In a Bid to Strengthen Its Independence, Barkley Buys Back All of Its Stock

Former employees held a majority of shares in the agency

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One of the benefits of being part of an independent agency—or any agency, for that matter—is the opportunity to become a shareholder. Whether shares are earned, gifted or bought, when growth happens, a piece of ownership means getting part of the windfall.

While Kansas City independent Barkley found the benefit of shares in the company to be a massive plus in recruiting and retaining talent, the agency realized there was an imbalance in its setup. At issue is the revelation that there were more shares held outside of the company.



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