At AQP, we embrace ESOPs and we are honored to protect what Louis Kelso started back in 1956.

We have an innate ability to distill the complicated ESOP idea into simple real world solutions. Our passion and enthusiasm is what makes us so effective.

A tradition of creativity,
leadership and success.

About AQP

In 1982 Gordon Storjohann founded American Qualified Plans, Inc. (AQP) with a simple idea: "To provide owners and employees with the most practical and innovative stock financing techniques in America."

During the first fifteen years, one way we defined that idea was via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Back then, many selling owners, managers, and employees did not fully utilize this technique of corporate finance. Since then AQP has helped thousands of companies implement real-world practical ESOP solutions. Today, we look back and are proud to be part of making ESOPs a mainstream business tool.

AQP did not attain this recognition without providing an honest, straightforward approach to the ESOP decision. First and foremost, if the client's objective does not reasonably fit within the IRS and DOL requirements, we tell the client. Second, we give our clients the information and education required to make better, more-informed decisions. If an ESOP will not work in your situation, we will tell you.

Today, a new generation of tax laws, business climate and culture demand that we continuously broaden and extend our existing services. AQP now offers services that go beyond annual administration. Services such as, ESOP feasibility analysis, repurchase liability studies, IRS compliance audits and employee meetings. With these, we will continue to play a major role within the ESOP community, but more importantly we help American businesses fully utilize and develop the ESOP idea where it is applicable.

AQP continues to apply the same straight forward values that have been our foundation for thirty years:

  • Be fair, empathetic and responsive in serving our clients,
  • Respect and reinforce employee ownership and the power of equity,
  • Strive to always improve what we do and how we do it,
  • Always earn and be worthy of our client's trust.

By continuing to apply our values to our services, AQP will serve thousands of companies and tens of thousands of employees in the 21st century. Staying focused on the interests of those we serve will ensure that we develop practical and useful solutions for you as an owner and your employees.

AQP embraces high ethical standards of corporate social responsibility in our interactions with individuals and companies, and in the communities in which we operate. AQP believes in actively promoting social justice through its actions, policies, and responsible business practices. AQP is committed to being a company with a strong respect for human rights, a fair wage and environmentally sound operations for the organization and those with whom it does business.

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