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.

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.

2023 Honoree

Jenny Johnson

Jenny Johnson
Franklin Templeton Investments

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.

2023 Honoree

Martin Flanagan

Martin L. Flanagan

Burton Keller

Burton Keller

Delta Data

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.

2023 Honorees

Peter Finnerty

Peter Finnerty


Rich Prior

Rich Prior

Capital Group (retired)

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.

2023 Honorees

Innovation in Distribution |  ume solutions | Due Diligence Platform

Innovation in Product Development & Marketing State Street | Digital Experience

Innovation in Technology Broadridge Financial Solutions | Distributed Ledger Repo

Operational Excellence | State Street Global Advisors | Proxy Voting Program

Operational Excellence | Ultimus | uFILE Application

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.

2023 Honorees

Anthony Almanzar

Anthony Almanzar
State Street Global Advisors

Lilly Bahmani

Lilly Bahmani

Robert Fox

Robert Fox
Clarendon Partners

Cassie McCarthy

Cassie McCarthy
EY Wealth & Asset Management Consulting

Deshaun Merrick

Deshaun Merrick
Northern Trust

Sarah Segar

Sarah Segar
SS&C Technologies

Lejla Sehic

Lejla Sehic
Broadridge Fi360 Solutions

President's Awards

Honored posthumously for exceptional contributions to the asset and wealth management industry.

2023 Honorees

Dick Lucas

Dick Lucas

Founding Partner, FAL; PNC Global Investment Services (PNCGIS)

Robert Schifellite

Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions 

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.

2023 Honorees

Alternative Investments Committee

Lisa Jaeggin, SS&C Technologies


Compliance & Risk Management Committee

Michael Donowitz, Broadridge


Content Committee

Gary Crawford, MFS Investment Management


Data Analytics Committee

Beverly Dube, SalesPage Technologies, LLC



Diversity Project Benchmarking Committee

Shahida Fazal, Mawer Investment Management Ltd



Diversity Project DEI Perception Study Committee

Isabel Ozechowski, Thornburg Investment Management



Diversity Project Education & Outreach Committee

Arman Tabassi, Dimensional Fund Advisors


 Diversity Project Fearless Leadership Symposium

Richard Ernesti, Citi


Diversity Project Industry Engagement Committee

Emily Lawrence, Northern Trust Asset Management

Diversity Project “Next Practices” Committee

Susie Morris, American Century Investments



Fund & Investor Services Committee

Rhett Payne, J.P. Morgan Asset Management



Fund Administration Committee

Joseph Malone, First Eagle Investment Management, LLC



GMM and Technology & Digital Innovation Committees

Chuck Gallant, BNY Mellon



International Committee

Emmanuel Gutton | ALFI




Next Gen Committee

Stacy Gordon, Delta Data



NOVA Award Committee

Karen Walsh, Putnam Investments, now Franklin Templeton



Product & Distribution Committee

Scott Smith, Cerulli Associates



Retirement Committee

Rob O'Brien, Putnam Investments, now Franklin Templeton



SMA & Model Portfolio Group

Don Reiners, Ameriprise Financial



Strategic Leadership Forum Committee

Matt Mackay, J.P. Morgan



UIT Committee

Ryan Schoeffield, SmartTrust



Unclaimed Property Committee

Heidi Lastoria, MFS Investment Mgmt



President's Award

Anne De May, Nicsa



President's Award

Steve Rueschhoff | Edward Jones


President's Award

Kelli O'Brien | Citi