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.

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 MBUniversity Conference; 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.

  • MBNews, the official full color monthly publication of the MBNA, focuses on memorialists’ needs.
  • The MB Brief is your source for information about membership benefits, events and association happenings.
  • We’re on Facebook!  Find us at www.facebook.com/monumentbuildersofnorthamerica
  • We’re on Instagram!  Follow us at instagram.com/monumentbuildersna
  • We’re on YouTube!  Find us at www.youtube.com/MBNAVideos!
  • Access the membership directory for networking and assistance in your local area.
  • Look for MBNA to spread its social media presence more in the future!

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.

MB Advocacy Program — Designed to combat unreasonable and/or anti-competitive practices by other entities in the death care 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 Offers Money-Saving Affinity Programs:

Bluefin Payment Systems — Bluefin is the recognized integrated payments leader in encryption and tokenization technologies that protect payments and sensitive data. Our product suite includes solutions for contactless, face-to-face, call center, mobile, Ecommerce and unattended payments and data in the healthcare, higher education, government and nonprofit industries.

Merchant Advocates — Merchant Advocate helps members reduce their credit card processing costs without switching processors. They work on a performance based model so they only make money if they can save money for the member.

Environ Energy — APPI Energy works with organizations across North America to provide comprehensive strategies to reduce energy expenses and minimize budgetary risks. Solely motivated by what is in the best interest of our clients, we empower companies to make well-informed, energy management decisions.