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2014 NFDA Elections - Candidates for President-elect

Declared Candidates

Robert "Bob" T. Arringtom, CCO

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Bob_Arrington_2012_WebsiteRobert "Bob" T. Arrington, CCO
Arrington Funeral Directors
148 W. University Parkway
Jackson, TN 38305
Phone: 731-668-1111
Fax: 731-688-1133

National Experience (NFDA)

  • Licensed Funeral Director since 1978
  • Licensed Embalmer since 1979
  • NFDA Policy Board Rep for TN, 2007 – 2010
  • NFDA Governance Work Group, 2008 – 2009
  • NFDA Governance Work Group Chairman 2010
  • NFDA Audit Committee
  • NFDA Budget Committee
  • NFDA Spokesperson Team
  • NFDA Headquarters Operations Committee Chairman
  • NFDA At Large Representative to Executive Board, 2010-2012
  • NFDA Representative to Funeral Service Foundation
  • NFDA Representative to American Board of Funeral Service Educators
  • NFDA Secretary, 2013
  • NFDA Treasurer, 2014
  • Member of Heritage Club
  • Participant in NFDA National Conventions, Leadership Conferences, Advocacy Summits
  • NFDA PAC participant
  • Represented NFDA and Funeral Service on CNBC Documentary "Death It's A Living"
  • TN Fund Raising Chairman Funeral Service Foundation

State Experience (Tennessee Funeral Directors Association)

  • TN Funeral Directors Association Board of Directors ,2000-2003
  • Served on numerous committees
  • TFDA Secretary/Treasurer,2007
  • TFDA Vice President, 2008
  • TFDA President, 2009
  • TFDA Past President, 2010
  • Continues to be very active in TFDA
  • TN State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, 2002 – 2005
  • TN State Board President, 2005

Professional Background

Bob began his funeral service career at the age of seven years old at Bodkin Funeral Home in Milan, TN. He became intrigued and interested in funeral service when his grandfather died in 1963. His neighbor owned the funeral home and Bob would leave school every afternoon and go to the funeral home and ride home with the neighbor. Weekends were spent at the funeral home.

Bob's family moved to Jackson in 1970. He immediately went to work at George A. Smith & Sons funeral home in Jackson. He finished Mortuary School in 1979.

He founded Arrington Funeral Directors in 1995 in Jackson, TN. In 1996 he started Corporate Funeral Providers to develop in conjunction with Homesteaders Life Company the only payroll deduction funeral funding product on the market. In 1997 a crematory was added, in 2003 two cemeteries were purchased and in 2006 Covington Funeral Home and Magnolia Gardens were added. (have sold 2 cemeteries and Covington location)

He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association in 2000; he was appointed to the Tennessee State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in 2002 and served as State Board President in 2005. He was elected President of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association in June 2008. He started and is currently serving as the Tennessee State Honor Fund Leader for the Funeral Service Foundation. He has served on the NFDA Operations Committee Governance Work Group, for two years, chairman in 2010, Audit Committee, Budget Committee, NFDA spokesperson team, current chair of Headquarters Operations Committee, NFDA representative to Funeral Service Foundation, currently serving as NFDA Treasurer, member of Heritage Club, participant in National Convention, Leadership Conference, Advocacy Summit and NFDA PAC.

Candidate's Statement

The reason I am seeking the president-elect position of NFDA is to continue to be involved at a higher level and for a longer period of time. I want to continue to contribute to the profession that has been so much a part of my life. I know it is said many times, but I truly want to make a contribution in some small way to the betterment of NFDA. This would allow me that opportunity.

It would be an honor to serve with such a highly respectful group of leaders and serving such a highly respected Association.

Serving with the Executive Board, NFDA leadership and staff allows me the opportunity to be with colleagues that can influence me and make me a better funeral professional. It becomes a win / win relationship. I feel I can contribute to NFDA and its membership and NFDA will be able to contribute more to me.

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