Awards

Beginning, Thursday, June 15, 2017, nominations will be accepted for this year's "Salute to the Leadership" Awards. Every year, NASWA's President, Board of Directors and Committees present awards recognizing states and individuals for their excellent contributions to the public workforce system. Award winners will be announced and recognized at NASWA's Workforce Summit | 81st Annual Meeting scheduled to take place in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, October 11-12, 2017.

The award categories include:

To nominate an individual or state to receive an award at this year's Annual Conference, simply login to NASWA's website with your user name and password, and follow the link below to make your nominations. Nominations not fully completed can be completed at a later date, as long as members are logged in.

Make your nominations for the 2017 Salute to the Leadership Awards today!

The deadline for nominations is at 5 p.m. ET on July 21, 2017.


2016 Awards

NASWA's Salute to the Leadership 2016 Award Recipients:

  • William J. Harris Award – Equal Opportunity Unit of the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, with special recognition to: Danielle Smith, State Equal Opportunity Officer; Kristin Funk, Disability Coordinator; Isaac Hagan, Research Analyst II; Angela Burke, DED Legal; and Yvonne Wright, MO Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Merrill Baumgardner Award – John Wissler, Deputy Director, Application Development, Washington Employment Security Department
  • Vladimir Chavrid Award – Spencer L. Wong, Chief, Labor Market Information Division, California Employment Development Department
  • Mark Sanders Award – Ohio Means Jobs, Columbus-Franklin County One-Stop Center, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • The James F. Walls Team Award – WorkSource Everett Reemployment Services Team, Washington Employment Security Department;
  • The Mark Sanders Award for Exceptional Service to Disabled Veterans – Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Northampton, MA, Massachusetts Department of Career Services;
  • James F. Walls Team Award – UI Online Project Team, California Employment Development Department
  • James F. Walls Employee Award – E. Janie Small, Employment and Training Specialist III, Machias Career Center, Maine Department of Labor
  • The Eagle Award – Melisa Stark, Program Administrator, Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • State Excellence Award for Leadership (SEAL) Award – Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • President's Award (WIOA Pillars) – Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), U.S. Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), U.S. Representative John Kline (R-MN), U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA)


2015 Awards

NASWA's Salute to the Leadership 2015 Award Recipients:

  • The President's Award – The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and The National Governors Association (NGA);
  • The State Excellence Award for Leadership (SEAL) Award – The State of Florida with Special Recognition to The Florida Reemployment Assistance Fraud Intelligence Rating and Rules Engine (FIRRE);
  • The Eagle Award – Hayley McKee, Policy Administrator, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services;
  • The James F. Walls Employee Award – Bonnie Millet, Employment Counselor, Utah General Assistance Team, Utah Department of Workforce Services;
  • The James F. Walls Team Award – WorkSource Everett Reemployment Services Team, Washington Employment Security Department;
  • The Mark Sanders Award for Exceptional Service to Disabled Veterans – Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Northampton, MA, Massachusetts Department of Career Services;
  • The Merrill Baumgardner Award – Elizabeth Carver, Employment System Support Program Manager, Next Generation Labor Exchange Project Manager, Workforce Development Division, Utah Department of Workforce Services;
  • The Vladimir Chavrid Award – Raj Jindal, OIS Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission;
  • The William J. Harris Equal Opportunity Award – The Skill Source Center Partners, Prince William, VA, Virginia Employment Commission; and,
  • The NASWA National Business of the Year Award – STIHL, Inc.


2014 Awards

NASWA's Salute to the Leadership 2014 Award Recipients:

  • President's Award – Richard A. Hobbie, Ph.D., Executive Director, NASWA
  • SEAL Award – The State of Florida with Special Recognition to the Honorable Rick Scott, Governor and the CareerSource Florida Network
  • Eagle Award – Roger Bailie, Director of Finance (Posthumous), New York Deparment of Labor
  • James F. Walls Employee Award – Eric McAbee, Local Veterans's Employment Representative, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
  • James F. Walls Team Award – The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services' Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services (RES) Team
  • Merrill Baumgardner Award – David Kyre, Director of Application Development & Technical Director, South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Vladimir Chavrid Award – Tom Price, Business and Technology Applications Specialist, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • NASWA National Business of the Year Award – Schaeffler Group-INA

Click here to view the 2014 Salute to the Leadership.


2013 Awards

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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