MSA Board Awards

Each year, the MSA Board of Directors honors the outstanding accomplishments and careers of MSA members. Through the presentation of the MSA Board Awards, MSA leadership members recognize and thank those who have given so much time, effort, and expertise to advance MSA and the nonprofit retail industry.

M Award for Excellence

Not every year does the board decide to bestow the coveted “M” award- the highest award given in MSA. To receive the “M” award the recipient must have shown outstanding dedication and loyalty to the association through creativity, effectiveness and spirit of volunteerism and support.

MSA Service Award

This award is given in recognition of outstanding service or a contribution to the association by a member or nonmember.

MSA Merit Award

In order to honor those who have significantly contributed to the improvement of MSA, the Merit Award can be given to those who are current members or sponsors for five years or more, have volunteered at the annual meeting, served on a committee or task force and have been involved with MSA at the chapter level.


This award was created to honor a young and/or emerging professional whose efforts inspire future museum retail professional leaders through unique contributions that benefit all MSA members.

MSA Advocacy Award

New in 2019, this award is bestowed to any individual, institution, vendor or organization who has demonstrated sustained effort and accomplished significant progress in advocating for MSA and its mission.

MSA Special Recognition Award

This award honors a staff member's contribution to the advancement of the association. It is not an annual award.