Michigan Funeral Directors

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Funeral Directors from across Michigan will convene in Port Huron at the Blue Water Convention Center and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on June 3-5, 2024, for the Michigan Funeral Directors Association’s Annual Convention. 

Please join us for the MFDA Golf Outing on Monday, June 3, 2024 at Solitude Links Golf Course and exhibitors are welcome to participate.

Check out the information below for more event details.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Don’t forget to bring your enhanced Driver’s License or your Passport, if you plan to visit Canada!!!

For more information on the Port Huron area, visit the Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Online attendee registration for the Convention will open March 11, 2204.

Registration

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN MARCH 11, 2024

Register for MFDA’s 146th Annual Convention to be held June 3-5, 2024, at the Blue Water Conference Center and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Port Huron. Those who register prior to May 27 will receive $50 special discount.

Convention Registration includes: All educational programming, the exhibition, Service of Remembrance, Honors Reception and the MFDA Party.

 

Hotel Details

Host Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Port Huron

800 Harker St., Port Huron, MI 48060

Group Rate $129

2024 Hotel

To Register Online:

To Register Via Phone:

  • Call the reservation department at 810-984-8000 and use the same group code MFD. 

Alternate Hotel

Holiday Inn & Suites Port Huron 
2021 Water St., Port Huron, MI 48060

Group rate $130

To Register Online:

  • Reserve your room by clicking HERE
  • Enter the group code MFDA and complete your reservation.

To Register Via Phone:

  • Call the reservation department at 810-662-3400 and use the same group code MFDA.

Room Blocks Available Until May 2, 2024

2024 MFDA Convention Schedule of Events

Monday, June 3, 2024

Solitude Links Golf Course
5810 Flinchbaugh Road 
Kimball, MI 48074

8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Shot Gun Start
Lunch on the turn
Golf is $150 per person or $600 for a foursome

Solitude Golf Course

 

MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2024

8:00 a.m.  Registration & Team Photo's

9:00 a.m. Shot Gun Start

Golf Outing at Solitude Links Golf Course

Lunch on the Turn

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2024
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Exhibitor Move-In-Lake Huron Hall
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. REGISTRATION

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Annual Meeting

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Workshop

Wally Hooker

Presented by: Wally Hooker

Wallace P. (Wally) Hooker, CFSP, MBIE, is the owner/funeral director/embalmer of Family & Friends Funeral Home of Wingate, IN. Wally does a significant amount of trade embalming from his funeral home. He is routinely called on by other professionals, for technical consultation, to assist with their problem cases. He is a featured writer, ‘Embalming 101’ in Nomis Publication’s Funeral Home & Cemetery News.

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Workshop/Luncheon
Chris Farmer

Presented by: Chris Farmer

"FTC Compliance and the Future of the Rule"

Chris Farmer is General Counsel for the National Funeral directors Association and founder of The Farmer Firm in Houston, Texas. He has been serving funeral service for 20 years. Chris provides counsel on business matters, regulatory matters, buying and selling, litigation, employment law, and any other legal matters the funeral profession faces.

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Service of Remembrance

3:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Exhibit Hall - Grand Opening

6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

WSU Reception

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

MFSSA Party

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2024
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION
8:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Workshop
Mark Harrison

Presented by: Mark Harrison
via Zoom

"OSHA & Medical Waste Training"

Mark Harrison is the president of Certified Safety Training, the exclusive safety and compliance provider to NFDA. Mark has extensive experience in online education and digital training and has launched successful online safety and compliance services in the death care industry.

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. MMSF Meeting

10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

EXHIBIT HALL OPEN

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Past Presidents Luncheon (Invitation Only)
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Workshop
Antonio Green

Presented by: Antonio Green

"Understanding the Millennial Mindset"

Antonio Green is a fourth-generation funeral director at his family’s firm James H. Cole Home for Funerals.  Antonio has been a licensed mortician for over 15 years.  In 2021, Antonio took on the task of becoming a published author. His book "Talk to Me -Understanding the Millennial Mindset" was written to help people better understand the Millennial generation, specifically small business owners.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker Presentation
Chandler Cassi

Presented by: Cassi Chandler

"Building the Human for Tomorrow"

Cassi Chandler was the FBI’s first African American Special Agent Assistant Director, as well as the bureau’s first female national spokesperson and Director of Public Affairs. In more than 23 years with the FBI, Cassi directed investigations into the white collar crimes, terrorism, cybercrimes, and foreign intelligence activities, while also evolving its healthcare fraud and domestic terrorism intelligence program.

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Honors Recognition Ceremony

6:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

MFDA Party

Exhibit/Sponsor Registration

Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration is now open!

  • Booth size: 8' Wide x 10' Deep
  • Booth Fees: $830

MFDA will raffle off one (1) free booth space for the 2024 convention to be held in Port Huron.  Only Michigan Funeral Supply Sales Association (MFSSA) members exhibiting are eligible to participate in the raffle.   

EXHIBIT HOURS

MOVE IN  

Monday, June 3, 2024

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7:00 am – 2:30 pm

SHOW HOURS  
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 3:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2024 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

 

REMINDERS

DEADLINES
  • March 29, 2024 - Exhibit and Sponsorship Contracts due
  • May 2, 2024- Hotel room block special rate ends
BOOTH LEASE* INCLUDES
  • One 6ft table and two chairs (Black table linen is included)
  • Electrical outlet included (must bring your own extension cord/power strip)
  • Three (3) Full Convention Registrations
  • Draped Backwall & Sidewall
  • Carpeting
  • Listing in 2024 Convention Materials
  • Security

*For each additional booth purchased you will receive 1 additional convention registration badge.

*Separate from this Lease, you can rent tables, chairs and other items for your booth from Art Craft Display, or you may bring your own tables, chairs, etc. for your booth. Information will be sent after Booth Lease is confirmed.

BOOTH STAFF Exhibit & Vehicle Rates include the following number of Badges:
  • Booth = 3 badges (each additional booth purchased includes 1 additional badge)
  • 1 Vehicle = 5 Badges
  • 2 Vehicles = 8 Badges
  • 3 Vehicles = 10 Badges
  • 4 Vehicles = 12 Badges

 

Click Here to Register as an Exhibitor or Sponsor

2024 Service of Remembrance

2024 Honoree Achievements in Funeral Service

To ensure that everyone deserving of recognition at this year’s Honors Recognition Ceremony is included, please take a few minutes to review the list below. If you or someone you know is not listed, but should be, please contact Megan Rosenbery at the MFDA Office at mrosenbery@mfda.org or at 1-888-955-6332 as soon as possible.

 

25 YEAR LICENSEES
(Received License in 1999)
50 YEAR LICENSEES
(Received License in 1974)
Jason B. Barclay James K. Allred
Jeffrey Bell Richard E. Bowerman
Patricia M. Bucchare David C. Brown, CFSP
D. Chad Esch Kim A. Cederberg
Bruce Feuerstein Paul S. Connell
Timothy Harris Gregory T. Connelly
Daniel Jansen Randall F. Cook
Lorrie A. Johnson James D. Crawford
James E. Koops Mark E. Kendall
Christopher E. Korkoian Bruce E. Lindke
Rayme R. LaBean Raymond C. Lope
Jeffrey A. Lamparski, CFSP scott Meyersieck, CPC, CFSP, COO
Todd M. Luchies Bob W. Nelson
Michael Kelly Martin David Techner
William M. Oaks Monty S. Wulff
Traci Palmateer  
Jerry Pennock  
Arin Rudd  
Robert K. Stroo  
Todd Turowski  
40 YEAR LICENSEES
(Received License in 1984)
Thomas Basel John W. Kendrick
Keith Bildner Sherry A. Marshall, CFSP
Paula Coleman Ross C. Meyering
Kelly J. Dawson Michael J. Raudio
Stevan M. Garrett Jeffrey C. Rupp
Gregory B. Hackman Samuel A. Smith
Karen G. Hardy Charles T. Stallard
John D. Kaatz Kenneth C. Throop
Terry Kaufman Doug Walls
  June R. Williams, CPC, CFSP
60 YEAR LICENSEES
(Received License in 1964)
70 YEAR LICENSEES
(Received License in 1954)
E.G. Buresh, Jr. Donald J. Crawford
Terence B. Desmond, CFSP  
Donna Dodds Hamm, CFSP  
David J. Klaassen  
John F. Kuiper, Sr., CFSP  
James M. Lamb  
John K. Stroo  

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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*Indicates MFSSA Member
**Indicates MFDA Supplier Member