For ESCA members, being an S corporation ESOP is central to their ownership and operating structure, and our members know that if their company doesn’t take an active role in preserving and expanding these high-performing businesses, others may not. ESCA is a much-needed and powerful voice in Washington, D.C. protecting the dream of private employee ownership and providing a single focus on private S ESOPs. ESCA’s professional staff members are experts in government affairs, political strategy, and tax policy, and they work for – and at the direction of – ESCA member S ESOP companies.
ESCA members have the opportunity to protect the retirement security and important ownership benefits that the S ESOP structure creates by working with members of Congress and the Administration directly in legislative and regulatory activities that affect how federal officials view the S ESOP structure. Additionally, ESCA members are continually provided up-to-date information on what is happening in Washington, and how the current political landscape could affect the S ESOP structure. Finally, ESCA members have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow S ESOP companies at ESCA events, which highlight new technical and practical information for S ESOP financial managers and senior executives.
ESCA’s success depends on the participation of privately-owned S ESOP companies with a direct stake in federal laws and policies impacting their employee-owners. S ESOP companies can participate in ESCA at the General, Leadership and Development Council, or Board of Directors levels (for more information regarding membership levels and fees, please click here). Additionally, Professional membership is available to professionals who share ESCA’s commitment to protecting S ESOPs from adverse intentional or unintended federal policy actions.
Please contact Laura Jackson (LJackson@esca.us) with any questions regarding membership, or if you would like to be connected to a current ESCA member.
2016 Membership Rates
Eligible S ESOP Companies may join ESCA at the General, Leadership and Development Council, or Board of Directors level. Members of all three levels pay dues reflecting the company’s number of eligible participants, and companies who join after July 1 of each year receive a prorated membership rate. All applications for ESCA membership must be approved by the Membership Committee of the Board of Directors, and new members to the Board of Directors must be approved by the Board.
Member companies receive regular updates on key Washington developments affecting S ESOPs; invitations to private briefings, lobbying events, annual meetings and other activities; and access to ESCA’s legislative, regulatory, and public relations resources. Membership dues for 2016 are based on number of eligible participants within the following categories:
Under 250 employee-owners: $3,000
Between 250-1,000 employee-owners: $5,000
More than 1,000 employee-owners: $10,000
Leadership & Development Council Membership
The Leadership & Development Council is designed for companies wanting to make a greater investment in ESCA’s agenda and future. Leadership & Development Council members may participate in select Board of Directors discussions and may serve on committees established by the Board. Membership dues for 2016 are based on number of eligible participants within the following categories:
Under 250 employee-owners: $7,000
Between 250-1,000 employee-owners: $15,000
More than 1,000 employee-owners: $20,000
The Board of Directors is the central governing body of ESCA. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, and has oversight for strategic, financial, priority-related, membership and other key areas for ESCA. Companies pay their dues based on the following categories:
Under 250 employee-owners: $33,000
Between 250-1,000 employee-owners: $45,000
More than 1,000 employee-owners: $60,000
General Professional Membership
Practitioners in the S corporation ESOP field are invited to join ESCA as professional members. Though professional members may not sit on the Board of Directors, they are invited to the semi-annual ESCA meetings, receive all updates, information and materials provided to the general membership, and are eligible to serve on ESCA’s Advisory Committee. Practitioners pay dues of $2,500 per year.
Advisory Committee Membership
Up to 16 of ESCA’s Professional Members are invited on an annual basis by the ESCA Board of Directors to serve on ESCA’s Advisory Committee. Appointment to the Advisory Committee is based upon the Professional Member’s commitment to ESCA’s goals of promoting and preserving the S ESOP structure as evidenced by assisting ESCA in securing new members and providing counsel and insight to the ESCA Board of Directors on issues affecting S corporation ESOPs. The Advisory Committee meets at ESCA’s semi-annual meetings. For more information, please click here. No additional dues are paid by Professional Members appointed to the Advisory Committee.