Corey Rosen – Founder of NCEO and Employee Ownership Guru – All Things Employee Ownership!


Corey Rosen – Founder of NCEO and Employee Ownership Guru – All Things Employee Ownership!

By , April 5, 2021
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Corey Rosen is the Founder and Director of The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) in Oakland, California. Established in 1981, Corey has spent the past 40 years immersed in employee ownership, passionate about creating a thriving environment and supporting the community. Prior to founding the NCEO, Corey worked in The US Senate as a staff aid. This is where he was immediately drawn to employee ownership after seeing a testimony, sold on the idea of creating an economic system both more fair and accessible.

Corey’s vision was a work environment more inclusive, respectful and participating – all of which an ESOP involves. Particularly appealing to Corey was how employee ownership takes the best elements of capitalism; its incentive structure, ability to innovate, grow and be entrepreneurial – but links these foundations to a social objective of broadened ownership and participation for people who are otherwise largely excluded.
The NCEO is a non-profit information, membership and research organisation, with the simple goal of providing objective and reliable information about ESOPs at the lowest practical cost. This is achieved through webinars, published papers and books, seminars and conferences. More details about the NCEO can be found here.


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Craig West

Craig West

Executive Chairman | Succession Plus

Craig West is a strategic accountant with over 20 years of experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice has provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners.

In March 2014, Craig was appointed Executive Chairman of the SME Association of Australia, Australia’s largest small business organisation representing over 300,000 business owners.

In October 2014, he was awarded the Exit Planner of the Year at the Exit Planning Institute Annual Conference in Texas, USA, due to his innovative development of an exit planning process to help business owners maximise business value and achieve a successful exit.

Craig’s proprietary structure - a Peak Performance Trust - has won the Australia-wide award for the Employee Share Ownership Plan of the year twice in four years.

In November 2018, Craig launched SME Experts in partnership with Mark Bouris’ Mentored on Podcast One and quickly grew the monthly podcast audience to over 26,500 downloads; in October 2019, he released a new podcast focused on medium-sized businesses - Mid-Market Matters.

In July 2021, Craig joined the NSW Committee for STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) – focusing on advising families across generations.

Craig has also launched a SaaS platform, Capitaliz (which captures the 21-step process), to assist other advisers internationally deliver advisory services at scale.

In November 2021, Craig was appointed Executive Chairman of NSW Leaders, a business mentoring group for leading NSW businesses.

In July 2022, Craig West received the award of Doctor of Business Administration for his research thesis titled “Examination of the key factors driving business exit options in Australian Small and Medium Enterprises.”

Craig is passionate about encouraging business owners to think strategically, maximise the value of their business and achieve a successful exit.

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