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.

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 has shown an extraordinary personal commitment to the industry across multiple areas over a significant period of time.

2020 Honoree

Paul Schott Stevens


Paul Schott Stevens

Investment Company Institute (ICI)

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.

2020 Honoree

Michael Woodall


Michael Woodall
Putnam Investments

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.

2020 Honorees

Brian Jones


Brian Jones

Envision Financial Systems

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Liliana Robu
Deloitte Consulting LLP

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.

2020 Honorees

Innovation in Distribution | John McDonough, Head of U.S. Wealth Management Intermediaries, Invesco Distributors, Inc.

Innovation in Product Development & Marketing | DFIN: ArcDigital and the 'Add to Cart' Campaign

Innovation in Product Development & Marketing
 | Horizon8: valid8Me

Innovation in Technology
| BNY Mellon: Fraud Hub

Innovation in Technology
 | State Street: State Street AlphaSM

Operational Excellence
 | JPMorgan Chase & Co. Corporate Investment Bank Securities Services Conversion Team

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.

2020 Honorees

Margaret Farquharson


Margaret Farquharson
Nationwide






Patrick Horgan


Patrick Horgan
Horizon8

Karen Lee


Karen Lee
PIMCO

Shrey Malla


Shrey Malla
Foreside

Ninon Marapachi


Ninon Marapachi
Bank of America

Luis Ochoa


Luis Ochoa
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Andrew Reber


Andrew Reber
FIS

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.

2020 Honorees

Leeann Dionne portrait


Abandoned Property Committee

Leeann Dionne, SS&C Technologies

Julie Collison Portrait


Alternative Investments

Julie Collison, Merrill Lynch

Erik Olsen portrait


Compliance & Risk Committee

Erik Olsen, ACA Compliance Group

David Parks Portrait


Content Committee

David Parks, EY

Jason Dauwen portrait


Data Analytics Committee

Jason Dauwen, SS&C Technologies

Paula Modugno Tepper portrait


Data Analytics Committee

Paula Modugno Tepper, PGIM

Tom Collimore portrait


Public Relations Committee
Tom Collimore, CFA Institute

Pam Burns portrait


Diversity Project North America

Pam Burns, Northern Trust Corporation

Sonja Formato portrait
-General Membership Meeting Committee
-Product & Distribution Committee
Sonja Formato, Foreside Financial Group LLC
David Halligan Portrait


Membership Committee

David Halligan, MARS - SalesFocus Solutions

Lana Bergstein portrait


NextGen Committee

Lana Bergstein, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Beverly Dube portrait


Regional Events Committee

Beverly Dube, SalesPage Technologies

Rob O'Brien Portrait


Retirement Committee

Rob O'Brien, Putnam Investments

Jennifer Hoopes portrait


Strategic Leadership Forum Committee

Jennifer Hoopes, Foreside Financial Group LLC

Patrick Mullins portrait


SMA Working Group

Patrick Mullins, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, US

Karen Walsh portrait


TA Committee

Karen Walsh, Putnam Investments

Sam Perone portrait


Technology Committee

Sam Perone, Merrill Lynch

Lisa Light portrait


Webinar Committee

Lisa Light, SS&C Technologies