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Watkins Ross is pleased to announce that Sharon Miller-Walcott, QKA, Certified ESOP Specialist, was elected as the 2016 Employee Owner of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of The ESOP Association. The ESOP Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1978, is the largest employer sponsored advocacy and education association focused on retirement savings in America. Each year, The ESOP Association and its 18 State Chapters work to promote and recognize the best and brightest employee owner throughout the ESOP community. To be named the Employee Owner of the Year, an employee must be actively involved in the employee ownership activities of the company and/or The ESOP Association.

Sharon has been with Watkins Ross since 1999 and serves as a Certified ESOP Specialist and Retirement Plan Administrator. Given that Sharon’s occupation includes providing administrative services to ESOPs, she has a deep knowledge and understanding of how an ESOP works, what it means to be employee-owned, and the value employee ownership brings to the company and the community. In addition to her regular job responsibilities, Sharon has written the ESOP-related blogs for the Watkins Ross website (https://watkinsross.com/news/). Sharon is also an active member of the Michigan Chapter of The ESOP Association and currently serves as an Executive Committee member.

As the 2016 Employee Owner of the Year, Sharon was honored at the Michigan Chapter’s Spring ESOP Conference held in Lansing, MI, and was highlighted at the 25th Annual Awards Ceremony held during the 39th Annual National ESOP Conference in Washington, D.C.