Kenneth J. Wanko Presents at the NCEO Employee Ownership Conference

CLEVELAND, OH, and ASPEN, CO, April 29, 2021 Kenneth Wanko of SES ESOP Strategies presented at the National Center for Employee Ownership’s 2021 Employee Ownership Conference, held virtually on April 20, 2021.

Mr. Wanko joined Robert Whalen, President/CEO of SES ESOP Strategies’ client HB Global, and Amy Schuster of PNC in presenting “ESOP as an Acquisition Vehicle.” The session centered on how to effectively take an ESOP-owned company and leverage the strengths of the ESOP structure to become a successful acquirer, either within the specific company’s industry or outside for diversification.

As Managing Director of SES ESOP Strategies, Mr. Wanko advises companies, owners and other stakeholders on M&A and private capital raise transactions, with a particular focus on ESOP ownership transactions. To accomplish this, Mr. Wanko brings a breadth of experience as a former board member, business leader, investor and advisor for a wide range of ESOP-owned businesses.

Prior to joining SES ESOP Strategies, Mr. Wanko was CEO and Chairman of Alliance Holdings, Inc., an ESOP-owned holding company, where he delivered positive economic results, implemented a new corporate governance structure and drove growth through acquisitions.

Before he joined Alliance in 2005, Mr. Wanko was a founding member of the ESOP corporate finance group in the investment banking group of Houlihan Lokey, where he advised on some of the largest and most innovative employee buyouts in history. He has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He also holds a Series 79 license from FINRA.

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