May 9, 2013 (Washington, DC) – Ronald J. Gilbert, President of ESOP Services, Inc., located in Scottsville, Virginia, was named the 2013 Outstanding Board of Governors Member by The ESOP Association. The award was presented at the Association’s 36th Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Mr. Gilbert is an active member of The ESOP Association’s Board of Governors and has served in numerous volunteer capacities for the Association over the last two decades. He is involved on both the Chapter and National levels and has been actively working to educate the public and members of Congress about the value of employee ownership in America.

“I am pleased to present Ron with the 2013 award for Outstanding Board of Governors Member,” said ESOP Association President, J. Michael Keeling. “Ron is a longtime advocate of employee ownership and has done more than anticipated in his role as a Board of Governors member of The ESOP Association.”

The ESOP Association is the national trade association for companies with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and the leading voice in America for employee ownership. The core cause of The ESOP Association is the belief that employee ownership will improve American competitiveness, increase productivity through greater employee participation, and strengthen our free enterprise economy. For more information, visit their: website – and blog –