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.
Select vendor or attendee registration…sponsorship opportunities also available!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an opportunity to present at the 2017 Conference.
Dave HazlettAstral Industries
Norma Thompson and Allison FosterAuthors, "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.
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 SimpsonProfessional 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.
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…..in fact, be Audacious!
T. Scott GilliganAttorney - Gilligan Law Offices
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 McKeownAZ CO 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
Sponsored by PBF Manufacturing06:30 AM
Sponsored by PBF Manufacturing012:30 PM
Sponsored by NFDA7:00 AM
Presenting of the Colors
Presentation by the Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers
1 CEU08:00 AM
by Scott Gilligan
2 CEUs09:00 AM
by Rory McKeown
2 CEUs – (A) Technical/Mortuary Science12:30 PM
by Toni Miller & Bianca Sota - AZ Dept of Public Health
1 CEU2:00 PM
1 CEU3:00 PM
Sponsored by our wonderful vendors!4:00 PM
by Angelique Simpson
2 CEUs9:00 AM
by Norma Thompson & Allison Foster
1 CEUs1:00 PM
by Dave Hazlett
1 CEU2:00 PM
Dinner Wine Sponsored by Dignity Memorial6:00 PM
Please join family and friends as we share one last cocktail and say goodbye to “Uncle Ted”
Monday, June 5, 2017
5:00 – 6:00 PM
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
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.
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!
Your convention pass includes breakfast, lunch and drinks at the supplier reception!
We are so grateful to our wonderful vendors who support our Association and bring you innovative new products!
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.
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.
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.
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
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