When the Pioneer Award was established, it was called the Frank Jeter Award, in honor of the late North Carolinian. Within two years, the board changed the name to the Pioneer Award.
These awards honor communicators who demonstrate exceptional leadership and technical skills and make significant contributions to ACE during their early careers (first 10 years of ACE membership), as did the pioneers of the profession whose hard work and vision founded the association in 1913.
Any ACE member may submit a nomination form to the ACE executive director. No more than five awards will be given in any one year. Current board members are not eligible.