Tips for Submitting a Winning Nomination
Again, we know your nominee is a great person and that they do a great job. So tell us their story! Tell us why they stand out from so many other great people who also do a great job! As you describe their achievements, be descriptive in how you express their passion for their job and for the helicopter industry. Imagine how your words might sound throughout a darkened banquet room, with a spotlight shining on your nominee.
Start early. It takes time to prepare a professional nomination packet that makes the case for your nominee. Don’t wait until the last minute to begin collecting supporting materials. Include materials that document your nominee’s achievement: letters of recommendation, awards, training certifications, photographs, and newspaper or magazine articles. You cannot supply too much supporting material in a nomination package.
Demonstrate how your nominee has gone above and beyond. Include specific ways your nominee went beyond the normal responsibilities of the job in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Consider each award category carefully; make sure you are submitting your nominee for the award category that most suits his/her/their contributions to the industry.
Create a personal snapshot for the judges. Make your nominee stand out as unique, special, and appealing while still conveying professionalism. Include enough personal information so that your nominee’s personality, work ethic, integrity, or other positive traits are evident to the judges.
Be detailed but concise. Present your nomination in easy-to-read bulleted lists or brief paragraphs. Provide details and facts about what your nominee has done, why it was important, and how it impacted pilots, aircraft, airports, flight schools, or the general aviation community at large. Include dates of accomplishments and any quantifiable results.
Use your nominee as a resource. Interview your nominee and take notes for details or experiences to include in the nomination. The judges need specific, detailed information that will make your application authentic and complete.
Submit early. Give our verifiers the time they need to review your application. If they find a component missing, you may be contacted to submit additional documentation prior to the submission deadline.
Renominate if your candidate doesn’t win. If your nominee doesn’t win this year, try again next year. Revise your nomination to include recent, specific examples, and resubmit it. There is no limit on how many times you can nominate individuals or organizations from year to year. Please note, however, that you should only nominate your candidate in one category per year.
Have your nominee complete the Acknowledgment Form. HAI requires that all nominees complete an acknowledgment form confirming their knowledge of the nomination and affirming that, if selected, they will receive the award in person as a VIP guest of HAI at HAI HELI-EXPO in New Orleans in March 2021. For the nomination to be accepted and forwarded for judging, signed acknowledgment forms must accompany all applications.