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Daniel Goldstein, CEO & President of Folience

The Folience Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) was started in 1986 and the company became 100% ESOP owned in 2012. Today Folience is a holding company that includes a number of diversified businesses.

Daniel Goldstein joined Folience in 2016 to transform the company and diversify its revenue base through acquisitions. As of 2020, 520 employee owners work in Folience’s media businesses (including the Cedar Rapids Gazette), ambulance manufacturer, and high-end horse and livestock trailer manufacturer.

Daniel is a passionate advocate for employee ownership and serves on the Boards of the ESOP Association and the Employee Ownership Foundation. His prior 20 years of executive leadership on five continents includes M&A, portfolio investment, and real estate investment and management, primarily for family-owned businesses, family offices, and family foundations. Daniel speaks frequently at conferences on issues related to employee ownership, business, investment, and philanthropy.

Daniel holds a B.A. from Colgate University, and an MBA and an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Member of Board of Governors by The ESOP Association.

Speaking Topics Include

  • “All things employee ownership” including culture, strategy, acquisitions, leadership, and more.
  • Higher-level benefits and challenges of employee ownership for individuals, their families, companies, communities, and the country.
  • Finance, Strategy, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, introductory courses.


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