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Page A31 August 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A 2022 NFDA International Convention & Expo October 9-12 Baltimore, Maryland Discover more! Once upon a humid summer I was bored and near to slumber Hoping that I’d find adventure, education, and much more Then I rose with great intention, “I’ll go”, said I, “to the convention!” To meet with friends and ease my tension strolling ‘round the expo floor When suddenly a raven lit upon the chair where I did sit He spoke to me a single word before retreating through the door Only this, and nothing more Quoth the raven,“Baltimore!” Registration is now open! 2022_Convention_1/3 NOMIS Ad2.indd 1 7/1/22 9:02 AM The Fan Man, Inc. Fans Calendars Urns Register Books Dresses Advertising Specialties John Mannion “WhatEver You Need” 1-800-671-8280 Cell: 803-417-2940 NEWS Association CONTINUED www. nomi spub l i cat i ons . com 1-800-321-7479 “I Love My Funeral Director” “I Love My Cemeterian” N o w i s t h e PERFECT t i me t o o r d e r t h e PERFECT g i f t s ! The NFDMA’s 85th National Convention & Exposition Gathers in New Orleans UNION CITY,GA— Members of the oldest professional association for African-American funeral directors and embalmers will gather in New Orleans at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for their 85th Annual Convention July 30 to August 4, 2022. The National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, an international association, with membership over 1,000 will convene for their annual convention with its theme of Moving into A New Era: Positioning for the Future under the leadership of president Harry P. Close, II. In addition to continuing education workshops, attendees will have access to over 100 trade show exhibitors featuring the latest industry products and services. As we move into a new era, Dr. Millard J. Collier, former President of Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, will speak about the importance of selfcare for professionals. During the opening ceremony, the association will present its Community Hero Award. This year’s recipient, custom casket maker Trey Ganem of SoulShine Industries, provided free custom caskets to 18 of the 19 children and one adult who were tragically killed in Uvalde, TX. As attendees depart New Orleans, they do so with anticipation of their 2023 convention and especially their 2024 convention at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort in Oxen Hill, MD. In 2024, the NFDMA will host the Association’s Centennial Celebration. STERLING,VA— The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s (ICCFA) Annual Convention & Exposition made its long-anticipated return on March 22–25 in Las Vegas, NV at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The convention saw very high attendance as 1,125 deathcare professionals gathered for over 44 hours of educational content, networking and connecting over the four days. When surveyed, 82% of respondents rated their overall convention experience as “excellent” or “very good”. The 2022 exhibit hall featured 244 exhibiting companies covering 461 booth spaces and included nearly 1,300 exhibiting personnel. Exhibitors rated the exposition very highly with 83% rating their experience positively. In addition to the four well-received keynote presentations, attendees had the opportunity to learn from global deathcare leaders at 40 breakout sessions which featured topics such as green burials, ethics in deathcare, online marketing, and cemetery management. “This year’s annual convention & exposition was an incredible event that demonstrated the ICCFA’s dedication and value to the deathcare profession. Throughout the week I heard so much positive feedback from attendees and exhibitors about their experiences with us. I would like to extend my gratitude to our convention co-chairs, Lori Salberg and John Bolton, for all of the incredible work they put into the convention. I look forward to replicating this year’s success next year in Kansas City,” said ICCFA president Gary Freytag. The 2023 ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition will be held at the Loews Kansas City Hotel & Kansas City Convention Center on May 16–19, 2023. More information on next year’s event will be available soon at ICCFA’s Annual Convention & Exposition Makes a Grand Return in Las Vegas Digital Directory Now Available Save on Shipping! Download instantly at Scan QR for our website 1-888-792-9315 • Mortuary Coolers starting at $5,899