For Immediate Release: July 16, 2012
Innovation abounds in the Expo Hall at the 2012 NFDA International Convention & Expo
Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is looking to funeral service professionals to help select the recipient of the 2012 Innovation Award. Established in 2009, the NFDA Innovation Award recognizes and promotes creativity, innovation and excellence among funeral service suppliers and vendors. The winner will be announced on October 8 during the Opening General Session of the NFDA International Convention & Expo. The NFDA Convention will take place October 7-10 in Charlotte, N.C.
Earlier this year, funeral service vendors and suppliers had an opportunity to submit a product or service that became commercially available after January 1, 2011, for consideration in the 2012 NFDA Innovation Award competition. A distinguished panel of funeral directors evaluated the 31 entries and selected five finalists:
Funeral professionals have until September 14 to visit www.nfdabizexchange.org/innovationaward and vote for the product or service they believe is the most innovative of the year. Votes will be combined with the judges' scores to determine the winner of the 2012 NFDA Innovation Award.
Discover More Innovative Products and Services in the NFDA Expo Hall
The Expo Hall at the 2012 NFDA International Convention & Expo 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 8 and 9 from noon to 5 p.m.; and on October 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The International Pavilion is a one-stop 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.
NFDA will once again host an International Business Center, a place where funeral service suppliers can hold meetings with buyers and other vendors. Located across from NFDA Central, the Center offers free services to all suppliers registered with NFDA's International Buyers Program and all international Convention attendees. Services include: networking opportunities; export counseling by U.S. Department of Commerce staff; conference rooms for private meetings and demonstrations; interpreters; an export directory; and more.
NFDA members attending the convention won't want to miss the Business Solutions booth in the Expo Hall. Here, they can speak to NFDA-endorsed providers who can help them save time and money with tools to help them operate a successful business. Companies represented will include: Bank of America Merchant Services (credit card processing), Director's Select Retirement Plan (401(k) retirement plans), Federated Insurance (business insurance), The HELPcard (at-need funeral financing), Hunter Warfield (debt collection), Messenger (personalized calendars), NFDA Discount Advantage Program (discounts on products and services), SESCO Management Consultants (NFDA Human Resource Hotline; human resources information and services), and Stericycle (NFDA OSHA Hotline).
NFDA will recognize the funeral service suppliers that have the best booths in the Expo Hall, as determined by attendees' vote, in the Best of the Booths contest. Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the booths they think are the most creative, use the best visuals, have the most enthusiastic staff and have the best giveaways. Attendees can pick up a ballot in the Expo Hall. The winners will be announced during the Closing General Session on Wednesday, October 10.
The NFDA International Convention & Expo is the world's largest gathering of funeral directors and helps attendees achieve more in their businesses. Up-to-the-minute information, including details on how to register, can be found by visiting www.nfda.org/charlotte2012. Those who wish to attend convention can save up to $100 on their registration fee when they register by September 4.
NFDA is generously supported by Federated Insurance, Frazer Consultants, Batesville Casket Company, Facultatieve Technologies, Madelyn Company, Nomis Publications Inc., The HELPcard, American Funeral Financial LLC, Bass-Mollett Publishers, Deaton-Kennedy Company, Director's Select Retirement Plan (DSRP), Doric Products, Funeral Home Gifts, The Heritage Club, Homesteaders Life Company and Messenger.
NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving 18,500 individual members who represent nearly 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 43 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.
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