About Us: Affiliated Professionals

Chris Michael imageCHRISTOPHER MICHAEL, ESQ. is completing a JD/PhD in political science at the City University of New York with a focus on employee ownership, labor history, and trust law. Chris is general counsel at the ICA Group, a national advisor firm for employee-owned enterprises since 1977. He also founded the New York City and State business associations for employee-owned firms. He is currently a research associate at Rutgers University. After undergraduate at Columbia University, Chris worked demolition in the South Bronx, Brownsville, and Harlem; and later served for two years as a carpenterís apprentice at a private construction firm. He moved to Berlin for three years, where he worked in independent film, advertising, and translation. Returning to New York, he drove yellow cab for two years. Chris lives in lower Manhattan with his wife and child.

Fredgy imageFREDGY NOËL is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in downtown Manhattan. She made her directorial film debut with the short film Milking It (2014), which is currently being developed into a feature length film. Since its New York City Big Apple Film Festival premiere, the film has screened in multiple festivals across the US. Her follow-up project, the feature documentary Seven Days In New York, is in post-production. NoŽl is a writer, director, producer, and editor of multi-platform campaigns, television promos, integrated marketing spots, PSAs, and other forms of short content. Her work has been featured on MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, BET, and FUSE TV, among other networks. She has over 10 years of experience working in music and pop culture with A-list talent, and has received honors from Nike, The Jackie Robinson Foundation, and Pepsi. She was recently featured in The Limited's "Leading Looks Like" campaign. In 2016, Noël launched Ownership Media in conjunction with Christopher Mackin and Ownership Associates.

Joel Fadem imageJOEL FADEM has collaborated with Ownership Associates on several of its projects. He is also a partner in Potomac Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in change management and new work systems. Since 1975 he has held a variety of appointments at UCLA's Institute of Industrial Relations, as well as teaching positions in the Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. For over 25 years, Joel has consulted to Fortune 500 companies on strategic organization design, high involvement work systems, new technology introduction, and union-management cooperation.

ADRIA SCHARF is an associate of Ownership Associates and a co-author of the 1998 study "Wealth and Income Consequences of Employee Ownership: A Comparative Study from Washington State." After working at the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives in Washington, D.C., she received a masters degree and a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her masters thesis focused on the effects of employee stock ownership on employment stability in the context of economic downturn. Her doctoral dissertation is on the institutional patterning of employee stock ownership plans in privately-held companies.

Ed Carberry imageEDWARD CARBERRY serves as a senior trainer and organizational development specialist at Ownership Associates. Ed holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Cornell University. His academic focus is the sociology of organizations and work. He conducts ongoing research about employee ownership and participative management. He presently serves as an Assistant Professor at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University. Prior to earning his Ph.D at Cornell, he was Senior Project Director at the National Center for Employee Ownership in Oakland, California, where he conducted surveys on the design of broad-based stock option programs, employee reactions to these programs, and employee involvement practices in employee ownership companies. In addition, he has authored and coauthored numerous books and magazine articles about the causes, characteristics, and consequences of employee ownership and employee participation, including Ownership Management: Building a Culture of Lasting Innovation, with Corey Rosen. Ed has led trainings on employee ownership and creating ownership cultures in a number of companies and spoken extensively on the topic.

Noemi Giszpenc imageNOEMI GISZPENC graduated from MIT with degrees in economics and journalism, then worked as a research assistant at the World Bank in the office of the chief economist. Since then she has been working to help managers expand employee participation, first as an editor at the Nonprofit Quarterly and now as a consultant at Ownership Associates. Noťmi works with data from the Ownership Culture Survey to provide clients analysis and recommendations to best strengthen their organizational cultures. She frequently contributes as a writer or speaker to employee-ownership publications and events.

Stephen Clifford imageSTEPHEN CLIFFORD began his career in employee ownership in 1992 at the Ohio Employee Ownership Center and has worked with Ownership Associates since 1996. Stephen is the author of An Owner's Guide to Business Succession Planning. He has also assisted business owners in the implementation of ESOPs, designed and delivered employee-owner training at many U.S. companies and has spoken at employee-ownership events in the U.S. and Russia. He assists clients seeking to build effective ownership cultures and to develop strong ESOP committees through training and leadership development programs. He has also designed and delivered live and on-line training programs on a range of topics.

Demir Yener imageDEMIR YENER is a senior financial economist, trainer, policy advisor, professor of finance and consultant with 29 years of global experience in private sector development, financial sector development and corporate governance issues; 23 years of experience in academic teaching, research and consulting; and 10 years of experience in global economic development. Demir worked with USAID (2000- current) and the World Bank Institute since 1993 on privatization and private and financial sector development and regulation. He is a former professor of Finance at Babson College, and has published over 40 articles in leading journals, web sites, and books on business valuation, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, international finance.

Loren Rodgers imageLOREN RODGERS is a project director at the National Center for Employee Ownership. He specializes in ESOPs and best practices in management for employee ownership companies. He speaks extensively on topics including communications, ESOP education, employee committees, business literacy, building and maintaining enthusiasm, current research, and corporate governance for employee ownership companies. Loren published a series of working papers about quantitative measures of ownership culture and is a frequent contributor to domestic and international publications on employee-ownership.