JUNE 6 – 8, 2017

The Wigwam • Litchfield Park, AZ

The AFCCA Convention and Expo is an annual opportunity for funeral directors and exhibitors to come together, learn new skills, and share ideas to better serve the families in their communities.

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Select vendor or attendee registration…sponsorship opportunities also available!

Vendor Registrations
$695 Vendor Members
$895 Vendor Non-Members
  • 6-Foot table in expo hall
  • One ticket included for each meal
  • Opportunity for discounted advertising
  • Supplier sponsored reception

Register Online as a Vendor

Download Vendor Packet

Attendee Registration
$175 2-Day Pass Members
$225 2-Day Pass Non-Members
  • All CEUs Included
  • Meals Included
  • Cocktail Reception on Wednesday Night
  • Swag Bags

Register Online as an Attendee

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Several sponsorship opportunities available to vendors and firm members!


Please contact for an opportunity to present at the 2017 Conference.

Dave Hazlett

Astral Industries

Dave Hazlett


Astral Industries



Norma Thompson and Allison Foster

Authors, "Sending My Love To Heaven"

Norma Thompson and Allison Foster

Authors, “Sending My Love To Heaven”


Norma and Allison have had a 30 year friendship…a journey that started in the fourth grade. They had always had a strong desire to write children’s books, but never had something that captured their hearts enough to write a story about…until the tragic day that Norma suddenly lost her husband. With Mike’s death, Norma was left with a four-year-old daughter, Sophia, as well as their unborn son, Tanner, to raise. When Allison, family, and friends searched for books to help Sophia, and eventually Tanner, to cope with the death of their father, there simply was nothing available for young children. In that moment, they realized that this was their calling. There was such a huge support group in place for Sophia and Tanner to help keep Mike’s memory alive, and Norma and Allison knew they needed to share these ideas with other children grieving the loss of a loved one. Their hearts and souls are so enveloped in this book because losing someone close to you is hard enough, but as a child, the confusion that sets in can be life altering. Their wish for this book is that these ideas will help numerous other children cope with loss the way they helped Norma’s children. Thank you for reading, and God bless.

Sending My Love To Heaven

These authors will speak on children and grief. The impact of losing a parent oftentimes is not able to be verbalized effectively by small children. This resource is a useful tool for families to help their children cope with death and keep loved ones’ memories alive. 

Angelique Simpson

Professional Development Manager West - Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

Angelique Simpson

Professional Development Manager West

Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions


Angelique is a much sought after speaker, trainer and professional development coach for individuals, teams and corporations. After 25 years as an independent speaker she has recently joined forces with Matthews Aurora where she heads up Professional Development for the West. Angelique brings a positive energy and a true passion to everything she does. Angelique is a UCLA graduate and she resides in Seal Beach Ca. with her husband of 26 years and their 19 year old daughter.

Be AUDACIOUS in Business

A look at shifting paradigms and perceptions. This talk will focus on why we avoid change in business and how to learn to boldly embrace it. Enjoy the wild ride as we take a deep dive into our industry and challenge ourselves to be better… fact,  be Audacious!

T. Scott Gilligan

Attorney - Gilligan Law Offices

T. Scott Gilligan

Attorney and NFDA Legal Counsel



T. Scott Gilligan is an attorney with Gilligan Law Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Gilligan serves as the General Counsel to the National Funeral Directors Association, the largest organization of funeral directors in the country (“NFDA”). Mr. Gilligan has worked on NFDA matters since 1982 and became General Counsel for the Association in 1993. In addition to his representation of NFDA, Mr. Gilligan serves as the General Counsel for the Ohio Funeral Directors Association.

Mr. Gilligan graduated in 1976 from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. He obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1979.

Mr. Gilligan, whose family has been in funeral service for over one hundred and thirty years in Cincinnati, Ohio, has authored the 2012 edition of Mortuary Law, a textbook widely used in mortuary colleges. He has also provided numerous seminars to funeral associations throughout the country on FTC Funeral Rule compliance, legal liabilities faced by funeral homes, and updates on regulatory and legislative issues impacting the funeral profession.

In addition to his work for funeral associations, Mr. Gilligan and his law firm have been involved in over 250 funeral home and cemetery acquisitions and divestitures across the country. He has represented both buyers and sellers in transactions ranging from small independent funeral homes to large funeral and cemetery chains.


You would think that after 33 years of operating under the Funeral Rule, we would all be aware of what it does and does not require and how to comply with it. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

NFDA General Counsel T. Scott Gilligan will review the top problems that funeral homes face in complying with the Funeral Rule. During the presentation, he will stress steps that funeral homes can take to protect themselves against FTC undercover shopping violations.  Scott will also discuss the possible changes to the Funeral Rule the FTC will be looking at when it reviews the Funeral Rule in 2017-18.

Rory McKeown

AZ CO NM Rep - The Dodge Company

Rory McKeown

AZ, CO and NM Rep

The Dodge Company


Licensed funeral director and embalmer
Worsham College of Mortuary Science Graduate
Embalming for 30 years, specializing in difficult cases.
18 years working at a family owned funeral home in the Chicago area before starting my own trade embalming service.
Currently the Dodge rep for AZ, CO, and NM

When I’m not on the road representing Dodge I spend my time riding my antique motorcycle and bagpiping with Glendale Pipes and Drums in Glendale, AZ

Donor Case Embalming With Focus On Restoration Of Long Bone And Skin Donation Cases


Golf Registration & Breakfast

Sponsored by PBF Manufacturing

06:30 AM

Golf Shotgun Start

07:30 AM

Golf Lunch & Prizes

Sponsored by PBF Manufacturing

012:30 PM

Exhibitor Load In

01:00 PM

Foundation for Children Fundraiser

06:00 PM


Sponsored by NFDA

7:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies

Presenting of the Colors

Memorial Video

President’s Award

Presentation by the Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers


08:00 AM

FTC Compliance Issues Presentation

by Scott Gilligan

2 CEUs

09:00 AM

Donor Case Embalming With Focus On Restoration Of Long Bone And Skin Donation Cases

by Rory McKeown

2 CEUs – (A) Technical/Mortuary Science

12:30 PM

Buffet Lunch

11:00 AM

Expo Hall Open

11:00 AM

Arizona Department of Public Health Updates

by Toni Miller & Bianca Sota - AZ Dept of Public Health


2:00 PM

AFCCA Business Meeting and Election


3:00 PM

Supplier Cocktail Reception

Sponsored by our wonderful vendors!

4:00 PM

Continental Breakfast

08:00 AM

Expo Hall Open

08:00 AM

Be AUDACIOUS in Business

by Angelique Simpson

2 CEUs

9:00 AM

Lunch Buffet

11:00 AM

“Sending My Love to Heaven” – Helping Children Cope with Grief

by Norma Thompson & Allison Foster

1 CEUs

1:00 PM

Topic TBD

by Dave Hazlett


2:00 PM

Award and Banquet Dinner

Dinner Wine Sponsored by Dignity Memorial

6:00 PM

Please join family and friends as we share one last cocktail and say goodbye to “Uncle Ted”

Monday, June 5, 2017
The Wigwam

5:00 – 6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Celebration of Life Ceremony

Join friends and colleagues during a beautiful Sonoran Sunset at the culmination of our annual convention and expo.

6:00 PM | Cocktail Reception

6:30 PM | Buffet Dinner – Wine Sponsored by Dignity Memorial

7:30 PM | Installation of Officers and Awards Ceremony

Cocktail Attire

AFCCA Annual Golf Tournament

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Wigwam Golf Club

51 N Old Litchfield Rd, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Registration begins at 6:30 am
Shotgun starts at 7:30 am
Lunch and prizes at 12:30 pm

The Wigwam

To make your reservations, call The Wigwam at 623.935.3811 and Press 0 to connect with the Operator. Please ask the Operator to speak with our in-house reservation team. Guests should use the following Rate Code below, to make finding the block of guest rooms a bit easier: AFF05CI

Reservations must be made by May 15, 2017. Rooms after this date will be subject to availability. Credit card guarantee is required.


The Wigwam

Rate: $105 plus tax for Adobe Traditional, $135 plus tax for Oasis Terrace.

Book Online


Two Days of Great Speakers

Each year, your AFCCA Board of Directors works hard to put together an educational program filled with knowledgable industry experts.


The Wigwam boasts 4 onsite pools with the main pool offering dual-waterslides; multiple dining options; indoor/outdoor bar and lounge seating; 54 holes of championship golf; championship tennis facility; Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden; and much more!

Delicious food and drink!

Your convention pass includes breakfast, lunch and drinks at the supplier reception!

Expo Hall

We are so grateful to our wonderful vendors who support our Association and bring you innovative new products!

Nominate for Board of Directors

By April 30, 2017

This is your chance to be a part of the exciting changes and growth of your association. All members of the Arizona Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Association are encouraged to apply. For the upcoming election, to be held at our Annual Convention in June 2017, we have the following board positions open:

Two Funeral Board Director Seats
One Cemetery Board Director Seats

Nominate for "Of the Year Awards"

By April 30, 2017

Each year at the AFCCA Annual Convention Banquet Dinner, we honor individuals and locations that exemplify the AFCCA Mission Statement: “…to ensure that those who require our services receive the highest degree of professional services available. AFCCA promotes continuing education, high ethical standards, and advocacy for families and professionals in the death care industry.”

This is your chance to nominate people/locations that you feel are professional, ethical, and compassionate towards families they interact with.

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get to the venue?

The Wigwam is  off the I-10 in Litchfield Park, AZ. Turn right (north) on Litchfield Road to Wigwam Boulevard. Turn right on Wigwam Boulevard and proceed past the roundabout. The Wigwam resort entrance will be on your left on Wigwam Boulevard just as you past the elementary school. Self parking is on the right after you enter the main gates, or you are invited to valet park at the arrival court.

Registration Fees

A basic registration fee must be paid by all attendees, but will cover CEUs, lunch, breakfast and breaks. Golf and the Thursday Banquet Dinner are a separate price per person. See the registration forms for the costs for both member and non-members.

What payment types do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards and check payments. You may also pay at the time of event. But please reserve your seat or table by contacting us directly.

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

Registrations cancelled by May 15 will be refunded in full less $25 processing fee. Cancellations made May 16-May 31, 2017 will be refunded 50%. No refunds June 1, 2017 or later and no refunds for no shows.


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2473 S. Higley Rd

Suite 104, PMB 309

Gilbert, Arizona 852595



Email/Call for a registration packet or for any further questions

602 909 6135


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