March 2023

Page A33 march 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A STERLING,VA— The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s (ICCFA) Educational Foundation will present its Lasting Impact Award to Doug Gober during the 2023 ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition in Kansas City, MO. Doug has logged hundreds of hours as a speaker and educator at deathcare events across the globe and has presented at many ICCFA events including the ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition, the DEAD Talks Sales Conference, and the ICCFA University. He has earned numerous national awards within the deathcare profession and has served as a consultant for marketing and merchandising projects on an international scale. Doug currently serves on the ICCFA Sales and Marketing Committee. Nadene Cover-Up Cosmetics Ltd. A name you know. . . . . . Products you trust 800-531-9744 Fax 903-641-0383 YOUR NEXT GREAT H I RE AWA I TS . A veteran’s commitment to serve doesn’t end when their service ends. 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Each webinar will focus on a different aspect of running a business, with a special focus paid to specific issues that impact members of the deathcare profession. “We’re very honored to be collaborating with Live Oak Bank for this new webinar series,” said ICCFA Educational Foundation president Jim Price. “Tim Bridgers and his team have planned for relevant content-specific speakers to share their knowledge with the ICCFA audience and help us deliver even more exceptional and accessible educational offerings.” Tim Bridgers, senior vice president-head of funeral home and cemetery lending at Live Oak Bank, had this to say about the collaboration, “Live Oak Bank is dedicated to supporting funeral home and cemetery professionals, including providing education to help them strengthen and grow their businesses. ICCFA is the perfect partner to help us bring invaluable business knowledge to the profession. We are excited for this series, where we have brought together some of the top minds in the industry to cover some of the most pressing issues facing funeral businesses today.” The Back to Business webinars will be held on March 2, June 1, September 7, and December 7. The first presentation is titled “How to Make a Profitable Business Decision.” The panelists will be Tim Bridgers, Tracy Bech, co-founder of 60 Minute CFO, and Nelson Thulin, director of business consulting services at Johnson Consulting. More information on the Back to Business webinars, including registration for the first webinar, can be found at www. Additional information about the ICCFA Educational Foundation can be found at To learn more about Live Oak Bank, visit The ICCFA Educational Foundation, founded in 2005, seeks to make education accessible to the future leaders of NEWS Educational CONTINUED Doug Gober Doug began his career in deathcare 44 years ago as a sales representative for Batesville Casket Company. In 1995, he joined The Doody Group as Executive Vice President working in the United Kingdom and France. During that time, he was instrumental in planning and implementing several innovative merchandising concepts and products created by The Doody Group, Matthews International, and other leading manufacturers. From there, Doug joined Carriage Services as the Director of Development and Marketing, then became a Senior Loan Officer and industry liaison for Live Oak Bank. Currently, Doug serves as Partner at The Foresight Companies through his own company, Gober Strategic Capital. “The remarkable connection across all of Doug’s career is his commitment of time and passion to education in our profession,” said Jim Price, ICCFA Educational Foundation President. “His ideas, perspective, and innovations aren’t reserved for customers or paying clients, but freely shared with anyone who is interested in making our profession better. We are honored to have the opportunity to recognize Doug’s remarkable contribution ICCFA Educational Foundation AnnouncesWebinar Collaboration with Live Oak Bank the deathcare profession. It does this by awarding scholarships to the educational programs of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, as well as advancing initiatives designed to promote the profession and support the individuals who answer the call of service. Founded in 1887, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization profession. Its membership is composed of more than 9,100 rooftop locations and 18,000 professionals in the cemetery, funeral home and crematory industries, as well as supplier and related businesses worldwide. to deathcare with this prestigious award.” The Lasting Impact Award is presented annually to an individual that has made significant contributions to the deathcare profession in education and memorialization. The Educational Foundation’s Lasting Impact Award will be presented to Gober at a reception held in conjunction with the 2023 ICCFA Annual Convention and Exposition in Kansas City, MO on May 17 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Information on the reception and the Annual Convention & Exposition can be found at “I Love My Cemeterian” “I Love My Funeral Director” Order Your Favorite Plush Animal with a Funeral Director or Cemeterian Shirt! Customization Available – Call for Details! Order Online at or call 1-800-321-7479 Now is the PERFECT time to order the PERFECT gifts!