MBNA Awards Programs

MBNAspire Awards

MBNA’s Aspire Awards were created to recognize monument builder companies that have drawn favorable attention to their companies, and in turn, to the industry through their specialized marketing and/or public relations campaigns.

Up to three (3) winners will be awarded the handsome granite MBNAspire Award, a tall, polished trophy that adds elegance and interest to any member’s lobby or bookshelf. Honorable mention entries will receive a certificate of merit suitable for framing. All winning entries will be featured in MBNews.

Any publicity you’ve received during the contest year (November 1 of the previous year through November 1 of the current year) is eligible. This includes coverage by newspapers, magazines, television, new acquisitions, celebrated anniversaries or testimonial letters.

2018 Aspire to Success Contest!

Aspire to Success History

MBNA Design Contest

All MBNA members are eligible the 2012 Design Contest. All entries are Finished Monuments that fall into one of nine categories (Public/Civic; Cremation; Hand Etched; Laser Etched; Hand Carved; Markers; Small Monuments; Large Monuments; Novice Monuments). Winners in all sub-categories will be awarded a handsome granite award for display in their office and the overall winner will receive the Bert Gast Memorial Biondan Bronze Trophy.

All designs must originate from a MBNA member firm. Entries must include either an 8 x 10 color print and/or high-res electronic image (.jpeg of 300 dpi or higher) and be accompanied by a completed entry form. Contest judges will look at elements of proportion, balance and the story the monument conveys when judging entries.

2019 MBNA Design Contest!

MBNA Design History

MBUniversity Conference 2019 Save the Date

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