MSPA Elite Criteria

Elite 2024 Submission Form

The MSPA Americas Elite program is an awards program instituted in 2015 designed to recognize the preeminent member companies of MSPA Americas who demonstrate through tangible actions their distinguished leadership and complete support in advancing the goals and objectives of MSPA Americas trade association. The program seeks to acknowledge those member companies who meet all of the criteria for the awards qualification period as is set by the Board of Directors. In short, these are the leading companies who are shouldering the advancement of the industry above and beyond the baseline membership requirements and the day-to-day running of their core business to advance the good of the whole.
One important factor in setting Elite criteria is making sure the requirements can be met by dedicated members of all industries and revenues. Thus a company with $100,000 in gross revenue has the ability to qualify for Elite status as much as a company with $10,000,000 in revenue.
This has never been a popularity contest or the best company to hire. This is not an award given out by clients. It is about industry leadership, and recognizes the companies that make the time and resources available to assist the association in its annual goals. The Board of Directors, who set those goals each year, delight is recognizing the members who support these initiatives for the betterment of the entire association.

Your actions this year can earn your company the MSPA Elite status designation for next year. Just make sure you complete the requirements and submit your application and supporting information on time.

2023 Criteria for Elite 2024 Status

(All Six Required)
  1. Regular membership dues paid on time (by January 31, 2023). New members are exempt from this requirement, as they pay a prorated fee for the remainder of the year when joining.
  2. Must register at least one paid employee via the MSPA Americas website registration page for 2023 CME Conference (Colorado Springs, October 3 – 5, 2023) by midnight, September 30, 2023.
  3. Have at least one employee of the company serve on the MSPA Americas Board of Directors, or one of the MSPA Americas board committees, and attend at least 75% of the board or committee meetings scheduled during the 2023 Qualifying Period.
  4. Maintain the MSPA Americas logo (with hyperlink to on the home page (main landing page) and/or the company profile page of the company’s website.
  5. Have at least one employee of the company with a News You Can Use open rate of 80% or greater during the 2023 Qualifying Period.
  6. The company-designated primary member must cast a timely and valid vote in the MSPA Americas annual Board of Directors election and any other votes which come before the membership during the 2023 Qualifying Period.

(Three of Ten Required)

  • Refer a new full price Regular Member or Associate Member who joins MSPA Americas and pays their pro-rated dues in full during the 2023 Qualifying Period.
  • Register at least one additional paid company employee (beyond the first registrant) for the CME conference in Colorado Springs, October 3 – 5, 2023.
  • Attend a Legislative Fly-In, Virtual Fly-in Event, or a Letter of Support, requested by the MSPA Americas Board of Directors, of a Legislative Initiative during the 2023 Qualifying Period.
  • Support at least one other MSPA Americas 2023 conference, other than CME and during the 2023 Qualifying Period, with a sponsorship, in-person attendance, or a gift card donation of $100 or more.
  • Preliminarily screen (to criteria established by MSPA Americas) and timely recommend one or more speakers for CME Conference through current protocols who are ultimately selected to present at the CME conference.
  • Promote MSPA Americas and Secondary Membership with a URL on the home page or evaluator log-in page which links to the Evaluator Membership Page on the MSPA Americas’ website from at least February 2023 through the 2023 Qualifying Period.
  • Complete the purchase at least one quarter (3 months) of advertising on the MSPA Americas website during the 2023 Qualifying Period.
  • Provide a white paper which is accepted for publication on the MSPA Americas website during the 2023 Qualifying Period.
  • Complete the purchase of 25 educational courses for $500 during the 2023 Qualifying Period.
  • Distribute at least one email blast during the 2023 Qualifying Period which promotes MSPA Americas activities to its database of independent contractors (or W-2 employees if the company does not predominately use an independent contractor business model). Content of the email blast must be approved in advance by MSPA Americas and proof of distribution must be submitted in order to qualify under this criterion.
The requirements for Elite 2024 are based on performance January 1 – September 30, 2023 (also known as the 2023 Qualifying Period).

The Board of Directors of MSPA Americas or its assigned designee(s) reserve the sole and exclusive right to issue final judgment as to whether a member has fulfilled the requirements of each criterion to qualify for MSPA Elite 2024 status. If you have any additional questions about this year’s program, please email them to


Important Dates

  • Qualifying Period: January 1 – September 30, 2023
  • Self-Nominations Open: September 27, 2023
  • Self-Nominations Close: October 3, 2023 – 11:59pm
Elite 2024 Submission Form