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2011 NFDA International Convention & Expo Update

Posted August 24, 2011

The 2011 NFDA International Convention & Expo, being held in conjunction with the Cremation Association of North America, will take place October 23-26 in Chicago.

Up-to-date information about the 2011 NFDA International Convention & Expo can be found by visiting

Early Bird Registration Deadline is September 1

The NFDA Convention is the premier event for funeral service professionals like you! Bringing together thousands of funeral service professionals from throughout the United States and around the world, the Convention is the place to share best practices, improve your skills and network. The NFDA Convention provides the perfect opportunity to learn from recognized experts in funeral service. Don't miss out on this opportunity to find proven solutions to the issues you face every day!

Register by September 1 and save $100. Register online using discount code CV11W20 at checkout to save an additional $20!

Discover Innovative Products and Services in the NFDA Expo Hall

The Expo at the 2011 NFDA Convention is the world's largest annual funeral service trade show and features the newest and most exciting products, services and innovations from around the world. The Expo Hall will be open on October 24 and October 25 from noon-5 p.m., and on October 26 from 10 a.m.-noon.

For more than 90 years, deathcare professionals have counted on CANA to keep them informed about the most innovative ideas available in cremation. The CANA Cremation Pavilion, which will be located in the center of the NFDA Expo Hall, will continue CANA's tradition of showcasing the latest products and services to help all funeral professionals improve their cremation businesses.

The International Pavilion is the international resource in the Expo Hall for finding answers to questions about funeral service around the world, including repatriation. More than a dozen countries and funeral service associations will be represented, making the International Pavilion a must-visit area for anyone who is doing business with funeral directors in other parts of the world or wants to learn more about global funeral customs.

The Business Exchange Exhibitor Presentations make their return to the NFDA Convention. During these 40-minute sessions, exhibitors will share information that will help funeral professionals overcome business challenges. These presentaions are open to all convention attendees, including those who have received an "Expo Only" pass from an NFDA exhibiting company. No continuing education credits are offered for the Business Exchange Exhibitor Presentations.

Vote Now! Help Choose the 2011 NFDA Innovation Award Winner

NFDA wants your help in selecting the 2011 Innovation Award Winner. Established in 2009, the NFDA Innovation Award promotes and recognizes creativity, innovation and excellence among funeral service suppliers and vendors. You have until September 16 to visit and cast your vote for the product or service you believe is the most innovative of the year. Votes will be combined with the judges' scores to determine the winner of the 2011 NFDA Innovation Award. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 24, during the Opening General Session of the NFDA Convention.

NFDA and CANA are generously supported by Federated Insurance Company, Batesville Casket Company, Facultatieve Technologies, Frazer Consultants, Madelyn Company, Matthews International, Memories by Design, Nomis Publications, American Crematory Equipment, American Funeral Financial, Deaton-Kennedy Company, Director's Select Retirement Plan (DSRP), Doric Products Inc., Funeral Call, Homesteaders Life Company and Messenger.