Manager of the Year Award

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The HDI Manager of the Year Award acknowledges and honors a service and support manager who has been in his or her current management role for the past twelve months, supporting any or all services in his or her organization. With this award, HDI seeks to recognize prominent professionals who most clearly demonstrate the ability to serve and advance information technology within their organizations.

HDI announces each year’s winner at the HDI Annual Conference & Expo.

This award is sponsored at the national level by Robert Half Technology. With Robert Half Technology as HDI’s premier award sponsor, HDI is able to provide complimentary registration to the HDI Annual Conference & Expo for the top three award finalists.

Application Requirements


Candidates for this award must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must have held their current management role for the past twelve months 
  2. Must manage organizations that support any or all IT services 
  3. Must be responsible for the strategic and tactical components of their organizations 

Award Criteria

Nominations can come from a variety of sources: self-nomination, peers, direct reports, executives/direct supervisors, etc. HDI does recommend that the nomination process be a joint effort between the nominee and the nominator. This way, the nominee can provide the letter of introduction and input on the various components of the nomination. 

Complete the application and provide supporting materials online.

The following materials are required:

  1. Letter of introduction
  2. Three written testimonials
  3. Recent head shot

Deadline for submissions is October 31.

Begin your nomination

Judging Process

The judges will review all nominations and will select the top three finalists based on the following criteria:

  • Letter of introduction
  • Leadership values
  • Process and procedures of leadership

The judging process has two phases:


  1. Format
  2. Spelling and grammar
  3. Clear, concise responses
  4. Clear business communication skills
  5. Readability
  6. Coverage of topics
  7. Quality of responses

Personal Interview (top three finalists only)

  • 15-minute interview with a panel of judges
  • Each finalist will be asked the same questions

An entry must receive a score of 80% or higher to pass from the first phase to the second phase. The top three finalists will be selected for personal interviews, which will be conducted at the HDI Annual Conference & Expo.