Awards

George A. Nicholson Jr. Distinguished Service Award

This award, named for George A. Nicholson Jr., the founder of BetterInvesting and creator of its principles and the Stock Selection Guide, is presented by the BetterInvesting Board of Directors. The award recognize those inside or outside the BetterInvesting community who have introduced individuals to the ownership of business through stocks, as well as provided investment education and information to enable individuals to be successful lifetime investors.

The award may be presented annually and to more than one recipient.  Any individual who, on a national or global scale, helps promote individual investor education and/or creates educational programs, tools or resources which assist individual investors in the application of commonsense investing practices is eligible to be nominated for the award. 

To nominate someone for the Nicholson Award, send an email to nicholsonaward@betterinvesting.org and include: 

  • the nominee’s name and contact information, 
  • a letter of support delineating the outstanding contributions made to promote investment education and/or which advance the organization’s mission of empowering individual investors.

Nominations should be received by March 1st for presentation during the same year. The award(s) will be presented at BINC or some other appropriate venue.

In recognition of the individual’s outstanding contribution and support of individual investors, each award recipient will receive an engraved award, certificate and lifetime membership in BI. BetterInvesting will also assume travel expenses for the award recipient and a guest to attend the award ceremony.

Current members of the BI BOD and home office staff are ineligible for the award. 

 Nicholson Honor Roll
(June 25, 2022)

Robert Wynn Award for NAIC/BetterInvesting Club Leadership

Prosperous and enduring investment clubs frequently have a very important trait in common:  tireless leaders dedicated to promoting investment education.  These determined leaders are the heartbeat of their clubs, inspiring and empowering their club’s members to reach their financial goals. They do much more than simply run the club’s meetings – they strive to lift up all members.  They preach the BetterInvesting core principles and time-tested methodology. Ultimately, the finest leaders encourage club members to learn the Online Stock Tools Suite, often through fun and unique educational programming.

To recognize these exceptional club leaders, NAIC/BetterInvesting CEO Ken Zendel established the Robert Wynn Award for NAIC/BetterInvesting Club Leadership in 2022.  Inspired by Robert (Bob) Wynn, the award honors Bob’s financial literacy efforts and passion for investment education.

During the past four decades, Bob has promoted the benefits of investment club membership on a nearly daily basis. He is dedicated to the empowerment of those in underserved communities, knowing that investment club membership can be life changing. The creation of more than 30 Wisconsin-based investment clubs is one of the many results from Bob’s initiatives. As stated when he was awarded the George A. Nicholson Jr. Distinguished Service Award in Investment Education, Bob is “best characterized by his dedication to programs that have introduced everyday Americans, including our youth, to sound principles of building wealth and managing personal finances.”

BetterInvesting will recognize club leaders who exemplify Bob’s leadership while guiding a BetterInvesting club; leaders who go above and beyond as advocates of BetterInvesting by facilitating investment education at a grass roots level, and by doing so, further the mission of BetterInvesting.

“Our challenge, and I contend, our obligation, is to double down on our efforts to share our good fortune of being Better Investors with others beyond our easy reach,” Bob said in his Nicholson Award acceptance speech.  “George Nicholson, Tom O’Hara, and the visionary BI founders did indeed plant some very fertile acorns. And while many have sprouted to become prosperous millionaires, there are many more acorns to seed and sprout.”

The award may be presented annually and to more than one recipient. Any BetterInvesting club member is eligible to be nominated for the award. Outstanding nominees should demonstrate innovative and enduring club leadership techniques, as well as successful recruitment and retention of new members.

To nominate a club leader for the Wynn Award for NAIC/BetterInvesting Club Leadership, please email your nomination to ClubLeaderAward@betterinvesting.org and include: 

  • the nominee’s name and contact information.
  • a letter identifying the club leader’s outstanding contributions made to promote investment education, especially the BetterInvesting mission and methodology, through club membership. 

Nominations must be received by March 1st for presentation during the same year. The award(s) will be presented at the BetterInvesting National Convention (BINC) or another appropriate venue.

In recognition of the individual’s outstanding contribution and support of investment education at a club level, each award recipient will receive an engraved award and certificate. Neither current volunteers nor members of the BetterInvesting Board of Directors are eligible for this award.


 

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