The Corporate Directors' Exchange
A Program on ESOP Company Governance


July 24 - 26, 2016


Register by June 1, 2016 and save $100. Contact us for additional discounts for multiple registrations from the same company.

Enroll early - space is limited



Otterson Hall, UC San Diego
Rady School of Management

Program Contacts

Registration and general questions:
Ron Zollars

Questions on program content:
Martin Staubus, director

"Great program! Well worth my time, and a perfect fit for me as I step into my new role as a board member."
-Bobbette Biddulph, southern Calif. regional director, Environmental Science Associates

Program Overview

The success of an employee ownership company rests on an unusual collaboration among the three elements of its governance structure - the board of directors, the ESOP fiduciaries, and the company’s management. In an employee ownership environment, none of the elements has absolute control at any point. At the same time, each of the elements has a responsibility to make it work for the best interest of the ESOP shareholder. In many cases, the structure makes employee ownership companies nimble and responsive to changes in the marketplace, but where the collaboration breaks down, it can become a hindrance to competitiveness and long-term success.

"Very good program and lots of interesting take-away material."
-Joe Hurwich, director, Dipaco, Inc.

The Governance Curriculum on Employee Ownership at the Rady School of Management include programs designed to support the development of each of the three members of the governance community; to foster their efficient interaction; and to help refine “best practices” for each of these roles.

"Being a director can be somewhat overwhelming. I left the Corporate Directors’ Exchange feeling more confident that I was prepared to execute for the benefit of the employee owners."
Roger Ryberg, director, Windings, Inc.

The Corporate Directors’ Exchange is a unique opportunity for people serving in or considering serving in the pivotal role as directors of ESOP companies to share experiences with others in similar situations. Whether an employee or independent director, understanding of the role and responsibilities it brings is critical to safe and successful service. This exchange allows directors to work together to hone their understanding of corporate governance as it is influenced by ESOP as a capital structure and to apply their group experience to the task of guiding employee-owned companies on a strategic path to growth and sustainability.

The Corporate Directors’ Exchange is a highly interactive mix of presentations and group exercises. It is designed to establish a knowledge base and build upon it to allow each company represented to develop a truly efficient business model that not only creates value for the stakeholders but lives up to the promise of an employee ownership future.

Because of the nature of the program, attendance is limited so register early.

Featured Instructors

Larry Goldberg

Partner, ESOP Law Group

Mr. Goldberg focuses his practice on the design, implementation and operation of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and he is nationally recognized for his extensive experience in structuring a wide variety of ESOP transactions. These ESOP transactions are often designed as part of a family ownership transition, management buyout, or investment diversification/liquidity strategy for shareholder groups. Larry has advised numerous corporations, shareholders and directors, of both closely held and publicly traded companies, on the use of ESOPs and ESOP-related strategies. He regularly serves as legal counsel to ESOP trustees, and advises investors and lenders with respect to ESOP transactions. Larry also advises clients on various types of pension and profit sharing plans, and management incentive plans implemented in connection with an ESOP transaction.

Martin Staubus
Executive Director, Beyster Institute

Martin Staubus is executive director of the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego. He advises business leaders on the strategic use of employee ownership programs to build stronger companies and provide liquidity to owners. Trained as an attorney, Martin has more than 30 years of experience in the business world, serving in varied roles as a lawyer, consultant, government policy advisor, corporate executive and corporate director. Nationally recognized as a leading expert on the effective use of equity compensation and employee stock plans, Martin is active in speaking, writing, and teaching, with work published by Harvard Business School Press, Harvard Business Review, and others. He is a frequent speaker and workshop leader and also is an instructor at the UCSD Rady School of Management.

John Hoffmire
Associate fellow, Oxford University's Said School of Business, and director Impact Bond Fund


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