The California/Western States Chapter of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan Association (ESOP), led by Karen Aasen of Thoits Insurance, recently accepted the “Chapter of the Year” award at the association’s annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Aasen was president of the chapter at the time the award was granted. She has served on the chapter executive committee for almost 12 years and worked her way up from secretary to president in 2007. Thoits has been an active member of the ESOP Association since its inception over 30 years ago.

Selected first out of eighteen chapters, the chapter was awarded this honor in appreciation and recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to furthering ESOP education and expanding the concepts of Employee Ownership.

“It is truly an honor to accept this award for our chapter,” said Karen Aasen, VP of Human Resources at Thoits Insurance. “Our Chapter’s commitment to education and spreading the word of employee ownership has become a passion for all of us involved.”

Thoits Insurance is a full-service, regional, employee-owned insurance brokerage located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Thoits has been providing insurance, employee benefits, and risk management programs for over 110 years.