The National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA) handed out its annual industry awards at its Annual Conference, which was held in San Diego this past week. The awards are given to individuals or entities that “further the goals of the NFMA for the enhancement and betterment of the municipal bond industry.”

The NFMA’s first Industry Contribution award went to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in recognition of its exemplary investor website, (See MuniNet Guide’s article entitled, “Massachusetts Investor Website Breaks New Ground in State Investor Relations“ for more details about this impressive website!).  Colin MacNaught, Assistant Treasurer for Debt Management for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts accepted the award.

The second Industry Contribution award was given to Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo. “In her first year of office, Ms. Raimondo began work to redesign Rhode Island’s state-administered public employee pension system, said Greg Aikman, Chairman of the NFMA Awards Committee, who presented the awards. “These efforts put a much-needed spotlight on public pension systems, and Ms. Raimondo has been a tireless advocate for responsible reform.”

Lisa Washburn, Managing Director at Municipal Market Advisors and current Secretary of the NFMA Board of Governors received the Meritorious Service Award for her leadership of the industry group that focused on voluntary secondary market disclosure in bank loans, as well as her contributions to several NFMA committees.

Cadmus Hicks, CFA, Ph.D., Managing Director, Manager of Performance and Risk Analysis and Market Strategist at Nuveen Asset Management won the 2013 award for Career Achievement. Mr. Hicks was recognized for his long tenure at Nuveen and his research on tax policy municipal bonds. He is a past president of the Chicago Municipal Analyst Society and a former Board member of the NFMA. extends its sincere congratulations to each of NMFA’s 2013 distinguished award recipients.