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FDAK Newsletter 02/2/18

NFDA Introduces the 2018 Meet the Mentors Program Participants

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is proud to announce the names of the 50 funeral professionals who will attend the association’s Meet the Mentors program, March 11-13 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. Meet the Mentors has been wholly funded by the Funeral Service Foundation since the program’s 2011 inception. 

During Meet the Mentors, these 50 funeral professionals who are either age 40 or under or new to the profession (first licensed within the last five years) will have an opportunity to meet, learn from and talk with innovative and successful funeral professionals. It’s also an opportunity to network and form relationships with other new professionals.

The names of the 50 participants were announced last week through a series of video drawings, which were shared on the NFDA website and social media sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

During Meet the Mentors, attendees will meet, learn from, and talk with three innovative and successful funeral professionals: Matthew Baskerville, CFSP, CPC, CCO, owner of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes, which has locations in Coal City, Gardner, Morris and Wilmington, Ill.; Erlinda Valdez, general manager of Wallin Funeral Homes, which has locations in Sanger, Fowler, Riverdale and Parlier, Calif.; and Victor C. March, Sr., president and CEO of March Funeral Homes in Baltimore, Md. March also serves on the Funeral Service Foundation Board of Trustees. Baskerville is a 2013 Meet the Mentors alum.

There is no cost to participate in the Meet the Mentors program itself. The Funeral Service Foundation’s grant provides exclusive, career-transforming access to three mentors and covers attendees’ registration fees, two nights’ lodging and select meals. The 50 individuals selected to attend only pay for their transportation to the program.

More than 600 young professionals and emerging leaders have benefited from the Meet the Mentors program, which underscores the Foundation’s mission to support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and communities it serves. The program is part of the Foundation ‘45 Awards, which are designed to transform the careers of funeral service professionals through scholarships, awards, resources and mission-focused outreach.

Mr. Winston Grannis, owner of the Boone-Nickell Funeral Home in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, was chosen to participate in this year’s Meet the Mentors program.  FDAK will be paying Winston’s travel expenses to Atlanta.  Congratulations Winston!!





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