NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership

About Employee Ownership

What is Employee Ownership?

At thousands of businesses in the United States, employees own a majority of their company's stock. These "employee-owned" companies employ millions of people who each have the ability to say "I am an owner of this company." To read more about employee ownership, please visit the NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership website

Why Should New Jersey and New York Businesses Care?

For current business owners looking to retire or sell part of their equity stake, employee ownership is an attractive alternative to selling to a private equity firm or other outside buyer.  To read more about why businesses should care, please visit the NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership website

Why Should New Jersey and New York Communities Care?

Employee ownership keeps businesses and jobs in-state and builds community wealth.  To read more about why communities should care, please visit the NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership website

Additional Information and Research on Employee Ownership

SMLR is building an online library of articles and research on employee ownership. A beta version is currently available, which you can visit at cleo.rutgers.edu.

SMLR Professors Joseph Blasi and Douglas Kruse's research shows that the concept of employees owning a share of their company, has a long and robust tradition in American history...read more.


In the News

(SMLR) Press Release: New SMLR Center Aims to Save Jobs Through Employee Ownership

(NJTV News) Why businesses should consider employee ownership

(My Central Jersey) New Rutgers center aims to save jobs through employee ownership

(New Jersey Business Magazine) New Rutgers Center Aims to Save Jobs Through Employee Ownership

(New Jersey 101.5) N.J. Effort To Get Owners selling their companies...to their employees?

(Return on Information New Jersey) ESOPs may be smartest (and safest) succession strategy for boomers

(Times Union) Employee ownership can boost NY economy, families

Rutgers Center for Employee Ownership Advisory Board member John Vitucci, on the benefits of employee ownership...read more.



Free Webinar - Employee Ownership for Business Succession - Tuesday, March 13th 12:00 pm (EST)

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are a highly-tax favored, flexible way for business owners to provide for ownership transition. An ESOP allows a company to use its future pre-tax earnings to buy out some or all of an owner's shares, and allow the owner to defer taxation on the gain.

Employees get ownership out of the future profit they generate, not by buying shares directly. An ESOP can preserve business legacy, help to get the seller a fair price, and allows owners to play whatever ongoing role they choose in the company. ESOPs have been highly successful, but they are not for every company.

Join the Rutgers NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership and speaker Corey Rosen for this informative webinar on Tuesday, March 13th.

Learn how ESOPs work and if they are right for you.

Reserve Your Spot Today!


Past Events

ESPP Day - February 8, 2018

The NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership co-sponsored with Computershare an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) conference on February 8, 2018 in New York.  The ESPP Day conference provided a comprehensive introduction to the important aspects of employee stock purchase plans. Please click here to view the conference presentations.

Keynote speaker was Dr. Joseph Blasi, Distinguished Professor and Sociologist at Rutgers. One of the leading academic experts on employee share ownership in the world, Dr. Blasi has written several books, including The Citizen’s Share, which traces the history of employee share ownership in the U.S. from its earliest days to today. He also regularly speaks at industry conferences and has written for numerous publications, including Fortune Magazine, where he is a regular commentator.

The conference included presentations from stock plan professionals at Computershare, AON Hewitt, Baker & McKenzie, ISP Advisors, HighTower Advisors, myStockOptions.com, and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals.

Employee Ownership Strategies Conference - July 31, 2017

The NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership’s first Employee Ownership Strategies Conference took place on July 31, 2017.

Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, partners, and participants for making the conference a success!

View the conference presentations and learn more about our speakers below.

Doug Kruse, Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations 
Jim Steiker, Esq., Chairman and CEO, SES Advisors
Loren Rodgers, Executive Director, The National Center for Employee Ownership
Terence "Terry" Griswold, Managing Director and founder, Empire Valuation
Rich Telesmanich, Sr. Vice President and CAO
Matt Hancock, Consultant, Praxis Consulting Group
Debbi Marcus, Manager, Global Equity, Unilever













The New Jersey/New York Center for Employee Ownership (NJ/NYCEO) promotes better understanding of the values of employee ownership among business leaders, public officials, employees, members of the media, students, teachers, nonprofit leaders, consumers, and other persons and organizations in New Jersey and New York. The NJ/NYCEO is a center at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.