Cornerstone approaches the business of public affairs differently than others in our industry.
We built our business on the foundation of team-oriented, comprehensive, and personal service provided by senior professionals. Cornerstone operates as a complete team—when a client hires us, they engage all the resources of our entire firm, rather than a single individual. The benefit of this team approach is the ability to bring together a number of highly qualified professionals for the collective experience, background, and relationships to plot and execute a strategy for success.
We work in a collaborative and bipartisan way to address a client’s specific needs and are proud of our high ethical standards, reputation, and track record of success. We value our reputation and that of our clients, and place a premium on honesty, integrity, and long-term relationships. Our clients are our partners. We strive to be both trusted advisors and effective advocates. We believe in hard work, a disciplined process, consistent communication, accountability, and success.
Employee Stock Ownership Program
As has been the case several times in our firm’s history, in 2016, Cornerstone, made a bold decision about its future. Recognizing the importance of our collaborative culture, our commitment to team approach, and our desire to maintain independence, and in order to properly recognize the value of our professionals now and into the future, we sold the company to the employees and established the Cornerstone Government Affairs, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). In doing so, each and every employee owner of the firm will earn equity in the business and enjoy a more secure financial future.
The establishment of the ESOP allows us to stay focused on, and remain true to, our vision and philosophy, while at the same time creating equity and leadership opportunities for all employees and keeping everyone invested in the long-term success of the business. As owners of the business, our employees will share in the future growth and prosperity of Cornerstone for years to come. It also allows us to adequately reward people for their commitment, loyalty and performance and create a platform for growth, diversification and sustainability.
We are both pleased and proud of this decision and believe that the culture of ownership that has been created by this new corporate structure will not only benefit our professionals but equally important our clients.