ANAB is seeking nominations for the fourth annual Terry Burgess Assessor of the Year Award. Nominations are open until November 15 and may be submitted using the online nomination form

Established in 2017 to honor the memory of Terry Burgess, a valued ANAB employee, the award recognizes outstanding service by ANAB contract assessors. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and industry, Burgess joined ANAB as an assessor and later became an Accreditation Manager for calibration. She retired from ANAB following a recurring cancer diagnosis in 2016, and passed away in October of the same year. During her time with ANAB, she was a trusted colleague and friend to the ANAB team and others, and always went above and beyond to exceed expectations.

All nominations should include a narrative of why the assessor is being nominated and should focus on the traits that Burgess exemplified: teamwork, going the extra mile, customer service, professional advancement, creativity and innovation, performance excellence, leadership skills, and commitment.

Only contract assessors for ANAB management systems programs and contract lead assessors for all other ANAB accreditation programs (including legacy ANSI accreditation programs) are eligible for the award.

The award will be in conjunction with ANAB’s January assessor development session.

DiIanni Receives Fourth Annual Burgess Assessor Award

James DiIanni is the recipient of the fourth annual Terry Burgess Assessor of the Year Award. Established to honor the memory of a valued ANAB employee, the Burgess Award recognizes outstanding service by an ANAB contract assessor. The award was presented to DiIanni on April 7, 2021 at a virtual training.

DiIanni started his career as a contract assessor in 2013 in the ISO/IEC 17024 program, bringing with him an impressive array of experience having served in many senior level roles in both public and private sector credentialing programs. Shortly after joining ANAB (then ANSI), DiIanni also became an assessor for the ANAB-CFP program and was swiftly qualified as a Lead Assessor for both programs.

In addition to his exemplary assessing capabilities, DiIanni's extensive knowledge of standards, organization skills, and thorough assessment style have been leveraged in other areas of ANAB. In 2020, DiIanni was brough on by ANAB to serve as a facilitator for the Personnel Certification Workshop. Additionally, having demonstrated a proficient understanding of the ISO/IEC 17011 standard, DiIanni was selected to be an IAF Peer Evaluator and underwent training in 2019.

ANAB is pleased to honor Jim with this award. Beyond his many accomplishments and clear talents as a contract assessor, he is also a highly valued colleague. DiIanni personifies all the qualities of an outstanding contract assessor and honors the legacy of Terry Burgess. 

Only contract assessors are eligible for the award. Recipients must be nominated with a supporting narrative account focusing on traits that Terry Burgess exemplified: teamwork, going the extra mile, customer service, professional advancement, creativity and innovation, performance excellence, leadership skills, and commitment.

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James DiIanni, recipient of the fourth annual Burgess
Assessor Award