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We The Owners: Employees Expanding The American Dream

Airs Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: DPR Construction at work in San Diego.

Courtesy of John Johnston

New Belgium Brewing co-owners outside their Colorado Brewery in 2010. NBB is now 100 percent owned by its employees and planning to expand operation in North Carolina.

Courtesy of Steve Peterson for Boulder County Business Report

Colorado-based Namasté Solar co-founders in 2005. They started this award-winning cooperative with democratic decision-making and an entrepreneurial emphasis. From left: Blake Jones, Ray Tuomey, Wes Kennedy.

Courtesy of Passage Productions

New Belgium Brewery employee-owner Michael Miller, out for a day of deliveries, says “I treat my job like it’s my own business.”

"We The Owners" presents inspiring stories of employee-owners and founders from New Belgium Brewing, Namasté Solar, and DPR Construction (a San Diego based company) by following their decisions of founding companies, expansion, succession, rapid recruitment, and layoffs.

These real-world stories provide viewers with a "What If…" and inspiration in a time when responsible business solutions are sought in America and the world.

There is a pervasive feeling around the country that change is needed: a change in the way businesses are operated and a change that would allow every worker to benefit from the intellectual and sweat equity of the entire workforce. This film presents the voice of people who are part of this change - employees who are owners.

HOST / DIRECTOR BIOS

Mary Ann Beyster, is the executive producer of "We The Owners" and president of The Foundation for Enterprise Development (FED), a non-profit organization located in San Diego. Mary Ann is a San Diego native, holds an engineering degree from Cal Poly and graduate degree in management from MIT, and actively produces educational programs in innovation, entrepreneurship, and broad-based employee ownership.

David Romero, director of "We The Owners," began his study of film and production at San Diego State University, where he received a degree in English and Comparative Literature. His professional career spans across multiple media fields, which has included script writing, music production and advertising. As a member of the production team at Passage Productions, he has helped to design and produce numerous creative, educational, and commercial campaigns.

"We The Owners" is on Facebook, and you can follow @WeTheOwners on Twitter. New Belgium Brewing is on Facebook, and you can follow @newbelgium on Twitter. Namasté Solar is on Facebook, and you can follow @NamasteSolar on Twitter. DPR Construction is on Facebook, and you can follow @DPRConstruction on Twitter.

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We The Owners: Employees Expanding The American Dream Trailer

"We The Owners" is an award-winning documentary film of three U.S. companies that share ownership and responsibility with their employees to achieve common goals of having meaning and purpose at work, creating participative and empowering work places, and defining success beyond shareholder value.

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