EVERY COMPANY CONSIDERING MEMBERSHIP IN MDNA must meet the following three conditions before applying:
- The applicant company must have been in business and in operation for at least one year.
- The owner or operating officer of the applicant company must have been primarily involved in the purchase and sale of used metalworking machinery or used capital equipment for at least the last three years
- Applicants for membership must affiliate with the chapter in the geographic area in which the applicant’s headquarters is located. Branch members must affiliate with the chapter in the geographic area where the Branch office is located.
There are several categories of MDNA membership, with differing requirements and privileges:
Regular – Any company or any person operating as a company in the United States or Canada is primarily engaged in the purchase for resale and/or sale of used, or used and new, metalworking machinery or capital equipment. Regular members in good standing are entitled to all privileges of membership.
International – Any company or any person operating as a company located outside the United States and its territories or Canada that is primarily engaged in the purchase for resale and/or sale of used, or used and new, metalworking machinery or capital equipment. International members in good standing are entitled to all privileges of membership except that of service as a National Officer.
Auctioneer – Any auctioneer that is primarily engaged in the sale of metalworking machinery or capital equipment auction. Auctioneer members in good standing are entitled to all privileges of membership except that of service as a National Officer of MDNA and may sit on the MDNA Board of Directors with certain limitations.
Branch – A satellite office of a member company in another chapter. The Branch category, e.g., Regular, International or Auctioneer, is the same as the primary member company. Branch members pay 50 percent of the applicable current membership fee but pay the full member price for convention registrations, seminars, publications, etc.
MDNA’s MEMBERSHIP PROCEDURE IS A DELIBERATE ONE involving sponsors and approval, first by the local chapter and last by the national Board of Directors. Becoming a member may take several months because of the scheduling of chapter and Board meetings and other steps in the process. Careful evaluation of applicants allows MDNA members to benefit from membership in an organization of companies that represent the highest standards, and assures customers that they are doing business with the most reputable dealers in the used machinery industry.
National Headquarters and the Membership Chairman of your prospective chapter will keep you informed of the progress of your application and give you prompt answers to any questions you may have.
The following is a summary of the MDNA membership application procedure:
- MDNA sends detailed information concerning the application and sponsorship procedures to prospective members upon request. Applicants apply and join through the appropriate chapter. MDNA will provide the names and addresses of the officers of that chapter, and refer your inquiry to them.
- The application is returned to MDNA headquarters signed by a principal of the company.
- Sponsorship forms must be completed by sponsors with whom the applicant has done business in the past, and must be returned to MDNA. Sponsors must meet the following requirements:
*Only companies that have been MDNA members for at least the past three years are eligible to sponsor an applicant.
*At least one sponsor must be a member of the applicant’s prospective chapter.
*At least one sponsor must be a Regular or International member of MDNA; the second sponsor may be a Regular, International or Auctioneer member.
*International Applicants must have one International and two Regular sponsors.
- MDNA publishes the applicant’s name in the MDNA News or Bi-Weekly.
- Before the chapter votes, at least one principal from the applicant firm must attend a meeting of the prospective chapter with a representative of one of the sponsors, or the sponsor must provide a letter of introduction to be read at the meeting.
- The chapter votes on the applicant. If the vote is taken at a chapter meeting, at least 30% of that chapter’s member firms (and a majority of the elected officers) must be present. Acceptance is by an affirmative vote of 80% of the eligible voting members attending the meeting. On votes by mail, fax or other secure electronic communications, all such ballots must be signed by a firm’s owner or officer, at least 30% of the chapter member firms must vote, and acceptance is based on favorable votes from 80% of the eligible voting members returning their ballots by the designated deadline.
- Following acceptance at the chapter level, the MDNA Membership Committee reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the National Board of Directors.
- The Board of Directors votes on the applicant.
After acceptance by the Board of Directors and payment of the first year’s dues, the applicant becomes a member of MDNA, and is qualified for all the benefits of membership.