Batesville Sponsors Keynote Speaker Drew Dudley and Hosts Free Book Signing at ICCFA
BATESVILLE, Ind., March 25, 2019 – Batesville, the leading provider of high quality products and technology solutions to today’s death care professionals, is proud to sponsor the keynote address by leadership expert Drew Dudley at the 2019 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) Annual Convention and Exposition, April 3 – 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company will also host a free book signing with the author immediately following the address.
The founder and chief catalyst of One Day Leadership, Dudley has spent the last 15 years helping individuals and organizations increase their leadership capacity. He believes leadership is not reserved for the extraordinary, but is a daily choice that should be fostered, acknowledged and rewarded. His keynote address, “Creating Cultures of Leadership and the Power of Lollipop Moments,” Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 11 a.m. – noon ET will make you laugh, think and reconsider how you evaluate leadership in your life and workplace.
“Drew Dudley has inspired millions with his practical wisdom and humor,” said Chris Trainor, president of Batesville. “He has a unique ability to help us understand how simple acts – things we do every day – can make the lives of others better. This is a great message for everyone, and especially funeral professionals who provide comfort and support to families during their most difficult times.” Dudley will sign copies of his book, “This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership that Matters,” in the Batesville booth (724) from noon to 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 4. The first 100 people will receive a free copy of the book.
Today’s consumers have different expectations about personalization that encompasses their entire funeral experience. Batesville will showcase a variety of new burial and cremation products, personalization and memorialization offerings and digital solutions designed to help families plan meaningful funerals, share memories and remember their loved ones. Some of the highlights include:
- Custom military caskets representing the branches of service
- Our latest metal and wood caskets in different styles and price points
- New LifeStories® medallion designs
- 3-dimensional statuary designs that can be used on caskets, urns or as keepsake elements
- Technology solutions: websites, management software, Meaningful Selections digital selection
tool, and the Bridges mobile app
Funeral professionals can schedule a 20-minute technology demonstration in advance by visiting https://www.batesville.com/2019-iccfa-demos/. Participants will receive a small gift at the end of the presentation and may also be eligible to win a $25 gift card.
The company will also preview a new LifeStories accessories feature that allows families to create truly custom medallions for their loved ones using personal photos or stock imagery that represent their loved one’s hobbies, achievements or interests. Visitors can participate in live demos to see how the process works, from start to finish, and create their own display medallion. This feature is in test markets now and will be available in all markets this summer.
Be sure to mark your calendars for these special events:
- Drew Dudley book signing – This is Day One, A Practical Guide to Leadership Thursday, April 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Batesville booth
- Complimentary Starbucks® products – hot coffees, espresso, Frappuccino, Macchiato, and teas Thursday, April 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Batesville booth
- “The Digital World: Using Mobile Technologies to Create Better Family Experiences” educational session by Rob Shane, Director, Technology Solutions for Batesville Saturday, April 6 at 9 a.m. in Room 203AB
Batesville (www.Batesville.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc. (NYSE:HI), is a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America, offering a comprehensive portfolio of burial and cremation products, memorialization options and innovative technology solutions. For more than 125 years, Batesville has supported licensed funeral professionals in helping families honor the lives of those they love. ® A history of manufacturing excellence, product innovation, superior customer service and reliable delivery helped Batesville become – and remain – a market leader.
Teresa M. Gyulafia
Director – Strategic Communications