Nominations for the 2021 SIM Leader of the Year award are now being accepted through September 24, 2021!

SIM is celebrating ten years of recognizing members who contribute to the growth, advancement and excellence of their local chapter, and we hope that you will nominate a deserving member to help keep this important tradition alive! If you know a member who went above and beyond to further their chapter in 2020-2021, please step up and nominate them for this prestigious national award.

Nominate an Outstanding Member Today!

Thank you for your dedication, leadership and support in recognizing our strongest SIM contributors!

If you would like to learn more about the Leader of the Year award program, please contact Leader of the Year Co-Chairs Heidi Holdener, SIM Wisconsin, or Pradeep Kumar, SIM Portland by emailing

About the Leader of the Year Award


The award provides a means for SIM to recognize member contributions to the growth, advancement, and excellence of SIM at the local level in 2021.                   

Individuals may nominate themselves or another deserving candidate within SIM. Anyone can submit a nomination. The selection committee will be evaluating all nominees and select four to six of the most qualified candidates, regardless of chapter size.  All nominees will be sent a letter from SIM, recognizing their specific contributions.

Judging Criteria

The following criteria will govern the selection of the SIM Leader of the Year. Consideration will be given to the following demonstration of participation in SIM:
  • SIM Chapter Involvement and Impact (50%) - The nominee's involvement, contributions and impact on activities and programs of their local SIM chapter
  • Increasing Awareness of SIM (25%) - The nominee's efforts to increase awareness of SIM in their local community
  • Nominee Recognition (25%) - Additional evidence submitted by the nominator why the nominee deserves to be recognized as a Leader of the Year. Include quotes from others in your chapter or related organizations that support the nomination.

Results of the 2019 SIM Leader of the Year Award

The SIM Leader of the Year Award recognizes members who contributed to the growth, advancement, and excellence of SIM at the chapter level. This year, four recipients were chosen by a panel of six judges and will be formally recognized at SIM Connect Live on December 15. 

We are grateful to all 14 nominees who individually and collectively exemplify a commitment to building their local communities and living SIM’s brand “where IT leaders connect.”  We also want to thank the six judges representing a cross-section of the country: 

Angelo Morello, Leader of the Year Chair
Heidi Holdener, LOY Judge
David Jackson, LOY Judge and Past Award Recipient
Pradeep Kumar, LOY Judge and Past Award Recipient
Helen Norris, LOY Judge
Joseph Puglisi, LOY Judge and Past Award Recipient
Bob Rouse, LOY Judge and Past Award Recipient

Given the record number and the strength of the nominees, the judges felt it especially difficult to choose the award recipients, but in a carefully governed and objective scoring process, four finalists stood out. This year’s SIM Chapter Leaders of the Year are:

  • Cindy McKenzie, Southern California
  • Matt Nerney, Boston
  • Elizabeth Decker, South Florida
  • Robert Jones, Charlotte

Congratulations to the 2019 SIM Leaders of the Year!