ACO Annual Awards

Each year the ACO honors those who have made a unique, impactful, selfless contribution to ADHD coaches, ADHD Coaching, and/or the ACO. Honorees of the ACO’s awards together represent a Hall of Fame for the ADHD Coaching Profession.

The History of ACO Awards

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Ken Zaretzky

ACO co-founder and founding board member Ken Zaretzky came to the ACO Board of Directors in 2010 with the idea of creating an ACO outstanding service award and naming it for fellow founding board member, Glen Hogard. Sadly, Ken died in early 2011. Desiring to honor Ken and his vision for an outstanding service award for the profession, the Board initiated The Glen Hogard Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community, and presented the inaugural award to Glen Hogard himself at the 2011 conference in Chicago, IL.

In 2014, desiring to recognize and honor both Ken Zaretzky and Glen Hogard as co-founders of the ACO, and all of the founding board members – Ken Zaretzky, Glen Hogard, Sarah D. Wright, Kerch McConlogue, Laurie Dupar, Jan Delaura, and Kathy Jantzen – the board of the ACO voted to change the name of the award to The Founders Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community (The Founders Award).

In 2019, the ACO Board voted to rename The Founders Award to The ACO Professional Excellence Award. This award recognizes the professional legacy of an individual within the ACO community for exceptional, impactful, and selfless contributions to the field of ADHD coaching.

Also in 2019, the ACO Board voted to establish a new award called The ACO Extraordinary Volunteer Service Award. This award was established to celebrate the hard work of the volunteers who have made ACO great.

Previous Honorees

2019 ACO Professional Excellence Award Liz Ahmann Liz Ahmann – ScD, RN, PCC, NBC-HWC, Professional ADHD Coach, Health and Wellness Coach
2019 ACO Extraordinary Volunteer Service Award Christine Kotik – Owner of CK ADHD Coaching & Consulting, PCC, Professional ADHD Coach, ACO Board Member and Treasurer
2019 ACO Extraordinary Volunteer Service Award Roxanne Fouché - Owner of Focus For Effectiveness, Professional ADHD Coach,  ACO Board Member,  and Chair of the ADHD Awareness Month Coalition
2018 Founders Award Joyce Kubik – Founder and President of Bridge to Success Skills Training, LLC, Professional ADHD Coach, Author. ACO Board Member and Past-president (2013-2017)
2017 Founders Award Jodi Sleeper-Triplett Jodi Sleeper-Triplett  Founder of JST Coaching & Training, author, and speaker
2016 Founders Award David Giwerc-2 David Giwerc – Founder and President of the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA)
2015 Founders Award nancy ratey Nancy Ratey – Co-founder of the ADHD Coaching profession, author, and teacher of researchers.

2014

Founders Award MadelynGriffithHaynie Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – Co-founder of the ADHD Coaching profession and teacher of teachers.
2013 Founders Award KerchMcConlogue Kerch McConlogue – Founding Board Member of the ACO and for many years Webmaster, Communications Chair, Editor, and Conference Chair of the ACO.
2012 Founders Award Wright-Hogard-2012 Sarah D. Wright – Founding Board Member of the ACO and for many years President of the ACO.
2011 Founders Award Wright-Hogard-2012 Glen Hogard – Founding Board Member and Co-Founder of the ACO

Award Criteria

The ACO Professional Excellence Award

With this award, we want to honor the impact our members are making in our field. The ACO Professional Excellence Award recognizes the professional legacy of an individual within the ACO community for:

  • Their exceptional, impactful, and selfless contributions
  • They support and offer their service to ADHD coaches
  • They support and offer their service to the field of ADHD coaching
  • The recipient Is a current or former member of ACO
  • Has contributed or is contributing significantly to the ADHD coaches or ADHD coaching profession
  • Has given back to the field by donating time or resources to the greater community
  • And has not previously received the ACO Professional Excellence Award 

ACO Extraordinary Volunteer Service Award

With this award we celebrate the hard work of the volunteers who have made ACO great. These exceptional team players have:

  • Donated their energy, passion and talents for the betterment of our community
  • The recipient is a current or former member of ACO.
  • They have contributed or is contributing significantly to the ACO and its members.
  • They show devotion by giving their time, talents, and resources.