2020 District Trustee Nominees

Congratulations to the 2020 District Trustee Nominees for even numbered districts. These nominees will be installed at the upcoming MBUniversity2020 Conference in Athens, GA on February 8, 2020.

District 02 – Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Bryan Poirier, Quincy Memorials, Inc., President

Years in firm: 12 Years in industry: 22

Leadership positions held in state/provincial, regional or national associations

  • Currently Board of New England Monument Dealers Association (NEMDA)
  • MBNA District 2 Trustee (since 2017)

Special awards, honors or achievements as a memorialist

  • 2013 Aspire Award Winner

Leadership positions held in local, civic or service organizations (include the name of the organization and years held).

  • President of Kiwanis of Plymouth

Education: List any applicable courses or trainings taken by the applicant

  • MB University

District 04 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina (territories: Puerto Rico, Guam)

Ben Martin, Martin Monuments, LLC, Owner

Years in firm: 23 Years in industry: 42

Leadership positions held in state/provincial, regional or national associations

  • Board member of Monument Builders of the Carolinas

Education: List any applicable courses or trainings taken by the applicant

  • Courses have been taken at MBNA conventions. Ben is working on his CM.

District 06 – Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

Mark Cowart, Columbus Marble Works, Sales Manager

Years in firm: 15     Years in industry: 19

Leadership positions held in state/provincial, regional or national associations

  • Currently serving 2nd three-year term on the board of Southern Monument Builders Association.

Special awards, honors or achievements as a memorialist

  • SMBA People's Choice Award Winner 6 times including twice as "Best in Show"

Leadership positions held in local, civic or service organizations (include the name of the organization and years held).

  • Rotary Club of Indianola
    • Board of Directors (2011-2018)
    • VP (2014,2015)
    • Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Mid-Delta Arts Association
    • Board of Directors (2009-2018)
    • Secretary (2016-2018)
    • Capital Campaign Executive Committee (2017-2018)
  • University of Mississippi Delta Alumni Association
    • Board of Directors (2009-2014)
    • VP (2011, 2012)
    • President (2013-2014)
  • Indianola Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors (2005-2010)
  • Indianola First United Methodist Church
    • Organizational Committee (2013-2014)
    • Trustees Committee (2015-2017)

Education: List any applicable courses or trainings taken by the applicant

  • School of Hard Rocks
  • AICA & MBNA Commitment to Excellence Retreat
  • SMBA & MAMBA Workshops

District 08 – Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Nathan Lange, Northland Monument, Inc., COO

Years in industry: 27 Years in firm: 27

Offices held in state/provincial, regional or national associations

  • Board member Northwest Monument Builders

Special Awards, honors or achievements as a memorialist

  • Hosted Northwest Monument Builders’ “Fix It and Sell It” seminar for the last 4 years

Education: please include education, such as technical training & seminars. Indicate course and year taken.

  • “Fix It and Sell It” seminars 6 years
  • School hard rocks 4 years

District 10 – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Bobby Mattos, AICA, Bras and Mattos Monument Company

Years in firm: 20+ Years in industry: 20+

Leadership positions held in state/provincial, regional or national associations

  • Monument Builders of North America
    • Immediate Past President (2019)
    • President (2018)
    • President Elect (2017)
    • Vice President (2013-2016)
  • California Monument Association
    • President Elect
    • Secretary

Special awards, honors or achievements as a memorialist

  • Member, by invitation, of the American Institute of Commeorative Art

Education: List any applicable courses or trainings taken by the applicant

  • Co-Creator of School of Hard Rocks
  • MBNA & AICA Offerings over the last 10 years
  • Speaker at regional associations over last 5 years

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