Industry Recognition

The NAIC recognizes organizations, investment professionals and senior executives who have demonstrated personal achievement, passion and dedication each year during its Annual Private Equity & Hedge Fund Conference. Also honored are those groundbreaking deals orchestrated by visionary diverse managers.

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Deal of the Year Award

NAIC’s Deal of the Year Award is presented to a team that has completed a deal best representing the tremendous insight, extraordinary talent, and investment opportunities resident within the U.S. Emerging Domestic Market.

The NAIC Hall of Fame

The NAIC recognizes a few who have not only consistently remained at the top of their game over the years, but also have inspired and paved the way for others to follow in their footsteps.

Pacesetter Award

The NAIC Pacesetter Award recognizes those individuals and organizations whose tireless efforts towards supporting diverse investment managers have created new paradigms, accelerated the flow of capital to diverse-owned firms and demonstrates a clear recognition of the talent, leadership, and capabilities residing within these businesses.

Rising Star Award

NAIC’s Rising Star Award recognizes young professionals who are leading the way in the industry with their talent, dedication and expertise while they exemplify excellence and dedication as financial industry professionals early in their career.

Award of Excellence

NAIC’s Award of Excellence honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary personal achievement in their career and have made outstanding contributions through influence and/or direct actions to the promotion and benefit of minority business ownership.

Additional Awards

Hedge Fund of the Year Award

2019 Recipients:


Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS)

Chairman's Award

2019 Recipients:

Stellex Capital Partners, Ray Whiteman, Managing Partner

STRAIT, Stacey J. Relton, Chief Strategy Officer and Partner

MVision Private Equity Advisers Limited


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Award for Vision & Innovation

The NAIC Award for Vision & Innovation honors those whose ground-breaking approach and outlook have helped redefine their industry.

2014 Recipient: Valor Equity Partners & SolarCity Corporation

Accepted By:

Antonio Gracias, CEO & CIO, Valor Equity Partners (right)
Lyndon Rive, Founder, SolarCity Corporation (left)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Formerly Chairman’s Award for Leadership and Trailblazer Award

NAIC’s Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, innovative and visionary leadership in their career while demonstrating an understanding of the value of diversity in the investment community.

2018 Recipient: John W. Rogers, Jr., CEO & CIO, Ariel Investments
2017 Recipient: Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, NMAAHC
2016 Recipient: Laurie Weir, Investment Director, CalPERS