Annual Awards

2017 Nomination Submissions are now CLOSED.

NAHC honors individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement through six awards, presented at NAHC’s annual conference. The deadline for submitting nominations is now closed. Award winners are announced and recognized at the NAHC Annual Conference during the Awards Luncheon!
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To submit a nomination, complete the online submission form below. 

If a nomination processing fee is required, payment must be received by the deadline date to remain eligible.

In 250 words or less, explain why the individual or organization should be recognized with an award:


The Jerry Voorhis AwardVoorhis Award

NAHC’s Board created this lifetime achievement award in memory of its namesake and a man regarded as NAHC’s founding father. The Jerry Voorhis Award is NAHC’s highest honor, recognizing significant leadership in both theory and practice. Jerry Voorhis, a man of impeccable integrity, believed in, and did his best to teach, apply and widen the use of basic cooperative principles.

As it reviews nominee applications, the Membership Services Committee looks for the following characteristics:

  • Long term commitment to and consistent application of the basic Rochdale principles and practices as applied to housing cooperatives. The Rochdale principles were included in the original Bylaws, and continue to be an NAHC Bylaws feature.
  • Significant candidate activity on a leadership level in both the theory and practice of cooperative housing, either or both on the national organization level and in their home community.
  • Candidate’s actual experience living and working in a housing cooperative.
  • Agree that all application materials become the property of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.

View all past Jerry Voorhis award recipients

2017 Award Recipient: Ralph Marcus


Cooperative Distinguished Service AwardcoopDistinguishSvcAward

The Cooperative Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service to cooperative housing and the achievement and contribution of a cooperative member who helped a cooperative or association of cooperatives to better serve its members.

Recent award recipients:

2017: Sarah Yankey Frempong, Gill Park Cooperative 
2016: LaKeisha Jackson, Amber Woods Cooperative
2015: Stephanie McGaha, Troy Manor Cooperative
2014: Edward Bruenjes, Lincoln Village Cooperative
2013: Rosie White, Fairburn Towne Houses

Nomination Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrate exemplary success in cooperative housing.
  • Agree that all application materials become the property of the National
    Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.
  • Complete the online form below with a 250-word essay below describing your cooperative’s exemplary success and why it should be selected for this award.
  • $25 processing fee made payable to NAHC must be sent to NAHC, must reference “Distinguished Service Award nomination” and be postmarked by the application deadline.

Cooperative Star Award Cooperative Star Award

The Cooperative Star Award recognizes a co-op that displays sound leadership, management, and creates a particular value for its members. The co-op should have systems in place to assure prudent preservation of their members’ interests. Eligible cooperatives should honor the basic principles of cooperative housing, certify that systems are in place to provide safe, sound and valuable housing and to protect the interests of their members. The submissions are reviewed then selected by the Member Services Committee, The committee will select only one applicant from all the applications received. The co-op will receive a wall plaque for display, a representative from the co-op will receive one free registration to the next NAHC Annual Conference, and your community will be recognized at the awards luncheon at the NAHC annual conference!

Recent award recipients:
2017: St. Joseph’s Community Cooperative Inc. (Boston, MA)
2016: LaBelle Towers Cooperative (Highland Park, MI)
2015: Second Stone Ridge Cooperative (Bridgeport, CT)
2014: River Oaks Towne Houses Cooperative (Calumet City, IL)
2013: Belleville Cooperative Apartments (Belleville, MI)

Nomination Selection Criteria:

    • The cooperative must demonstrate exemplary in cooperative housing.
    • Complete the online form below with a 250-word essay below describing your cooperative’s exemplary success and why it should be selected for this award.
    • Agree that all application materials become the property of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.
    • $25 processing fee made payable to NAHC, must reference “Cooperative Star Award nomination” and must be postmarked by the deadline.

Roger Willcox President’s AwardPresidents Award

Selected by the NAHC President, the Roger Willcox President’s Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the cooperative housing movement.

Recent award recipients:
2017: Roger Willcox, NAHC President Emeritus
2016: Judy Sullivan, NAHC Government Relations Specialist
2015: Scott Jackson & Ann Davidson Co-operative Housing Federation (CHF) Canada
2014: Michael Beall, National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA)
2013: Mary Alex Blanton & Ann Fedorchak

Nomination Selection Criteria:
Chosen by the NAHC President, the Roger Willcox Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the success of the President’s year by chairing a special committee, providing support and counsel and taking care of innumerable details.


Development and Preservation AwardDevelopment Award

The Development and Preservation Award recognizes an organization, association or business that displays innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, leadership or business judgment that improves the likelihood and volume of successful cooperative development or the long term viability of existing cooperatives. All submissions are reviewed and selected by the Development and Preservation Committee. The committee will select only one applicant from all the applications received. The recipient will receive a wall plaque for display and recognition at the awards luncheon.

Recent award recipients:
2017: Golden Ring Cooperative (Baltimore, MD)
2016: Dennis A. Johnson (St. Paul, MN)
2015: CSI Support and Development (Warren, MI)
2013: Alexandra Wilson, The Agency for Co-operative Housing

Nomination Selection Criteria:

      • Anyone can nominate a candidate for this award. Candidates for the award can be nominated by anyone and are considered by the term effect.
      • Accomplishments should be replicable.
      • Nominations should include background information and a description of accomplishments by submitting a detailed overview using the online form below.
      • Award recipients can only be recognized with this award once.
      • Agree that all application materials become the property of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.
      • No fee is required to be nominated for this award.

Ida Curtis Fisher RCM of the Year AwardRCM Award

The Ida Curtis Fisher Registered Cooperative Manager of the Year Award honors the RCM who has demonstrated outstanding dedication by devoting time, energy and talent to the RCM program and the national cooperative housing industry. The award was established in 2013 in memory of Ida Curtis Fisher, one of the three founding members of the RCM program, and her efforts and devotion to the cooperative housing community.

Recent award recipients:
2017: Robin Lay (Chicago, IL)
2016: Linda Brockway (Lansing, MI)
2015: Kelly Barth, RCM Rose Hill Townhouses (Commerce City, CO)
2014: Brian Ross, Gill Park Cooperative (Chicago, IL)

Nomination Selection Criteria:

    • Fellow RCM’s, Board Members or housing professional colleague may nominate the RCM candidate for this award.
    • Nominee be a current, active RCM in good membership standing.
    • The candidate must demonstrate exemplary accomplishments as a site manager in housing cooperative management and contribute to the RCM program and the education and training of other RCM’s.
    • Submit a 250-word description of the RCM’s success in the cooperative housing industry and why the RCM should be selected for this award. Agree the application materials become the property of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.
    • No fee is required to nominate for this award.

Author of the Year Award

The author of the year is awarded to an individual in recognition of contributions to NAHC publications through writing, reviewing and editing. Nominations are made by the editor and reviewed by the communications committee.

Recent award recipients:
2016: Douglas Kleine, CAE
2015: David J. Thompson


Complete online submission form above or download 2017 NAHC Annual Awards form here.

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Annual Awards

2017 Nomination Submissions are now CLOSED.

NAHC honors individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement through six awards, presented at NAHC’s annual conference. The deadline for submitting nominations is now closed. Award winners are announced and recognized at the NAHC Annual Conference during the Awards Luncheon!
NAHC Annual Awards Logo


To submit a nomination, complete the online submission form below. 

If a nomination processing fee is required, payment must be received by the deadline date to remain eligible.

In 250 words or less, explain why the individual or organization should be recognized with an award:


The Jerry Voorhis AwardVoorhis Award

NAHC’s Board created this lifetime achievement award in memory of its namesake and a man regarded as NAHC’s founding father. The Jerry Voorhis Award is NAHC’s highest honor, recognizing significant leadership in both theory and practice. Jerry Voorhis, a man of impeccable integrity, believed in, and did his best to teach, apply and widen the use of basic cooperative principles.

As it reviews nominee applications, the Membership Services Committee looks for the following characteristics:

  • Long term commitment to and consistent application of the basic Rochdale principles and practices as applied to housing cooperatives. The Rochdale principles were included in the original Bylaws, and continue to be an NAHC Bylaws feature.
  • Significant candidate activity on a leadership level in both the theory and practice of cooperative housing, either or both on the national organization level and in their home community.
  • Candidate’s actual experience living and working in a housing cooperative.
  • Agree that all application materials become the property of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.

View all past Jerry Voorhis award recipients

2017 Award Recipient: Ralph Marcus


Cooperative Distinguished Service AwardcoopDistinguishSvcAward

The Cooperative Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding service to cooperative housing and the achievement and contribution of a cooperative member who helped a cooperative or association of cooperatives to better serve its members.

Recent award recipients:

2017: Sarah Yankey Frempong, Gill Park Cooperative 
2016: LaKeisha Jackson, Amber Woods Cooperative
2015: Stephanie McGaha, Troy Manor Cooperative
2014: Edward Bruenjes, Lincoln Village Cooperative
2013: Rosie White, Fairburn Towne Houses

Nomination Selection criteria:

  • Demonstrate exemplary success in cooperative housing.
  • Agree that all application materials become the property of the National
    Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.
  • Complete the online form below with a 250-word essay below describing your cooperative’s exemplary success and why it should be selected for this award.
  • $25 processing fee made payable to NAHC must be sent to NAHC, must reference “Distinguished Service Award nomination” and be postmarked by the application deadline.

Cooperative Star Award Cooperative Star Award

The Cooperative Star Award recognizes a co-op that displays sound leadership, management, and creates a particular value for its members. The co-op should have systems in place to assure prudent preservation of their members’ interests. Eligible cooperatives should honor the basic principles of cooperative housing, certify that systems are in place to provide safe, sound and valuable housing and to protect the interests of their members. The submissions are reviewed then selected by the Member Services Committee, The committee will select only one applicant from all the applications received. The co-op will receive a wall plaque for display, a representative from the co-op will receive one free registration to the next NAHC Annual Conference, and your community will be recognized at the awards luncheon at the NAHC annual conference!

Recent award recipients:
2017: St. Joseph’s Community Cooperative Inc. (Boston, MA)
2016: LaBelle Towers Cooperative (Highland Park, MI)
2015: Second Stone Ridge Cooperative (Bridgeport, CT)
2014: River Oaks Towne Houses Cooperative (Calumet City, IL)
2013: Belleville Cooperative Apartments (Belleville, MI)

Nomination Selection Criteria:

    • The cooperative must demonstrate exemplary in cooperative housing.
    • Complete the online form below with a 250-word essay below describing your cooperative’s exemplary success and why it should be selected for this award.
    • Agree that all application materials become the property of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.
    • $25 processing fee made payable to NAHC, must reference “Cooperative Star Award nomination” and must be postmarked by the deadline.

Roger Willcox President’s AwardPresidents Award

Selected by the NAHC President, the Roger Willcox President’s Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the cooperative housing movement.

Recent award recipients:
2017: Roger Willcox, NAHC President Emeritus
2016: Judy Sullivan, NAHC Government Relations Specialist
2015: Scott Jackson & Ann Davidson Co-operative Housing Federation (CHF) Canada
2014: Michael Beall, National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA)
2013: Mary Alex Blanton & Ann Fedorchak

Nomination Selection Criteria:
Chosen by the NAHC President, the Roger Willcox Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the success of the President’s year by chairing a special committee, providing support and counsel and taking care of innumerable details.


Development and Preservation AwardDevelopment Award

The Development and Preservation Award recognizes an organization, association or business that displays innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, leadership or business judgment that improves the likelihood and volume of successful cooperative development or the long term viability of existing cooperatives. All submissions are reviewed and selected by the Development and Preservation Committee. The committee will select only one applicant from all the applications received. The recipient will receive a wall plaque for display and recognition at the awards luncheon.

Recent award recipients:
2017: Golden Ring Cooperative (Baltimore, MD)
2016: Dennis A. Johnson (St. Paul, MN)
2015: CSI Support and Development (Warren, MI)
2013: Alexandra Wilson, The Agency for Co-operative Housing

Nomination Selection Criteria:

      • Anyone can nominate a candidate for this award. Candidates for the award can be nominated by anyone and are considered by the term effect.
      • Accomplishments should be replicable.
      • Nominations should include background information and a description of accomplishments by submitting a detailed overview using the online form below.
      • Award recipients can only be recognized with this award once.
      • Agree that all application materials become the property of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.
      • No fee is required to be nominated for this award.

Ida Curtis Fisher RCM of the Year AwardRCM Award

The Ida Curtis Fisher Registered Cooperative Manager of the Year Award honors the RCM who has demonstrated outstanding dedication by devoting time, energy and talent to the RCM program and the national cooperative housing industry. The award was established in 2013 in memory of Ida Curtis Fisher, one of the three founding members of the RCM program, and her efforts and devotion to the cooperative housing community.

Recent award recipients:
2017: Robin Lay (Chicago, IL)
2016: Linda Brockway (Lansing, MI)
2015: Kelly Barth, RCM Rose Hill Townhouses (Commerce City, CO)
2014: Brian Ross, Gill Park Cooperative (Chicago, IL)

Nomination Selection Criteria:

    • Fellow RCM’s, Board Members or housing professional colleague may nominate the RCM candidate for this award.
    • Nominee be a current, active RCM in good membership standing.
    • The candidate must demonstrate exemplary accomplishments as a site manager in housing cooperative management and contribute to the RCM program and the education and training of other RCM’s.
    • Submit a 250-word description of the RCM’s success in the cooperative housing industry and why the RCM should be selected for this award. Agree the application materials become the property of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and may be used in print and other media.
    • No fee is required to nominate for this award.

Author of the Year Award

The author of the year is awarded to an individual in recognition of contributions to NAHC publications through writing, reviewing and editing. Nominations are made by the editor and reviewed by the communications committee.

Recent award recipients:
2016: Douglas Kleine, CAE
2015: David J. Thompson


Complete online submission form above or download 2017 NAHC Annual Awards form here.