Business Conference to Help Funeral Directors

Business Conference to Help Funeral Directors - Industry Experts to Provide Tips on How to Better Serve Families, Boost Profits

CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA. - Funeral professionals throughout the country are already making plans to join some of the most innovative thinkers in funeral service at the fourth annual Funeral Service Business Plan Conference, Nov. 19-20, at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort.

The conference, which is organized by Kates-Boylston Publications, based in Wall, N.J., will continue its tradition of helping funeral professionals develop a strategic business plan that's actionable, concise and achievable. Attendees will learn how to bolster their preneed programs, how to hone their service models and how to make more profits while improving service.

"In this economy, it's more important than ever for funeral service professionals to find new ways to improve their businesses and not just hold onto profits but grow them," said Thomas A. Parmalee, executive editor of Kates-Boylston and the moderator of the conference. "Our all-star lineup of speakers will help you implement strategies that will have a direct effect on your bottom line, and you won't be disappointed. If you are, we'll refund 100 percent of your registration fee."

Speakers at the conference include: John and Bill McQueen, co-owners of Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, the largest family-owned funeral establishment in the Tampa Bay area; Dan Isard, president of The Foresight Companies; Robin Heppell, founder of Heppell Funeral Solutions, Nectar Ramirez, general manager of Options by Batesville; Dean Lambert, vice president of marketing for Homesteaders Life Co.; and Dr. Edith Churchman, co-owner of the James E. Churchman Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey.

The conference offers 12 continuing education credits for funeral service professionals. Attendees will also enjoy a special tour of Anderson-McQueen's NE St. Pete location the evening of Nov. 18.

Having just undergone a $26 million dollar refurbishment, the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort is popular beachfront property spanning 10 acres along the Gulf of Mexico. It has been transformed top to bottom into the ideal setting for a relaxed business meeting.

Visit for more information about the conference and to register, or call 800-260-1545. Those who register by Sept. 30 receive an early-bird discount.