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2015 NFDA Elections - Candidates for At-large Representative

Declared Candidates

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randersonRandy Anderson, CFSP, CCO
Radney's Funeral Home, Inc.
1326 Dadeville Rd.
Alexander City, Alabama 35010
Phone: 256-234-2511
Fax: 256-329-5111
randy@radneyfuneralhome.com

State and National Experience

  • Alabama Funeral Directors Association
    • Alabama Funeral Directors Association, President 2011-2012
    • Alabama Funeral Directors Association, President-Elect 2010-2011
    • Alabama Funeral Directors Association, Vice President, 2009-2010
    • Alabama Funeral Directors Association, Secretary/Treasurer 2008-2009
    • Alabama Funeral Directors Association – Various Committees 2000-2007
    • Funeral Trust of Alabama Board of Directors, 2008-2013
  • National Funeral Directors Association
    • National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board, 2009-2012
    • National Funeral Director's Association Budget Committee, 2010-2014
    • National Funeral Directors Association At Large Representative
    • Executive Board, 2012-2014
    • National Funeral Directors Association Spokesperson Team, 2012- Present
    • National Funeral Directors Association Executive Board Liaison to Pursuit of Excellence Committee, 2014
    • National Funeral Directors Association Professional Development Committee, 2014-2015
    • National Funeral Directors Association Business Management Seminar Committee, 2014-2015
    • National Funeral Directors Association Pursuit of Excellence Recipient, 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Meet the Mentors, 2015

Professional Background

  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Biology/Political Science, Auburn University at Montgomery
  • High School Educator, 1987-1996
  • Jefferson State Community College, 1998, Associate in Applied Science – Funeral Service Education, Graduated Magna cum Laude
  • Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners, 1999-present, Life Member-Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP)
  • Langley Funeral Home, Owner, 2013-present
  • Radney Funeral Home, Owner, 2006-present
  • Radney Funeral Home, Manager, 1998-2006
  • Radney Funeral Home, Funeral Director/Embalmer, 1995, 1998
  • Langley Funeral Home, Camp Hill, AL, 1994-1995, Part Time Funeral Director
  • Benefield Funeral Home, Lineville/Ashland, AL, 1990-1993, Apprentice Funeral Director
  • Member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church, Alexander City, AL,
    • Ordained Minister
      • Served 15 years as a pastor
    • Ministerial Assistant
    • Assistant Music Director
    • Program Committee
  • Carey Baptist Association, 1980-1995
    • Executive Committee, 1980-1995
    • Moderator, 1989-1995
  • Tallapoosa Baptist Association
    • Building Committee, 2006-2010
    • Advisory/Nominating Committee, 2006-2010
  • Elected Tallapoosa County Board of Education, 2001-2007
  • Re-elected Tallapoosa County Board of Education, 2008- 2013
  • Re-elected Tallapoosa County Board of Education, 2014- Present
  • Chairman Tallapoosa County Board of Education, 2004-2011
  • Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 1999- 2000
  • Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award, 2011
  • Area Girl Scouts Board of Directors, 2001-2003
  • Meals on Wheels Volunteer
  • Salvation Army Volunteer
  • United Way Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Horseshoe Bend High School Athletic Club

Candidate's Statement

I am seeking a second term as an at-large representative to the Executive Board of the National Funeral Directors Association because I believe I have more to offer our great organization. Having previously served on this board gives me great insight to the operations of NFDA and the purpose of the board. This experience will allow me to be more effective as an incoming board member.

Funeral service continues to change. The scope and purpose of NFDA will also change as the needs of the funeral service professional change. I believe that I can be an effective voice for our policy board and for the typical funeral home of our organization. I would like the opportunity to continue to work with NFDA to continue to strengthen our organization and its ability to represent all of our members.

I am very excited about the possibility of serving on this board again. If I am chosen to fill this position I pledge to work diligently to help move NFDA in the direction needed to best serve our members.

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Bryant_HightowerR. Bryant Hightower, Jr., CFSP
Martin & Hightower Funeral Home
1313 South Park Street
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone: 770-836-1466
Fax: 770-214-2607
bryanthightower@gmail.com

State and National Experience
Georgia Funeral Directors Association and NFDA

  • National Public Health Service Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team
  • Past Deputy Coroner for Haralson County (8 years)
  • Past President- Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia
  • Member of the National Funeral Directors Advocacy Committee and the 2006-2010
  • Chairman NFDA Advocacy Committee 2010 to present
  • Past President of the Georgia Funeral Directors
  • Served as At Large Representative on the NFDA Executive Board 2007-2009
  • Member NFDA Professional Conduct Committee 2012-present
  • Member of the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service
  • Member of the Georgia Cemetery Association

Professional Background

  • Professional Experience
    • 1988-present, Martin & Hightower Funeral Home Inc., Carrollton, Georgia
      • Vice President and Secretary
      • Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
      • Emergency Medical Technician Instructor
    • 1998-present, West Georgia Memorial Park, Carrollton, Georgia
      • Managing Partner
    • 1979-1988, Martin & Hightower Funeral Home, Bremen, Georgia
      • Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer (Carrollton, Georgia)
    • 1975-1988, Hightower Ambulance Service, Bremen, Georgia
  • Civic Organizations
    • Past President-Haralson County Chapter American Red Cross
    • Past President- Carrollton Mainstreet Board of Directors
    • Past President-Carrollton Jaycees
    • Member of Carrollton Noon Rotary Club
    • Past President of Carrollton Evening Sertoma Club
    • State University of West Georgia- A-Day Steering Committee
    • Past Regional Director of Ducks Unlimited- Region 4
    • Past President-Carroll County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited
    • Carroll Relay for Life Volunteer
    • Tanner Medical Center Foundation Volunteer
    • Member of Carroll & Douglas Chambers of Commerce
    • Past Member of the Board of Directors for Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
    • Recognized as Small Business Man of the Year 2006 Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
    • Member of Midway Church
    • Past President Carrollton Blue Fins Board of Directors
    • Past Area Membership Chairman for Boy Scouts of America
  • Education
    • 1977-1978, Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Atlanta, Georgia (Graduated February, 1978)
    • 1976-1977, West Georgia College, Carrollton, Georgia
    • 1975-1976, Carroll Area Tech, Carrollton, Georgia (Georgia Certified Emergency Medical Technician)
    • 1976, Graduate Bremen High School, Bremen, Georgia

Candidate's Statement

I am seeking the position of at-large representative to the Executive Board of NFDA in order that I might continue to contribute my time and talents to the premier funeral service organization in the world. My association with NFDA goes back to my childhood when I was fortunate enough to attend annual conventions with my dad and grandfather. When I entered funeral service as a profession, I quickly realized the value of membership in NFDA. I have volunteered my time with NFDA because I believe it to be our responsibility to support OUR organization not only with our dues but also with our talents. I would consider it an honor to serve once again on the Executive Board to help in any way I might.

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