MSPA Elite Criteria

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 in 2021 can earn your company the MSPA Elite status designation for 2022. Just make sure you complete the requirements and submit your application and supporting information on time.
 

2021 Criteria for Elite 2022 Status

SIX REQUIRED CRITERIA
(All Six Required)
  • Membership Dues Current
  • 2021 CXE3 Attendance: at least one Attendee
  • Serve on the Board of Directors or a Committee; Attend 75% of Meetings
  • Promote the MSPA and Evaluator Membership with a URL on the Home Page or Evaluator Log-in Page Linked to MSPA Americas Evaluator Membership Page
  • Have a News You Can Use Open Rate of 80% or Greater
  • Support ShopperFest 2021 with a Sponsorship, Attendance or a Gift Card Donation of $100 or More

TWO OPTIONAL CRITERIA CHOICES
(Two of Four Required)

  • Monthly Posts on the Opportunity Board
  • Monthly Posts on the Facebook Pages
  • Refer a New Full-Price Regular Member or Associate Member Who Joins MSPA Americas
  • Attend a Legislative Fly-In, Virtual Fly-in Event or Letter in Support of Legislative Initiative
The requirements for Elite 2022 are based on performance May 1 – September 30, 2021. In total, a member company must engage in or complete eight (8) of ten (10) qualifying criteria. Each of the criterion is set with the thought that any company, regardless of size or other factors, can earn recognition for advancing the important annual goals of the association through achievable actions. If you have any additional questions about this year’s program, please email them to inquiries@mspa-americas.org.
 

Important Dates

  • Qualifying Period:                             May 1 – September 30, 2021
  • Self-Nominations Open:                    Friday, October 1, 2021
  • Self-Nominations Close:                   Wednesday, October 6, 2021
 
 

DETAILS – Required Criteria

  1. Membership Dues Current. Our Elite members recognize and adhere to their fiscal responsibility of keeping their financial obligations to the association current in order for MSPA Americas to deliver the services and programs that members expect. A member’s 2021 dues must be current to qualify for Elite 2022 status.
  2. 2021 CXE3 Attendance: at least one Attendee. MSPA’s annual conference for its company members is a powerful event filled with important information, mind-expanding speakers and plenty of industry networking. In a perfect world, MSPA Americas would love to see all members attend and advance the group intellect of the industry, and recognizes those companies which make the time and financial commitment to participate in this important event.
  3. Serve on the Board of Directors or a Committee; Attend 75% of Meetings. Our Elite members recognize the virtue of servant leadership for the benefit of the whole and actively engage in such. Nominations for board seats are accepted year round, although you must currently be a board member in 2021 to qualify for the 2022 designation. However, you can immediately join and actively participate in one of 8 MSPA committees at any time. To see what MSPA Americas committee options you have to choose from , click  I want to join an MSPA committee!
  4. Promote the MSPA and Evaluator Membership with a URL on the Home Page or Evaluator Log-in Page Linked to MSPA Americas Evaluator Membership Page. Your support of this initiative helps bring new IC members into MSPA Americas to continue to grow the IC database, help fill projects on the Opportunity Board, and generate revenue which helps keep your costs of membership at some of the lowest levels in the market to belong to a trade association.
  5. Have a News You Can Use Open Rate of 80% or Greater. The News You Can Use distributes important, timely and actionable information. Its aggregation of content and distribution consumes a significant amount of  resources each week to relay these topics to you. The Board feels it is critical that members take the time to review this information. The News You Can Use is distributed by MailChimp, which tracks opens. To qualify for Elite 2022, at least one person (not aggregated among employees) from your company must have an open rate of 80% or more during the qualification period.
  6. Support ShopperFest with a Sponsorship, Attendance or a Gift Card Donation of $100 or More. The IC component for MSPA Americas is an important element for everyone’s success, especially as company members struggle to bring new quality talent into the industry. ShopperFest, held since 2014 as a 3 day education and networking conference for independent contractors presented by the MSPA Board of Directors and industry owners and executives, is a vital tool in maintaining a steady flow of ICs and delivering an educational platform to enure they perform quality work for all members and their clients. Attendance is most preferred, but sponsorship or a donation of gift cards for the attendee raffles held during the weekend, is critical for the event’s success.

 

DETAILS – Optional Criteria (Any 2 Required)

  1. Monthly Posts on the Opportunity Board. The Opportunity Board was one of two initiatives implemented in 2014 to connect independent contractors and service provider members. And we recognize that the required move to GrowthZone last summer has brought some redevelopment needs to the system. Maximum use of the system further justifies cost improvements and provides more value for both the IC and the company member.
  2. Monthly Posts on the Facebook Pages. Independent contractors are looking not only for opportunities, but education, insight and other dialogue with industry professionals. We encourage service provider members to actively post on the association’s two IC member group boards: MSPA IC PLUS Members Zone for IC Plus (paid IC members of MSPA Americas) and MSPA Official Evaluator Zone for Basic Subscribers (free members).
  3. Refer a New Full-Price Regular Member or Associate Member Who Joins MSPA Americas. Growth is a major priority for the MSPA Americas Board of Directors, and your active participation is valuable to reaching those expansion goals.
  4. Attend a Legislative Fly-In, Virtual Fly-in Event or Letter in Support of Legislative Initiative. Your voice, as a company member, is critical in times of need with our legislative efforts.