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Webinar | What Board Members Should Know about the Impact of the New Administration on Employee Ownership
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST
Category: National

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Mountain)
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM (Central)
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM (Eastern)

Zoom invitation will be shared the day before the event.


A panel of ESOP advisors will explore the impact of the new administration on ESOPS and employee ownership.  Corey Rosen, Founder of the National Center for Employee Ownership, and Chris Buch of Polsinelli will discuss how some of the proposed legislation and government regulation may impact future and existing ESOPs.  Amy Schuster from PNC will provide some color on what her firm is currently hearing from clients and prospects.  These topics will be covered from the perspective of a Business Owner, Management and Board Member.   

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Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!



Corey Rosen
Co-Founder and Senior Staff Member

Corey Rosen, Ph.D., is the cofounder and senior staff member of the NCEO. He co-authored, along with John Case and Martin Staubus, Equity: Why Employee Ownership Is Good for Business (Harvard Business School Press, May 2005). Over the years, he has written, edited, or contributed to dozens of books, articles and research papers on employee ownership. He is generally regarded as the leading expert on employee ownership in the world. Rosen received his Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University in 1973, after which he taught politics at Ripon College in Wisconsin before being named an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1975. He worked on Capital Hill for the next five years, where he helped initiate and draft legislation on ESOPs and employee ownership. In 1981, he formed the NCEO.


Amy Schuster
Managing Director, SVP, ESOP Solutions

Amy Schuster is Managing Director for the ESOP Solutions team in Chicago. Amy has 7+ years of experience advising companies and business owners on all aspects of ESOP transactions from financing structures to valuation to transaction design. Amy provides subject matter expertise on ESOP transactions as an ownership transition tool and liquidity solution and functions as a resource both internally to PNC and externally to PNC clients and prospects advising on all aspects of lending to an ESOP-owned company.  Amy has +18 year of banking experience.

Prior to joining PNC in May of 2019, Amy most recently served as a Senior Vice President with Fifth Third Bank’s ESOP Finance Group. Before joining the ESOP Finance team, Amy served as the SVP, Regional CFO of Fifth Third Bank Chicago where she was nominated for 40 under 40 for her ability to help the region with strategic planning and was responsible for reporting on approximately 20% of the banks net income generation.

Amy received her B.A. from the Wartburg College with a double major in Finance and Marketing and minor in Spanish. She is a member of the National and Regional ESOP Associations, a member of the ESOP Association’s Finance Committee, and a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership. She holds FINRA; SIE & 63


Christopher K. Buch

Christopher Buch is a Chicago business attorney with a multi-disciplinary practice that focuses on avariety of executive compensation, employee benefits and employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) matters. He leverages a seasoned perspective to clients’ business challenges and the development of business strategies.

Chris routinely represents Fortune 500 companies, publicly traded companies, executives, and most often, private corporations and closely held entities.

Chris’ practice centers on executive compensation and employee benefit issues, helping clients design and draft compensation and equity arrangements, establish and maintain qualified plans and health and welfare arrangements, comply with tax laws related to compensation and benefits and evaluate mergers and acquisitions. Chris also helps clients comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), respond to Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service investigations, negotiate agreements with benefit plan vendors, comply with fiduciary rules applicable to employee benefit plans and navigate prohibited transaction rules.

In addition, a significant portion of Chris’ practice focuses on ESOPs, representing plan sponsors, ESOP trustees, selling shareholders, ESOP committees, lending institutions and other fiduciaries in connection with both ESOP transactions and ongoing ESOP compliance.

Chris regularly writes and speaks at national conferences on ESOP, employee benefits and executive compensation matters.



Steven Ryan
Prairie Capital Advisors

Steve Ryan joined Prairie Capital Advisors in 2018. He specializes in helping business owners transition their business to via either an internal transition (ESOP/MBO/ Family) or external (strategic/PE/ Family Office). He has over 25 years of new business and banking experience with clients throughout the country. Steve has led commercial banking teams that interact with business owners and c-level executives of private and public companies. Throughout his career, he has acted as a trusted advisor to many privately-held companies to assist them in growth initiatives, business transitions and liquidity events. Steve frequently presents on a variety of topics including ownership transition alternatives, financing ESOPs and capital allocation in a wide variety of venues, such as the National Center for Employee Ownership, The ESOP Association as well as Prairie webinars. Steve is the National ESOP Committee Chair and Chicago ESOP Committee Chair for the Private Directors Association. In addition, he is a member of the Snow City Arts organization where he served as a treasurer. He is also a Board member of the Indian Boundary Y.M.C.A, a Chicago Metropolitan Y.M.C.A affiliate, where he has served as an Annual Fundraising Chairperson and Major Gift Chairperson.

Prior to joining Prairie, Steve spent more than 16 years at Northern Trust where he held numerous roles, most recently as a Managing Director leading its middle-market commercial banking team in the central U.S. region. His team of four bankers managed over 130 relationships with over $2.7 billion in commitments. His prior roles include managing a commercial banking team at Mizuho Financial and banker and operations manager at ABN-Amro/LaSalle National Bank.

Steve holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus on International Business from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Iowa.