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.

Nicsa NOVA Awards
Nicsa Lifetime Achievement Award
Nicsa Volunteer of the Year Awards
Outstanding Service to the Fund Industry - Robert L. Gould Award

Nicsa NOVA Awards

The Nicsa NOVA Awards showcase excellence in innovation and leadership across a number of categories within the asset management industry.

The Awards recognize outstanding organizations and industry professionals that excel in the field of asset management by demonstrating exemplary leadership and innovation.  Considerations include creative design and implementation of business initiatives resulting in positive and long-lasting contribution to their respective company and/or the industry as a whole.

Nicsa is proud to serve an industry built on the dedication to meet investor needs with outstanding client service. Nicsa NOVA Award winners clearly demonstrate that the asset management industry is committed to delivering an overall client experience that exceeds expectations.

The Nicsa NOVA Awards are presented annually at the General Membership Meeting in Boston. The 2018 General Membership Meeting will be taking place October 11-12.


2018 Recipients


Delta Data | FundBlast
American Funds | ACE (Advancing the Client Experience)
Putnam Investments | QC-Boost
Citi Fund Services | Form N-PORT Services
Envision Financial Systems | FundKeeper


Kelly Cornwell, Financial Advisor Services Manager, The Vanguard Group
Anna Jamroz, Senior Vice President, Global Fund Services, Northern Trust
Jonathan Rizzo, Senior Manager, Deloitte


Robert Conti, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman
Victoria McGowan, Head of Global Fund Administration, BNY Mellon


2017 Recipients 

NOVA Award for Strategic Leadership

Honoree: Mark Casady, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LPL Financial

NOVA Award for Innovation in Technology

Honoree: BNY Mellon

NOVA Award for Innovation in Product Development & Marketing

Honoree: DST Systems

NOVA Award for Operational Excellence

Honoree: State Street Corporation 

NOVA Award for Emerging Leaders in the Asset Management Industry 

Michael Akins, SVP & Head of ETFs, ALPS
Patrick Hurley, Vice President, OppenheimerFunds
Divya Mathew, Senior Manager, Deloitte
Kelli O’Brien, Vice President, J.P. Morgan 

Robert L. Gould Award

Honoree: Jay Hooley, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, State Street Corporation

2016 Recipients

NOVA Award for Innovation in Product Development & Marketing
Honoree: Goldman Sachs Asset Management

NOVA Award for Operational Excellence

Honoree: OppenheimerFunds

NOVA Strategic Leadership Award

Honoree: Ned Burke, Chief Executive Officer, ALPS

Outstanding Service to the Fund Industry Award - Robert L. Gould Award (Recognizing an Operations Executive)

Honoree: Fred Naddaff, Chief Operating Officer, Transfer Agency and Investor Services, FIS

NICSA Lifetime Achievement Award

The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award honors distinguished executives (or recent retirees) who, during their lifetimes, have made impactful contributions of outstanding leadership to the field of asset management. This visionary will have shown an extraordinary personal commitment to the industry across multiple areas over a significant period of time.

This Award seeks to recognize members of the field who have devoted their professional lives to the development and betterment of the asset management industry.  Nominees must have demonstrated at least 25 years of service to asset management and be current or retired employees of Nicsa member firms.

2018 Recipient

Jeffrey Paul Beale
Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President
Eaton Vance (Retired)


 2017 Recipient
Steve Duncan

American Funds


 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


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


2019 Award Winners:


Compliance & Risk Committee

Nick D'Angelo, PwC

Content Committee
Chuck Gallant, BNY Mellon

Data Analytics Committee
Karen Fay Luedtke, UMB Financial Services, Inc.

Diversity Project North America
Shaelyn Otikor, Northern Trust

East Coast Committee
Matthew Mackay, J.P. Morgan

NextGen Committee
Nick Lombardo, Citi

Strategic Leadership Forum Committee
Janet Bienkowski, MFS Service Center, Inc.

Technology Committee
Gary Casagrande, Confluence 

TA Committee
Julie Smith, Touchstone Funds

Webinar Committee
Bethany Hendricks, Franklin Templeton Investments

UIT Committee
Jack Tierney, Invesco


2018 Award Winners:

Compliance & Risk Committee
Kelly O’Donnell, Pioneer Investments

Content Committee
Nancy Grady, Northern Trust

Distribution Committee
Patrice Blum, ProShare | ProFunds

East Coast Committee
Kim Froio, DST Systems

Membership Committee
Ian McCoy, Franklin Templeton

Midwest Regional Committee
Amber Krueger, US Bancorp

Strategic Leadership Forum Committee
Scott Brady, Columbia Management

Technology Committee
Mike Stubblefield, DST

TA Committee
James Butz, US Bancorp

Webinar Committee
Gary Crawford, MFS

Click here to view the Volunteer of the Year Awards 2016-2017.

Click here to view the Volunteer of the Year Awards 2015-2016.

Outstanding service to the fund industry - Robert L. Gould Award

The Robert L. Gould Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who has helped the fund industry better serve its investors by improving the quality of customer service.

This Award honors senior-level Operations Executives (or recent retirees) who have made a significant personal contribution to their organization and to the wider industry knowledge base of financial services operations. Candidates will have demonstrated exceptional thought leadership and influence within the fund operations community over a significant period of time.

The award seeks to recognize an individual whose advocacy has, during a distinguished career, significantly advanced and/or improved investment operations, and who by substantial service to Nicsa, has significantly furthered the cause and the mission of the Association.

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 Award 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


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