Awards/Nominations


May 20 – 24, 2024

Mobile, AL

AWARDS

Each year, the utility members and staff of UTC work together to recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on the utility industry. For 2023, we are excited to announce new awards and changes to better recognize the UTC members – utilities, vendors, and individuals around the world. Check out the new award structure and submit your nominations before the deadline! Join us in Mobile, Alabama in 2024!

UTC MEEHAN AWARD

Deadline for Entry

March 22, 2024

Established in 1998, the Meehan Award is named in honor of UTC’s first Executive Director, Charles M. (Mike) Meehan. The award was created to recognize individuals for their extraordinary leadership in projects during the past year that greatly furthered the interests and objectives of UTC.

If there is one thing we have learned in the past year, it’s that perseverance and leadership go a long way. The utility industry has not only dealt with the lasting effects of the pandemic, it has powered us through multiple, hard-hitting natural disasters. The type of initiative and tenacity that it took to get through the obstacles of 2020, is what makes a true leader.

Meehan Award nominees exemplify leadership and dedication in the utility industry. These individuals go above and beyond for UTC, its members and the mission and vision of the Association.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applicants must have the approval of senior management to apply.
  • A clear and concise abstract detailing the activity and outcome of the effort and the benefit the results provided to the community and the organizations.
  • Judging and Award(s) Selection The UTC Nominating Committee will select the award winner(s) in conjunction with the committee’s award selection process.

UTC DONDANVILLE AWARD

Deadline for Entry

March 22, 2024

Established in 1989, the Dondanville Award is named in honor of UTC’s first president, Russell V. Dondanville. This award formally recognizes an individual’s extraordinary service and dedication to UTC over the years through active participation in numerous Association activities.

Throughout the years, UTC has evolved and adapted in many ways. The one thing that has remained constant, is the member-driven initiative of the organization. There are individuals who take part in this initiative and during the course of UTC’s growth, have played a key role in the growth of the organization.

Participating in both regional and national events, attending meetings, and joining conference calls are all of the equal priority to these individuals which is evident through their consistent attendance and support for the Association. Dondanville Award nominees are recognized for their unwavering dedication, inspiring perspective, and devotion. This is a person who shows integrity “on and off the court.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applicants must have the approval of senior management to apply.
  • A clear and concise abstract detailing the activity and outcome of the effort and the benefit the results provided to the community and the organizations.
  • Judging and Award(s) Selection The UTC Nominating Committee will select the award winner(s) in conjunction with the committee’s award selection process.

UTC CONNIE DURCSAK UNSUNG HERO AWARD

Deadline for Entry

March 22, 2024

The Connie Durcsak Unsung Heroes Award is named after Connie Durcsak, a former UTC President and CEO. The UTC staff created this award in memory of her legacy and presents it to individuals of a member utility who personally exemplified and embodied the visionary spirit of UTC and our industry. The award symbolizes the valiant dedication and service, the people and organizations in the energy, utility, and critical infrastructure industry provide to their communities. n 2020, our world was severely impacted by a pandemic. However, utilities continued to successfully persevere to provide us with critical electricity, water, and gas. The Connie Durcsak Unsung Heroes Award amplifies the selfless, admirable, necessary, never-ending work that our utility workers do every day in extenuating circumstances. They perform heroic tasks daily and there is often no press, fanfare, or acknowledgment of the lifesaving efforts performed by our utility workers… Unsung Heroes, indeed!

The award is open to all energy, utility, and critical infrastructure industry entities independent of corporate size, type, or geographic scale. All utilities are encouraged to apply for the award.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applicants must have the approval of senior management to apply.
  • A clear and concise abstract detailing the activity and outcome of the effort and the benefit the results provided to the community and the organizations.
  • Judging and Award(s) Selection The UTC Nominating Committee will select the award winner(s) in conjunction with the committee’s award selection process.

UTC APEX AWARD

Deadline for Entry

March 22, 2024

The UTC APEX Award recognizes utilities that have completed compelling telecommunication projects; whether in emergencies or in steady-state, utility communications technology saves lives, protects the property, and provides opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applicants must have the approval of senior management to apply.
  • A clear and concise abstract detailing the activity and outcome of the effort and the benefit the results provided to the community and the organizations.
  • Judging and Award(s) Selection The UTC Nominating Committee will select the award winner(s) in conjunction with the committee’s award selection process.

EMERGING LEADERS AWARD

Deadline for Entry

March 22, 2024

UTC will recognize Emerging Leaders across all the UTC Regions. These “Rising Stars” are individuals within UTC member utilities who are dedicated to the critical work of telecommunication infrastructure, IT/OT, security, policy, etc. Do you know someone at your utility who should be recognized?

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applicants must have the approval of senior management to apply.
  • A clear and concise abstract detailing the activity and outcome of the effort and the benefit the results provided to the community and the organizations.
  • Judging and Award(s) Selection The UTC Nominating Committee will select the award winner(s) in conjunction with the committee’s award selection process.

IMPACT AWARD

Deadline for Entry

March 22, 2024

Building on the legacy of UTC Awards, we have established the IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards will honor the UTC Associate Member Organizations making a great impact on our industry through an innovative and proven solution. Members can choose one of three categories areas: Hardware, Software, or Service. There will be three Impact Awards given.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applicants must have the approval of senior management to apply.
  • A clear and concise abstract detailing the activity and outcome of the effort and the benefit the results provided to the community and the organizations.
  • Judging and Award(s) Selection The UTC Nominating Committee will select the award winner(s) in conjunction with the committee’s award selection process.

SECRETARY/TREASURER NOMINATIONS

Deadline for Entry

March 22, 2024

Submit your nomination for the UTC Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer. This open position is an elected UTC Board Officer role. The Secretary/Treasurer is a member of UTC’s Executive Committee and confirmed by a majority vote of the UTC voting membership. The Secretary/Treasurer is the official recording officer of UTC, responsible for ensuring that minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and the Voting Members are taken, records are kept and authenticated, and notices are sent. The Secretary/Treasurer is also the financial officer, responsible for oversight of revenues and expenditures, and for reporting on UTC’s financial affairs to the Board of Directors and the Membership.

The UTC Secretary/Treasurer position is a four-year engagement that provides the candidate the opportunity to progress to Vice-Chair, Chair, and Immediate-Past Chair positions.

Eligibility and Criteria:

  • Be in a current position within their organizations that affords some experience in dealing with and being at ease with senior management and government officials.
  • Have budget responsibilities within their organizations.
  • Have supervisory experience with a staff similar in size to the UTC staff.
  • Have the full support of their senior management to enable them to take the necessary time, including travel and expenses as a UTC officer.
  • Be a consensus builder able to make decisions after hearing all sides and perspectives.
  • Be able to bring along dissenters with strong leadership.
  • Have leadership experience working/serving in and knowledge of UTC divisions and/or committees.
  • Should have at least 4-8 years as a volunteer with UTC, including holding positions within UTC of increasing responsibility.
  • Be willing to operate transparently, ethically, and with integrity.