Fund Action, Fund Directions Announce Nominees for 14th Annual Mutual Fund Industry Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

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Fund Action and Fund Directions, publications of Institutional Investor News covering the U.S. mutual fund industry, have announced the nominees for the 14th Annual Mutual Fund Industry Awards. The awards recognize the fund leaders, marketers, trustees, and lawyers who have made significant impacts on the fund industry in the past year. Winners will be announced and awarded at an annual gala dinner on March 8, 2007 at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.

Fund Action and Fund Directions, publications of Institutional Investor News covering the U.S. mutual fund industry, have announced the nominees for the 14th Annual Mutual Fund Industry Awards. The awards recognize the fund leaders, marketers, trustees, and lawyers who have made significant impacts on the fund industry in the past year. Winners will be announced and awarded at an annual gala dinner on March 8, 2007 at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park.

Nominees in all categories were selected based on their accomplishments during the 2006 calendar year. The nominees are as follows:

Fund Action Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • George Roche, President & Chairman, T. Rowe Price

Fund Action Awards Nominees

Fund Leader of the Year:

  • Gary Black, CEO, Janus Capital Management
  • James FitzGerald, Managing Director of Retail Marketing, Munder Capital Management
  • Martin Flanagan, President & CEO, AMVESCAP
  • Jim Hawkes, Chairman & CEO, Eaton Vance

Fund Marketer of the Year:

  • Rob Arena, SVP, Retail Product Management, and Phil Eichinger, SVP & National Sales Manager, The Hartford
  • Stephen Gresham, EVP & Director, Retail Markets, and Frank Waltman, SVP, Product Development and Management, Phoenix Investment Partners
  • Mark Killen, SVP, Corporate and Product Marketing, American Century Investments
  • Michael Sapir, CEO, ProShares

Deal Of The Year:

  • AMVESCAP/PowerShares Capital Management
  • BlackRock/Merrill Lynch Investment Managers
  • Guardian Life Insurance/RS Funds line of RS Investments
  • Phoenix Companies/The Insight Funds family of Harris Investment Management

Sales Success:

  • Cambiar's Large-Cap Opportunity Fund
  • Diamond Hill Capital Management's Small Cap Fund
  • Rydex Investments' Euro CurrencyShares ETFs
  • Schneider Capital Management's Schneider Value Fund

Advertising Campaign of the Year:

  • American Century Investments
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • The Vanguard Group

Separately Managed Accounts Player of the Year:

  • Ann Bergin, Managing Director, Depository Trust & Clearing Corp, Paul Hatch, Managing Director, Smith Barney Consulting Group, Chandresh lyer, Managing Director, Citigroup Global Transaction Services, Mark Pennington, Partner, Lord Abbett, Chairman of the Board & Chairman Emeritus, Money Management Institute
  • Dan McNamara, Investment Products Group Executive, Bank of America
  • Curt Overway, President, Managed Portfolio Advisors, IXIS Asset Management Advisors Group
  • Lidiette Ratiani, SVP & Director, Investment Consulting Solutions, Wells Fargo

Fund Directions Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

  • Allan Mostoff, President, Mutual Fund Directors Forum

Fund Directions Awards Nominees

Trustee of the Year:

  • Arne Carlson, Independent Director, RiverSource Funds
  • Peter Drotch, Independent Trustee, BlackRock Funds
  • Thomas Mooney, Independent Chairman, Prudential Insurance Funds
  • Robert Uek, Independent Trustee, MFS Funds

Small Board Trustee of the Year:

  • Leonard Auerbach, Independent Chairman, RS Funds
  • Dorothy Berry, Independent Chairman, Professionally Managed Portfolios, Independent Trustee, Allegiant Funds
  • Steven Paggioli, Independent Trustee, Professionally Managed Portfolios, The Managers Funds, Managers AMG Funds
  • Edward Smeds, Independent Chairman, Thrivent Funds

Independent Counsel of the Year:

  • Arthur Delibert and team, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham
  • Carl Frischling, Partner & Co-Head, Financial Services Group, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
  • John Gerstmayr, Partner & Co-Chairman, Investment Management Practice, Ropes & Gray
  • David Sturms, Partner & Chairman, Investment Services Group, Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz

In February, nominees will be announced for an inaugural award that will recognize outstanding use of technology within mutual fund firms. The winner will be announced and awarded at the awards dinner on March 8th.

For more information about the awards, please visit:

http://www.iinews.com/site/MFA07/default.asp?LS=2007mfawards
For reservations please call Tracey Redmond at 212-224-3239.

About the publications:

Fund Action covers important news and trends in the U.S. mutual fund industry including the top fund firms, mergers & acquisitions, executive compensation, industry alliances, fund families at banks and full-service brokerage firms, top-level personnel moves, legislation and technology.

Please visit the website at: http://www.fundaction.com.

Fund Directions is the premiere independent publication covering issues of concern to mutual fund boards and reports on the key issues in mutual fund governance from an independent trustee's perspective. Please visit the website at: http://www.funddirections.com.

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