Employee Ownership Foundation Leadership

The EOF is governed by an independent national Board of Trustees, eight of whom make up the Foundation’s Executive Committee, the primary decision-making body for the organization. The Board is led by an elected Chairman who serves no more than two consecutive two year terms. The EOF staff is led by a President, who is a non-voting member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Cindy Turcot

Cindy Turcot

Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees

Cindy Turcot is President at Gardener’s Supply Company, a direct mail, web and retail company with 4 locations in Vermont and 1 location in NH. Gardener's Supply has had an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) since 1987 and is 100% ESOP owned. Cindy was a key player in the transition from the Founder to the ESOP and is a driving force for a strong employee ownership culture. Gardener’s Supply was the national “Company of the Year” through the ESOP Association in 2018. In addition, Gardener’s Supply is a B Corporation and in 2019 won “Best for Workers” from the Best for the World list in the B Corp community. She is Chair of the Employee Ownership Foundation, past Chair of the national ESOP Association, Treasurer (and past Chair) of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, past founding Board of Director of the Employee Ownership Expansion Network (EOX) and serves as a Board of Director for two ESOP owned companies.

James J. Bonham

James J. Bonham

President

James Bonham serves as the President of the Employee Ownership Foundation and the President & CEO of The ESOP Association. He is a recognized expert in public policy, government advocacy, and executive leadership, with more than 25 years of experience as a high level government official, advisor, advocate, and business leader.

Before joining the Foundation, James served for eight years as Chairman of the highly regarded Federal Public Policy and Government Relations practice at Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP, a nationally recognized law and business consulting firm. In his practice, Bonham advised national trade associations, non-profits, and Fortune 100 businesses.

During more than a decade of public service, he held multiple senior staff positions in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives where he was frequently cited in the media as one of the 50 most influential aides of either political party.

Bonham has served in leadership positions for several non-profits. In addition to the EOF, he is currently serving or has served on the Board of Directors for the California State Society, the National Maritime Heritage Foundation, the Robert T. Matsui Foundation, and Per Scholas.

His passion for shared capitalism springs from a family commitment to employee ownership: His grandfather had a personal and professional relationship with James Cash (J.C.) Penney, based partly on a shared business philosophy. One of their beliefs was granting a form of ownership to employees in the small mercantile businesses they ran. Bonham is proud to carry on today his family tradition of expanding employee ownership.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Gary Shorman

Gary Shorman

Executive Committee Memberr

Chairman & CEO

Eagle Communications

Lynn DuBois

Lynn DuBois

Executive Committee Member
Partner
ESOP Law Group
David Fitz-Gerald

David Fitz-Gerald

Executive Committee Member
Vice President and CFO
Carris Reels, Inc.
Karen L. Ellis

Karen L. Ellis

Executive Committee Member
EVP, Human Resources
Superior Farms/Transhumance Holding Company Inc.
Missy Pieske

Missy Pieske

Executive Committee Member
Executive Assistant & Meeting Planner
The Walman Optical Company
Mark R. Lomele

Mark R. Lomele

Executive Committee Member
Executive Vice President (Ret.)
Recology
Derrick Vick

Derrick Vick

Executive Committee Member
VP, CFO
Freedom Industries Inc.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Merri Ash

Sr. Vice President, Fiduciary Trust Group
TI-Trust, Inc.

Ted Becker

Partner
McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP

Dr. Daphne Berry

Associate Professor of Management
University of Hartford

J. Randall Bishop

Owner
J. Randall Bishop Consulting Services

Spencer A. Coates

President
Houchens Industries, Inc.

Chuck Coyne, ASA

Managing Director
Empire Valuation Consultants, LLC

Tabitha Croscut

Shareholder
Devine, Millemet & Branch, PA

Richard Duffy

EOF Development Officer
Office of Richard E. Duffy

Steve Earle

Director of Operations
Mid South Building Supply, Inc.

Janet M. Edmunson

President
JME Insights

Mark R. Fournier, CFA

Managing Director
STOUT

Jeffrey Gelburd

Vice President
Murray Securus

Laurence Goldberg

Partner
ESOP law Group, LLP

Daniel Goldstein

President & CEO
Folience

Steven Greenapple, Esq.

Principal
SES ESOP Strategies

Davin R. Gustafson

Principal
Apple Growth Partners

Matt Hancock

Consultant
Praxis Consulting Group, Inc.

Ali Jamshidi

VP of Finance & CFO
CTL Engineering, Inc.

Mick Lamond

CFO
Newport Harbor Corporation

Jodi Lamb

Manager of Marketing and Communications
Big G Express, Inc.

Andy Manchir, ASA, CMA, CEPA

Director of Business Valuation & ESOP Services
Kats, Sapper & Miller

Scott D. Miller, CPA, ABV, CVA

President
ESI Equity

John Miscione

Senior Advisor
Duff & Phelps, LLC

Ellis Moseley

Executive Vice President & CFO
HISCO, Inc.

Alexander Moss

President
Praxis Consulting Group, Inc.

Marcus Piquet, CPA

Senior Managing Director
Ambrose Advisors

Robyn Pollina

CFO
The Palmer-Donivan Mfg. Co.

Hugh Reynolds, III

Partner
Crowe LLP

Robert Schatz

Partner
ESOP Plus: Schatz, Brown, Glassman LLP

Peter Schuler

Partner
Crowe LLP

Steve Suckow

Director of ESOP Practice
BMO Harris Bank N.A.

A. Lori Stuart, QPA

Senior Manager
Crowe LLP

Caryn Siebert

Vice President
Gallagher Bassett

Joanna Swerdlin

Vice President
Swerdlin & Company

Andrew Todhunter

President
Proponent

Rita Tucker

Manager, ESOP Education
Lewis Tree Service, Inc.

Raman Venkat

Office of the CEO/CFO
LeFiell Manufacturing Company

Doug Wright

President
Mountain Hardware Sports