2024 SGA Awards


Recognizing Excellence

Showcasing Industry-Leading Companies


For decades, the Southern Gas Association has been an important forum for recognizing leading natural gas companies across the United States and Canada. SGA Awards recognize members who are advancing the natural gas industry. Our aim is to support and showcase the great work of companies who have achieved real, measurable business outcomes in their organizations.

SGA Awards recognize individuals and teams for their technical contributions, professional excellence, career achievement, service to colleagues, industry leadership and community service.

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Why Participate?


Entering the SGA Awards competition is Good for Business
Meet the 2023 Winners

1. Get National Recognition

An SGA Award can be a tool in your marketing toolbox. Just being shortlisted can improve brand awareness and promote your business to new customers. Winning a business award can open doors to getting contracts, finding new supply channels and breaking into new markets.

2. Benchmarking

The application process for entering the SGA Awards can cause you to look at your business from a different perspective and compare yourself to your peers highlighting how you stand out in the industry - whether that’s through innovation, diversity, growth, customer service, investment in people and strategic thinking.

3. Increased Credibility

An SGA Award win, short-listing or nomination can act as a 3rd party endorsement for your company. A win can give a seal of approval to your activities and is a sign of quality for potential customers. It can also help with relationships with suppliers. It’s a great way of differentiating your company from peers and will send out positive signals to customers.

4. Employee Motivation

SGA Awards recognize the hard work and achievements of your employees so winning one can help boost staff morale and improve motivation. Employees are focused on what’s great about the company they work for and can feel proud to be a part of it. Create a morale boost and invite the team to the awards lunch ceremony which can yield networking opportunities as well as being a team spirit boost.

5. Attract Talent

An SGA Award validates your hiring stature among new recruits. Acknowledgement of your initiatives and validation as the best can help you attract the talent you need to push your company. Increased employee morale will also help attract and retain new recruits.

KEY DATES

Nominations

January 1–April 5, 2024

Voting

April 19–May 10, 2024

Finalists Announced

May 21, 2024

Live Awards Ceremonies

Safety Conference June 24–25
Operations Conference July 22–24

Categories

SGA will recognize excellence in eight categories:

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Chair's Rising Leader:

Have you demonstrated excellence as an SGA leader?


Are you driving excellence in the natural gas industry?

In keeping with our commitment to celebrating outstanding leadership within the natural gas industry, the SGA is excited to introduce the inaugural Chair’s Rising Leadership Award. This distinguished accolade is designed to honor an exceptional early or mid-career individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment as an SGA leader.

The winner will be honored live at the Operations Conference in Nashville, July 22–24, 2024, and featured online at SOUTHERNGAS.ORG.

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Community Service:

Have you created a unique and impactful community service program?


Have you gone the extra mile in service and outreach?

Amidst the challenges of 2023, the natural gas industry witnessed countless opportunities for impactful outreach, and we want to recognize your unwavering dedication to community welfare with SGA’s Community Service Award. Shine a spotlight on your community service initiatives, illustrating how you’ve made a difference. Enter today to have your transformative work evaluated by a panel of industry experts in the premier and highly esteemed natural gas award ceremony. Let’s celebrate your commitment to community excellence together!

The winner will be honored live at the Operations Conference in Nashville, July 22–24, 2024, and featured online at SOUTHERNGAS.ORG.

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Corporate Communication:

Have you created a unique marketing/communications program for your organization?


Have a publication you think is award-winning? Did your last social media campaign increase stakeholder engagement?

Beyond conventional press releases and emails, our Corporate Communication Award recognizes the transformative power of comprehensive communication strategies. Exceptional communication teams are the architects of groundbreaking narratives that redefine industry perceptions and strengthen stakeholder relationships. If your team has orchestrated a noteworthy communications project, be it navigating significant changes, engaging employees in pioneering initiatives, shaping corporate culture, or addressing any other vital topic, we want to hear your success story. Unleash your most compelling communications campaign for evaluation by a distinguished panel of industry experts during the highly anticipated and widely respected natural gas award ceremony. It’s time to showcase your team’s brilliance in corporate communication!

The winner will be honored live at the Operations Conference in Nashville, July 22–24, 2024, and featured online at SOUTHERNGAS.ORG.

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Emergency Management:

Have you developed and delivered an exemplary emergency management program aimed at promoting preparedness and resilience?


Have you exceeded standards for the delivery and/or development of emergency management training programs? Have you collaborated on a regional or industry-wide initiative that will provide significant guidance to emergency management programs, policies, or practices? 

The SGA Emergency Management Award acknowledges members for exceptional contributions in initiating or promoting groundbreaking services and programs, coupled with exemplary work in the dynamic field of emergency management. Share your most impactful initiatives in emergency management innovation, collaboration, and practice with your nomination. Your submissions will undergo evaluation by a distinguished panel of experts during a widely observed and respected natural gas award ceremony. It’s time to showcase your dedication to excellence in emergency management!

The winner will be honored live at the Operations Conference in Nashville, July 22–24, 2024, and featured online at SOUTHERNGAS.ORG.

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Engineering Innovation:

Have you taken innovation to the next level?


Has your spark ignited a better way to meet the goal? Have you discovered a new process to improve results? 

The SGA Engineering Innovation Award honors individuals or workgroups that have spearheaded revolutionary processes or programs. As a stalwart on the cutting edge of innovation, the natural gas industry continues to set the pace for progress. Showcase your most impactful innovations and have your groundbreaking work evaluated by a panel of experts during a widely watched and respected natural gas award ceremony. It’s time to highlight your role in propelling the industry forward through engineering ingenuity!

The winner will be honored live at the Operations Conference in Nashville, July 22–24, 2024, and featured online at SOUTHERNGAS.ORG.

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Environmental Social & Governance:

Are you tracking impact?


Are you spearheading a sustainable future?

The SGA Environmental Social & Governance Award applauds companies integrating one or more ESG factors into their business strategy. This recognition underscores a commitment to pioneering sustainability efforts that yield measurable benefits for communities and investors alike. Submit your compelling initiatives and noteworthy ESG results and a panel of experts will assess your contributions during a widely watched and respected natural gas award ceremony. It’s time to spotlight your leadership in shaping a sustainable future!

The winner will be honored live at the Operations Conference in Nashville, July 22–24, 2024, and featured online at SOUTHERNGAS.ORG.

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Meritorious Action:

Is there a hero among you?


Did you or a colleague go above and beyond to save a life?

SGA’s Meritorious Action Recognition celebrates individuals who have displayed courageous actions to save or attempt to save lives. SGA salutes individuals who have displayed heroic action or quick thinking to save the lives of others. Share your epic story of heroism when you nominate someone for the SGA Meritorious Action Recognition. Your recipient will be commemorated in a widely watched and respected natural gas award ceremony.

Nominees will be honored live at the Safety Conference in St. Louis, June 24–25, 2024, and featured online at SOUTHERNGAS.ORG.

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Safety & Health:

Are you creating new ways to keep people safe?


Has your organization’s initiative helped to set a new standard?

The SGA Safety & Health Recognition acknowledges the often-overlooked efforts that prevent mishaps, honoring companies at the forefront of fostering employee and customer well-being through exemplary safety and health initiatives. Showcase the pinnacle of safety and health efforts within your organization, setting a benchmark for others to aspire with your nomination. Your commendable work will undergo evaluation by a panel of experts during a widely watched and respected natural gas award ceremony. It’s time to be recognized for your commitment to elevating safety standards!

Winners will be honored live at the Safety Conference in St. Louis, June 24–25, 2024, and featured online at SOUTHERNGAS.ORG.

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Entry Information

Entry Guidelines


Statement of Purpose:

  • Provide at least a paragraph explaining your entry and why it deserves to win.  There are no minimums or limits for length.

General Judging Guidelines:

  • Suitability for the audience
  • Design attributes and quality of production
  • Impact
  • Quality of content with “eye-catching” or unusual material that engages the audience
  • Use of up-to-date information with a contemporary look and feel
  • Lack of errors

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it’s completely free and a benefit of your membership.

Yes, we accept self-nominated and third-party entries for both organizations and individuals.

One submission per category can be made for an organization.

Easy, just select your category, then complete the online application form.  You’ll get an email confirmation of receipt of your entry.

Yes, you can center as many categories as you have great programs.  Just make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria for each category before submitting.

Please make sure that any relevant supporting documents are provided in PDF, JPG or PowerPoint. Links are accepted for videos.

Yes, the name of the person making the nomination is treated as highly confidential. Only the SGA Board of Directors Nominating Committee will view them. SGA members will be able to view the submission content only during the voting process.

Awards are voted on by the SGA membership base. The top three nominees are presented to the Board of Directors Membership and Awards Committee for selection of the winner.

The top 3 nominees for each category will be announced on May 21, 2024.

The winners will be announced live at the following conferences:

Safety Conference

St. Louis, June 27–28, 2024:

  • Meritorious Action Recognition
  • Safety & Health Recognition

Operations Conference

Nashville, July 22–24, 2024

  • Chair’s Rising Leader
  • Community Service
  • Corporate Communication
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering Innovation
  • Environmental Social & Governance

The finalists should plan to send a designated recipient to the relevant conference and ceremony to accept the award, should they win.

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