ALBANY, NY (August 19, 2015) -- The New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) hosted its annual statewide convention in Poughkeesie, NY, August 16 - 19, 2015.
The event brought nearly 700 funeral directors, guests and exhibitors to the Hudson Valley.
The convention was held at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Mid-Hudson Civic Center.
Douglas R. Brueggemann, owner of Brueggemann Funeral Home of East Northport, Inc., was installed NYSFDA President. A New York State licensed funeral director for more than 40 years, Brueggemann will serve for the 2015-16 term.
Other officers installed (for 2015-16) at NYSFDA's annual meeting:
President-Elect: Water J. Kent, owner of Walter J. Kent Funeral Home in Elmira
Secretary-Treasurer: Wesley A. “Andy” Powell, Vice President of Powell Funeral Home, Inc. in Amityville
Immediate Past President: Robert C. Enos, owner of Hoy Funeral Home, Inc., in West Seneca
Continuing Past President: Francis “Joe” Martin Jr., funeral director at the Miller Funeral Homes in Rochester
"This convention provides an excellent opportunity for funeral professionals to gain additional skills to better serve families and their communities, develop a stronger understanding of funeral service laws and best practices as well as build closer relationships with the caregiver colleagues they work with every day," said Bonnie L. McCullough, Executive Director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association.
The convention also offered a variety of educational programs for attendees and a trade show for licensed funeral directors and their guests. More than 50 exhibiting companies secured booth space to showcase caskets, hearses and other funeral-related items.
Educational opportunities included topics relating to creating meaningful memorials, NYS funeral law, technology, ethics, and business management.
Also during their time in the Hudson Valley, funeral directors and their guests had the opportunity to participate in a shopping excursion in Rhinebeck, hit the links at the Dutchess Golf Club for a charitable golf outing benefiting the NYS Tribute Foundation, and attend their annual awards banquet and reception at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.