BATESVILLE, IN – Batesville announced today that Robert Verhoeve, a third generation funeral professional from Tillonsburg, Ontario, Canada, won the 4-day Training Experience prize package with Dr. Alan Wolfelt in the company’s NFDA giveaway. Robert has worked with his father at Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes for more than 8 years. He and his wife Kaitlynn will travel to Scottsdale, Arizona in February 2019 for an in-depth seminar on “Creating Meaningful Funerals: Why We Need Funerals.”

Batesville sales consultant Doug McIntosh congratulates Robert Verhoeve on winning the company’s NFDA Training Experience with Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

“I want to thank Batesville for this wonderful educational experience,” said Robert Verhoeve. “It will help me to further apply the teachings of Dr. Wolfelt we deliberated throughout my time at Humber College, including the importance of taking care of oneself as you care for others. It will be of great practical use throughout my career as a funeral director.”

“We’re proud to able to support Robert in his professional development by providing the opportunity to learn from Dr. Wolfelt, one of the most trusted experts in grief and the importance of meaningful funerals,” said Debby Neubauer, vice president of marketing for Batesville.

Batesville has a longstanding commitment to education. The company offers free educational webinars for funeral professionals throughout the year and was the educational sponsor of the 2018 NFDA Convention in Salt Lake City. The next webinar, Navigating Change: Connecting with Today’s Consumers, will be held on November 13 at 1 p.m. (EST). Kris Reynolds will explore some of the key factors that influence consumer decisions, the impact on product purchases, and what Batesville is doing to keep pace with the changing landscape. Funeral professionals can register online at

Batesville (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI), is the leader in the North American death care industry, offering a comprehensive portfolio of Burial Solutions, Cremation Options, Memorial Solutions, and Technology Solutions. For more than 125 years, Batesville has been dedicated to helping families honor the lives of those they love®. A history of manufacturing excellence, product innovation, superior customer service and reliable delivery have helped Batesville become – and remain – a market leader.