Sunday, January 24, 2010

2009 Dietz Award Winner Announced


With the recent, though delayed, publication of the Fall issue of The Journal of Performance Measurement(R) came the announcement that Damien Laker won the Dietz Award for 2009.

As you may have heard, Damien passed away last year. While one might think that our board cast their votes simply because of his death, I don't believe that's the case. Damien truly deserved this award. Granted, it was given for a specific article he wrote, but one could look at his career to see how much he contributed to the investment performance industry. He was a prolific writer who contributed greatly to our industry's body of knowledge. He wasn't afraid to voice his opinion and offer creative ideas. He developed a software firm which he later sold to Barra. He was a frequent speaker and was chosen as one of the few industry experts to moderate a performance industry website.

Damien is missed by many, but no doubt mostly by his family and friends. We are pleased that we had the opportunity to acknowledge Damien in this formal way and thank the Journal's advisory board for bestowing this honor on him. Congratulations, Damien!

5 comments:

  1. Many people may know that Damien Laker had a web site called CompoundingHappens.com that contained a number of articles written by him in his retirement. That site is now defunct, but I recently discovered that it is preserved by the Internet Archive "Wayback Machine". The URL to the latest version of the site is here:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080718185107/http://www.compoundinghappens.com/

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  2. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  3. Thank you for publishing the URL.

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  4. Clare McGregor (nee Laker)December 9, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Thank you for acknowledging Damien in this way and for publishing the URL. Damien is my brother and even though I understood little of his work, I was very proud of him.
    Would it be possible to get a copy of the journal issue containing the award details? It would be lovely to share this with his son.
    Many thanks

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  5. Clare, so nice of you to send us this note. We knew and respected Damien and his contributions to our industry greatly; he sorely missed, but I know especially by those closest to him; allow me to extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to you and your family.

    As for the journal, yes, of course; please e-mail me (DSpaulding@SpauldingGrp.com) the details and we'll get copies out ASAP.

    Best wishes,
    Dave

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