It was a great though somewhat exhausting time exhibiting at the NFDA Convention in Boston this week. The turnout in the Expo Hall was terrific - we got to meet a ton of new people - and the NFDA staff and officers I met were extremely gracious and welcoming.
Special thanks to my booth-mates Julie Burn (ICCFA Director of Cremation Services), Nancy Lohman (ICCFA VP and 2010 Convention Program Chair), Fred Lappin (ICCFA VP) and Alan MacKinnon (longtime ICCFA friend and ICCFAU graduate). It was a wonderful team effort all three days.
Traffic at our booth was almost nonstop. Above are Nancy Lohman (r) and Paula Staab Polk, who is chairing the Event Planning track of The Next Step program.
Nancy with PLPA Chair Coleen Ellis (heading up the PLPA Conference being held in conjunction with The Next Step program)
Julie Burn with ICCFA member Richard Tetrick, President of Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services.
We gained a lot of new friends and acquaintances among the attendees and exhibitors which was wonderful, and I also appear to have gained a broken toe which was slightly less wonderful and hampered my mobility the final day - however I did get out this morning to walk around the block of my hotel. Above is the Old South Meeting House, where Benjamin Franklin was baptized and where the Boston Tea Party plot was hatched. Seems like an appopriate image for the current era for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.
This is the gravestone of Mary Goose, died 1690, erroneously called the true "Mother Goose."
And with the click of a button, voila, each day of my trip is now fully tax deductible.
Tomb of Paul Revere in the Granary Burying Yard. Very cool.
Now to quickly pack and leave for the airport. Each time I exhibit at one of these trade shows I gain a newfound respect for our exhibitors and all they go through. It would be hard to do this as a career.