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Excellence Awards

The highest recognition of individual achievement is the Excellence Awards Program (formerly known as the NTCA National Awards), which pays tribute to individuals in eight categories. 

Nominating a peer is quick and easy. By nominating someone for an NTCA Excellence Award, you help NTCA provide national recognition for those who have shown commitment to their community and our industry. You also promote awareness of rural achievements and highlight positive impacts on your community. Recipients receive recognition in NTCA publications, on social media, and on our website.

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Nominations are due yearly in August and are sent to the Awards Committee for review prior to the Fall Conference. At the Fall Conference, winners are chosen. At RTIME, these winners are honored at a presentation where 2,400 people pay them tribute. Much publicity accompanies this event.


Associate Member Outstanding Achievement Award: Recognizes outstanding personal and professional accomplishments to honor associate members who, in conjunction with their NTCA membership, have performed extraordinary service for the benefit of the telecommunications industry. This award is presented to an individual currently employed by, or recently retired from, an associate member company.

Director Life Achievement: Presented to one director to honor a lifetime of service in rural telecommunications that best exemplifies the ideals of all rural telecommunications systems.

Recognizes examples of true humanitarianism in which an individual acts without self-regard to come to the aid of others in a life-threatening situation, on or off the job.

Key Employee: Recognizes significant contributions to a company’s growth and success.  This award underlies the efforts of a key employee, other than a manager or director, in such areas as engineering, data processing, subscriber relations and general administration.  

Manager Life Achievement: Presented to one manager to honor a lifetime of service in rural telecommunications that best exemplifies the ideals of all rural telecommunications systems.

Management Innovation:
 Recognizes outstanding and innovative management achievement of a telecommunications manager (not limited to general manager). This award honors excellence in overall administrative management and ground-breaking efforts in specific areas, such as financial management, outside plant management, customer service management, company culture and collaboration.

Outstanding Marketing Achievement Award: Recognizes outstanding and innovative marketing achievement of a telecommunications employee (not limited to manager). This award honors excellence in overall marketing and ground-breaking efforts in specific areas, such as campaign planning and execution, positioning of new products and services and sales performance.

Special Achievement: Recognizes an employee of a telecommunications provider, other than a general manager or director, who exhibited above and beyond commitment in areas not related to their employer or the telecommunications industry.  This award might include special achievement in public service, community service or community collaboration efforts.


Retirement and Service Recognition Awards:

If you have individuals to honor throughout the year, at your annual meeting, or special events, NTCA's Merchandise Mart offers an ongoing recognition program. Through this program, you may order your own custom awards for retirement or years of service. Visit the Merchandise Mart at to order your awards today!


Questions? Contact NTCA's Membership Services Department at or 703-351-2118.