Alec S. Anderson, CFSP
Anderson & Sons Mortuary
49 East 100 North
American Fork, UT 84003
National Experience (NFDA)
State Experience (Utah Funeral Directors Association)
I am a fifth generation Funeral Director, and I would have to say my career in funeral service started very early in my life. I began pulling weeds, graduated to vacuuming and cleaning, moved on to washing cars and finally advanced to a flower car driver. I attended Utah Valley University and later San Francisco college of Mortuary Science. I have been working in the family firm since I can remember, however; as a licensed funeral director since graduation. I am a co-owner in our firm and have been the manager since 1999. I have served on the Utah State Funeral Directors Board for the last 8 years and on the NFDA Policy Board for the past 5 years.
The reason I became involved in UFDA and NFDA was to have a voice in how our business is governed. After having spent years on the Utah Funeral Directors Disaster, Medical Examiner and Donor Committees, I know how important it is for us to be a part of the conversation with local and national government. The Advocacy Summit has provided a way to take a unified message to legislators on a national level. Also, NFDA has created a dialogue with the FTC, OSHA, EPA and others so that the Policy Board members are able to be involved in the conversation and take the results home to their respective states for local input.
I served on the NFDA Professional Development Committee where, with other funeral directors, we have chosen who and what would be presented at the national conventions. I have had the opportunity to sit on the Federated Insurance Work Group and see how NFDA involves itself by using other businesses to benefit the members of the association. My firm and our state association have benefitted from the NFDA provided resources such as the legal forms and specialized counsel that are available.
My goal in running for NFDA at-large representative is to bridge ideas from the Policy Board to the Executive Board, and if the ideas are found useful, follow through with them to implementation. I believe that my experience on the Utah Board for 8 years and the Policy Board for 5 years gives me the experience to serve you in this position. Once again, thank you for your consideration.
Stephen R. Kemp, CFSP
Haley Funeral Directors
24525 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, Michigan 48075
State Experience (Michigan Funeral Directors Association)
I would be honored to represent you as a member of the Executive Board of NFDA. My mission statement during my term as MFDA president was "Unified by our calling" and the same still applies. NFDA needs to expand its board and membership to reflect the diversity of America (i.e. women, minorities, young people and international). An association is just that it should be a repository for ideas and excitement and share the diversity of views and opinions that reflect the clientele we serve. If we do not send the message that we are diverse, then the association will suffer. Exchanging ideas and leverage the association to its full capacity. We need excitement folks; your association is run by a predominately women workforce and it does not miss a beat. We need to represent all funeral directors and members not just some.
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