NFDA Goes Big In Boston For 2017 Convention

From a press release.

A Super Bowl Champ. Dinner with the Experts. Great Big Giveaway. Five pre-convention seminars. The best education sessions in the profession. The world’s largest expo. 

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention & Expo is going big in 2017 so that you can take your business to new levels of success. Join your colleagues October 29 through November 1 in Boston, Mass., for this game-changing conference. 

Keynote Speakers Bring Big-time Inspiration
John C. Maxwell has been hailed as America’s premier leadership expert. In 2014, he was at the top of Inc. Magazine’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts. Each year, he speaks in person to hundreds of thousands of people, and his bestselling books impact millions more around the globe. 

During Monday’s General Session, Maxwell will reveal how to identify with people and relate to others in a way that increases influence with them. As a leader, it’s not enough just to work hard or do a great job. To be successful, leaders need to learn how to communicate in a way that connects with others. Maxwell will masterfully underscore principles and practices to help attendees communicate at a level that runs far deeper than words.

Three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Troy Aikman has harnessed the drive and dedication that defined his football career with the Dallas Cowboys into numerous successful business ventures since retiring from the game. Through broadcasting, real estate, and The Troy Aikman Foundation, he discovered ways to keep himself occupied in “retirement.” 

After leaving the playing field, Aikman joined the NFL on FOX full-time as a game analyst. He quickly displayed the accuracy and work ethic that marked his playing career and moved up to FOX’s number-one broadcast crew prior to the 2002 season. He’s received three Emmy nominations for his broadcasting efforts and has broadcast four Super Bowls (XXXIX, XLII, XLV and LI).

During Aikman’s 12-year playing career, he set 45 Cowboys passing records and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February 2006. Witness Aikman’s natural leadership ability, innate talent, and charisma during this engaging general session, in which he will share how attendees can develop their inner champion. 

Unmatched Education Sessions Tackle Key Issues
The education funeral professionals need to build thriving businesses that exceed the expectations of the families and communities they serve can only be found at the 2017 NFDA Convention. Engaging workshops will address technical skills, business management, the value of ceremony, marketing, and community outreach. 

Education sessions include: 
· A Father’s Reflection on the Value of Open-casket Viewing, presented by Shane A.S. Richie
· Understanding Legal Issues in the Arrangement Conference, presented by T. Scott Gilligan
· Partnering with Your Local Donor Organization, presented by Bob Arrington and Jill Grandas
· Bringing Ritual to Cremation Arranging, presented by Mike Nicodemus
·The New American Way of Death Starts with Promoting Resilient Kids, presented by Joe Primo

Innovation Flourishes in the Expo Hall 
The NFDA Convention features the world’s largest funeral service trade show, offering the newest and most exciting products, services and innovations from around the world. Many exhibitors plan to introduce new and inventive products and services to the profession during the convention. The Expo Hall will be open October 30 and 31 from noon to 5 p.m.; and November 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Up-to-the minute information about the 2017 NFDA International Convention & Expo, including information on how to register and make hotel reservations through the NFDA housing bureau, is available at