Calendar 2017-02-27T19:02:03+00:00
Feb
20
Tue
2018
ICCFA Crematory Operator Certification Program @ George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory
Feb 20 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
The ICCFA Crematory Operator Certification program is presented by ICCFA cremation coaches Poul Lemasters, Esq., and Larry Stuart, Jr., Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc.

Held at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, 3408 East 10th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Mid-Winter Conference
Feb 20 @ 12:30 pm – Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018 (4 CE Hours)
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Keynote Speaker Howard Kellman
Professional Speaker, Award Winning Sportscaster and Author

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Meet with sponsors/Snack Break

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Session 2
Donald W. Simpson, CFSP, Funeral Director/Manager, Alexander Funeral Homes

5:30pm
Reception Sponsored by Hightower Services

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2018 (4 CE Hours, including 2 Law)
8:30am – 9:00am
Hot Continental Breakfast

9:00am – 9:50am
Embalming Opioid Cases
Carrie Parsons, Funeral Director, Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory

10:00am – 10:50 am
Trauma Reconstruction, Practical Every Day Guidance
Carrie Parsons, Funeral Director, Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory

11:00 – 11:30
Meet with sponsors/Snack Break

11:30 – 1:30
Practice Act in Action
Andy Clayton, CFSP, Executive Director, Indiana Funeral Directors Association

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
To make your hotel reservations, please call the hotel directly.

Morris Inn | 130 Morris Inn | Notre Dame, IN 46556
Reservations: 800 280-7256
Direct Line: 574 631-2000

Room Rate: $99
Cutoff Date: January 19, 2018 at noon
Let them know you are with the IFDA Mid-Winter Conference

PARKING
Valet Parking: $10/day/vehicle
$20 overnight

Complimentary parking in lot BK1

Feb
21
Wed
2018
ICCFA Crematory Operator Certification Program @ George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory
Feb 21 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
The ICCFA Crematory Operator Certification program is presented by ICCFA cremation coaches Poul Lemasters, Esq., and Larry Stuart, Jr., Crematory Manufacturing & Service, Inc.

Held at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, 3408 East 10th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

Digital Change Management For Cemeteries @ Webinar
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join our webinar on February 21st at 12pm EST to learn how to manage a digital change process fit for the 21st century cemetery.

Take away 10 ACTIONABLE TIPS from PlotBox in digital change management, applicable to cemeteries of all sizes.

We’ll be focusing in on the planning of change, bringing a team with you and prioritisation. Throughout we’ll also be sharing some industry specific examples of cemetery change in practice.

To register for the live webinar please click here: http://info.plotbox.io/digital-change-management-for-cemeteries-webinar
Succession Planning Webinar Series @ Online Webinar
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Open to members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, this is a three-part webinar series focused on Succession Planning.

1. Maximizing the Value of Your Funeral Business-January 17 | 1-2 p.m. ET
Chris Farmer of The Farmer Firm and Tim Bridgers of Live Oak Bank join together to bring you insight into how to set your firm up to maximize its value in the days, months and year ahead of potential sale or generational transfer.

Whether you are growing older without a younger generation in the business or you want to ensure your family or employees can access financing needed to “buy you out” when the time comes, Chris and Tim will offer their expertise in setting the groundwork for your succession planning strategy..

2. How Does a Sale Work and How to Avoid Common Pitfalls-February 21 | 1-2 p.m. ET
So the time has come to consider selling your firm, whether to the next generation, your employees, another independent, or a corporate firm. Most businesses have never done this before and don’t even know where to begin. Chris Farmer and Tim Bridges return to walk you through the process and help you understand all the options so you can decide which is best for your business.

How do you even start marketing your firm for sale? What does a common sale agreement look like and how do you negotiate it? What common mistakes do people make and how can you avoid them? Join this webinar for answers to these questions and more.

3. Acquiring an Existing Funeral Business: What You Need to Know-March 8 | 12-1 p.m. ET
Jake Johnson of Johnson Consulting Group joins us for the third segment of this webinar series. Jake will walk members through how to evaluate a funeral business as a potential acquisition target. What does a firm’s financials tell you about the strength of the business and its value? How do you evaluate an existing preneed portfolio? How do you reduce your liability for past mistakes or errors? What common mistakes do acquiring firms make, and how can you avoid them?

This session will get members up to speed on the ins and outs of buying a funeral business and provide insight on when this option may help your business grow and grow stronger.

To register for any or all of these webinars, email [email protected] and include numbers of desired webinars.

Open exclusively to members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
Contact us at 800-323-4219 to get more details or to learn about membership to our association.
Feb
22
Thu
2018
Human Resources Spring Training @ The Foresight Companies
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
“The single largest cost of operating a funeral home or cemetery is staffing. Yet, no one has trained business owners and managers on what the rules are to manage their staff,” says Dan Isard.

“If you think good employees are expensive you should see how much bad ones will cost you.”

This two day seminar will provide attendees everything they need to know and have for implementation as a Human Resource director. During this two day workshop, you will learn “what to do”, “how to do it” and most importantly “what not to do”. Attendees will create all their key Human Resource management documents during our 16 hours of seminar instruction.

Attendees will leave this seminar with ready to implement (subject to state law):

– Employee Manual
– Procedure Manual
– Hiring Letter
– Firing/Termination Letter
– Annual Review Form
– Job Description
– Confidentiality/Non-disclosure letter
– Consensual relationship agreement
– Motor vehicle accident reporting form

PRE-SEMINAR SOCIAL:
Wednesday Night Reception at 6:00 PM
Cocktails and Appetizers at Aunt Chilada’s, on the property at Point Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort:
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a mountainside all-suite, all-fun resort in Phoenix. Only 8 miles from Sky Harbor International Airport, come early or extend your stay and enjoy fun by the pool, relaxing at the spa, or playing golf on a world-class course.
Complete with four acres of pools, lazy river, waterslide, miniature golf, four tennis courts and a variety of dining options for all occasions. Transportation between the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and The Foresight Companies offices will be provided each day of the seminar.
Hotel Reservations
Call 1-800-426-0165

LAZERCON | Nashville @ Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Feb 22 @ 3:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 9:00 am
LAZERCON is a FREE AP Lazer event for businesses and entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level with laser technology. It’s your chance to see AP Lazer in action while learning about the materials you can enhance and the profit you can make with a laser cutter and engraver. You’ll walk away knowing how to put your business growth into overdrive and dramatically increase your revenue all while delighting your customers and making them what to come back for more.

LAZERCON } NASHVILLE will be a two-day event held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, just minutes from Nashville International Airport and a short drive or riverboat cruise from downtown Nashville. Come experience Music City!

Feb
23
Fri
2018
NFDA Cremation Conference @ The Tradewinds Island Resort
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm

Paradise meets profitability at NFDA’s reinvented Cremation Conference! Register now!
Collaborate with cremation experts and your peers from small to mid-size funeral homes to design strategies for:
* Communicating the value of the funeral
* Boosting the profitability of your cremation business
* Becoming the cremation expert in your community, whether you own a crematory or work with a third-party
* And more!

The Tradewinds Island Resort will not disappoint! Whether you want to soar over the ocean with a water jet pack or prefer to escape to a beach-side hammock, you’re sure to stay busy during your downtime at this beautiful resort.

The entire experience will leave you inspired and armed with a plan to increase the value – and profit – of your cremation business.

For more information and to register, visit http://events.nfda.org/Cremation-Conference.
Feb
27
Tue
2018
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program – Whittier, CA
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please visit this page http://www.cremationassociation.org/page/COCP to view details about the curriculum, format and expectations.

Mar
8
Thu
2018
Succession Planning Webinar Series @ Online Webinar
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Open to members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, this is a three-part webinar series focused on Succession Planning.

1. Maximizing the Value of Your Funeral Business-January 17 | 1-2 p.m. ET
Chris Farmer of The Farmer Firm and Tim Bridgers of Live Oak Bank join together to bring you insight into how to set your firm up to maximize its value in the days, months and year ahead of potential sale or generational transfer.

Whether you are growing older without a younger generation in the business or you want to ensure your family or employees can access financing needed to “buy you out” when the time comes, Chris and Tim will offer their expertise in setting the groundwork for your succession planning strategy..

2. How Does a Sale Work and How to Avoid Common Pitfalls-February 21 | 1-2 p.m. ET
So the time has come to consider selling your firm, whether to the next generation, your employees, another independent, or a corporate firm. Most businesses have never done this before and don’t even know where to begin. Chris Farmer and Tim Bridges return to walk you through the process and help you understand all the options so you can decide which is best for your business.

How do you even start marketing your firm for sale? What does a common sale agreement look like and how do you negotiate it? What common mistakes do people make and how can you avoid them? Join this webinar for answers to these questions and more.

3. Acquiring an Existing Funeral Business: What You Need to Know-March 8 | 12-1 p.m. ET
Jake Johnson of Johnson Consulting Group joins us for the third segment of this webinar series. Jake will walk members through how to evaluate a funeral business as a potential acquisition target. What does a firm’s financials tell you about the strength of the business and its value? How do you evaluate an existing preneed portfolio? How do you reduce your liability for past mistakes or errors? What common mistakes do acquiring firms make, and how can you avoid them?

This session will get members up to speed on the ins and outs of buying a funeral business and provide insight on when this option may help your business grow and grow stronger.

To register for any or all of these webinars, email [email protected] and include numbers of desired webinars.

Open exclusively to members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
Contact us at 800-323-4219 to get more details or to learn about membership to our association.
Mar
9
Fri
2018
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program – Edmond, OK
Mar 9 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please visit this page http://www.cremationassociation.org/page/COCP to view details about the curriculum, format and expectations.

Apr
5
Thu
2018
TANEXPO, International Funeral and Cemetery Exhibition @ Conference Service srl/Bologna Exhibition Center
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm
Point of reference for the entire funeral and cemetery industry, TANEXPO is the rendez-vous where, every two years, funeral directors and trade professionals meet with the highest quality manufacturers. The world’s premiere funeral event, with the most impressive international attendance and the widest exhibiting surface.

The next edition takes place in Bologna (Italy) on April 5-6-7, 2018.

TANEXPO offers the maximum effort to amaze the thousands of visitors with new products, technologies and design details. It is a unique showcase for manufacturers and the place where funeral industry professionals come to discover the new market frontiers.

Admission to professionals with entrance tickets only.

Only professional visitors can access the event.

Visitors can buy the entrance ticket online by the official website and on site at the Costituzione and Nord Entrance.

Apr
13
Fri
2018
NFDA Professional Women’s Conference @ One Ocean Resort and Spa
Apr 13 @ 4:15 pm – Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm
The Premier Event for Women in Funeral Service!

Generate new ideas for your business, network with other women in the funeral service profession and create lasting friendships – all in a fun dynamic environment! Participate in a variety of interesting, informative seminars that will give you fresh insights for your business and for serving families. You’ll gain new perspectives and ideas that can be implemented immediately.

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous coastal views of the luxurious One Ocean Resort & Spa. After a day of learning and networking, unwind with a stroll down the beach, rent a bike or paddleboard or explore one of the many nearby attractions.

For more information and to register, visit http://events.nfda.org/Professional-Womens-Conference/

Apr
18
Wed
2018
ICCFA Annual Convention (2018) @ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm

The ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition, April 18–21, 2018, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, is your best opportunity of the year to connect with more than 1,000 cemetery, cremation and funeral service owners and managers from throughout North America and the world.

Apr
25
Wed
2018
NFDA Advocacy Summit @ The Mayflower Hotel
Apr 25 @ 7:30 am – Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm
Strength in Numbers

Gathering NFDA members on Capitol Hill for more than 25 years!

Get involved! Join fellow funeral service professionals from across the country to advocate on legislative and regulatory issues that affect funeral service and small business.

Not only have the opportunity to educate members of Congress on the issues, you’ll enjoy a variety of networking opportunities and have the opportunity to explore great historic landmarks in our nation’s capital.

For more information and to register, visit http://events.nfda.org/Advocacy-Summit
Selected’s Spring Management Summit @ The DeSoto
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm

Hone Your Management Skills! Spring Management Summits are focused on providing upcoming leaders, managers and owners with a reasonable-cost, information-packed meeting featuring dynamic presentations that offer continuing education. In addition, participants have opportunities to share best practices and build peer-to-peer relationships.

Apr
26
Thu
2018
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program- Kansas City, KS
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please visit this page http://www.cremationassociation.org/page/COCP to view details about the curriculum, format and expectations.

May
2
Wed
2018
FUNERAL BOOTCAMP @ The Foresight Companies
May 2 @ 6:00 am – May 4 @ 7:00 pm
  This reformatted and revolutionary 3 day program is a working seminar which covers every aspect of business operations including:

– Finance/Accounting
– Pricing and Packages
– Merchandising
– Marketing
– HR
– Survey
– Preneed

Each participant will leave with a fully executed program to implement upon their return. This Business Plan will increase profit and operating efficiency.

PRE-SEMINAR SOCIAL:

Tuesday Night Reception at 6:00 PM

Cocktails and Appetizers at the Bar Six 40, on the property at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch:
Combining modern accommodations with amenities that capture the elegance of historic haciendas of the past, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is both a luxury vacation retreat and an exceptional Phoenix‐area destination.

When it comes to hotels in Scottsdale, you’ll find more than your share of entertainment and activities. Amenities include two outdoor pools with cabanas, golf at McCormick Ranch Golf Club and the Luna Spa.

In minutes you can arrive in downtown Scottsdale to enjoy world‐class shopping and dining. Not to mention a bevy of outdoor desert adventures from horseback riding and jeep tours to hot air ballooning.

Hotel Reservations
Call 1-800-540-0727

May
4
Fri
2018
Cremation Innovations Summit
May 4 @ 7:30 am – 4:15 pm

Don’t Let Your Profits Go Up in Flames

Today, more people are getting cremated than buried, and “traditional” doesn’t mean anything when it comes to funeral service.

With that comes challenges – but also opportunities. At the Cremation Innovations Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, you’ll discover how to recognize and respond to both.

Learn how to:

  • Differentiate your firm from discount funeral homes and minimal cremation businesses.
  • Leverage technology to reach more families that prefer cremation.
  • Boost family satisfaction and company revenue by offering celebrant services.
  • Design meaningful and personalized services for cremation families.
  • Determine if it’s financially feasible to invest in a crematory project.

The conference will include keynote speakers as well as mini-presentations from some of the most innovative companies that are offering new products and services to help cremation families honor loved ones.

https://summitnc.planningpod.com/#registration-panel

 

May
8
Tue
2018
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program- Vancouver, BC
May 8 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please visit this page http://www.cremationassociation.org/page/COCP to view details about the curriculum, format and expectations.

312-204-1077 or [email protected]

May
14
Mon
2018
IFDA Annual Convention @ Belterra Casino Resort
May 14 @ 9:00 am – May 17 @ 5:00 pm

Visit our website for more information! http://www.infda.org/annual-events

May
17
Thu
2018
NFDA Embalming & Restorative Art Seminar @ Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
May 17 @ 7:30 am – May 18 @ 5:00 pm

Whether you’re a novice embalmer or seasoned expert, you’re sure to leave this engaging new seminar with advanced skills, ideas and knowledge that can be applied as soon as you return to your funeral home!

A variety of sessions for all interests, including:

* Embalming techniques for all experience levels: Live demonstration of techniques to best provide a fond and lasting memory for the family.

* Advanced restorative art techniques for the most difficult cases: Techniques to restore the deceased to a presentable appearance for all types of restorative art cases.

* Embalming risk management and standards of care: Explore the malpractice risks embalmers face from dissatisfied families. Learn how a malpractice lawsuit is conducted and what steps embalmers should take to reduce liability exposure.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.nfda.org/embalmingseminar

May
18
Fri
2018
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program- Wheeling, IL
May 18 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please visit this page http://www.cremationassociation.org/page/COCP to view details about the curriculum, format and expectations.

Jun
5
Tue
2018
Cemetery Impossible @ The Foresight Companies
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – Jun 6 @ 4:30 pm
This two-day seminar will take its attendees through the basic points of operation from the ground up and down! Attendees will learn pricing of interment rights in theory and then in application to their existing property.

This seminar is for cemetery owners, managers and board members of for-profit and not-for- profit cemeteries. Each attendee will learn easy ways to dramatically increase their cash flow the day they get home.

This seminar follows the uniquely dynamic and effective style of The Foresight Companies’ workshops. Attendees come with their businesses financial and operating data pre-loaded onto a specially designed spreadsheet. They not only learn the theory, they get hands-on understanding of the math supporting their decisions. We will challenge attendees to dig deep and get their hands dirty as they work on their specific business issues.

PRE-SEMINAR SOCIAL:
Monday Night Reception at 6:00 PM
Cocktails and Appetizers at Aunt Chilada’s, on the property at Point Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort:

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a mountainside all-suite, all-fun resort in Phoenix. Only 8 miles from Sky Harbor International Airport, come early or extend your stay and enjoy fun by the pool, relaxing at the spa, or playing golf on a world-class course.

Complete with four acres of pools, lazy river, waterslide, miniature golf, four tennis courts and a variety of dining options for all occasions.

Transportation between the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and The Foresight Companies offices will be provided each day of the seminar.

Hotel Reservations
Call 1-800-426-0165

Jun
6
Wed
2018
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program- Little Rock, AR
Jun 6 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please visit this page http://www.cremationassociation.org/page/COCP to view details about the curriculum, format and expectations.

Jul
8
Sun
2018
NFDA Leadership Conference @ Omni Grove Park Inn
Jul 8 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 11 @ 5:00 pm
Take your leadership skills to the next level!

Join fellow funeral service leaders at the historic Omni Grove Park Inn. Relax, reguvenate and breathe in some clean mountain air at this exquisite resort, set atop scenic Sunset Mountain, while developing your leadership skills with your peers.

For more information and to register, visit http://events.nfda.org/Leadership-Conference

Jul
11
Wed
2018
NFDA Business Conference @ Omni Grove Park Inn
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm

Like a big-league baseball team relies on relief pitchers in their bullpen to bring home the win, a successful business needs reinforcements to boost their game, too.

Created especially for small to mid-size funeral home businesses, the NFDA Business Conference will arm funeral professionals with updated, essential business knowledge and tools to ensure growth, profitability and financial strength.

During this highly interactive conference, attendees will learn from top experts who will help them make sense of their funeral home’s financial picture. Participants will engage with experts and fellow conference attendees in breakout discussions and roundtable sessions.

For more information and to register, visit http://events.nfda.org/Business-Bullpen

Jul
25
Wed
2018
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please visit this page http://www.cremationassociation.org/page/COCP to view details about the curriculum, format and expectations.

Oct
14
Sun
2018
NFDA International Convention and Expo (2018) @ Salt Lake Convention Center
Oct 14 @ 8:00 am – Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm

Join thousands of funeral service professionals from around the world for the best in networking, education, the world’s largest funeral service Expo and more! Whether you’re planning to join us for for your first NFDA Convention or your fiftieth, get ready for the experience of a lifetime!

For more information, please visit nfda.org/saltlake2018

 

 

 

 

Oct
30
Tue
2018
Before I Die ABQ Festival @ Variable
Oct 30 – Nov 4 all-day
Even though humans have a 100% mortality rate, less than 30% of us make any end-of-life plans. What will get adults to discuss and plan for their eventual demise? Put some “fun” in funeral planning to get people to discuss this serious topic. The second annual Before I Die ABQ Festival will start on October 30, which is Create a Great Funeral Day. The 2018 festival will include a daylong symposium on Saturday, November 3 and the post-Marigold Parade festival in Albuquerque’s South Valley on Sunday, November 4. Sign up for our mailing list to be kept apprised of developments!

The inaugural Before I Die ABQ Festival took place over six days from Friday, October 20, 2017 to Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at multiple locations and venues around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Six hundred participants attended multiple upbeat activities to openly think about, talk about and do something about our inevitable mortality. Sponsors can connect to hundreds of baby boomers through this unique festival!

Nov
6
Tue
2018
CANA’s Crematory Operations Certification Program- Maryville, TN
Nov 6 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please visit this page http://www.cremationassociation.org/page/COCP to view details about the curriculum, format and expectations.

Mar
13
Wed
2019
MIAMI FUNER, Worldwide Funeral Industry Conference & Expo @ Miami Airport Convention Center
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm

MIAMI FUNER , Worldwide Funeral Industry Conference & Expo, taking place on March 13/15, 2019 at the MACC – Miami Airport Convention Center, will be the forerunner event with the newest professional Conferences and a matchless Expo in the amazing city of Miami, leisure location and financial capital of Florida.

Jointly developed and organized by TANEXPO [the leading International Funeral and Cemetery Exhibition, gathering in Bologna 18.000 professionals from 55 Countries every two years] and MEMORIAL INTERNATIONAL LLC., [the largest funeral assistance corporation in the world with offices in 14 countries] it’s the perfect blend of the newest professional conferences and a matchless Expo!

Miami, financial capital of Florida, is the ideal place where to start new businesses and can act as a springboard for a great success in the United States, Latin America and worldwide! Join us and fly your business to new markets!

Visitors can register for tradeshow, single workshops or for the entire packages divided into 5 different categories (marketing, IT, CEO, technical and technology and innovation). (Workshops registered visitors can visit the Tradeshow for free).

Online registrations from January 2019.