MPSA Leadership Awards Q&A With Lou Stricklin

31-May-2016 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

by Amy Weiss

It’s one of the most exciting times of the year at the MPSA as the 2016 MPSA Leadership Awards nomination period is open and taking nominations from members in 10 categories. With the nomination period open until June 24, we thought we’d take a moment to sit down with Lou Stricklin, who serves on the awards committee in addition to his role as the MPSA’s treasurer. We asked Lou to dig a little deeper and tell us some more about the awards.

First things first: why should MPSA members nominate themselves for an MPSA Leadership Award?
First, the awards process is only open to current MPSA members and is considered a key benefit of membership. Applying for an MPSA Leadership Award is a method to celebrate your company’s achievements and position yourselves as a market leader within the MPS community. From a company perspective it is always motivating to collaborate on the awards application and internally recognize and validate the efforts of the entire team.

Can members nominate other members for an award?
Members can certainly encourage other members to submit an application for an award, however a company or individual who wishes to participate in the awards process will need to complete the required application process.

What is the process for choosing the winners?
The MPSA awards committee has solicited applications for independent judges. The judging process is very thorough and we do not allow judges to participate in categories in which they may be competing.

What are you looking for in the winning entries?
The MPSA is focused on innovation and the advancement of MPS in the market. Winning entries are often from individuals or companies that have demonstrated technological innovations (both hardware and software), new solutions in MPS delivery, fulfillment and logistics, exceptional customer support and/or have made a positive impact on the MPS community as a whole.

What value does the award have for a company or individual, and how can it be used?
Winning an MPSA Leadership Award serves as a validation of the individual’s or company’s commitment to their MPS practice and shows that they are a true market leader. From a marketing perspective the award is an exceptional tool to help solidify trust and confidence within the provider’s customer base.  

How and why did you become involved with the awards process?
The awards process is a key benefit that we extend to the MPSA membership. The MPSA is made up of some of the industry’s brightest minds and literally spans the globe. I chose to get involved because it enables you to celebrate the achievements within the MPS industry and recognize the exceptional work of so many companies and individuals.

The MPSA Leadership awards are a highlight of the year, and showcase the best in the industry. If you were on the fence about submitting a nomination before, you shouldn’t be now — head on over to the awards page at and find your category! The nomination deadline is June 24 and the award winners will be announced during CompTIA ChannelCon, Aug. 1-3 in Hollywood, Florida. We’ll see you there! 

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