Award of Excellence

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.

The 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.

2019 Winners:

Xavier Gutierrez, Managing Director, Clearlake Capital Group


Matthew McCue, Managing Editor, Emerging Manager Monthly

2016 Winner: 

Kelly M. Williams, Senior Advisor, GCM Grosvenor

2012 Winner: 

Renae Griffin, CEO, RG + Associates

2011 Winners: 

Mark Johnson, Principal, The Carlyle Group and Craig Fowler, Managing Director, BAML Capital Access Funds