Rich History, Revolutionary Ideas: Registration Now Open For the 2016 NFDA International Convention & Expo
Like funeral service, the city of Philadelphia has a rich history that continues to grow and evolve as times change. This makes “America’s Birthplace” the perfect location for the 2016 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention & Expo. Taking place October 23-26 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the NFDA Convention will enable attendees to revolutionize their approach to funeral service through unparalleled opportunities for learning, networking, and discovering new products and services. Registration and housing for the 2016 NFDA International Convention & Expo are now open.
The education funeral professionals need to build profitable and thriving businesses that compassionately serve the bereaved can only be found at the NFDA Convention. Engaging workshops will cover address technical skills, business management, the value of ceremony, cremation, marketing and community outreach. Experts such as Dr. Jason Troyer, Lynn Gibson, Jeffrey Chancellor, Jeri Reed, Doug Gober and Joseph Earthman, among others, will lead idea-packed education sessions during the 2016 Convention.
The NFDA Convention also features the world’s largest funeral expo. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with vendor partners whose innovative products, services and technologies will help them run efficient businesses focused on meeting the evolving needs of families seeking meaningful funerals and memorial services. Many exhibitors plan to introduce new products to the funeral service profession during the 2016 NFDA Convention.
The Expo Hall will be open Monday and Tuesday, October 24 and 25 from noon to 5 p.m.; and on Wednesday, October 26 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The NFDA Convention attracts more funeral professionals than any other gathering in the world. This diverse assemblage from throughout the United States and around the world offers matchless opportunities to network and exchange ideas.
A lot of networking happens during workshops and in the Expo Hall, but NFDA’s exclusive social events give attendees an opportunity to cement new friendship and renew old ones, all while enjoying the city of Philadelphia. Make plans to join conference attendees for the Welcome Party, hosted by President Bob Arrington and his wife Judy, at the historic Grand Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which formerly was the Reading Railroad terminal train shed.
Not to be missed is the closing party, Comic Relief – A New Twist on the Political Party, hosted by 2016-17 President Ashley Cozine and his wife Carolyn, at the Union League, a private, members-only, Five Star Platinum club ranked the top city club in the nation. In addition to celebrating a successful NFDA Convention, guests will enjoy an exclusive performance by The Capitol Steps, a Washington, D.C.-based political comedy group. With the presidential elections taking place soon after the NFDA Convention, the renowned group will “put the mock in Democracy.”
Not to be missed are the Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic at Scotland Run Golf Club and the Funeral Directors Under 40 Party at Lucky Strike.
The latest information about the 2016 NFDA Convention workshops, expo, and social and networking events can be found by visiting nfda.org/philly2016.
Register Now and Book your Hotel
Attendees can save up to $100 when they register for the NFDA Convention on or before September 16. Those who wish to take advantage of early-bird pricing should visit nfda.org/philly2016 or call 800-228-6332 to register. Registration via the new NFDA.org is easier than ever before.
Attendees can choose from several reasonably-priced hotels within walking distance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The NFDA Convention website, nfda.org/philly2016, has complete details about each hotel; attendees can use the NFDA Housing Bureau to compare hotel rates and amenities, and make reservations. While the deadline to book hotel rooms is September 28, those who are planning to attend the NFDA Convention are encouraged to book their rooms early because, as in years past, NFDA room blocks will sell out.
Convention attendees will be captivated by Philadelphia’s history and 21st-century attitude, where an inspired, young, creative culture is blooming and partnering with innovators and educators. With a spirit of independence, the city and region are giving birth to a new generation of energized people designing this Modern Renaissance City.
Convention attendees will feel like native Philadelphians as they walk day and night through the vibrant streetscape and immerse themselves in America’s Old and New World. Picturesque and friendly streets are lined with parks, rivers, shops, public art, restaurants and museums. Everything is within walking distance of downtown Philly.
Start making plans to visit Philadelphia, which was named the number one most exciting place to see in the U.S. in 2016 by the travel experts at Lonely Planet. Visit www.discoverphl.com/ to learn more about what Philly has to offer.
NFDA thanks its 2016 International Convention & Expo sponsors:
- Platinum: FCA US LLC, Federated Insurance, NGL Insurance Group
- Gold: Bass-Mollett Publishers, Batesville, Frazer Consultants, Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions, Physicians Mutual
- Silver: ASD – Answering Service for Directors, Carriage Services, Homesteaders Life Company, Implant Recycling, Live Oak Bank, Madelyn Company, Nomis Publications Inc., FuneralOne
- Bronze: ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust, Doric Products Inc., Forethought Life Insurance Company, Hunter Warfield, Kelco Supply Company, Link Manufacturing, LoveUrns LLC, Sich Casket Company, Wilbert
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.