Awards

The 12th Annual Nonprofit Awards

The Annual Public Pension Fund Awards—the premier celebration and networking event for the public pension fund investment industry—recognize pension funds, asset managers and consultants that have excelled in their professions in their past year. The editorial staff of Money Management Intelligence (a Pageant Media publication) choose the nominees and winners following an industry-wide call for feedback and rigorous research. Criteria include performance, innovative investment strategy and outstanding service. The nominees will be honored on the evening of Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in Huntington Beach, CA, and winners will be announced and awarded. The awards are held in conjunction with Information Management Network’s 2013 Spring Investment Series, including the 18th Annual Public Funds Summit, March 14-15, 2013.

2017 Award Categories

Awards Criteria
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Gary Findlay, executive director of the Jefferson City, Mo.-based Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS), has made multiple contributions to the industry in his 40-plus-year career.   Read More

  • Large Public Plan of the Year

    Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System The Nashville, Tenn.-based $36.6 billion Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System pounced on new investment opportunities that opened up thanks to a legislative change in May 2012, positioning the fund to salvage a year in which returns had looked bleak.   Read More

  • Mid-Sized Fund of the Year

    The $9.9 billion New Mexico Educational Retirement Board was an early mover on opportunistic and distressed credit in 2012 and was rewarded with double-digit returns.   Read More

  • Small Public Fund of the Year

    During 2012, the $2.3 billion San Antonio (Texas) Fire and Police Pension Fund adopted a new asset allocation fit for a much larger fund.   Read More

  • Consultant of the Year

    David Altshuler, senior v.p., Meketa Investment Group David Altshuler, senior v.p. and infrastructure practice leader at Boston-based Meketa Investment Group, was squarely in the industry spotlight in 2012 as one of the driving forces in potentially the most important development in the area of U.S. public pension fund infrastructure investing—the California...   Read More

  • Marketer of the Year

    Obie McKenzie, managing director, BlackRock Obie McKenzie, managing director in New York-based BlackRock’s global client group, reached major milestones as an institutional asset management marketer after more than three decades in the business.   Read More

  • Emerging Manager of the Year

    Boston-based Windham Capital Management had a heck of a year.   Read More

  • Equity Manager Of The Year

    In 2012, Aberdeen Asset Management took the North American institutional market by storm with its impressive equity offerings.   Read More

  • Hedge Fund of the Year

    Greenwich, Conn.-based AQR Capital Management beat its peers in 2012, nabbing an impressive 17 public pension fund mandates.   Read More

  • Fixed Income Manager Of The Year

    Och-Ziff Capital Management led the way on one of the biggest developments of 2012: the rise of strategic partnerships with pensions.   Read More

  • Private Equity Manager Of The Year

    Boston-based Advent International’s investment approach to mid- to upper-mid-market companies in Western Europe and North America struck a chord with pension funds in 2012, contributing to its Global Private Equity VII fund’s bumper fundraising.   Read More

  • Real Assets Manager Of The Year

    Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) ended 2012 with a bang.   Read More

  • The 12th Annual Public Pension Fund Awards For Excellence Photo Gallery

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2017 Award Categories

Awards Criteria
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Gary Findlay, executive director of the Jefferson City, Mo.-based Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS), has made multiple contributions to the industry in his 40-plus-year career.   Read More

  • Large Public Plan Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Mid-Sized Public Plan Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Small Public Plan Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Consultant Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Public Fund Marketer Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Equity Manager Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Real Assets Manager Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Fixed Income Manager Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Emerging Manager Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Hedge Fund Manager Of The Year: Nominees

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  • Private Equity Manager Of The Year Nominees

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  • Public Plan Award Categories:

    Large Plan of the Year
    Mid-Sized Plan of the Year
    Small Plan of the Year

    Public plan nominees demonstrated investment innovation and savvy decision-making that helped their funds meet overall performance, risk management and funding goals. Small fund candidates have less than $3 billion in assets under management . Mid-Sized fund candidates have between $3 billion and $10 billion under management. Large fund candidates have in excess of $10 billion under management.

  • Manager Award Categories:

    Fixed Income Manager of the Year
    Equity Manager of the Year
    Emerging Manager of the Year
    Hedge Fund Manager of the Year
    Private Equity Manager of the Year
    Real Assets Manager of the Year

    The manager awards recognize firms that have demonstrated an effort to deliver workable return-enhancing solutions to public fund investors, increase assets under management from retirement fund clients over the past year and deliver impressive performance or payout to investors. The private equity, hedge fund and real asset categories can feature single funds and funds-of-funds. Emerging managers have less than $3 billion in assets under management.

  • Individual Award Categories:

    Consultant of the Year
    Public Fund Marketer of the Year

    Individual nominations are given to marketers and consultants who have been recognized by public funds for providing exceptional client service. Criteria for marketers include a substantial amount of new business won from public funds, attentive client service and strong knowledge of their firms’ investment strategies. Consultants are recognized for providing a substantial base of public fund clients with advice on innovative investment strategies that prove profitable, educational and supportive.


The 2013 Rising Stars of Public Funds

Every year, as MML scouts the market for nominees for its Public Pension Fund Awards for Excellence, it also seeks out individuals who are just starting out in the game but are already making significant progress. This year, MML, with the industry’s help, has identified 13 self-starters who have made great strides to further the development of their company or institution and made a difference in the industry as a whole. The following individuals were nominated by their mentors, peers and others in the industry, with additional research and determination of the final list made by MML based on the following criteria:

• Leadership in profession, firm and/or industry;
• Outstanding contributions to innovations, product development, client service, sales and/or growth in assets or returns;
• Recognition by the firm and/or industry groups;
• Active contribution to the broader public funds asset management community;
• Spending fewer than 10 years working in the public funds market;
• Other quantifiable contributions to profession, firm, clients and/or industry.

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Money Management Intelligence’s Public Pension Fund Awards dinner and ceremony, held in conjunction with IMN’s Public Funds Summit (March 14-15, 2013), has become the premier celebration and networking event for the U.S. public pension fund investment community. The awards recognize people and organizations across the industry that have excelled in their professions over the previous year, and are given by the editors of Institutional Investor’s Money Management Intelligence service following industry-driven due diligence.

Date:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Reception:
6-7:30 p.m.
Dinner & Awards Ceremony: 7:30-9:30

Venue:
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
21500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: 714-698-1234
Website: http://huntingtonbeach.hyatt.com

Dress Code:
Business/Cocktail

If you have questions regarding the awards dinner and ceremony, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tracey Redmond, Associate Publisher, at tredmond@institutionalinvestor.com or (212) 224-3239.

Exclusive Awards Dinner and Ceremony Sponsor:
Bridgewater
Large Public Plan of the Year Sponsor:
State Street
Mid-sized Public Plan of the Year Sponsor:
NEPC
Public Fund Consultant of the Year Award Sponsor:
MFS
Table Sponsors:
PIMCO
Lord Abbett
Canyon Capital Advisors
BlackRock

For information on attending or sponsoring the awards dinner, please contact:
Tracey Redmond
212-224-3239
tredmond@institutionalinvestor.com

Sponsorship




For information on attending or sponsoring the awards dinner, please contact:
Tracey Redmond
212-224-3239
tredmond@institutionalinvestor.com