Lifetime Achievement Award
Created in 2012-2013 the NSA Minnesota Speaker Lifetime Achievement Award honor long-time (25+years) chapter members who have made a significant lifelong contribution to enriching the profession of speaking and the advancement and extended growth and health of the NSA Minnesota Chapter. Recipients will embody the spirit and focus of professional speaking and will serve as a positive role model for all future recipients.
The NSA Minnesota Board of Directors will nominate the Lifetime Achievement Award Candidates with the ultimate selection made by the board and past Lifetime Achievement recipients.
The Lifetime Achievement Award may not be awarded annually and will only be awarded based on the availability of truly deserving individual candidates. The NSA Minnesota Lifetime Achievement Award has been bestowed upon:
2012 Janie Jasin, CSP
2013 Dr. Manny Steil CSP, CPAE
2014 Thom Winninger CSP, CPAE
2015 Mark LeBlanc
2016 Joan Kennedy
2017 David McNally, CSP, CPAE
2019 Mike McKinley, CSP, CPAE
2021 Randall Munson, CSP
Minnesota Speaker Hall of FameCreated in 2004, the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame recognizes and honors selected outstanding professional speakers. Modeled after the NSA CPAE “Speakers Hall of Fame,” the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame selection criteria will be based on: Speaker’s Material, Style, Experience, Delivery, Image, and Professionalism. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, amount of income, or volunteer involvement in NSA-MN.
Nominations and selection are made by the existing members of the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame, presently Chaired by Dr. Manny Steil, CSP, CPAE
The following individuals have been inducted into the Minnesota Speakers Hall of Fame:
2004 Dr. Lyman K. (Manny) Steil CSP, CPAE; Larry Wilson CPAE*; Thom Winninger CSP, CPAE; Mike McKinley CSP, CPAE; Robert Pike CSP, CPAE; Jim Pancero CSP, CPAE; Harvey Mackay, CPAE; Dr. Alan Zimmerman CSP, CPAE; Mark Scharenbroich CSP, CPAE
2005 David McNally CPAE; Janie Jasin CSP; Desi Williamson CSP, CPAE
2006 Mark LeBlanc
2007 John Crudele CSP
2008 Roxanne Emerich CSP, CPAE; Lee Boyan*
2009 Hondo, David Knox CSP
2010 Joan Kennedy, Kathy Brown CSP,
2011 Anne Warfield CSP, Dr. Dale Anderson
2012 Jackie Pflug
2013 Randall Munson CSP
2014 Kit Welchin
2015 Ross Bernstein CSP
2016 David Horsager, CSP
2017 Sam Richter, CSP
2018 John Tschol
2019 Amy Tolbert, Ph.D., CSP; Joe Schmit, CSP
2020 Audrey Thomas, CSP; Carey Lohrenz, CSP, CPAE
2021 Dr. Jermaine Davis; Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, CSP
2022 Annie Meehan, CSP
Mark LeBlanc AwardCreated in 1997, the NSA Minnesota Mark LeBlanc Award recognizes NSA-MN Chapter members who have provided important service, leadership, and made a highly significant contribution to the growth and vitality of the Chapter. Mark LeBlanc selects the award winner. The following Chapter Members have received the Mark LeBlanc Award:
Next Level AwardThe Next Level Award is given by the Board each year. Recipients have been active members of NSA Minnesota for at least one year and have significantly moved their businesses forward over the previous year. Any member can nominate any chapter member. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors chooses the winner. The following Chapter Members have received the Next Level Award:
Chapter Member of the Year AwardEach year, the board nominates and selects a member who they have seen contribute the most to the chapter. This award truly reflects our history of active participation. The following Chapter Members have received the Chapter Member of the Year award:
Volunteer of the Year AwardRecipients are recognized for their volunteer efforts that are above and beyond the level expected of members. This board of directors selects the winner. The following individuals have received the Volunteer of the Year award:
Newcomer Impact Award
Recognizes a new NSA Minnesota member (1 to 3 years) who has made a measurable and significant positive impact in the service to the NSA Minnesota Chapter. The board nominates and selects the award recipient. The following Chapter members have received the Newcomer Impact Award:
Erika Garms, Ph.D.
Speaker Academy Award
Recognizes the Speaker Academy member who has developed clarity of vision and a specific plan to advance in the profession of speaking. Candidates for this award will be nominated by the Speaker Academy members. The winner will be chosen by the Dean. The following Speaker Academy students have received the Speaker Academy award:
Platinum Platform Professionals (PPP)Created in 2000 the Platinum members of the NSA Minnesota Chapter includes all Minnesota Chapter members who are NSA CPAE’s, CSP’s, Minnesota Speaker Hall of Fame inductees, and Past Chapter Presidents. The purpose of the Platinum Platform Professional designation is to: 1) recognize our MN Chapter’s outstanding professional members, 2) enhance PPP member Chapter attendance, involvement, and Board representation, 3) provide increased opportunity for PPP interaction. Present PPP members include:
CPAE and CSP
CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) recognizes a continuing commitment to education, experience and ethical behaviors. To achieve this designation, individuals must deliver 250 paid presentations over a five-year period while earning at least 32 education units in that period and meeting other professional criteria set by NSA.
CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence) designates members of NSA’s Speaking Hall of Fame. No more than five NSA members per year (out of a general membership of 4,000) receive this honor. Candidates are nominated by current CPAEs and reviewed by a special panel on the basis of the originality of their material, uniqueness of style, experience, delivery technique, image, reputation, professionalism and ability to relate to their audiences.
Following are the CSP and CPAE honorees who are currently members of NSA-MN: