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NFDA Members Begin Voting for Board Officers Today

August 1, 2016

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NFDA Members Begin Voting for Board Officers Today

August 1 is the first day that members of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) can begin voting for the individuals who will serve as officers on the Board of Directors for the coming year. This new election process is the result of changes to the NFDA governance structure adopted last year.

Under the new structure, all NFDA members are responsible for voting for the officers on the Board of Directors – president-elect, treasurer and secretary. The Policy Board continues to elect at-large representatives.

“This is an exciting and historic moment in NFDA’s history,” said NFDA President Bob Arrington, CCO. “I encourage you to visit the NFDA website and learn about the fine candidates we have running for office and vote for the individual you feel will best represent your voice on the Board of Directors. Your vote will help shape the future direction of NFDA – your association – for years to come.”

On August 1, all eligible NFDA members who have a valid, unique email address on file with NFDA received an email with their individual voting credentials and instructions on how to cast a ballot. Eligible voters who do not have an email address on file with NFDA will be receiving a post card with their individual voting credentials and instructions on how to cast a ballot.

Each firm member will receive two votes for each election, which will be cast by the primary contact for the firm listed in NFDA’s current membership records. Each individual member will receive one vote for each election. A primary contact for a firm member will be provided a vote as an individual member in addition to the two votes he or she may cast on behalf of the firm.

Votes must be cast by 11:59 p.m. C.T. on August 31, 2016.

Candidates for office are:




The winners will serve one-year terms that begin at the conclusion of the 2016 NFDA International Convention & Expo. The individual elected to the role of president-elect will move on to become president at the conclusion of the 2017 NFDA Convention; he will also serve a term as immediate past president following his term as president.

Information about how to vote and biographical information about the candidates for office can be found on the NFDA website,

Individual and firm members in good standing as of July 20, 2016, are eligible to vote in the 2016 officer elections. International, retired or student/apprentice members are not eligible to vote.

In July, the NFDA Policy Board elected Jack Mitchell, Butch Mulhearn and Terry Reardon to serve as at-large representatives on the NFDA Board of Directors.

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 49 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