Nicsa Award Winners

Celebrate Industry Innovators

Each year, Nicsa recognizes industry leaders for innovation and leadership across a number of categories within the asset management industry.

Join us at the General Membership Meeting and Strategic Leadership Forum to recognize and celebrate industry thought leaders.

Outstanding Service to the Fund Industry Award

Robert L. Gould Award

The Outstanding Service to the Fund Industry Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual who has helped the fund industry better serve its investors by improving the quality of customer service.

2022 Honoree


Rheeta Wise
MFS Investment Management

Strategic Leadership Award

The Strategic Leadership Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated excellence through cutting-edge thought leadership and business solutions with a wide scope of influence across the global asset management industry.

2022 Honoree

Anne Hebard-Duduch

Anne Hebard-Duduch
SS&C Technologies

Industry Innovation Awards

Industry Innovation Awards recognize visionary firms in the global asset management industry that have developed or implemented ground-breaking technology, process efficiency, product development, and/or distribution and servicing models that deliver outstanding business transformations as well as benefits to investors.

2022 Honorees

Innovation in Distribution | Eaton Vance Advisor Institute | Chasing Positivity®

Innovation in Product Development & Marketing | State Street | Total ESG Solutions

Innovation in Technology
| John Hancock/Manulife | Landscape DX

Innovation in Technology
| Citi | Proprietary Advanced Citi ETF System (ACES)

Operational Excellence | FIS | Global Transfer Agency Services

Emerging Leader Awards

Emerging Leader Awards recognize investment professionals under the age of 40 demonstrating excellence in performance innovation with outstanding contribution to the development of the global asset management industry.

2022 Honorees


Edmarie Leatherman
Capital Group, American Funds


Daryn Levesque
ACA Group

Sarah M

Sarah Mahmoud
SS&C Technologies


Xiaochun Zhu
HengTian Software

Volunteer of the Year Awards

The Nicsa Volunteer of the Year Awards recognize volunteers from Nicsa committees whose sustained contribution over the past year helped drive Nicsa’s mission to develop, share, and advance leading practices.

2022 Honorees

Alternative Investments Committee

Justin Schwartz DTCC


Compliance & Risk Management Committee

Eileen Storz-Salino Eaton Vance


Content Committee

Anish Mazumdar Aliter Investment Services, LLC


Data Analytics Committee

Brian Foote | Broadridge



Diversity Project Benchmarking Committee

Cheryl Reich Broadridge



Diversity Project Education & Outreach Committee

John Saf | Calamos Investments


 Diversity Project Fearless Leadership Symposium

Meaghan Ryan | Columbia Threadneedle Investments


Diversity Project Industry Engagement Committee

La Rae Heyl | Aegon Asset Management

Diversity Project “Next Practices” Committee

Rosa Licea-Mailloux | MFS Investment Management



Fund & Investor Services Committee

Linda Azzara | GMO



Fund Administration Committee

Tom Perugini | State Street



General Membership Meeting Committee

Kelli O'Brien | Citi



International Committee

Emmanuel Gutton | ALFI



Membership Committee

David Whitaker




Next Gen Committee

Donnie Aylward | MFS Investment Services



Product & Distribution Committee

Justin Hansen | MFS Investment Management



Retirement Committee

Perri Williams Invesco



SMA & Model Portfolio Committee

Melissa Cross Allspring Global Investments



Strategic Leadership Forum Committee

Jim Nolan | Citi



Technology & Innovation Committee

Stan Hawkins | Capital Group American Funds



UIT Committee

Dawn Kahler | Guggenheim Investments 



Unclaimed Property Committee

Heather Gabell MarketSphere Unclaimed Property Specialists



President's Award

Steve Rueschhoff | Edward Jones


President's Award

Kelli O'Brien | Citi