Award-Winning Work

Leadership Awards

NAGDCA members are doing incredible work every day to secure the retirement future of their public sector employees. The NAGDCA Annual Leadership Awards Program is designed to recognize the brightest ideas and most innovative solutions from across the industry. Nominations are forwarded to the NAGDCA Awards Committee, a panel of volunteers, who scrutinize the submissions and recognize those who are at the top of the field. Four leadership categories are awarded: Plan Participant Communication, Plan Design, Technology & Social Media, and National Retirement Security Week Campaign. The awards are presented by the Executive Board President at the Annual Conference.

2020 Leadership Award Winners

NAGDCA – Art Caple President’s Award

The Leadership Awards nominees who receive the highest score in each of the four categories are eligible to receive the prestigious NAGDCA – Art Caple President’s Award. A task force of NAGDCA Past Presidents reviews the top scoring nominations and recommends a winner to the Executive Board who makes the final selection. The winner receives complimentary registration and travel expenses for one person to the NAGDCA Annual Conference where they will be recognized and presented with the award.

2019 President’s Award Winner

NAGDCA – Art Caple President’s Award

The NAGDCA – Art Caple President’s Award was founded in 2019 to commemorate the lifework of past NAGDCA president, Art Caple. Mr. Caple was a visionary and voice for those who serve others through employer-sponsored retirement plans and championed retirement programs that continue today to build financial security for state and local government employees throughout their retirement.

The President’s Award will be presented annually at the NAGDCA Annual Conference to a public sector retirement plan that has championed the participant-first mentality that Mr. Caple demonstrated in his work building financial security for public employees.

Eligibility: Plans with the highest score from each of the Leadership Award categories will be eligible for the President’s Award.

Scoring/Selection Process: A task force of NAGDCA Past Presidents will review the nominees (plans with highest score from each of the leadership award categories) and recommend a winner to the Executive Board who will make the final selection.

Recognition: NAGDCA will cover the cost of registration and travel expenses for one person from the plan to attend the annual conference and to accept the award from the Executive Board President. The Award winner will be also recognized in social media, on NAGDCA’s website, and at the annual conference.

Join NAGDCA in congratulating the 2019 winner:

New York State Deferred Compensation Plan

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Leadership Awards

Participant Award

Participant Education & Communication Award

Establishing a creative communications campaign is one of the most effective ways for retirement plan sponsors to engage their employees and inform them about the importance of retirement savings. Each year the NAGDCA Awards Committee chooses the most original and captivating work to be recognized as the industry example from hundreds of plans.

Join NAGDCA in congratulating this year’s winners:

County of San Diego, Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, State of Hawaii, Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)

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Technology Award

Technology & Social Media Award

Effective use of technology and social media is rapidly emerging as an essential part of engaging employees in their retirement planning. NAGDCA’s annual award in this category recognizes those who are not only embracing the changes presented by new technology but using it to their advantage to create a more dynamic, interactive member experience.

Join NAGDCA in congratulating this year’s winners: 

City of Austin, Johnson County, Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS), State of Hawaii & State of Vermont (joint nomination)

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Plan Design Award

Plan Design & Administration Award

Designing a retirement plan is an art that represents the most direct way a plan sponsor can affect their employees’ retirement outcomes. Which options to offer, in what amount, whether to use “white label” funds, how to structure target date funds, all of these are just a few of the nearly limitless decisions facing plan sponsors when they design their plan. From among the outstanding designs available in state and local government plans, NAGDCA annually awards the best in the field to recognize those who are leading the way in this important aspect of public sector defined contribution administration.

Join NAGDCA in congratulating this year’s winners:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, County of San Bernardino, State of North Carolina

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NRSW Award

National Retirement Security Week Campaign Award

National Retirement Security Week (NRSW) is NAGDCA’s cornerstone campaign to allow public sector defined contribution administrators to focus their employees’ attention on the benefits of a secure retirement. NAGDCA’s members use the week to deepen their participants’ understanding of programs available in their plan. The NAGDCA Annual Awards for NRSW recognize our members who developed the most effective campaigns in the country.

Join NAGDCA in congratulating this year’s winner: 

City of Los Angeles

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