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NCA Member Awards

The Award Goes To… 

Nominate a member of the NCA community who has demonstrated outstanding dedication, expertise, and integrity in support of the Association's mission and entire coffee industry.

* Please note that all applications are due before Sept. 15 for the following year.  NCA member login required.

As a membership organization, the NCA depends on the generaosity our member volunteers. You lead NCA webinars, volunteer for our Day of Service, power NCA committees — and more.

Some of these volunteers have distinguished themselves as leaders in the NCA community through their endless dedication and exceptional expertise. To honor these unique contributions, the NCA developed the following awards categories:

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their work in the coffee community?

We encourage NCA members members to award criteria and eligibility, and nominate their colleagues through this online form.

Learn more about how to get involved with the NCA — opportunities are open to all employees of our NCA member organizations.

We are proud to honor exceptional NCA member contributions with the following awards:   

Volunteer of the Year Award

Monica and Carl Walker NCA Volunteer of Year AwardThe NCA Volunteer of the Year award recognizes exceptional effort, dedication, and expertise from an NCA member volunteer working on behalf of the coffee industry.

Monica and Carl Walker

Walker Trading Company, L.P.

Learn more about the recipients and requirements of the NCA Volunteer of the Year Award.

Honorary Lifetime Member

Vukasin family NCA Lifetime Member AwardNCA Honorary Lifetime Membership is a tribute to individual volunteers who consistently go above and beyond in their contribution of time, knowledge, and resources to further the mission of the NCA and the coffee community worldwide. 

George Vukasin, Sr.

Peerless Coffee and Tea
NCA Chairman of the Board 1998-2000 

Learn more about the recipients and requirements of the NCA Honorary Lifetime Member Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Alan Leviton NCA Lifetime Achievement AwardThe NCA Lifetime Achievement Award honors long-term, innovative achievement and an individual’s lasting legacy on the coffee community.  

Alan Levion, MD

Harvard Medical School, Professor of Neurology
Boston Children’s Hospital, Director of Neuroepidemiology
NCA Scientific Advisory Group Member 

Learn more about the recipients and requirements of the NCA Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the NCA Awards

NCA awards are selected by an independent committee of NCA members. Learn more about the criteria and eligibility for the following awards:


5 Reasons to Attend the NCA Convention

Here are 5 (of the many) great reasons to attend the NCA 2020 Convention:

1. Networking that's worth your time

One conversation with the right person can change everything.

We've designed our programming for 2020 to ensure that you'll have maximum opportunities to connect with the people you want to meet -- including a networking lunch for everyone, coffee breaks, and nightly social events like our industry happy hour and "Welcome to Texas" kickoff party.

2. Education for the real world

Coffee is complicated -- from market price fluctuation to understanding the latest food science and coffee trends. And, like most things, the best way to learn is to dive in headfirst. This year we've packed our program with dozens of speakers, panels, and educational breakout sessions to help you gain the knowledge and insights that are most relevant to you.

3. Professional development

Developing strong industry leadership is critical for the future of coffee.

Whether you're looking to grow your own career or develop talent within your organization, our Convention provides opportunities to strengthen leadership skills and learn more about the business of coffee - from the Next Generation Council to events where you could meet your next business partner.

4. Industry innovation

Ideas are like coffee - fresh is better.

Find new inspiration to bring back to the office, whether it's from a keynote speaker or exhibitor. Maybe you'll discover the next big thing in coffee - or come up with your own.

5. Get involved

Tap into the (well-caffeinated) energy of the NCA coffee community! Convention offers many opportunities to give back to the industry or local community, make new connections, and discover new ways to collaborate.

Consider signing up for the local Coffee Gives Back day of service, contributing a blog post on your experience, or join the conversation at a breakout session.


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