Sep 20, 2018 | Written by Keith Sheldon | Employee Ownership

What Does Employee Ownership Mean to an Employee?

Back in 2000, when I was a young twenty something year old engineer that was not too far removed from college, and I was interviewing for a position at Hallam-ICS, I never would have thought to ask about what the ownership of the company looked like. I just assumed the guy with his name on the building was the guy who owned the company, and I didn’t need to know any more than that.


Jul 26, 2018 | Written by Julie Gruenholz | Employee Ownership

Are You Still Working for the Man?

I work for Hallam-ICS, which is “100% ESOP”. This means that the employees own the entire company. I’m an employee, therefore I’m an owner. We’re all owners. None of us had to invest any money out-of-pocket. We just show up to work, do our jobs, and reap the benefits.


May 01, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Social Mission, Culturally Different, Employee Ownership

Employee Owners of Vermont spend a Day in the Dirt!

In a recent blog, I shared the story of how a group of employee owned companies decided to work together to positively impact our communities.  Based upon the recommendation of Gardener’s Supply, we chose the Vermont Community Garden Network’s Day in the Dirt to be the first event where “Employee Owners of Vermont” would work side-by-side in community service.


Apr 24, 2018 | Written by Keith Flaherty | Social Mission, Culturally Different, Employee Ownership

Starting a Movement! Employee Owners of Vermont Impacting our Communities

In early January, I was sitting at my desk and decided to send out an email.  I love to run, and on several recent outings my brain kept coming back to the same question:  How can we bring local employee owned companies together to impact our communities?


Oct 04, 2016 | Written by Kristian Montenegro | Culturally Different, Social Mission, Employee Ownership

What in the world is an ESOP?

What in the world is ESOP? Why an ESOP? How does an ESOP work? What does it mean to be part of Hallam-ICS’ ESOP? How does it affect the employer? How does it affect the Board of Directors? Isn’t it just a retirement plan?  How do employees affect the ESOP?  How is the stock price valued? What do employees think about being in an employee owned company?  We’ll discuss some of these questions as well as other topics in this blog and future blogs to come.