MBNA Member Benefits

Monument Builders of North America—Rich in Resources for Memorialists
MBNA is a rich resource and an extremely valuable investment. Here are some of the important ways MBNA works for you.

Exclusive Members Only Savings

  • • Supplier members of this organization have banded together to create an incredible value in the 2017-18 coupon book. This book will more than pay for the cost of membership along. Calculate your potential savings.

MBUniversity – THE vehicle for quality educational programs that address the needs of the memorialist and independent monument retailers. Offering programs yearly at the Industry Show and Joint Annual Meeting; and online via the MBUniversity webinar series!

Public Relations – MBNA works to enhance its brand as the definitive organization to handle the concerns of memorialists and consumers everywhere, and to build awareness among consumers of the value of dealing with MBNA members and Certified Memorialists®.

Legislative & Regulatory Monitoring – Every new member allows MBNA to speak with a collective voice on state/provincial and federal legislative and regulatory issues and educate regulators and legislators about the unique aspects of your business that set it apart from other businesses in the death care industry.

Communications – MBNA maintains constant communication with its members through informative mailings, publications and a strong online presence.

Annual Conventions & MBUniversity Conferences – Every odd numbered year, MBNA presents a full display show with stone and supplies from across the globe! Every even numbered year, MBNA presents an expanded educational offering via MBUniversity. At both you can experience:

  • Educational sessions are presented by memorialists for memorialists.
  • Networking opportunities allow you to form more effective working relationships with manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Through MBNA, you can expand your network of peer-oriented business resources.

Certified Memorialist® Program – (established in 1984) Documents and brands your level of expertise and competence as a memorialist.

  • Eligible candidates are active with their local and national association, continue their education in the monument industry and are active in their local community.
  • The exam is based on an extensive eleven chapter manual that provides a comprehensive education on memorialization.  Once the exam is passed, a CM® is entitled to use the CM® designation after his/her name on all forms of business correspondence.  Each CM® also receives a lapel pin and plaque suitable for display.  Your designation as a Certified Memorialist® must be renewed every three years.

Specialist Certificate Program – MBNA is currently working to establish credentials in specific technical aspects of memorialization including design, sales & grief management, carving & sandblasting, and setting/installation techniques.

MBAdvocacy Program – MBNA’s Advocate, Marilyn Harris-Davis, JD, provides guidance and assistance to members dealing with unfair practices or anti-trust violations by other businesses in the deathcare industry.

MBNA Annual Awards Programs

  • Our semi-annual Design Contest recognizes excellence in memorial art.
  • MBNAspire Awards highlight member firms’ successful Marketing & Public Relations Programs.

MBNA Memorial Protection Program – Offers coverage (up to $10,000) for an act of vandalism or theft that damages or otherwise causes a monument to require replacement or repair.  It is also offered for natural defects, such as cracking or flaking.  There is a $100 deductible paid by the retailer.  Certificates are valid for 10 years from the date of installation of the monument.  Contact MBNA Headquarters for pricing information.

MBNA Offers Money-saving Affinity Programs

  • Aflac – Supplemental insurance to help our member firms build a comprehensive benefits package without incurring additional expense.  Aflac offers coverage to nearly 500,000 U.S. businesses and has tremendours experience in delivering meaningful benefits.
  • Bluefin Payments Solutions – Low rates on keyed in or swiped debit and credit (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) transactions.
  • Connex Int’l – Discounts on teleconferencing and video/web conferencing services.
  • MAC Mall/PC Mall – Receive discounts and on IT products (Mac or PC) that you use every day, including PCs, printers, ink and toner, servers and more!
  • Shipping Plus® Program – Save up to 75% on qualifying less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments with UPS Freight, YRC Freight & Estes!
  • Lenovo – Save up to 30% off the everyday public web price of the entire line of Lenovo products, including laptops, tablets, desktops, accessories and more.  Members also receive free ground shipping on all web orders and can take advantage of monthly limited-time special offers.  Experience the Lenovo difference!
  • Office Depot – Save 10% off the web price on more than 30,000 supplies through the Office Depot Partner Program.  Helping you save while working better in your office, home, school, or car!

 

One of the most iconic tools of a stone mason is the square-tipped chisel used to break stone in a straight line. This video shows the centuries-old process of rock pitching.

Memorialization is about healing the people that few people that mourn your loss and recording a little bit of the flavor of your character for the many people who will follow after you.

Sometimes the best way to heal is to remember.

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