Sarah Daignault Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award

Who should be nominated for this award?

A person who has consistently shown generous support of independent schools and their business officers, through his/her role as an association executive, a corporate partner, a consultant, or a senior administrator (other than a business officer) at an independent school.

How do I nominate someone?

Submit a Nomination   Award nominations are open through December 15.

When will the award be announced?

The recipient is announced in January, and the award is presented at NBOA's Annual Meeting.

2017 Recipient

Dana Tufts

Dana Tufts


A.W.G. Dewar, Inc.

Dana Tufts started at A.W.G. Dewar as an account executive/trainee in 1978 after attending the Commercial Union's Agents and Brokers School. He was named vice president in 1988, board member in 1990 and senior vice president in 1995. In 2001, Tufts was named president, and he became chair of the board in 2007. He served on the NBOA Board of Directors from 2003 – 2009.

Tufts is active in his local community. He has volunteered at the First Church Nursery School, My Brother's Table Soup Kitchen, International Food Fair and the North Shore Medical Center Cancer Walk. He serves on the board for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. An avid hockey player, Tufts is vice president of the Friends of Marblehead Hockey. He is a member of the Marblehead Hockey Hall of Fame and founder of Marblehead's Thursday Night Hockey adult league. He coaches youth hockey and youth baseball.

Tufts is a lifelong resident of Marblehead, Massachusetts. He is married to Meredith Symmes and has three children: Bradford, Jillian and Roger. He is also the proud grandfather of Kylie, Addy, Harper and Jack. Tufts holds a BA in American literature from Middlebury College.

Past Recipients

NBOA has given out the Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award since 2011. View the award's past recipients.

About Sarah Daignault

The Outstanding Support of Independent Schools Award honors the legacy of Sarah P. Daignault, who served as the Executive Director of NBOA for the first 12 years of its existence. The award recognizes the instrumental role in developing strong relationships in the independent school industry in support of the efforts of the business officer. It honors Sarah's vision and dedication, which transformed NBOA from a small group of like-minded business officers into a thriving organization supported by hundreds of members across the country.

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