Astral Sales Representative, Emanuel Thomas, Honored by CFDA

Annually, the California Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) takes the opportunity to recognize those individuals in the Association who go above and beyond in their commitment to the ideals of the organization.  Selected from numerous nominations, one candidate is chosen in each category and honored for his or her contributions to the funeral industry.

Homer Alba, member of the CFDA Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Funeral Home, nominated Astral Sales Representative, Emanuel Thomas, as Vendor of the Year because of his dedication and involvement in the industry.  “Emanuel has attended every CFDA convention and all of the Southern California regional group events since I have known him.  He is always well prepared and his knowledge of the product he represents is beyond the usual selling points.  He is engaging and finds time to speak to his potential customers on many levels, whether it is information about his product or just social commentary.”  Alba continues, “When I introduced him as the Vendor of the Year at this year’s CFDA Convention, I was extremely honored that someone I truly admire in every way had also been recognized by his peers in the industry.  As competitive as the industry is, Emanuel ranks as the best.”

When asked about the award, Emanuel expressed his gratitude and his deep appreciation for the members of CFDA and the members of the California funeral industry with whom he has worked for several years.  “It’s truly an honor to be selected out of such an incredible group of individuals.  I’m sincerely humbled by this award, and will continue to strive to offer the highest level of service to the California funeral industry, and the families we serve.”

Astral Industries, Inc. manufactures 18 gauge, 20 gauge and stainless steel caskets in their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lynn, Indiana. For more information about Astral and the products they offer, contact the Customer Service Department at 800.278.7252. You can also visit their website at