The Cavett Award

Nominate an NSA member to receive the Cavett Award. All Nominations are due May 15, 2021.

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Since it was established in 1973, NSA's strength has sprung from its Co-Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE. His love, encouragement, generosity and wisdom embody the spirit of NSA today and continue to guide the Association as it grows in number and diversity.

Humility, generosity and teamwork are just a few of the qualities Cavett possessed, and in fine professional-speaking style, expressed so eloquently. Cavett once said to NSA Past President Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE, "You guys have done so much more with this (NSA) than I ever imagined." The truth was that NSA members have simply built upon the legacy that he humbly established for us.

Likewise, Cavett displayed an uncanny ability to inspire others and share his wisdom and expertise. "A desire to help others is our most noble attribute; it gives immortal momentum to life and is our only certain path to heaven," he would say. Hence, the Cavett Award, the highest award bestowed by NSA, was created to celebrate and honor those members whose careers demonstrate the spirit of sharing, guiding and inspiring other professional speakers.

The Cavett Award is NSA's most cherished award. It is presented annually to the member whose accomplishments over the years have reflected outstanding credit, respect, honor and admiration in the Association and the speaking profession, and whose actions (in terms of sharing, guiding and inspiring other members) most closely parallel the illustrious career of our Co-Founder Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE.


  • 1979
    Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE
  • 1980
    William H. Gove, CSP, CPAE
  • 1981
    Dave Yoho, CPAE
  • 1982
    Ty Boyd, CSP, CPAE
  • 1983
    Joe Larson, CSP, CPAE
  • 1984
    Ira M. Hayes, CPAE
  • 1985
    Nido R. Qubein, CSP, CPAE
  • 1986
    Don Hutson, CSP, CPAE
  • 1987
    Doc Blakely, CSP, CPAE
  • 1988
    Robert H. Henry, CSP, CPAE
  • 1989
    Jeanne Robertson, CSP, CPAE
  • 1990
    D. Michael Frank, CSP, CPAE
  • 1991
    Rosita Perez, CPAE
  • 1992
    D. John Hammond, CPAE
  • 1993
    Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE
  • 1994
    George Morrisey, CSP, CPAE
  • 1995
    Thomas J. Winninger, CSP, CPAE
  • 1996
    Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE
  • 1997
    Naomi R. Rhode, CSP, CPAE
  • 1998
    Al Walker, CSP, CPAE
  • 1999
    Edward E. Scannell, CSP, CMP
  • 2000
    Jim Tunney, EdD, CSP, CPAE
  • 2001
    Zig Ziglar, CPAE
  • 2002
    Bob Murphey, CPAE
  • 2003
    Pat Vivo, CSP, CPAE
  • 2004
    Terry Paulson, CSP, CPAE
  • 2005
    Glenna Salsbury, CSP, CPAE
  • 2006
    Charles E. "Tremendous" Jones, CPAE
  • 2007
    Mark H. Sanborn, CSP, CPAE
  • 2008
    Michael McKinley, CSP, CPAE
  • 2009
    Louis Heckler, CSP, CPAE
  • 2010
    Jim Rhode, CSP
  • 2011
    W Mitchell, CSP, CPAE
  • 2012
    Stephen Tweed, CSP
  • 2013
    Scott Friedman, CSP
  • 2014
    Chris Clarke-Epstein, CSP
  • 2015
    Gary Rifkin, CSP
  • 2016
    Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP
  • 2017
    Randy Pennington, CSP, CPAE
  • 2018
    Terry Brock, CSP, CPAE
  • 2019
    Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE