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HATS Professional of the Year (POY)


The Professional of the Year (POY) awards banquet provides HATS member organizations the opportunity to publicly recognize one of their own for exceptional professionalism.  Each member organization selects its own POY and the HATS POY Selection Committee selects one of the POYs as the recipient of the Joseph P. Moquin Award from those submitted.  The criteria for the awards are as follows.

POY Award Criteria

  • S/he has retained membership in the Professional Organization that is a Member of HATS
  • S/he has demonstrated excellence in some professional (e.g., technical, managerial, or community) work or activity that is concerned with broad and beneficial technical, scientific, social, or economic consequences. This excellence shall be exemplified in his/her workplace, Professional Organization in which they are a participant member of, and/or volunteer efforts in the community.
  • S/he has exhibited an extraordinary dedication, creativity, or leadership in that work or activity that results in excellent contributions to the technical and economic development of the City of Huntsville and the surrounding areas (activities such as education, mentorship, training, knowledge transfer, STEM initiatives, etc.).

Joseph P. Moquin Award Criteria

The Joseph P. Moquin Award will be given to the POY from among the current year's group of nominees (nominated by their respective Member Organizations) – someone that stands out as one who has stood above their peers by providing exemplary leadership to the North Alabama technical community. This involvement and leadership shall have been long-standing, with commitment and consistency.

POY Nominations must be submitted electronically
 by September 22, 2023 - the form is
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