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Annual Award for Communications Excellence (AACE)


The 2019 AACE Competition is closed. Check back this Summer for the 2020 entry deadline.  

AACE or EOM Poster Competition Questions? 

Contact Patrick Mirza, (202) 293-2971, 

AACE and EOM Poster Competitions 

What are the AACE Awards?

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 Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

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

When can my company enter?

The 2019 AACE and EOM Poster Competitions are now closed! Please check back this summer for the 2020 entry details.

How do we enter?

Download the digital entry form to your computer, type in your information, save the form, and attach it to an e-mail sent to

Be sure to read the 2019 AACE and EOM Poster Competition Rulesespecially since there are two changes to the entry process this year

Other helpful information

To help you prepare your entry, look at the entries that were winners and runners up from past competitions, which you can find below:

Past AACE Winners and Runners Up   

Past AACE Video Entries

Winner and finalists of the 2018 Employee Ownership Month Poster competition