The National Federation of Municipal Analysts presented its 29th annual industry awards during its annual conference dinner in San Diego earlier this month.

The awards recognize individuals or entities that further the goals of the NFMA for the enhancement and betterment of the municipal bond industry. Awards committee chairman Greg Aikman presided over the ceremony and spoke about the honorees.

Rhode Island general treasurer Gina M. Raimondo won an industry contribution award for her efforts to redesign the state’s public employee pension system.

“These efforts put a much-needed spotlight on public pension systems, and Ms. Raimondo has been a tireless advocate for responsible reform.” Aikman said.

The meritorious service award went to Lisa Washburn, a managing director at Municipal Market Advisors, and current secretary of the NFMA Board of Governors. Aikman noted her “leadership of the industry group that developed the recently released “White Paper on Voluntary Secondary Market Disclosure About Bank Loans.”

Cadmus Hicks, a managing director, manager of performance and risk analysis as well as market strategist at Nuveen Asset Management, won a career achievement award. Aikman cited Hicks’ “long tenure at Nuveen, and his research on tax policy municipal bonds, affecting attribution analysis, financial planning, and credit issues.”

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was also recognized with an award for its website and disclosure.

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