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


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

Patrick Horgan

Patrick Horgan

Karen Lee

Karen Lee

Shrey Malla

Shrey Malla

Ninon Marapachi

Ninon Marapachi
Bank of America

Luis Ochoa

Luis Ochoa
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Andrew Reber

Andrew Reber

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