What Every Equity Plan Manager Needs to Know About Marketing

Designing and managing equity plans is half the battle – effective communications represents the other half and requires equity plan managers to put on their marketing caps. I know that you already have a ton on your plate, so here is a quick “Marketing 101” that will help you gain awareness for your equity plans.

Looking Deeper Into the Minds of Participants

When it comes down to it, we grant equity compensation for the benefit of the recipients. We aren’t granting awards for the joy of accounting for them, nor for the fun of taxing them. We want employees to be happy with their awards, and we want the awards to drive motivation, loyalty, and retention. Because inquiring minds want to know, Fidelity Stock Plan Services undertakes an extensive biannual survey to understand the participant side of the story, which can help plan sponsors to be more effective with their offerings. Here are a few of the results.

7 Ways to Make the Most of the NASPP Conference

With the 24th Annual NASPP Conference and Exhibition coming up next week, we wanted to make sure you get the most out of your time in Houston. Attending conferences can be a struggle when trying to choose from a jam-packed schedule full of inspiring breakout sessions and balancing that with authentic, meaningful networking all while maintaining your day-to-day workload. You need to make the most of your time at the conference and here are 7 ways to do it.

How Millennials May Change Equity Compensation

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to attend the 17th-annual Global Equity Organization conference in Boston. I feel right at home at conferences like this: They are teeming with people who love equity compensation as much as I do. I always look forward to hearing what people are talking about, whether it is in the keynote speeches, the more detailed breakout sessions, or just networking over a lobster roll in the Boston-themed exhibit hall. These conversations give me a glimpse of what the future holds, and when I hear the same topic addressed in a keynote, in a breakout, and in the exhibit-hall chatter, I know it must be a hot topic. So, what’s everyone talking about? Millennials!

IPO: Impact on Executive Wealth and Liquidity

A fast-growing medical device company expects to file for an initial public offering (IPO) next year. The company has offered incentive stock options (ISOs) to their executives and these execs now have the opportunity to exercise early, if they choose to. After the IPO, executives will be forbidden to sell during the 180-day lockup period and there will be limits detailing how much company stock an executive can sell all at once. The executives realize that these economic and tax decisions are more complex than those they have had to make in the past.

Survey Finds That Financial Planning Improves Participant Perceptions Of Equity Awards

A couple of years ago, UBS started a research project called UBS Participant Voice, a series of surveys seeking to canvas the attitudes of stock plan participants toward their equity awards (see our blog commentary on the first survey). The latest survey in the series, which obtained responses from more than 1,000 stock plan participants across a variety of industries, delivers some interesting insights into the value employees both perceive and actually get from equity awards. These insights may be useful both to equity-granting companies and to financial advisors who have clients with stock compensation.

Vesting and Exception Policy for Early Retirement Disability

Everyone was stunned when Liam, the hard-charging chief logistics officer, suffered a heart attack at the pharmaceutical company where he works. While he’s mostly recovered, Liam is retiring on doctor’s orders and has reached out to Margaret, his company’s stock plan administrator. Liam qualifies for permanent disability, which would allow him to retire sooner than expected. The question remains how to put together the resources.

Shareholder Engagement Increasing

In Equilar’s recent issue of C-Suite Magazine, Dan Martec, Editor-in-Chief, discusses the future of shareholder engagement and the impact on companies. In his article, Be Prepared to Perform, Martec explains that while typically 75% of companies pass their Say-on-Pay vote, shareholders will continue to demand more transparency. And because there is a concern about the shift in balance of power, identifying and addressing shareholder concerns is critical. Here are a few ways to be prepared.

Certent Summit: A Slideshow

Attendees are raving about Certent’s 5th annual user conference, the Certent Summit 2016. Held in San Francisco, California at the Hotel Nikko, hundreds of attendees came together to connect, collaborate, and learn. From an inspirational keynote given by Geoff Colvin to our charity networking event supporting Stop Hunger Now, the event exceeded expectations. We look forward to our annual user conference, and from the looks of the slideshow, so do our clients!

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