February 17, 2016

Network Awards

Tanya Gritz Award for Excellence in Public Finance
This award is given to an public sector individual or group demonstrating excellence in the authorization, planning, issuance and management of public debt. The individual or group may be nominated for a single accomplishment or a significant contribution over time to the development of efficient practices in debt issuance and management. Emphasis will be given to contributions made to debt issuance and management at the state level. The Network encourages nominations that recognize specific tangible contributions that have occurred within the past five years.

Nominations include a description of the achievements to be recognized and provide confirmation of its completion while the individual(s) were public sector employees (including employment with issuing entities authorized to sell municipal notes, bonds or other obligations). Members may request a nomination form at NAST@statetreasurers.org.

Past winners are:

2010  Patti Konrad, Maryland State Treasury

2008  Zafar Chaudhry, Delaware State Treasury

2007  Hon. Ed Alter, Utah State Treasurer

2006  Robert L. Watson, Debt Management Specialist, Office of the New York State Comptroller

2005  Hon. Michael A. Ablowich, New Hampshire State Treasurer

2004  Hon. Brian K. Krolicki, Nevada State Treasurer, Nevada

2004  Municipal Advisory Council of Texas

2002  Mary-Margaret Collier, Director of Bond Finance, Office of the Tennessee State Comptroller

2001  Ben Watkins, Director, Florida Division of Bond Finance

2000  Frank Hoadley, Wisconsin Capital Finance Director, Wisconsin Department of Administration

1998  Herb Kruse, Ohio Debt Coordinator

1997  California State Debt Advisory Commission

1996  Charles R. Smith, Director, Debt Management Division, Oregon State Treasury


Distinguished Service Award
Awarded to an individual for continued professionalism, support and commitment to the SDMN and NAST and the states.

1999 Claire Cohen, Fitch Ratings

2013 Mary-Margaret Collier, Office of the Tennessee State Comptroller


State Debt Management Network Award
For Distinguished Leadership as Chair of the State Debt Network

2012  Ellen Evans, Washington State Treasury