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Every year, NASWA's President, Board of Directors and certain Committees present awards recognizing state and individuals for their excellent contributions to the public workforce system. This year's award winners were announced at the 77th NASWA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

NASWA’s Salute to the Leadership 2013 Award Recipients:

  • President's Award – Larry E. Temple, Executive Director, Texas Workforce Commission
  • SEAL Award – New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Hurricane Sandy Response Special recognition to the Honorable Harold Wirths
  • Eagle Award – Roger Madsen, Director, Idaho Department of Labor
  • James F. Walls Employee Award – Shalonda Sanders, Programs Manager/Area Manager, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
  • James F. Walls Team Award – Veterans’ Outreach Reporting Team, Washington Employment Security Department Special recognition to Lisa Marsh, Director, Information Technology and Business Integration
  • Mark Sanders Award – Job Service North Dakota Veterans Employment Team
  • Merrill Baumgardner Award – Mohammed Jalaluddin, Director, Office of Technology Development and Innovation, Mississippi Department of Employment Security
  • William J. Harris Award – Serafin “Jun” Colmenares, Executive Director, Hawaii Office of Language Access
  • William J. Harris Award – Dwight Takamine, Director, Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Vladimir Chavrid Award – George Putnam, Ph.D., Assistant Manager, Labor Market Information, Economic Information and Analysis, Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • NASWA National Business of the Year Award – The Donlin Gold Team Special recognition to Stan Foo, General Manager

Click here to view the 2013 Salute to the Leadership.

2012 Awards

Recipients of the 2012 Salute to the Leadership Awards are listed below. For the complete NASWA's 2012 Salute to the Leadership publication, highlighting award recipients' accomplishments, click here

NASWA's Salute to the Leadership 2012 Award Recipients:

  • President's Award – Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers
  • SEAL Award – State of Wyoming, Honorable Joan Evans
  • Eagle Award – Honorable Paul Trause, Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department
  • James F. Walls Employee Award – Robert F. Singer, DVOP, Virginia Employment Commission
  • James F. Walls Team Award – UI Modernization Project, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
  • Mark Sanders Award – Plymouth Massachusetts Career Center
  • Merrill Baumgardner Award – John M. Fowler, UI IT Systems Manager, Texas Workforce Commission
  • William J. Harris Award – Kintu Nnambi, Manager of Diversity, Inclusion and EO and ADA Coordinator
  • William J. Harris Award – Honorable Paul Trause, Commissioner, Washington State Employment Security Department
  • Vladimir Chavrid Award – Steve Saxton, Chief, Labor Market Information Division, California Employment Development Department
  • NASWA National Business of the Year Award – U.S. Bancorp of Minneapolis



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