Industry Leaders and Suppliers Converge in Indianapolis for CFSA Fall Conference & Trade Show

The 2015-16 CFSA officers and board of directors officially assumed leadership roles upon the adjournment of the conference. From left to right: Steve Gadaleta (Batesville), Terrill Vieth (Geneva Manufacturing), Scott Jones, Jr. (Service Casket), Pete Galletly, CFSA President (Tiedemann-Bevs), Jerry Burchett, CFSA Vice President (PPG Industries), Jason Mims (Cherokee Casket), Pat Duckers (Artco Casket), Jeannette Hiemstra (Keith M. Merrick), Bill Jones (Aurora Casket), Dan Sauder (Sauder Funeral Products), Rodney Robinson, CFSA Treasurer (Southern Craft), and Justin Thacker (Thacker Caskets). At the podium: Tina Houck, CFSA Immediate Past President (Schuylkill Haven).

Our annual CFSA Fall Conference & Trade Show was a wonderful success this year, with several new sponsors, new exhibitors, and first-time attendees.  This annual gathering is the largest, most potent collection of suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers servicing the death care industry, and offers a unique forum to reveal new products, analyze industry trends, and share knowledge. 

Doug Gober, of Gober Strategic Capital, was the keynote speaker and drew a crowd as he highlighted industry trends and forecasts for the next several years. Ryan Thogmartin, CEO and Founder of and Disrupt Media, presented an impressive display of how the funeral supply industry is beginning to leverage Social Media marketing in the death care industry. John D. Marsellus of Marsellus Casket Company and Kenneth I. Curtis (posthumously) of Lockwoven Company were awarded 2015 CFSA Lifetime Recognition Awards during the two-day conference. (See article on page 4 profiling John Marsellus.)

The 12-page Fall Conference Photo Montage, sponsored by Tiedemann-Bevs Industries and containing scores of photos from the event, is available to members at  And it’s never too early to save the dates for next year’s Fall Conference: November 14-15, 2016, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis.