AIIM Awards Program

Recognizing leadership, innovation, and dedication.


AIIM Awards

The AIIM Awards Program recognizes the leaders, the innovators, and the dedicated members of our community. Award nominees test the boundaries of our industry, look to the future, respect the past, take risks, serve their profession, and welcome diversity of thought. Award nominees lead by example and hear the call to serve.

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners!

2019 Company of Fellow Inductees

Dan Antion, Fellow #219

Monica Crocker, Fellow #220

Bob Larrivee, Fellow #221

Atle Skjekkeland, Fellow #222

2019 Leadership Awards

Engagement All-Stars - Soo Kang and Madi McAllister

CIP-in-Action - Lorelie Chernyshov

AIIM Rising Star - Paul Lanois

WIIM Mobilizers - Laura Downey and Jessica Marlette

Community Connector - AIIM's Women in Information Management community

AIIM's Leadership Award

Leadership Awards

AIIM Leadership Awards is open to all Professional Members. It recognizes individuals whose outstanding leadership within our community goes above and beyond to benefit the advancement of the information management industry and AIIM especially in the past twelve (12) months. No more than ten (10) individuals or organizations shall be recognized each year. 

To be eligible to receive an AIIM Leadership Award, each nominee must: 

  • Be a Professional Member of AIIM (Organizations/Chapters/SIGs--should identify the Professional Member(s) representing the group); and
  • Demonstrate leadership to our community and the industry during the last twelve (12) months.

There are six (6) categories under the AIIM Leadership Awards that will be awarded:

  • Engagement All-Star  Recognizes an individual member who has contributed to AIIM’s online community in a significant way by providing helpful responses to member questions, useful templates for AIIM’s member libraries, and/or thoughtful topics for discussion. No more than two (2) individuals will be recognized.

  • Community Connector – Recognizes a chapter or special interest group (SIG) that has significantly engaged and energized the community in an effort to bring AIIM members together. No more than two (2) community groups will be recognized.

  • CIP-in-Action – Recognizes a CIP who has leveraged their certification to successfully launch and/or complete an IIM project that will have significant impact on the business. No more than two (2) individuals will be recognized.

  • Company Innovator – Recognizes a company that has demonstrated a commitment to digital transformation through providing IIM training. The award recognizes how the AIIM training has been applied to innovate by improving processes or leveraging information in a way that impacts the organization in a significant way. No more than one (1) company will be recognized. 

  • WIIM Mobilizer – Recognizes a member of Women in Information Management (WIIM) who has significantly contributed to advancing the group’s vision and mission through volunteerism, leadership, and/or contributions. No more than two (2) individuals will be recognized.

  • AIIM Rising Star – Recognizes a young (under 40) who has significantly leveraged their AIIM membership to engage in community discussions and/or training in order to contribute to their organization and the AIIM community in a meaningful way. No more than one (1) individual will be recognized.

Nominations shall be made by AIIM Professional Members and recipients will be selected by the AIIM Awards Committee. No member of the Board of Directors can receive an Association award during his/her tenure on the Board and Members of the Board cannot make nominations for the Awards.

Please email your nomination letter detailing why this individual or organization is deserving of the award to Jessica Lombardo at jlombardo@aiim.org. Please note that an Awards Committee is reviewing all submissions for selection so providing as much detail as possible is helpful in this decision making process. 

AIIM's Company of Fellows

Company of Fellows

Established in 1963, the Company of Fellows honors those individuals in the association who merit recognition and distinction for their outstanding contributions to the ECM industry. Each award is numbered and assigned in perpetuity. Enrollments are limited to no more than four (4) individuals per year.

To be eligible for enrollment in the Company of Fellows each nominee must:

  • Have been a Professional Member of the association for at least five (5) continuous years prior to nomination, or have served as Chair of the Board of Directors;
  • Be known to be of good character and reputation; and
  • Have been of exceptional value to the field through long service to the association; and
  • Have demonstrated notable contributions to the ECM industry over the immediately preceding five (5) years.

No member of the Board of Directors can receive an Association award during his/her tenure on the Board (with the exception of the Best Practices Awards, which are voted on by the membership). Members of the Board cannot make nominations for the Awards.

Nominations shall be made by a member of the Company of Fellows.

Recipients will be selected by the AIIM Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Members of the Company of Fellows may submit their nominations to Jessica Lombardo at jlombardo@aiim.org. Three letters of support are also required to complete the nomination. Any questions can be forwarded directly to Jessica. 



AIIM's Award of Merit

Award of Merit

The Award of Merit was established in 1954 and is the highest award the association can bestow. This award recognizes lifetime achievement to the association and to the industry.

No more than one (1) such award will be made in any one year. The Award of Merit is not necessarily awarded annually.

To be eligible to receive the Award of Merit, each nominee must:

  • Have been enrolled in the Company of Fellows for at least five (5) years prior to nomination; and 
  • Have been an exemplary Fellow and have demonstrated exceptional leadership and contribution to the Association; and
  • Have made widely recognized contributions which have materially benefitted the growth of the ECM industry, such as through new fields of applications, publications, education, or volunteerism.

No member of the Board of Directors can receive an Association award during his/her tenure on the Board. Members of the Board cannot make nominations for the Awards.

Nominations shall be made by a member of the Company of Fellows.

Recipients will be selected by the AIIM Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Members of the Company of Fellows may submit their nominations to Jessica Lombardo at jlombardo@aiim.org. Three letters of support are also required to complete the nomination. Any questions can be forwarded directly to Jessica. 

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