Funeral Industry Press Releases
Physicians Mutual, a national leader in individual health, life and retirement insurance products, announced recently that Melissa Crawford, senior vice president of markets, products and technology, was selected as one of this year’s Women in Insurance Leadership award winners by Insurance Networking News. Crawford is one of 10 women selected for the honor, which will be awarded at the 7th annual Women in Insurance Leadership Forum to be held October 20 in Chicago.
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has released its 2014 International Convention & Expo smartphone application, which serves as a comprehensive guide for this annual event. This year’s NFDA Convention will take place October 12-15 in Nashville, Tenn.
This structure will distinguish Wilbert Funeral Services as the only known ESOP in the funeral service industry and ensures continuation of the company as an independent entity with a solid focus on the industry.
During the 2014 Fall Management Conference, September 17-19 in Amelia Island, Florida, Jay Brammer, president of Gibraltar Remembrance Services in Indianapolis, Ind., was elected to serve as a trustee on ICCFA’s Educational Foundation Board.
Wilbert Funeral Services introduces The Forever ProgramSM, a themed commemoration package that ties together burial or urn vault carapace images with keepsakes to create a meaningful experience and remembrance for families.
Director On Call received the Diamond Plus Award for fifteen years of Award Winning Service!
What I have learned, in my work in funeral homes and other small businesses, is that the door is always open to discover the potential of employees, however the comfort level of the manager remains a concern. Many of my clients often comment that if they had the resources and tools to support employee engagement, it would help them gain confidence to move forward with a solid plan of action. Their point is well taken.
Many of you remember the acquisition crazed days in the late-1990s when there were dozens of buyers willing to make very aggressive offers to purchase funeral homes. Things escalated until several of the buyers filed bankruptcy due to overpaying for businesses. In 2000 the acquisition market screeched to a halt and for the next ten years it became very difficult to sell most funeral homes. Valuations fell with the reduction in viable buyers.
The Center for Loss and Life Transition announces a new brochure written by Dr. Alan Wolfelt designed to complete the “WHY” of the Funeral set and teach the families you serve about the elements of a meaningful funeral ceremony. The brochure, entitled “Honoring, Remembering, Healing: The pieces of a meaningful funeral,” explains in clear yet gentle language the many essential pieces of the funeral ceremony.
Pierce Mortuary Colleges is pleased to announce the hiring of Lauren M. Budrow, CFSP, as President of Mid-America College of Funeral Service, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Budrow has a combined total of fifteen years in funeral service and higher education. Most recently, she served as Program Director and Instructor for the Funeral Service Education program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland, Washington.