MSSA Elite

Honoring the brightest young talent in the industry!


The MSSA Elite Program is a leadership development program devoted to helping young leaders maximize their potential by learning advanced leadership and communication skills as well as serving as a printer for future leadership opportunities to serve on MSSA Committees and Board of Directors.


Be on the lookout for MSSA Elite Application & Deadline Announcement

MSSA Elite Class 2016-2017



“The MSSA Elites program is great! David and the whole MSSA association make you feel right at home. The leadership, information, and tips that you receive during this short amount of time is worth its weight in gold. You also get to meet and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend this to any young person that is in the sign industry. Thank you MSSA for letting me be a part of such a great program.”


Clint Bradshaw

Sales & Lighting Specialist, Canedy Sign & Graphics

“Participating in the MSSA Elite program was an amazing experience. Sharing in this experience with other young, like minded leaders (of whom, I now call friends), has helped me grow professionally and personally.

What I enjoyed most was spending time and learning from one of the sign industries finest, David Watson.  David taught us networking skills and sign industry specific information.”


Starr Gil

Service Manager, Universal Sign

“Being honored as one of the inaugural participants in the MSSA Elite Class, was one of the most rewarding projects of my career. The program has helped me to become a better leader, understand my strengths and weaknesses, and I left every meeting with new ideas and a process to implement them. The friendships developed, both with my class participants, and our Chairman, David Watson, will be lifelong friendships, and I will jump at the chance to work with any of them in the future. I cannot thank both the MSSA Board and Members enough for the opportunity or the support they showed along the way.”


Brandi Pulliam

Vice President of Operations, Agnew Sign and Awning, Inc.



“I have loved my experience with the MSSA Elite Program! This opportunity has strengthened my interpersonal leadership abilities and reinforced my appreciation of the sign industry as a whole.

The Mid-South members quickly “took me under their wings” and became mentors and friends. I know that I can count on their support, encouragement and guidance as I continue to grow personally and professionally. I have also found lifelong friends in my fellow Elite Class members, and our bonds will forever be special to me.”


Tori Rivers

Marketing Specialist, faces



“When I found out MSSA was putting together an Elite Program, I was excited at the opportunity to meet new people and learn more about this industry.  Given that this was the first year of the program I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I quickly found out that this wasn’t going to be just a social gathering. With the guidance/mentorship of David Watson, our Elite group went through multiple days of management and leadership training that immediately impacted the way I manage back at the office.

The Elite program has given me the confidence to step into larger roles in the Association and in our business.  I would highly recommend that anyone who wants to better themselves as a manager and leader apply for the Elite Program.”


Nick Wilson

Business Development & Sales Manager, Oxford Graphics, Inc.



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