Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Policy Board met on July 11 in Orlando, Florida, and elected Randy Anderson, CFSP, CCO, and R. Bryant Hightower Jr., CFSP, to serve as at-large representatives on the association’s Executive Board. They will begin two-year terms of service immediately following the 2015 NFDA International Convention & Expo, October 18-21 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Anderson is a first-generation funeral director and owner of Radney’s Funeral Home in Alexander City, Alabama. He has served the Alabama Funeral Directors Association (AFDA) in a number of capacities, including as a member of several committees. He was a member of AFDA’s board of directors and held the positions of secretary/treasurer, vice president, president-elect and president. Anderson was a member of the Funeral Trust of Alabama Board of Directors.
Nationally, Anderson has extensive volunteer experience with NFDA. In addition to service on the Budget, Spokesperson, Pursuit of Excellence, and Professional Development Committees, he was Alabama’s representative to the Policy Board and an at-large representative to the Executive Board from 2012 to 2014. Anderson was a member of the work group that developed the new NFDA Business Conference and is an active participant in the Pursuit of Excellence Program.
Anderson enjoys giving back to his community and has volunteered his time with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army, the United Way and the Horseshoe Bend High School Athletic Club. He was a member and chairman of the Tallapoosa County Board of Education and a member of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Hightower, of Martin & Hightower Funeral Home in Carrollton, Georgia, is part of a funeral service family that goes back three generations. He has served the state Georgia in many ways, including terms as president of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia, as a deputy coroner for Haralson County, and as a member of the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service.
On a national level, Hightower has served on many NFDA Committees; most recently, he served as chair of the Advocacy Committee. His national service also included representing Georgia on the NFDA Policy Board and serving as an at-large representative to the Executive Board from 2007 to 2009.
Committed to his community, Hightower has volunteered his time and talents with many organizations, such as the CarrolltonNoon Rotary, Carroll Relay for Life, and the Tanner Medical Center Foundation. His local service also includes terms as president of the Carrollton Mainstreet Board of Directors, Carrollton Jaycees, Carrollton Evening Sertoma Club, Carroll County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and Carrollton Blue Fins Board of Directors.
Anderson and Hightower will replace current at-large representatives, Scott B. Anthony, CFSP, CCO, of Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels in Webster, New York, and Charles T. “Chuck” Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO, of Horan & McConaty Funeral Service in Centennial, Colorado, who will complete their terms of service at the NFDA Convention in October.
NFDA Officer Elections
The NFDA House of Delegates will elect the 2015-16 secretary, treasurer and president-elect when it meets during the 2015 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. Candidate profiles can be found on the NFDA website, www.nfda.org/elections
Bob Arrington, CCO, of Arrington Funeral Directors in Jackson, Tennessee, is currently serving as NFDA president-elect. He will automatically assume the role of NFDA president following the 2015 Convention, serving a one-year term.
NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 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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