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Innovation Award

Congratulations to 2020’s Innovation Award winner – Randy Sunderman, VP Information Technology, Heartland Co-op!

Learn about Randy’s innovation here

The Innovation Award recognizes outstanding innovation in the application of advanced business computing technology to improve efficiency, enhance customer service, or promote business excellence.

Student Innovation Award

Eye on the i is COMMON’s in-depth e-magazine. Published six times per year, peer-written articles explore the trends impacting the world of IT and Power Systems.

Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations Kim Greene on receiving the 2020 Distinguished Service Award!

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a volunteer’s continued dedication and service to the growth and development of the COMMON organization. To foster the unique honor of the award, the number presented at each Annual Meeting is limited.

Speaker Awards

Congratulations to all our award winning speakers announced at POWERUp 2020! Click Here to see the full list. 

Since 1994, COMMON has recognized its national conference speakers through the Speaker Excellence Program. Speakers whose sessions were exceptional in both content and delivery (communication, presentation, and use of training aids) receive a medal award and are inducted into the Speaker Excellence Hall of Fame. The awards are based on feedback from evaluation forms that attendees complete after each session. Beginning in 2008, the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are determined according to a fixed criteria of historical averages. COMMON also awards the Speakers of Merit, Best New Session, Best New Speaker, and Best Open Lab awards to speakers.