforcement efforts to Secretary Alexander Acosta.  We appreciate her willingness to speak with Secretary Acosta on behalf of ESCA member companies and look forward to continuing to work with her on DOL and other issues in the future. 

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Congressional Site Visits (5 Steps)

Posted by ESOP Association

Jul 7, 2017 10:08:48 AM

Michael Keeling, President of The ESOP Association, recently had an inquiry about what to do during a Congressional Site visit. His response was a 5 Step process:

1) A list of members of the House from your State that have co-sponsored HR 2092, the pro-ESOP bill, or the same bill in the last Congress, which was HR 2096. A member of Congress often looks to see what his or her colleagues are supporting and are influenced when those that they trust are behind a piece of legislation.

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Topics: Congressional Visits