May 2023

Page A39 MAY 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section A “Quite Possibly America’s Finest Line of Professional Cosmetics” • Cover Cremes • Lip Color • Liquid Tints • Powder • Brushes • Wax 1-800-531-9744 Fax 903-641-0383 E-Mail: 3” HEARSE NAMEPLATES 1-8 spaces $97.00 per nameplate 9-13 spaces $110.00 per nameplate 14-15 spaces $125.00 per nameplate 16-18 spaces $134.00 per nameplate Many Letter Styles and Sizes Available DEDUCT $15.00 each for Satin Aluminum Finish ICCFA University Announces New Graduate Program and Mat Forastiere as Dean of the College of Funeral Home Management NEWS Association CONTINUED STERLING,VA— The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) will be holding the 2023 ICCFA University on July 21 – 26 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Students at the ICCFAU will receive the worldclass education and networking that they have come to expect from the event, with two major changes coming for 2023. Todd Van Beck, longstanding Dean of the College of Funeral Home Management, announced that he would be ending his tenure following the completion of the 2022 ICCFA University. “Todd Van Beck has made a profound impact on the students of ICCFA University,” said Jeff Kidwiler, ICCFA University Chancellor. “He touched the lives and careers of hundreds of deathcare professionals in an incredibly meaningful way. As a colleague and a friend, I would like to thank him for his immense, decades-spanning contribution to ICCFA University.” Mathew “Mat” Forastiere, Senior Vice President of Operations for Park Lawn Corporation, has been selected to succeed Todd Van Beck as Dean of the College of Funeral Home Management starting this summer. When asked about Mat’s selection as dean, Kidwiler had this to say, “I’m confident that Mat will be able to continue the incredible legacy that Todd has left for the College of Funeral Home Management. His dedication to the curriculum and his students will be evident from the very first minute that his college kicks off and I’m very excited to have Mat join our faculty.” The ICCFA University will also see the addition of a new course of study starting this summer, the ICCFA University Graduate Program. This new program is designed for C-Suite leaders and senior executives who are ready to drive collaboration, innovation, and growth while reaching the highest levels of leadership. The Graduate Program is limited to 12 students and will be instructed by deathcare leaders such as Jay Dodds, CFSP, President and Chief Operations Officer of Park Lawn Corporation; Darin Drabing, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries; Gary Freytag, CCFE, ICCFA President and President and Chief Executive Officer of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum; Bob Gordon Jr., CCE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association; and Robbie Pape, President-elect of ICCFA and Senior Vice President of Operations and Regional Partner of Carriage Services. “The Graduate Program will be an intimate and interactive program, instructed by deathcare leaders at the highest level,” said Kidwiler. “It will only be available to ICCFAU graduates or those with a special recommendation from our deans. The instructors are preparing an unrivaled educational experience for students, creating a curriculum where they’ll share their invaluable experience and knowledge.” Scholarship applications and registration for the 2023 ICCFA University are now available. For more ample, to have won a coveted TRENDY Award over the awards’ 43-year history. Says IFDF President Bruce Buggs, owner of Buggs Funeral Home in Melbourne, FL, “We are over-the-top excited about receiving this prestigious TRENDY Award for our weekly e-newsletter. We knew that our members, industry suppliers, sponsors, and supporters valued the e-newsletter as indicated by the weekly’s consistently high open rate. As one of the few weekly e-newsletters produced by funeral-related associations, we are excited to be recognized by a third party whose purpose is to recognize exceptional communication and marketing pieces within the association and non-profit community each year.” The Association of Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (IFDF) promotes, protects, and perpetuates independent funeral home, crematory, and cemetery firms in the state of Florida. With more than 300 member locations, IFDF works tirelessly to support these businesses, their employees and the families they serve. Their association cultivates strong bonds, deepens trust, and helps maintain the integrity of the funeral profession. They are “Families Serving Families.” IFDF National Recognition Continued from Page A38 information on the colleges, Graduate Program, scholarships, and lodging, please visit www.iccfa. com/university. “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! Send Us Your News! We welcome news of the industry. PO Box 5159, Youngstown, OH 44514 CALL 1-800-321-7479 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS