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2009 Ann Castle Award Recipient: Paul Dakin


Paul Dakin served as President of the New England Development Research Association from 2004 to 2006 and spent a total of six years on the NEDRA Board.  During his tenure as President, Paul led the effort to incorporate NEDRA as a chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA), shepherded NEDRA through a remarkable growth spurt, and helped fashion the organization into a model for the industry.  His ability to formulate, communicate, and execute visionary concepts was critical in growing and shaping NEDRA into what it is today.  Paul was also instrumental in steering NEDRA’s educational direction by leading the Board commitment to develop the highest quality programming.


Paul entered the prospect research profession at Harvard University in 1995 when, as luck would have it, his staff assistant cubicle was stationed just outside the office of Director of Research Ann Castle.  Paul and Ann became acquainted over conversations at the photocopier, eventually leading to his start in the research field.  He went on to hold research positions at Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University, and Phillips Exeter Academy before joining the Gardner Museum in 2006.


Paul has been a frequent and popular presenter at NEDRA, APRA and CASE events, sharing his advanced knowledge of the prospect research profession and his breadth of experience with numerous others.  Demonstrating constant patience, enthusiasm, and professionalism, he has also been a mentor to many, helping colleagues develop both their knowledge and their careers.


Throughout his career, and especially during his tenure at the helm of NEDRA, Paul has been a true ambassador for the field of prospect research and has inspired others to give back to the profession.  The NEDRA Board and the Ann Castle Award Committee are delighted to recognize Paul Dakin with this prestigious award.



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