The Benny Awards, presented by Employee Benefit News and sponsored by VSP, recognize excellence and innovation in the employee benefits/human resources field.
Awards are granted to employee benefit, human resource or other practitioners directly involved in the management of employee benefit programs.
Benefits professionals may nominate themselves, or employers, co-workers and benefit suppliers or consultants may submit nominations. Only one person per company may be nominated.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 25. Winners will be notified by July 1.
The awards are organized into five categories:
Benefits Professional of the Year
Benefits Leadership - Health Care
Benefits Leadership - Retirement Planning
Benefits Leadership - Judges' Choice
The VSP GetFit Award
The presentation of the Benny Awards is a highlight of EBNs annual Benefits Forum & Expo. The winner of the Benefits Professional of the Year award receives a cash award of $3,000 and $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Benefits Management Forum & Expo. Each of the other three leadership award winners will receive $1,000 apiece and $750 in travel expenses.
Additionally award winners are profiled in a fall issue of Employee Benefit News and asked to participate on the magazine's Editorial Advisory Board to help influence the direction and execution of the publication's industry coverage.
The Benefits Professional of the Year is presented to the candidate who has demonstrated a consistent pattern of creativity and achievement in benefit plan design, administration, communication and/or staff management, as well as contributions to the benefits profession overall.
The Leadership Awards in Health Care and Retirement Planning go to professionals who have demonstrated excellence in developing and managing programs yielding measurable impacts on the cost and/or quality of these benefits. The Judges' Choice winner is drawn from a wider spectrum of benefit programs and areas of professional responsibility.
The VSP GetFit Award recognizes the benefits professional who has led the adoption of an innovative program or approach that best exemplifies a "GetFit" organizational commitment. The program or approach should specifically promote work-life balance among employees, focus attention on superior service at every level, and generate opportunities for employees to support each other and the communities in which they live.
The Judges Choice is a "wild card" category covering a wide spectrum of benefit programs and areas of specialty.
A panel of EBN editors, current Benny award winners and the program's corporate sponsor will evaluate nominees. Judging criteria include recent achievements involving innovative multi-year projects, professional recognition and depth of experience.
The nomination period for the 2010 awards begins March 1. All nominations must be submitted using our online nomination form.
Reasonable amounts of supporting information, e.g., documentation of achievements, or letters of support or endorsement from other colleagues/business contacts, are welcome and encouraged, and may be submitted in the online form.