The Cavett Award is the highest honor the membership of National Speakers Association can bestow on a peer. Nominees should be individuals (in terms of sharing, guiding and inspiring other members) that most closely parallel the illustrious career of our founder, Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE.

A Cavett Award recipient must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an NSA member in good standing for a minimum of five consecutive years.
  • Must be an individual whose qualities, in the opinion of the nominator, most closely resemble those specified in the above description of the ideal Cavett recipient.
  • Must be a person who really contributes his or her time and talent to NSA without concern for personal gain.
  • Cannot have been an NSA paid employee within the past 12 months, or be a supplier of goods or services to NSA.
  • Cannot be a current member of NSA’s Board of Directors.

Nomination Deadline: To qualify, all nominations must be submitted no later than Saturday, May 15, 2020. All nominations received for the 2020 Cavett Award will be automatically included for the 2021 Cavett Award. 

Past Winners of the Cavett Award

1979 • Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE* 2000 • Jim Tunney, CSP, CPAE
1980 • Bill Gove, CSP, CPAE* 2001 • Zig Ziglar, CPAE*
1981 • Dave Yoho, CPAE 2002 • Bob Murphey, CPAE*
1982 • Ty Boyd, CSP, CPAE 2003 • Pat Vivo, CSP, CPAE*
1983 • Joe Larson, CSP* 2004 • Terry Paulson, CSP, CPAE
1984 • Ira M. Hayes, CPAE* 2005 • Glenna Salsbury, CSP, CPAE
1985 • Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE 2006 • Charles E. Jones, CPAE*
1986 • Don Hutson, CSP, CPAE 2007 • Mark H. Sanborn, CSP, CPAE
1987 • James Blakely, CSP, CPAE 2008 • Michael McKinley, CSP, CPAE
1988 • Robert Henry, CSP, CPAE* 2009 • Louis Heckler, CSP, CPAE
1989 • Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE  2010 • Jim Rhode, CPAE
1990 • D. Michael Frank, CSP, CPAE 2011 • W Mitchell, CSP, CPAE
1991 • Rosita Perez, CPAE* 2012 • Stephen Tweed, CSP
1992 • D. John Hammond, CPAE* 2013 • Scott Friedman, CSP
1993 • Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE 2014 • Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP
1994 • George Morrisey, CSP, CPAE 2015 • Gary Rifkin, CSP
1995 • Thom Winninger, CSP, CPAE 2016 • Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP, CPAE
1996 • Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE 2017 • Randy Pennington, CSP, CPAE
1997 • Naomi Rhode, CSP, CPAE 2018 • Terry Brock, CSP, CPAE
1998 • Al Walker, CSP, CPAE 2019 • Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE
 1999 • Edward Scannell, CSP 2020 • No Cavett Award was given due
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