Each year, NICSA recognizes industry leaders for both their innovation and achievements in the industry and their service to NICSA. To learn more about each of these awards and their recipients, please select a link below.


Robert L. Gould Award
NICSA Committee MVP Awards
NICSA Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert L. Gould Award

The Robert L. Gould Award was established in 1987 by the Board of Directors of NICSA in memory of a leader whose death at 54 years of age deprived the mutual fund industry of an unusually creative, innovative, and dynamic executive. Mr. Gould made a significant contribution to the financial services industry through the development of systems, methods, and procedures to better serve shareholders. At the time of his death, he was president of DST Systems in Kansas City, Missouri.


The Robert L. Gould Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who has helped the mutual fund industry better serve its investors by improving the quality of customer service, providing thought leadership in the areas of regulation and compliance or reducing shareholder expenses through implementation of technology and back office streamlining. It is supported through the contributions of DST Systems, Inc. 


2016 Recipient
Fred Naddaff
Chief Operating Officer, Transfer Agency and Investor Services

 Past Recipients
David A. Hughey - 1987
Edward C. Johnson, III - 1988
Thomas A. McDonnell - 1989
C. Herbert Emilson - 1990
Tarrant Cutler - 1991
Robert W. Blucke - 1992
James S. Riepe - 1993
Manuel R. Hernandez - 1994
William T. Blackwell - 1995
Jon S. Fossel - 1996
David M. Kelly - 1997
Charles R. Schwab - 1998
John C. Bogle - 1999
A. Edward Allinson - 2000
Matthew P. Fink - 2001
Bridget A. Macaskill - 2002
Thomas McCullough - 2003
Charles B. Johnson - 2004
Paul G. Haaga, Jr. - 2005
Robert C. Pozen - 2006
Robert Reynolds - 2007
John J. Brennan - 2008
John F. Cogan, Jr. - 2009
Laurence D. Fink - 2010
Jennifer M. Johnson - 2012
Robert Tritt - 2014


The NOVA awards, presented by NICSA and Money Management Executive, highlight NICSA's commitment to innovation and achievement within the global investment management community through the recognition of industry leaders who have set their organizations apart by exemplifying outstanding service, embracing new technologies and streamlining back office processes.


2016 Recipients
 Innovation in Product Development & Marketing
Winner: Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Operational Excellence
Winner: OppenheimerFunds
Strategic Leadership
Winner: Ned Burke, Chief Executive Officer, ALPS

NICSA Committee MVP Awards

Each year, NICSA recognizes volunteers from committees whose sustained contribution over the past year was deemed exceptional by the committees' co-chairs.


Click here to view the MVP awards presented in January 2017.

Click here to view the MVP awards presented in January 2016. 

NICSA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Board of Directors of NICSA awards the Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself during a successful career in the mutual funds industry, and also by his or her significant contribution to the success of NICSA.

 2015 Recipient
Paul O'Neil
HengTian Services

2014 Recipient

Joan Dowd
Chief Compliance Officer
Boston Financial


2012 Recipient
Jan Clifford


2007 Recipient
Edward J. Falvey

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