Previous Award Winners

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2016

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Rear Admiral Ronald T. Hewitt, USCG (Retired)
Director, Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Thomas J. Beers
Policy Division Chief (Retired), Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
John Branscome
Senior Counsel to Ranking Member Bill Nelson, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
TJ Kennedy
President, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

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2015

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Bill Schrier
Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Information Officer, State of Washington

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
David Goldman
Chief Counsel for Communications and Technology, Minority Staff
Energy and Commerce Committee, United States House of Representatives

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
The Honorable John Shimkus
United States Representative

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Sue Swenson
Chairwoman, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

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2014

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Joseph Heaps, Policy Advisor, Office of Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Timothy May, E911/NG911 Projects Manager, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Senator Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota)

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Sam Ginn, Chairman, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

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2013

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Sheriff Paul H. Fitzgerald, Story County, Iowa, FirstNet Board Member

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Kenneth P. Moran, Senior Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo Ranking Member, Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Energy and Commerce Committee

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission

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2012

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Richard Mirgon, Past APCO Intl. President

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Jeffrey Goldthorp, Associate Bureau Chief, Federal Communications Commission

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Senator Joe Lieberman and Senator John McCain

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, NTIA

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2011

Leadership in Advocacy Award
William J. McCammon, Executive Director, East Bay Regional Comm Systems Authority

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Patrick Donovan, Attorney-Advisor, Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Senator John J. Rockefeller

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Gregory Schaffer, Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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2010

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Deputy Chief Christopher Moore, San Jose Police Department & Deputy Chief Charles Dowd, New York City Police Department

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Brian Marenco, Public Safety & Homeland Security Division, FCC

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Congressman Peter King

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Governor Tim Pawlenty & Governor Martin O’Malley

Special Recognition Award
Rear Admiral Michael Brown, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications

Marilyn J. Praisner Award for Leadership in Local Government Communications Policy
Timothy Loewenstein, County Supervisor, Buffalo County, Nebraska

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2009

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Craig Jorgensen, Project Director, APCO Project 25-34

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Erika Olsen, Deputy Bureau Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Senator Daniel Inouye

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Janet Napolitano, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Special Recognition Award
Chris Essid, Director of Office of Emergency Communications, Department of Homeland Security

2008

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Mike Pedigo, Executive Director, Denco Area 911 District

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Jeff Cohen, Senior Legal Counsel of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Congressman Bennie Thompson, United States House of Representatives, Homeland Security Committee – Interoperable Communications Grant Program

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Derek Poarch, Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC

Leadership in Local Government Communications Policy
Dedicated to Marilyn J. Praisner

2007

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Steven Proctor, Executive Director, Utah Communications Agency Network

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
David Furth, Associate Bureau Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security, FCC

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Commissioner Michael J. Copps, Federal Communications Commission

Special Recognition Award
James M. Assey, Jr., Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee<p

2006

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Chief Harlin McEwen and Steve Souder, Director, Fairfax County Department Public Safety Communications

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Tracy Simmons, Chief of Licensing Operations in the Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure Division, Federal Communications Commission

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
Representative Jane Harman and Representative Curt Weldon

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Kevin Martin, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

2005

Leadership in Advocacy Award
Nancy Pollock, Executive Director, Metropolitan 9-1-1 Board

Leadership in Regulatory Service Award
Michael Wilhelm, Federal Communications Commission

Leadership in Legislative Service Award
U.S. Senator John McCain

Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award
Michael Powell, Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman