About Certified Employee-Owned

Building a more prosperous future with an employee-owned economy

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The Vision

Certified EO is building a future where employee-owned companies are a mainstay of the American economy. Where the benefits of employee ownership are widely recognized and are seen as one of the defining aspects of a great business.

In this future, EO companies will be the employer of choice for millions of job seekers. And being employee-owned will be a major differentiator with clients and consumers.

State and local governments will understand that employee-owned companies are tied to local communities in ways that strengthen local economies. And on top of that, employee-owned companies will work together toward a common goal: building an employee-owned economy.

The vision

“Employee-owned” will be synonymous with high-quality products, great customer service, and well-paying, stable jobs.

How it all started

The Power of Employee Ownership

Thomas Dudley and Kramer Sharp founded Certified Employee-Owned in 2016 with a simple goal in mind: to make it easy for Americans to find employee-owned companies.

At the time, Thomas was working on a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He had come across academic studies of EO companies that demonstrated the power of this model to change lives and strengthen the economy.

As Thomas dove into the data, he kept finding out that companies he knew and loved were also employee-owned. Excited and surprised by the widespread nature of this model, Thomas shared what he was learning with his long-time friend Kramer. The two kept asking the same question: why have we never heard of this before?

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The movement, the community

The Movement, The Community

In early 2016, Thomas and Kramer sat down to share ideas on how to increase the visibility of employee ownership. Inspired by the success of Made in America and Fair Trade, the two decided that a certification program for employee-owned companies would be a great way to combine the reach of the community to start a drumbeat of support.

The next year and a half were spent discussing the idea with stakeholders in the EO Community, developing the certification standards, and connecting with employee-owned companies. Certified EO officially launched in September 2017 with 28 Founding Members.

400+

Members

170,000+

Employee-owners

50

States

200+

Industries

Team

Certifiably passionate and committed to building a brighter economic future for Americans.

Thomas Dudley

Thomas Dudley

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

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Kramer Sharp

Kramer Sharp

CTO & CO-FOUNDER

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Shelly Dennis

Shelly Dennis

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER

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Adrienne Gehan

Adrienne Gehan

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

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Rachel Hain

Rachel Hain

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER

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Lindsay Isaac

Lindsay Isaac

Recruitment Lead

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Gabi Jones

Gabi Jones

Membership Manager

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Zarin Kresge

Zarin Kresge

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT

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Shimecca McCall

Shimecca McCall

Junior Designer

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Randy Mueller

Randy Mueller

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER

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Advisors

Monica Bannan

Product at Google

Gellert Dornay

Founder of Axia Home Loans

Richard Freeman

Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University

Melissa Hoover

Founding Executive Director of Democracy at Work Institute

Camille Kerr

Founder & Principal of Upside Down Consulting

Chris Michael

Founder of EOT Advisors

Corey Rosen

Founder of NCEO

Martin Staubus

Executive Director of Beyster Institute

Partners

ASBC
EOX
MNCEO
PaCEO
RM2
RMEOC
VEOC

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