ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition Landed in Kansas City, Missouri on May 16-19, 2023

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ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition Landed in Kansas City, Missouri on May 16-19, 2023

STERLING, VA (August 8, 2023) – Kansas City, Missouri set the stage for more than 936 attendees, including over 200 first-time guests, and 1,012 exhibitors to connect during the 2023 International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) Annual  Convention & Exposition which took place on May 16-19 at the Kansas City Convention  Center. 

The convention featured four well-received keynote presentations from Mark Panciera,  CEO of the Pacific Institute; Andre Dawson, MLB Hall-of-Famer and funeral home  owner; Carmen Best, the first African American Chief of Police at the Seattle Police  Department, and Maddy Dychtwald, co-founder of Age Wave. Attendees also had the  opportunity to learn from global deathcare leaders at 39 breakout sessions which featured  topics such as cremation marketing, implementation of pet services, embalming,  leadership, strategic planning, natural organic reduction, and more. 

Throughout the week, the ICCFA had the honor of recognizing many members of the  deathcare profession for their achievements and contributions. Quarter & Half Century  Club inductees had their dedication to the association celebrated during the Annual  Meeting of Members on Wednesday, and later that evening Doug Gober was awarded the  ICCFA Educational Foundation’s prestigious Lasting Impact Award for his commitment and contributions to the deathcare profession over his 44-year career. Keeping It Personal  (KIP) winners were recognized on the mainstage on Thursday morning for their  extraordinary dedication to the personalization of services and products to better serve  families. 

More highlights from the week include a rousing opening concert from 7 Bridges: The  Ultimate Eagles Experience band on Tuesday following the Grand Opening of the  exposition hall. First-time attendees were welcomed by ICCFA’s Board of Directors and  Committee Chairs during a reception and the Green Burial Council hosted a meet and  greet to teach attendees about their mission to advocate for environmentally sustainable  death practices. The Convention came to a close at Friday’s banquet which began with a  moving performance of, “A Day in the Life of a Funeral Director,” followed by the annual  Celebration of Remembrance, all made possible by the team at SCI Funeral Services of  Florida. 

Outgoing ICCFA President Gary Freytag said the following regarding the event, “This  year’s Annual Convention & Exposition was a great success and one that highlighted the  ICCFA’s efforts to provide education and networking opportunities to deathcare  professionals of all kinds. I want to thank our convention co-chairs, Don Winsett and Phil  Zehms, for their hard work and excitement around this amazing event. I look forward to  another successful event next year in Tampa.” 

The 2024 ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition will be held at the JW Marriott Tampa  Water Street and Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on April 10-13, 2024.  More information on next year’s event will be available soon at iccfa.com/annual. 

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Founded in 1887, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is the  only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, cremation,