Selected Independent Funeral Homes Honors Reid Trimble with 2018 NextGen Professional of the Year Award

January 25, 2018
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DEERFIELD, ILL. —January 22, 2018— Selected Independent Funeral Homes has named Reid Trimble of Trimble Funeral Home and Crematory in Moline, IL  as the 2018 recipient of its NextGen Professional of the Year Award. Trimble was honored at a ceremony at the opening reception of the group’s annual NextGen Seminar, held January 21-25 at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Aruba. Recipients are presented a physical award and reimbursed for the meeting registration. The award highlights career achievements, community involvement and achievements of funeral professionals under the age of 50.

Trimble has spearheaded numerous projects that have touched all aspects of the firm. Recognizing the trend of rising cremation rates, he was solely responsible for establishing and marketing the Cremation Society of the Quad Cities ad campaign for “Worry-Free Cremation Care.”

In 2014, he took the lead in developing the concept for Trimble Pointe, which now serves as the umbrella for ten brands. He was responsible for all aspects of developing the bar at CityView Celebrations, the brand’s reception center, from designing the bar and lounge, to securing a liquor license and hiring bartenders and servers.

“I am extremely impressed with all he has accomplished for his family’s firm. His innovation is truly an asset for our entire profession,” said one judge on the Professional of the Year Award panel.

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In 2017, Trimble was named “Manager of the Year” by Veterans Funeral Care in recognition of his dedication to programs that support veterans. He was a national Board Member for Operation Toy Soldier, which brought in over 500 toys to the funeral home to be distributed to children of deployed and non-deployed Military. He also instituted the Retire Your Flag Program at the firm, which has collected over 1200 flags and partnered with a local TV station and grocery chain to bring Operation Honor Guard, a nonprofit dedicated to funding Honor Guards across the country, to the Quad Cities.

“My family has been very humbled and proud to be part of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes for several generations,” said Trimble. “To have been selected for this award is one of the greatest honors of my professional career. Selected has helped us stay on the cutting edge, and I believe this award is confirmation that we are heading down the right path to help the families in our community.”

Selected Independent Funeral Homes created NextGen to develop young funeral professionals as well as acknowledge those new to the profession. The four-day NextGen Seminar, held annually, offers educational and networking sessions for its attendees. Further information on Selected Independent Funeral Homes can be found at www.selectedfuneralhomes.org.

About Selected Independent Funeral Homes About Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Selected Independent Funeral Homes (www.selectedfuneralhomes.org) delivers innovative and pertinent resources, solutions and ongoing support necessary for enduring excellence to its international network of independently owned death-care providers who aspire to be the very best in their profession.  Members of Selected operate according to specific standards and best practices to provide the public with reliable, high-quality funeral services and funeral-related information. 2017 marks the organization’s 100th anniversary and a legacy of dedication and support to the death-care profession.

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