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Annual Award for Communications Excellence (AACE)


The AACE and EOM Poster Competitions Are Now Open!

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Don't miss your chance to enter two of The ESOP Association's most prestigious and sought-after competitions! Whether you win an award or not, the entry process alone is incredibly valuable.

Members tell us that gathering materials and reviewing their communication efforts to enter the Annual Award for Communication Excellence (AACE) is invaluable experience that helps perform even better the following year. 

To generate an entry for the Employee Ownership Month (EOM) Poster competition, some members create an internal contest that is both fun and educational for the entire organization. 

Get started on your entry today! To enter the AACE and EOM Poster competitions:
     * Download the 2020 AACE Fillable Entry Form to your computer.
     * Type in your information.
     * Save the form.
     * Attach the form to an e-mail sent to

Be sure to read the 2020 AACE and EOM Poster Entry Rules because there are three changes to the entry process this year that you will want to be aware of. 

Other helpful information

2019 AACE Judges Comments cover Want to know what it takes to win one of the coveted AACE prizes or the EOM Poster competition? See the following items to learn what past winners were like and to help you figure out how to win your own award.  

2019 AACE Judges Comments 

List of Past AACE Winners and Runners Up  

Past AACE Video Entries

Winner and finalists of the 2019 Employee Ownership Month Poster competition   


AACE or EOM Poster Competition Questions? 

Contact Patrick Mirza, (202) 293-2971, 

What is the AACE competition?

The Annual Awards for Communications Excellence (AACE) competition identifies companies that excel at communicating with employee owners and the larger community about ESOPs. Categories include: 

A panel of five judges representing The ESOP Association's membership evaluates all AACE entries. Winners are announced at an awards banquet in May that kicks off The ESOP Association's National  Conference in Washington, DC.

2018 Large Company AACE Video Award winner ITA Group's video entry. 

What is the Employee Ownership Month (EOM) Poster Competition?

The five-person panel of ESOP Association members that judges the AACE competition also selects a winner for the EOM poster competition. The EOM poster competition highlights the poster that best embodies and exemplifies employee ownership and ESOP culture. 

The winner is announced in May at the Annual Conference Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

Entries are judged based on: 

•   How clearly, powerfully, and effectively they convey employee ownership and the ESOP concept. 
•   How involved employee owners were in creating and executing the poster design. 
•   The technical quality of the communication. 
•   Creativity and originality.