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Who We Are

We are a community of business people who have seen the transformative power of employee ownership - for businesses, communities and individuals - first hand. The members of our Board jointly have over 160 years of business experience, including over 100 years leading employee-owned firms. Those companies have a combined total of nearly 1,200 employee-owners with holdings over $100 million.

Steve Storkan

Executive Director

Steve Storkan has been involved with employee stock ownership plans for over 25 years, most recently as the Director of ESOP Administration for Alerus Retirement and Benefits where he worked closely with businesses in the creation of an ESOP and the technical administration and compliance required in subsequent years. Steve spent 11 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association where also served as Chapter President and VP of Government Relations. Steve holds a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation from the University of Minnesota State Mankato.

Board of Directors

Cecil Ursprung (EOX Chair)

CEO Emeritus, Reflexite Corporation

Cecil Ursprung recently retired as CEO of Reflexite Corporation after 25 years. Reflexite’s ESOP was established in 1984. In addition to serving as the Chair of the State Center Task Force, Cecil formerly served as the NCEO board’s co-chair and VP, Government Relations, New England Chapter of The ESOP Association. He has worked on helping to grow more active relationships with the other organizations serving the ESOP community. One example is the ROOF steering committee, which has members from throughout the ownership community. Cecil currently serves on the boards of two ESOP companies.

Ken Baker

CEO, NewAge Industries

Ken Baker is the CEO of NewAge Industries, a plastic and rubber tubing and hose manufacturer and RFID tag solutions provider located in Southampton, Pennsylvania. In 2006, Ken established the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), and in 2019 he sold his remaining shares to the ESOP, making New Age Industries a 100% employee owned company.  He is a founding member and Chairman of Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership (PaCEO), and spends time speaking about ESOPs to other CEOs at local and national events. He is a Member of the Foundation board of Montgomery County Community College. Ken is also a generous contributor to local and national charities.

Neil Brozen

President/Co-founder Ventura ESOP Fiduciary Services

Neil Brozen is the President and co-founder of Ventura ESOP Fiduciary Services.  Neil serves as ongoing trustee for more than 100 ESOP’s across the United States and has served as transactional trustee for more than 100 ESOPs since the summer of 2016.  Prior to starting Ventura, Neil provided ESOP trustee services for two institutional trustees from 2005 through April 2016. He managed 60 ongoing ESOPs and more than 200 ESOP transactions during this time.  Neil is an active member of the ESOP Association and their Fiduciary Committee. He has served on the NCEO Board of Directors, the ESOP Association Board of Governors as well as the Valuation, Finance and Ownership Culture Committees.  He is a frequent national speaker on ESOP issues and wrote chapters for several NCEO publications.

James Steiker

Chairman and CEO, SES ESOP Strategies

James G. Steiker is a corporate, pension and tax attorney and financial advisor with more than 30 years of experience in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and other employee ownership matters, focusing primarily on ESOP design, transactions and compliance in entrepreneurial companies. Jim is the past Chair of the ESOP Association’s Advisory Committee on Finance and currently serves on the ESOP Association Board of Governors. He is also a past trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation and a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership. He is a frequent speaker and author on ESOP matters and serves as a director of nine ESOP companies. Jim is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar, and of Wesleyan University.

Tracy Till

Board Member

PRESIDENT, T4 VERGE, INC.

Tracy Till is the President and Founder of T4 Verge, Inc. Founded in 2014, T4 Verge is a boutique business and leadership consultancy focused on assisting leaders of ESOP and WBENC companies. Till previously founded nationally-recognized, 100% ESOP and women-owned Media & Communications firm Butler/Till based in Rochester, NY. Till served as the Co-CEO at Butler/Till until 2014, and from 2015 to 2020 worked as the Chairman of the Board. Till comes to EOX with years of experience as an Independent Board Member, and currently serves as an Independent Board Member at Employee-Owned company Prolift Inc, as an Advisor to Certified Employee-Owned, and as National Co-Chair of Marketing for the Private Directors Association.