Get Certified by CANA at the Crematory Operations Conference

June 8, 2016
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Head to Charleston, S.C., to Network, Discover and Profit!

The Cremation Association of North America, in cooperation with Kates-Boylston Publications, will hold a Crematory Operations Certification Conference on Nov. 15, 2016, at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Charleston Airport.

Whether you’re a crematory operator, funeral director, funeral home owner, manager or a member of the office staff, this conference has plenty just for you. Learn how to:

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  • Operate a cremator safely and effectively.
  • Avoid lawsuits by enforcing rock-solid procedures.
  • Evaluate third-party operators and minimize risk.
  • Work with local agencies and regulators.

Thomas A. Parmalee, executive director of Kates-Boylston Publications, emphasizes that the conference isn’t just for crematory operators and technicians. “It’s just as important for owners and managers to attend,” he said. “The increasing cremation rate poses business challenges for everyone, and knowing how to avoid lawsuits tied to improper crematory management is becoming more important by the day.”

The redesigned conference includes input from multiple manufacturers and more information for owners, managers, funeral directors and operators. Speakers include:

Bill McQueen, a partner with McQueen & Siddall and the former president and CEO of Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, a legal practice that includes a growing contingent of funeral home and crematory clients. McQueen is also a licensed funeral director.

Erin Whitaker is senior director, operations integration, for Foundation Partners Group, a funeral home consolidator based in Orlando, Florida, as well as a third-generation funeral director with Whitaker Funeral Home in Newberry, South Carolina, and a CANA board member. She previously worked as a project engineer for Eastman Kodak and as a financial and business consultant with The Foresight Companies.

John Mitchell is the service director of U.S. Cremation Equipment. He is experienced in the rebuild and repair of all types of cremators. He also handles emergency repair for all sorts of equipment. He has more than 12 years of experience in the cremation industry, which includes crematory operator training.

Program Gets Top Marks

Listen to what your peers are saying about getting certified by the Cremation Association of North America …

“CANA continues to provide valuable and affordable educational programs to its membership and the death-care industry. With the increase in the number of cremations performed each year, and living in a constantly changing environment, a cremationist must remain knowledgeable, competitive, compliant, and most of all – professional. Attendance at a Crematory Operations Certification event is a must.”

–       Dale Fiore, general manager of Evergreen Cemetery Association and Crematory in New Haven, Connecticut

 “Attending the program offered by CANA ensures that you and your employees are instructed with the most up to date, relevant and understandable training available to those in the death-care industry today. CANA has certified thousands of operators and owners over the past 20 years. Why would you trust your operator certification to anyone else? The CANA COCP certification ensures the families you serve that you have the commitment to offer them the utmost care of their loved ones.”

–       Mark Durbin, manager of Lexington Cemetery and Crematory Co. in Lexington, Kentucky

Save $100 on Registration

Pay just $495 when you sign up by Sept. 16. Once the early-bird deadline expires, registration costs $595.

When reserving a hotel room, be sure to mention that you are with the Crematory Operations Certification Conference to enjoy a special, $129 per night rate. You must book a room by Nov. 1 to enjoy the special rate.

Learn more and register by visiting www.katesboylston.com/cremation or email tparmalee@katesboylston.com for more information. You can also register by calling Kates-Boylston’s Customer Service Department at 800-500-4585.

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