The ETF Awards are designed to recognize the people, companies and products that are driving the ETF industry forward and delivering new value to investors. The awards process began with an open nomination period running from Dec. 5, 2016, through Jan. 4, 2017. Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of senior leaders at ETF.com, Inside ETFs and FactSet—voted to select up to five finalists in each category. Votes are tallied on a majority basis. Winners from these finalists will be selected by a majority vote of the ETF.com Awards Selection Committee, a group of independent ETF experts. Committee members will recuse themselves from voting in any category in which they or their firms appear as finalists. Ties will be decided where possible with head to head runoff votes. Voting will be complete by Jan. 20, 2017 and announced at the ETF.com U.S. Awards Dinner on March 30, 2017.