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Page B2 AUGUST 2019 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS S ec t i on CALENDAR of Events National Funl Dirs & Morticians Assn Inc 82nd Annual Convention & Expo  - Aug 03-08, 2019, The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, Mobile, AL. 770-969- 0064. nfdma@ AmericanBio-RecoveryAssociation Annual 2019 Conference  - Aug 04- 06, 2019, Hilton Forth Worth, Fort Worth, TX. 888-979-2272. www. president@ Ohio Cemetery Association Annual Convention & Trade Show  - Aug 05-07, 2019, Hilton Garden Inn, Miamisburg, OH. 937-885-0283. Passare Inc 2019 Advanced User Training Workshop  - Aug 06-07, 2019, Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, Minneapolis, MN. 800-692- 9515. West Virginia Cemetery & Funeral Assn 2019 Annual Convention  - Aug 12-14, 2019, Adventures on the Gorge, Fayetteville, WV. Exhibits. 304-342-3769. Washington State Funeral Directors Assn, Washington Cemetery Cremation & Fnl Assn (Joint Convention)  - Aug 14-16, 2019, Icicle Village Resort, Leavenworth, WA. 509-608-0710. National Funeral Directors Association Embalming and Restorative Art Seminar  - Aug 15- 16, 2019, John A. Gupton College, Nashville, TN. 800-228-6332. www. nfda@ Mississippi Cemetery Association, Association Of Alabama Cemeteries &Louisiana Cemeteries Association Inc 2019Tri-State Convention  - Aug 18-21, 2019, Grand Marriott Hotel, Point Clear Resort, Point Clear, AL. Exhibits. 601-898-8565. www. info@ New York State Funeral Directors Assn 2019 Annual Convention  - Aug 18-21, 2019, The Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. Exhibits. 518-452-8230. www. Ontario Assn Of Cmtry & Fn Professionals 2019 Front Line Cemetery Training  - Aug 28, 2019, Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Burlington, ON. 905-383-6528. Passare Inc 2019 Advanced User Training Workshop  - Sep 04-05, 2019, ASD - Answering Service for Directors, Philadelphia, PA. 800-692-9515. workshop/ Cremation Association Of North America Crematory Operations Certification Program  - Sep 06, 2019, Paradise Memorial Gardens, Scottsdale, AZ. 312-245-1077. Corporation Des Thanatologues Du Quebec 2019 Convention  - Sep 08-11, 2019, Rimouski Convention Center, Rimouski, PQ. 418-622- 1717. Two Hearts Pet Loss Center Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course  - Sep 08- 10, 2019, Embassy Suites at Logan Airport, Boston, MA. 317-966-0096. Western Canada Cemetery Association Annual Conference and Trade Show  - Sep 10-12, 2019, Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, Saskatoon, SK. 306-621-3216. www. westerncemetery.coma dministration@ National Funeral Directors Association Arranger Training Seminar  - Sep 12, 2019, Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, SC. 800-228-6332. Kates Boylston Publications Cremation Innovations Summit - Sep 13, 2019, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Columbus, OH. 732-746-0201. https://ohiosummit.planningpod. com / New York State Association Of Cemeteries 91st Annual Conference  - Sep 14-17, 2019, Thayer Hotel, West Point, NY. Exhibits. 518-434-1134. www. New Jersey State Funeral Directors Assn 2019 Funeral Directors Convention & Expo  - Sep 17- 19, 2019, Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center, Atlantic City, NJ. Exhibits. 800-734-3712. www. Two Hearts Pet Loss Center Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course  - Sep 17-19, 2019, Courtyard by Marriott Denver Airport, Denver, CO. 317-966-0096. National Funeral Directors Association Arranger Training Seminar  - Sep 19, 2019, Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA. 262-789-1880. Atlantic Provinces Funeral Directors & Service Convention 2019 Annual Convention & AGM  - Sep 19-22, 2019, Old Orchard Inn, Greenwich, NS. 902-893-3177. Selected Independent Funeral Homes 101st Annual Meeting  - Sep 23-26, 2019, JWMarriott Nashville, Nashville, TN. 800-323-4219. www. pattyn@ Ontario Funeral Service Association 2019 Education Conference & Tradeshow  - Sep 23- 25, 2019, Hockley Valley Resort, Mono, ON. 905-637-3371. www. Int›l Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Assn 2019 Fall Management Conference  - Sep 25-27, 2019, Hyatt Regency Tamaya, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. 703-391-8400. Int›l Assn Of Pet Cemeteries/ Crematories 48th Annual Conference  - Sep 26-28, 2019, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Conference Center, Aurora, CO. Exhibits. 800-952-5541. www. Wyoming Funeral Directors Association Annual Membership Meeting & Mini Trade Show in Conjunction with the 2019 WYFDA Tailgating Event  - Sep 27-28, 2019, Hilton Garden Inn, Laramie, WY. Exhibits. 307-527- 4430. info@ Catholic Cemetery Conference 2019 Annual Convention & Expo  - Sep 29 - Oct 04, 2019, Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL. Exhibits. 708-202-1242. www. info@catholiccemeteryconference. org ADDITIONAL EVENTS ONLINE AT WWW.NOMISPUBLICATIONS.COM OR SEND TO: PO Box 5159, Youngstown, OH 44514 Fax 1-800-321-9040 • Email Online at Submit Your Convention, Meeting or Seminar Unity Financial Life Agent Named Chamber Man of the Year LOUISVILLE,MS— The Winston County, Mississippi Chamber of Commerce recent- ly held their annual Chamber of Commerce Celebration and Banquet at the Louisville Community Saferoom in Louisville, MS. During the awards cele- bration, Steve Quinn, Uni- ty Financial Life, Missis- sippi Agent was named the Chamber’s 2019Man of the Year. This honor is annual- ly bestowed upon the local county resident, who has unselfishly contributed their time, energy and talents for the betterment of the resi- dents of the city of Louis- ville and Winston County. Jay Hardy, president, Unity Financial Life said, “We are very proud of Steve and all he has accomplished, both profession- al and personally, in his life- time. He is a truly valuable asset to both his local com- munity and our growing company.” Unity Financial Life In- surance is a national leader in funeral pre-need insur- ance and irrevocable funer- al trust products. Compa- ny assets and net worth have grown consistently ev- ery year since 2002. The company can be reached at or by call- ing 877-523-3231. Steve Quinn Johnson Consulting Group Partners with Funeral Innovations to provide Strategies to Enhance Online Presence SCOTTSDALE,AZ— Johnson Consult- ing Group and Funeral Innovations an- nounced a partnership to provide funeral homes and cemeteries expert digital mar- keting analysis, strategic insight, and dig- ital marketing implementation. In this fast-moving online world, a solid digital marketing plan is an essential component of a thriving business. “An effective digital strategy requires more than just Facebook posts, and we’re excited to share our digital marketing expertise with Johnson Consulting Group clients,” said Zack Garbow, co-founder of Funeral Inno- vations. “Johnson Consulting Group is an ideal partner as their commitment to value and success align with our tools and services dedicated to building community relation- ships and growing businesses without grow- ing busy funeral professional’s workloads.” Through his partnership, funeral homes and cemeteries can access a complete dig- ital marketing analysis, strategic recom- mendations, and digital marketing ser- vices to help increase the profitability and value of their firm by increasing the rate of their positive online reviews. “This ties in perfectly with most conversa- tions we are having here at JCG,” says Jake Johnson, president and CEO of Johnson Consulting Group, “we are constantly try- ing to find ways to help our clients enhance and increase their online presence, and stay connected to the families they serve through JCG Performance Tracker™. This partnership aligns with that goal perfectly.” Funeral Innovations is the leading pro- vider of digital-first marketing for funeral homes. Its mission is to help funeral profes- sionals build meaningful relationships on- line, increase relevance and capture more market share. Funeral Innovations blends a firm’s website, Facebook and email market- ing seamlessly to grow the firm’s business without growing its workload thanks to its automated Growth Engine software. For more information on Funeral Innovations call 303-437-9006 or sign up for a demo a Johnson Consulting Group is committed to providing intelligent business solutions that address succession, operational, finan- cial, and customer service needs within fu- neral homes and cemeteries. For more infor- mation, visit to learn more. The International Order of the Golden Rule upgrades Domanicare to Endorsed Supplier Status AUSTIN,TX— The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR) has announced that Domanicare, an aftercare texting pro- gram that makes it easy to follow up with families, has been upgraded from a Supply Partner to an Endorsed Supplier. The En- dorsed Supplier Program is limited to an elite group of industry-leading companies offering exclusive benefits, discounts or in- centives to Golden Rule funeral homes. “We invited Domanicare to apply for En- dorsed Supplier status because OGR mem- bers consistently rave about the simplici- ty of their text messaging system and the high response rates they receive from fami- lies they serve,” said Mark Allen, OGR ex- ecutive director and CEO. “Members also praise their outstanding customer service, professionalism and friendliness.” Domanicare is aftercare for the digital age and begins following up with fam- ilies through text messages within the first month after services. Continuing for two years, families receive custom mes- sages on meaningful dates and holidays. All personalized messages are delivered from a ten-digit phone number with the funeral home’s area code and can be cus- tomized to each funeral home. The program also provides a service to quickly and effectively increase funer- al homes’ Google reviews, thus improv- ing their local SEO rankings and help- ing funeral homes get found first. It also gives families free access to a leading grief support platform to help them achieve a healthy grief experience. “We have been thrilled with the response we’ve received from OGR members,” said Jon Lefrandt, CEO of Domanicare. Le- frandt continued, “We’ve been able to help start conversations between funeral profes- sionals and families more effectively and eas- ily than was possible just a few years ago.” To learn more about Domanicare and how they can make aftercare follow-up seamless, visit services/aftercare , or call or text Jon Le- frandt at 503-201-5975. Founded in 1928, OGR is affiliated with independent funeral homes throughout North America and overseas that share common goals of exemplary service, un- compromising care and compassion to families in their time of need. 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