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Monument Builders of North America
MBNews is the official monthly publication of the Monument Builders of North America. The Issue date for MBNews is the first of every month.

MBNA’s Mission
To define and promote memorialization in a viable, innovative and diversified way for the membership and to enhance the awareness of memorialization by the general public and the remembrance industry.

WHO Reads MBNews?
MBNews’ mail-out circulation is nearly 800 copies. Its subscribers are MBNA members in North America and about 60 internationally. Members are primarily owners of monument builder companies or Certified Memorialists® within a monument builder shop. These are the key people who buy and specify products and supplies—everything from granite, small hand tools used in the industry, to trucks and truck-mounted cranes. The companies range in size from 1-2 person operations to companies with 30 or more employees.

The pass-along readership is very good within these companies. Total readership of any monthly issue is estimated at up to 3,000 people who have the ability to buy or specify products. In addition, because of the “art” aspects of memorials featured and the high quality of the magazine, readers tend to keep their copies available for future reference. Your ad placed in the MBNews will receive great exposure over a long period of time. To our subscribers, it is more than a publication; it's a business tool that helps them produce meaningful results.

WHY Do They Read MB News?
Each month, MBNews focuses on bringing timely editorial content of high interest to its readers.

  • The latest and best in memorial art—from personalized memorials for individuals to largescale public memorials.

  • Information that will help readers in their day-to-day business operations.

  • Stories, columns and case studies with MBNA membership focuses on creativity, innovations, trends and a worldwide view of memorialization.

  • Features from Industry experts including “Tombstone Talk” from Perry Giles, CM of Giles Monument Company, “Design Insights” from Charlie Hunt, FAICA of Hunt Memorials and “The Toolbox” from Jim Gast, AICA of Gast Memorials discussing the latest tools available to memorialists

  • PLUS—Important industry and association news.

INVITATION TO MEMBERS & ADVERTISERS
We invite you to participate in the development of these special features for all our readers in 2015. Share your ideas and information. If you can contribute photos, tips, anecdotes or provide some good leads, please contact Don Mounce at mbnews@monumentbuilders.org or contact MBNA Headquarters at 800.233.4472.

MBNews 2017 Editorial Calendar

JANUARY
Business, Estate and Tax Planning

FEBRUARY
Cremation Industry Trends

2017 MBNA Annual Roster & Buyer’s Guide

MARCH
Sales/Marketing Issues

APRIL
Post-Conference Issue

MAY
MBNA Awards

JUNE
What's New in the Monument Builders Marketplace

JULY
International Impact on the North American Marketplace

AUGUST
Geological and Quarrying Issue

SEPTEMBER
Intellectual Property

OCTOBER
Personnel Issues

NOVEMBER
Pre-MBUniversity Issue

DECEMBER
Publicity Trends and Innovations

If you were given only a few square feet on which to tell your whole life story, what would you say? What events, and memories would you include? What would you want your great, great grandchildren to know about you? Pre-need memorials give you the chance to make important decisions about the story of your life.

This thirty second shows how a design is cut into a thin sheet of rubber and prepared for sandblasting.

A grave marker is one of the only pieces of artwork that an average family will ever buy. These hand-made tributes to the life of a loved one serve many important purposes for a grieving family, but they are also an important permanent record that will tell an individual's story to the generations that follow.

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