Melanie Matulonis

Melanie Matulonis

Melanie Matulonis is the Marketing Team Leader with ESOP Partners. She is responsible for supporting the company’s strategic goals and mission of "changing lives through employee ownership" through the development and execution of internal and external marketing communications programs and campaigns.

Recent Posts

Quadrant Holding Co., Inc Completes Sale to Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

Quadrant Holding Co., Inc. dba AKC Marketing, REL Productions and Dwebware has announced the successful transfer of 100% ownership of the company to its employees via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). 

An ESOP — a qualified retirement plan that buys, holds, and sells company stock for the benefit of the employees, providing them with an ownership stake in the company — provided the ability to slowly transition leadership of the company over time, and reward the team who helped the company be successful.

 About Quadrant Holding Co., Inc.

Quadrant Holding Co., Inc., dba AKC Marketing (full service marketing/advertising agency), REL Productions (full service video production) and Dwebware (full service software development).

About ESOP Partners

ESOP Partners is an ESOP consulting and administration firm in Appleton, WI, assisted with the sale and will continue to work with the company as the ESOP consultant and third-party administrator. ESOP Partners changes lives by creating wealth and sustainable employment through employee ownership and works with business owners and companies to determine if an ESOP is a good fit for their situation.

 About ESOPs

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are qualified retirement plans that buy, hold, and sell company stock for the benefit of the employees, providing an ownership stake in the company. ESOPs are the only retirement plan allowed to borrow money to purchase stock and are generally funded only by the company. Selling part or all of a business to an ESOP enables a business owner to sell to a built-in buyer in as little as 90 days at full fair market value. There are many significant tax and cash flow benefits of selling to an ESOP. An ESOP also allows for a better-managed ownership transition, preservation of local jobs, and the maintenance of a company’s legacy in the community. According to the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) there are approximately 10,000 ESOPs in place in the U.S., covering 10.3 million employees. There are less than 2,500 ESOP companies that are 100% owned by their employees.

ESOP Partners to speak at Northeast Regional Virtual Conference

 ESOP Partners is proud to be a speaker at The ESOP Association's Northeast Regional Virtual Conference on September 29-30th.  This is a special virtual event for members of the Pennsylvania/Delaware, New York/New Jersey, and New England Chapters. 

ESOP Partners to Sponsor and Speak at 2020 NCEO Fall Forum

ESOP Partners is proud to be a sponsor and speaker at NCEO's 2020 Fall Forum being held virtually on September 14-16. 

ESOP Partners to Sponsor and Speak at The ESOP Association's Annual Midwest Regional Conference 2020

ESOP Partners will sponsor and speak at The ESOP Association's Virtual Midwest Conference held September 17-18, 2020.  

This year’s Midwest Regional Event has gone virtual - ensuring a safe and invaluable experience for all attendees.

State of the Company Update (July 2020)

A lot has happened so far in 2020.  We started the year with a strong economy and one of the most prolific M&A markets in history, making it a great time for existing ESOP companies and the formation of new ESOPs. On March 1 we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of our new ESOP Partners corporate headquarters and the Employee Ownership Training Center (EOTC).

ESOP Partners' President, Aaron Juckett, takes a moment to provide a State of the Company update. Read the full update here

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ESOP Partners a Premier Sponsor and Speaker at NCEO 2020 Virtual Annual Conference

ESOP Partners is proud to be a Premier Sponsor and speaker at NCEO's 2020 Virtual Annual Conference being held April 20-22.  

ESOP Partners Hosts Information Forums: Managing your ESOP in Uncertain Times

You are likely receiving a lot of information about what companies are doing in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  This is a fluid situation and we don’t have all of the answers at this time.  However, we do think it is important to be a resource for you. 

ESOP Partners a Premier Sponsor and Expert Led Roundtable Facilitator at NCEO 2020 Employee Ownership Conference

ESOP Partners is a Premier Sponsor of NCEO's 2020 Employee Ownership Conference being held April 21-23 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN. 

ESOP Partners Speaks to the 'Pride of Ownership' in Insight Publications

ESOP Partners founder and president, Aaron Juckett, was recently interviewed by Insight Publications on a topic themed 'Pride in Ownership."

The media interest is in part due to the growing popularity of ESOPs.  Following is an excerpt from Aaron during his interview with Insight Publications:

"More business owners are taking a look at ESOPs, and their popularity is on the rise. The two main reasons for the increase are transferring ownership without losing the company’s culture and the realization that ESOPs are a powerful tool to attract and retain talent — something many companies are interested in."

ESOP Partners promotes education around ESOPs (employee ownership) and provides third-party administration services to businesses.  


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ESOP Partners Becomes an ESOP Company


In honor of Employee Ownership Month we have BIG news to share! We are proud to say that we have joined the ranks of approximately 6,600 companies that are owned by an ESOP. 

Our purpose is to change lives through employee ownership. As our President and Founder Aaron Juckett says, what better way to achieve this than by establishing an ESOP and ownership culture and showcasing it to the ESOP community. 

Committing to the new building and becoming an ESOP company are two ways that ESOP Partners is demonstrating a long-term commitment to the ESOP community. Earlier this year the company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate moving into a new corporate headquarters. The building includes the Employee Ownership Training Center, which is used to educate the community about employee ownership and how it changes lives by creating wealth and sustainable employment.

Pictured above: The ceremonial cake cutting at our Open House event. 

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