Announcing the 2017 John Howarth Memorial Award Winners

Each year we recognize two individuals who through their passion, persistence, optimism, and grace under pressure, have dedicated their time and talents to the iMIS community while representing the mission of NiUG International and mirroring the quality of John Howarth’s character.

The 2017 recipients of the John Howarth Memorial Award (JHMA) are:

Keith Williams • Database Administrator at Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
Not only does Keith serve on our Board of Directors, he also volunteers as a speaker and moderator. An iMIS user since 1999, Keith provides a wealth of knowledge to the entire iMIS community and helps to further the organizational goals and objectives of our organization.

Bob Lane, Ph. D • CEO at Lane Services, LLC.
An authorized iMIS solution provider since 2003, Bob gives continually as a volunteer for various nonprofits including not only NiUG International but also NiUG Canada, NiUG Europe, and NiUG Asia Pacific. In addition to speaking at various NiUG sponsored events, Bob is committed to the success of NiUG International's domestic conference series via Event Partnership.

The award winners were announced at the opening session during the 2017 NiUG Discovery Conference in Arlington, Virginia on October 3, 2017. “The JHMA award recognizes individuals who reflect the passion John always displayed for the iMIS Community, said Michele Morgan, Executive Director of NiUG International. “I was very excited to learn of this year’s winners, both Keith and Bob have a passion for NiUG to be successful and truly want iMIS users to succeed with iMIS.”

Each year in memory of John’s spirit, NiUG International recognizes two individuals who have distinguished themselves in service to the iMIS Community. For more information about the John Howarth Memorial Awards, please visit