Awards of Excellence

2020 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
SUBMISSIONS WILL OPEN OCTOBER 2020
 
NUCA’S RECOGNITION AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS
NUCA’s Awards of Excellence for 2020 will be presented at the 2021 NUCA Annual Convention. The awards honor outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions on the national level to the industry and/or association. 
 
AWARD CATEGORIES & CRITERIA:
The DITCHDIGGER OF THE YEAR Award is presented annually to a contractor member or employee of a member who has made a significant contribution on the national level to the industry and/or association.
 
The ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE YEAR Award is presented annually to an associate member company or employee of the company who has made a significant contribution on the national level to the industry and/or association. 
 
The WE DIG AMERICA Award is presented annually to a non-member who has made a significant contribution on the national level to the industry and/or association. The achievement must have national impact and/or the recipient must have national stature.
 
The HALL OF FAME was created to give special recognition to those who have provided exceptional long-term leadership to the association. Nominees must be NUCA members, must have served on the NUCA Board for at least seven years (and attended a majority of meetings while a director), and have reached the age of 50. Once these basic requirements have been met, selection to the Hall of Fame is based on years of service as a committee or task force chair, years of service as an officer of the association, impact on the industry, receipt of other NUCA awards, service on the board beyond seven years, extraordinary performance on a committee or task force, support for NUCA programs, and other factors.
 
RULES FOR SUBMISSION:
1. Any NUCA member in good standing may nominate an individual for any or all of the awards.
2. The nominations shall be submitted in writing (printed or typed) using the official nomination form. Incomplete, illegible, or non-responsive submissions will not be considered by the Awards Committee.
3. A candidate may be nominated by more than one member, but the selection of award recipients is based solely on contributions to the industry, not on the number of nominations received.
4. Only the award recipients will be honored. There will be no honorable mentions or other acknowledgement of award nominees. The identity of nominees shall remain confidential.
 
SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS:
Fill out the NOMINATION FORM and email in PDF format to chris@nuca.com or mailed to: NUCA Awards Committee, 3925 Chain Bridge Rd., Ste. 300, Fairfax, VA 22030, or faxed to 703-358-9307.  If you have any questions, please call 703.358.9300.
 
DEADLINE: All nominations must be received by the close of business Friday, January 8, 2021.
 
JUDGING:
The Awards Committee — comprised of all past Ditchdigger of the Year recipients and NUCA’s Executive Committee (officers) will select the winners. Any members of the committee nominated for an award will be excused from judging. If no one is nominated, no one will receive the award.
 
AWARD PRESENTATION:
Award recipients will be honored publicly at the 2021 NUCA Annual Convention in Naples, Florida, and will receive a handsome plaque acknowledging their achievements. The winners will also be featured in Utility Contractor magazine, as well as on the NUCA website.
 

Ditchdigger of the Year
Presented annually at NUCA’s Convention to a contractor member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the underground utility construction and excavation industry.

Associate Member of the Year
Presented annually at NUCA’s Convention to an associate member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the underground utility construction and excavation industry.

We Dig America Award
This award is presented to a non-NUCA member who has made a significant contribution to NUCA and the underground utility construction and excavation industry.  The achievement must have national impact and the recipient must have national stature.

Hall of Fame
This award was created to give special recognition to those who have provided exceptional long-term leadership to the association. Nominees must be NUCA members, must have served on the NUCA Board for at least seven years (and attended a majority of meetings while a director), and have reached the age of 50. Once these basic requirements have been met, selection to the Hall of Fame is based on years of service as a committee or task force chair, years of service as an officer of the association, impact on the industry, receipt of other NUCA awards, service on the board beyond seven years, extraordinary performance on a committee or task force, support for NUCA programs, and other factors.
 
If you have questions on nominating a member in good standing for any of the awards listed, please contact Chris Barrett by email or phone #703.358.9300.