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Duncan Stuart Todd Names New Office Manager

Duncan Stuart Todd Names New Office Manager

BOULDER, Colo. – Duncan Stuart Todd Ltd., the preparation room specialist, has named Garrett Smith as office manager. Smith has a strong foundation in customer service and will be assisting with the company’s complete line…

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Funeral Service Foundation Launches Youth & Funerals Initiative

Funeral Service Foundation Launches Youth & Funerals Initiative

BROOKFIELD, Wis. –The Funeral Service Foundation’s newly launched Youth & Funerals initiative equips funeral service professionals with tools to navigate the deeply personal question, “Should my child attend the funeral?”Available resources include an e-book and…

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Service Corporation International Honors 2017 Service Excellence Award Winners

Service Corporation International Honors 2017 Service Excellence Award Winners

HOUSTON – Service Corporation International and its brand, Dignity Memorial, have announced the company’s 2017 SCI Service Excellence Award recipients. The program, created in 2007, recognizes and honors SCI associates across the country for exceeding…

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Ancestry Names Margo Georgiadis Chief Executive Officer

Ancestry Names Margo Georgiadis Chief Executive Officer

LEHI, Utah and SAN FRANCISCO – Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, has announced that its board of directors has appointed Margo Georgiadis as CEO and member of the board of directors.…

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Mark Your Calendar for CANA’s 100th Annual Cremation Innovation Convention

Mark Your Calendar for CANA’s 100th Annual Cremation Innovation Convention

WHEELING, Ill. –The lure of the salty ocean air calls for industry professionals to gather in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the Cremation Association of North America’s 100th Annual Cremation Innovation Convention. The CANA Convention will…

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American Enterprise Appoints New Members to Board of Directors

American Enterprise Appoints New Members to Board of Directors

 DES MOINES, Iowa – American Enterprise Group Inc. has announced the appointment of two new members to the American Enterprise Mutual Holding Co. board of directors, the parent company of American Enterprise Group. Donna Blank…

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FTC Undercover Inspections of Funeral Homes in 11 States Test Prompt Compliance with Funeral Rule Disclosure Requirements

FTC Undercover Inspections of Funeral Homes in 11 States Test Prompt Compliance with Funeral Rule Disclosure Requirements

WASHINGTON – Federal Trade Commission investigators, working undercover in 11 states, found failures to disclose pricing information required by the FTC’s Funeral Rule in 33 of the 134 funeral homes they visited during 2017, according to…

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Homesteaders and Disrupt Media Offer Free Social Media Guide For Funeral Professionals

Homesteaders and Disrupt Media Offer Free Social Media Guide For Funeral Professionals

WES DES MOINES, Iowa – Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in preneed funeral funding, has announced the release of the "Social Media Guide for Funeral Professionals." The free resource was developed in partnership with DISRUPT Media…

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NGL Announces New Partnership to Benefit Funeral Homes

NGL Announces New Partnership to Benefit Funeral Homes

MADISON, Wis. – National Guardian Life Insurance Co. has announced that it is partnering with Stephanie Castagnier Dunn and Walker Posey for an educational series on a variety of preneed industry topics. Dunn and Posey…

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Park Lawn Corp. Agrees to Acquire The Signature Group and Citadel Management

Park Lawn Corp. Agrees to Acquire The Signature Group and Citadel Management

TORONTO – Park Lawn Corp. has announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire all of the outstanding membership interests of two U.S. businesses: Signature Funeral and Cemetery Investments LLC and Citadel Management LLC for…

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EternityGardens.com Sponsors Before I Die Festival in New Mexico

EternityGardens.com Sponsors Before I Die Festival in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  – Two pioneers in death education, Gail Rubin and EternityGardens.com, a funeral industry technology platform, have teamed up to help people talk about and plan ahead for end-of-life issues. EternityGardens.com is the first…

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Four Firms Receive OGR Exemplary Service Awards

Four Firms Receive OGR Exemplary Service Awards

AUSTIN, Texas – The International Order of the Golden Rule presented Exemplary Service Awards to four funeral homes at OGR’s 2018 Annual Conference and Solution Center in Savannah, Georgia, April 6. OGR’s Exemplary Service Award recognizes…

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Get More Growth Potential with New Preneed Product

Get More Growth Potential with New Preneed Product

OMAHA, Neb. – The Physicians Mutual family has announced the new Custom Index Performance product, which offers the company's highest-yet potential for growth. Developed in collaboration with Physicians Mutual’s exclusive marketing partner, Precoa, Custom Index Performance…

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Kayla Carter Honored with 2018 Golden Light Award

Kayla Carter Honored with 2018 Golden Light Award

AUSTIN, Texas – The International Order of the Golden Rule has announced that Kayla Carter, Carter-Ricks Funeral Home in Elsberry, Missouri, as the winner of the 2018 Golden Light Award. OGR is the world’s leading…

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OGR Installs Adam Miles Martin as President

OGR Installs Adam Miles Martin as President

AUSTIN, Texas –The International Order of the Golden Rule, the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed Adam Miles Martin, Martin Funeral, Cremation and Tribute Services in Mt. Morris, Michigan,…

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OGR Installs New Board and Officers at Annual Conference

OGR Installs New Board and Officers at Annual Conference

AUSTIN, Texas –The International Order of the Golden Rule, the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, installed its 2018-2019 board of directors during the OGR 2018 Annual Conference and Solution…

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Witnesses to History: Laura Bush and Rudy Giuliani to Headline 2018 NFDA Convention

Witnesses to History: Laura Bush and Rudy Giuliani to Headline 2018 NFDA Convention

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Former first lady of the United States Laura Bush and former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani will give the keynote addresses during the National Funeral Directors Association’s  2018 International Convention…

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Take Funeral Service Insider’s Casket Survey

Take Funeral Service Insider’s Casket Survey

Funeral Service Insider invites funeral directors throughout the United States to take its annual casket survey. The survey mines data from funeral home owners throughout the country. It yields key data and analysis, including: •…

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RememberingALife.com: Empowering Consumers at Every Stage of the Journey

RememberingALife.com: Empowering Consumers at Every Stage of the Journey

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association, the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, has launched RememberingaLife.com, a guide to honoring a life well-lived, from planning a tribute to mourning a loved one. …

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Carrier Mausoleums Construction USA Inc. Acquires Work Mausoleum Construction Inc.

Carrier Mausoleums Construction USA Inc. Acquires Work Mausoleum Construction Inc.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Carrier Mausoleums Construction USA Inc. has acquired Mork Mausoleum Construction Inc., based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, effective immediately, the company announced in a news release.  Both Mork Mausoleum and Carrier Mausoleums Construction USA Inc. were…

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The Conference Awards Spring 2018 National Board Examination Scholarships

The Conference Awards Spring 2018 National Board Examination Scholarships

NEW ORLEANS – The Board of Directors of The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards selected five candidates to receive the National Board Examination scholarship. The scholarship allows recipients to sit for the NBE with the…

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Mark Evely Receives President’s Award

Mark Evely Receives President’s Award

NEW ORLEANS – Mark Evely received the President’s Distinguished Service Award during the 114th Annual Meeting of The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. The meeting was held Feb. 28-March 1 at the International House…

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The Conference Elects New Officers

The Conference Elects New Officers

NEW ORLEANS – Sandy Sebastian was elected president of The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, Mark Ransford was elected vice president, and Douglas “Mack” Smith was elected secretary/treasurer during the organization's 114th Annual Meeting held Feb.…

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The Conference Jazzes Up Regulation in The Big Easy

The Conference Jazzes Up Regulation in The Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS – Members of the regulatory community from throughout the United States and Canada gathered for the 114th Annual Meeting of The Conference- Feb. 28-March 1 to focus on regulation in the death--care profession. The…

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Jonathan Modlich Elected Vice President of Monument Builders of North America

Jonathan Modlich Elected Vice President of Monument Builders of North America

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jonathan Modlich, vice president of Modlich Monuments Co. Inc., in Columbus, was recently elected vice president of the Monument Builders of North America board of trustees at the group’s recent national meeting…

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Managers and Producers Gear Up for Preneed Summit

Managers and Producers Gear Up for Preneed Summit

Whether you’re a funeral home owner, manager or producer, you’ll want to be at the Preneed Summit in Atlanta. Kates-Boylston Publications, the publishers of American Funeral Director and American Cemetery & Cremation magazines and Funeral…

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National Mortuary Shipping and Cremation Welcomes Two New Members to its Team

National Mortuary Shipping and Cremation Welcomes Two New Members to its Team

[caption id="attachment_2190" align="alignright" width="257"] Ryan Dina and Samantha Elder[/caption] CLEVELAND – National Mortuary Shipping and Cremation has added two new members to its team: Samantha Elder and Ryan Dina. Their backgrounds in customer service and attention to…

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FrontRunner Professional Releases Turn-Key Cremation Solution

FrontRunner Professional Releases Turn-Key Cremation Solution

KINGSTON, Ontario – FrontRunner has launched A Simple Cremation, a turn-key business solution developed to help death-care businesses provide simple and cost-effective direct and packaged cremation services, the company announced in a press release.  A Simple…

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Trigard Hosts Inaugural ‘Leading the Way’ Spring Regional Meeting

Trigard Hosts Inaugural ‘Leading the Way’ Spring Regional Meeting

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Around 40 Trigard dealers gathered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, March 27 - 28, for Trigard’s first regional meeting. The meeting featured a networking reception followed by a day of educational and networking sessions. [caption…

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Foundation Partners Group Adds Healey Mortuary

Foundation Partners Group Adds Healey Mortuary

ORLANDO, Fla. – Foundation Partners Group has announced the acquisition of Healey Mortuary and Crematory in Salinas, California. The acquisition of the firm expands Foundation Partners’ network on California’s Central Coast to six locations. “We…

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David Hicks Promoted to Pierce National Sales Manager

David Hicks Promoted to Pierce National Sales Manager

BROADVIEW, Ill. – Pierce has promoted David Hicks to national sales manager, the company has announced. A licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1995, Hicks joined Pierce in 2011 as a sales representative for the states…

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Funeral Directors Life Is Named to Fortune Magazine’s List of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance

Funeral Directors Life Is Named to Fortune Magazine’s List of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance

ABILENE, Texas – Great Place to Work and Fortune have named Funeral Directors Life as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance, the company announced in a press release. The ranking…

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SCI and the Archdiocese of New Orleans Announce New Funeral Home and Cemetery

SCI and the Archdiocese of New Orleans Announce New Funeral Home and Cemetery

NEW ORLEANS – Service Corporation International, North America’s largest provider of funeral, cemetery and cremation services, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, have announced the construction of a new funeral home and cemetery to serve the…

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Security National Life Announces New Team Sales Leaders

Security National Life Announces New Team Sales Leaders

SALT LAKE CITY – Security National Life has announced that Jeanne Keene has been hired as the team sales leader for the New Orleans area, and Carl Dunlap has been hired as the team sales…

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Selected Independent Funeral Homes Announces New Officers for 2018

Selected Independent Funeral Homes Announces New Officers for 2018

DEERFIELD, Ill.  — Selected Independent Funeral Homes has announced the election of new officers to lead the world’s oldest association of independently-owned funeral homes. Selected’s board of directors elected the new officers who will be…

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Dallas Institute of Funeral Service Welcomes Wayne Cavender as President

Dallas Institute of Funeral Service Welcomes Wayne Cavender as President

BROADVIEW, Ill. – Pierce Mortuary Colleges  has announced the promotion of Wayne Cavender to president of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Dallas. Cavender has been with Dallas Institute for 24 years in various instructional…

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Additional Seats Available for Homesteaders’ Strategic Business Management Class in Florida

Additional Seats Available for Homesteaders’ Strategic Business Management Class in Florida

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Homesteaders Life Company is offer additional seats for its 4th annual Certificate in Strategic Business Management class, offered in conjunction with Drake University. The class will take place May 1-4,…

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Live Oak Bank Launches New Inventory Growth Loan for Cemeteries

Live Oak Bank Launches New Inventory Growth Loan for Cemeteries

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Live Oak Bank, which specializes in funeral home and cemetery lending, has launched a new conventional loan product called the Inventory Growth Loan, the company announced in a news release. The innovative product…

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Dallas Institute of Funeral Service President Announces Retirement  After 38 Years of Service

Dallas Institute of Funeral Service President Announces Retirement After 38 Years of Service

BROADVIEW, Ill. – James Shoemake, president of Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, Dallas, has announced his retirement from the college which he first joined in 1980 as an instructor. He has served as president since…

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Take Funeral Service Insider’s Compensation Survey

Take Funeral Service Insider’s Compensation Survey

Funeral Service Insider’s annual compensation survey is now open, and if you work at a funeral home, you’re invited to participate. The confidential survey serves as a resource to determine how funeral homes are paying…

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Batesville Announces 2018 Education Series Schedule for Funeral Professionals

Batesville Announces 2018 Education Series Schedule for Funeral Professionals

BATESVILLE, Ind. – Batesville has released a new lineup of free educational webinars designed to help funeral professionals enhance their knowledge on key industry and consumer topics. The 2018 Education Series, which kicks off on Feb.…

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Homesteaders to Host 2018 Certificate in Strategic Business Management Class in Florida

Homesteaders to Host 2018 Certificate in Strategic Business Management Class in Florida

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in preneed funeral funding, has once again partnered with Drake University to offer the fourth annual Certificate in Strategic Business Management course for funeral professionals.…

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