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Matthews International, Inc. • Service Corporation International • StoneMor Partners LP • Batesville Casket Company • Carriage Services • Forethought Financial Group, Inc. • Precoa • Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries • Foundation Partners Group • Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries • NGL Insurance Group • Regions Trust • Buchanan Group Inc. • Cold Spring Granite • Cypress Lawn • Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum • Stewart Enterprises, Inc. • Aurora Casket Company • Cypress Hills Cemetery • Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuary • Johnson Consulting Group • Merendino Cemetery Care • The Signature Group • Trigard • Morgan Stanley • Carrier Mausoleums Construction Co. • Gibraltar Remembrance Services, LLC • LP Bronze International, Inc. • Milne Construction Company • The Tribute Companies Inc.
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Are You Ready to Reinvent Yourself?
In our phone interview with keynoter Jason Jennings, author of the recent best-seller "The Reinventors," he shared something with us: As one of today's top business authors and thought-leaders, he receives more than 1,000 requests to speak each year and accepts only 80.
So why the ICCFA Fall Management Conference?
Jason said he was attracted to this audience because he knows our profession is one that is in major need of reinvention and he felt he could have a real impact.
The rest of our conversation convinced us that yes, indeed, Jason can and will have an impact. He already knows a bit about cemeteries and funeral homes, as Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes in Florida is one of the companies profiled in his book. During our call, he took the time to further educate himself about many of the challenges that "keep us up at night." And in the coming months, he will be speaking to even more of the profession's owners and executives to research our business.
In short, Jason will not be giving a "canned" speech. He will offer a three-hour presentation filled with real-world ideas on how cemeteries and funeral homes can reinvent themselves to remain relevant and achieve growth. Even better, he will facilitate an exercise in which we will all work together to brainstorm for ways we can apply his six principles of reinvention within our individual companies.
There is no denying the fact that major changes are coming to cemetery and funeral service. The only question is who will be leading that change—consumers, or us? If you are ready to reinvent yourself, join us in October for a conference that could make all the difference for the future of our profession and of your company.
Wednesday, October 17
Thursday, October 18
Program Co-chairs Jake Johnson and Anthony Russo
Reinvent Yourself: 6 Secrets to Achieving Growth and Remaining Relevant
Today's cemeteries and funeral homes need to reinvent themselves if they are to remain relevant and grow. (Yes, grow!)
In his newly released book, "The Reinventors: How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change," best-selling author and business consultant Jason Jennings compiles research on more than 100 companies that have successfully reinvented themselves and identifies the keys to pursuing "never-ending radical change."
In this three-hour session, he will share six principles for reinvention and will then facilitate an interactive workshop-style discussion on how these principles can be applied within our profession. It will also encompass a top-to-bottom ruthless review and rebuild of your organization, asking and answering the hardest of questions such as:
A workshop like this would cost thousands of dollars IF you could schedule a meeting with Jennings. This session will help you to re-define and reinvent your company to assure its future relevancy.
Among the companies explored in Jennings's latest best-selling book, "The Reinventors," are Starbucks, Smithfield Foods and Southwest Airlines … as well as Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes. Jennings says a key to Anderson-McQueen's reinvention was defining their destination, when the company came to the realization "that they weren't really in the business of handling bodies but were instead in the business of educating and helping people understand the value of ceremony, ritual and the telling of one's life story."
Jennings is author of the best-selling business books, "It's Not the Big that Eat the Small—It's the Fast that Eat the Slow," "Less is More," "Think Big, Act Small" and "Hit the Ground Running: A Manual for Leaders." He receives more than 1,000 requests to speak each year and agrees to only 80. He chose to accept the ICCFA's invitation to present at the Fall Management Conference because he believes he has something to offer this profession. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to consult with him about the issues that keep you and your colleagues up at night!
11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
With more than 150 of the most successful cemetery and funeral service professionals in the world convening at one conference, what better opportunity to learn than through a series of small-group, open-discussion sessions? One the most talked-about portions of last year's conference, these facilitated breakouts allow everyone to participate.
You and your colleagues will rotate through each of the topic areas, sharing, asking questions and brainstorming for breakthrough solutions to everyday challenges. This year's all-new topics:
Friday, October 19
Government & Legal Affairs Breakfast
Moderators: Irwin Shipper, CCE, and Christine Toson Hentges, CCE
Join us for a plated breakfast (included with your registration) and an interactive discussion of the top legislative and legal issues facing our profession at the federal and state levels.
Café Collectives Recap
Abbie Brammer Quicoho
Based on the discussions during the Thursday afternoon Café Collectives, Abbie Brammer Quiocho will pull together the notes from each of the three groups to share highlights, summaries and takeaways.
ICCFA 125th Anniversary Celebration
On October 19, 1887, executives from 21 cemeteries across the United States gathered to form an organization that today is known as the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. Join us as we toast 125 years of progress and growth and look forward to a bright and productive future.
ICCFA Fall Management Golf Tournament
(includes entry into the receptions)
The ICCFA has secured the low room rate of $199 per night (single/double occupancy). This includes:
To take advantage of this conference rate, call 1.800.HILTONS (4458667) by September 19 and say that you are attending the ICCFA Fall Management Conference.
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