Nominations are now open for Institutional
Investors first annual Allocators Choice Awards, to be held
November 28, 2017, in New York City.
The first-of-its-kind event will honor the best of
institutional capital, featuring categories such as Deal
of the Year Turnaround of the Year, and
Team of the Year. Winners will be announced at an
awards dinner, which will follow an afternoon forum for an
elite group of asset allocators and managers the
Masterclass. There, attendees will discuss, debate, and tackle
institutional investings intractable problems.
Nominations for the Allocators Choice Awards will be
accepted until July 28, and can be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Once nominations are submitted and vetted by Institutional
Investors editorial team, only asset allocators
pensions, nonprofits, sovereign funds, and the like will
be permitted to cast ballots for the winners.
Allocators Choice Awards Categories
Deal of the Year
Think: Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, in conjunction
with Silver Lake, tripling its investment in Skype in less than
two years. Dont think: Broader asset allocation changes
or private equity purchases where asset owners are only passive
Partnership of the Year
Think: Texas Teachers strategic partnerships with
large private equity houses.
Dont think: Simply buying off-the-shelf asset
Turnaround of the Year
Think: Cleaning up New York State Common Retirement Fund
after the pay-to-play scandal. Dont think: Doing the same
thing as last year; making an already-great fund marginally
Technology User of the Year
Think: The Alberta Investment Management Corporations
custom-built portfolio dashboard system. Dont think: A
specific product or tech provider, but rather an
institutions top-notch application of a product.
Change Maker of the Year
Think: Iconoclastic. United Technologies annuity-style
401(k) option; CalPERS divesting from hedge funds.
Dont think: A larger or especially successful
implementation of the industry status quo.
Team of the Year
Think: The group that once populated the Chrysler treasury
function and that subsequently spread out to become CIOs
throughout the corporate and endowment fund universe.
Dont think: Your OCIO; a superstar CIO with deputies no
one seems to know.
Investment Committee/Board of the Year
Think: A public pension board that lowers its assumed rate
of return, despite political pressure. Dont think: Famous
names alone are enough.
Chief Investment Officer of the Year
Think: Jack Meyer, during his tenure at Harvard. Any
investment chief exhibiting all-around excellence at portfolio
construction, risk management, asset allocation, manager
selection, board relations, and talent development or
one who has built a team achieving all that. Dont think:
Only CIOs of large funds.
Voting for finalists will begin August 15.