Fostering a Global Dialogue: NFDA Hosts 2015 Asia Funeral Expo & Conference

March 24, 2015
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Brookfield, Wis. – The eighth annual National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Asia Funeral Expo & Conference (AFE) will take place May 13-14 at the Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Center in Macau. AFE is an unparalleled opportunity for NFDA members to build meaningful relationships with funeral professionals from around the globe, share ideas, and solve common challenges, which ultimately leads to improved service to the dying, the dead and the bereaved. Last year, more than 2,250 funeral professionals from 30 countries and regions attended the conference.

“Our world is getting smaller, creating a melting pot of families with different customs, traditions and rituals,” said NFDA Senior Vice President of Member Relations Anna Bernfeld, CAE. “Global forums, such as AFE, enable funeral directors around the world to come together and learn from one another, and collaboratively find ways to improve the service they provide to grieving families.”

With three full days of education, AFE attendees will have an opportunity to learn from funeral service leaders from countries such as Australia, Japan, Brazil, Israel, Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. The more than 30 education sessions will cover topics such as business management, technical skills, green funerals and burials, cemetery management, marketing, customer service, and more.

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NFDA CEO Christine Pepper, CAE, will speak at the conference; NFDA members Past President Bill Wappner of Wappner Funeral Directors in Mansfield, Ohio, and South Carolina Funeral Directors Association President Walker Posey of Posey Funeral Directors in North Augusta, S.C., will also present during the conference.

AFE attendees will also have ample opportunity to visit the Expo Hall during the conference. Attendees will discover new and unique products and services that will to help them provide families with meaningful funerals. Last year, nearly 120 companies from 20 countries and regions – including Austria, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Lithuania, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, the United States and more – participated in the Expo.

The 2015 AFE registration fees are:

On or before March 31 After March 31
NFDA Member $349 $479
Nonmember $449 $550
All prices are in U.S. Dollars

More information about the NFDA Asia Funeral Expo & Conference can be found by visiting www.nfda.org/afe. Funeral professionals interested in attending can also contact NFDA International Project Manager Corey Eggers, [email protected] or 800-228-6332 (+1-262-789-1880), with questions.

China Travel Services Ltd. is AFE’s designated travel agency. You can contact them to book your flight tickets, hotel or with additional questions. You can learn more about booking travel by visiting www.nfda.org/afe and clicking the “Hotel/Travel” link on the right side of the page.

NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.

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