ALBANY, NY (August 2014) -- The New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) hosted its annual statewide convention in Verona, NY, August 10 - 13, 2014.
The event brought hundreds of funeral directors, guests, and exhibitors to the region. The convention was held at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.
Robert C. Enos owner of Hoy Funeral Home, Inc., in West Seneca, was installed President of the Association while in town. A New York State licensed funeral director since 1974, Enos will serve for the 2014-2015 term.
"It is a very great honor to be installed president of NYSFDA," Enos said. "I will do my best to live up to the honor the office implies and do everything I can to further the values of the funeral and memorial process in today's society."
Says Executive Director Bonnie L. McCullough, "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."
The convention also offered a variety of educational programs for attendees and a trade show for licensed funeral directors and their guests. More than 60 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; social media; ethics; human resources; and business management.
The inaugural class of the NYSFDA Association Leadership Academy (ALA) received their certificates during the Annual Meeting held on August 11.
The one-year program required NYSFDA member funeral directors (who took part in a competitive application process) to attend a series of development workshops; take part in periodic web-based trainings; and complete a group capstone project which includes research findings were shared on August 13 to their peers.
ALA graduates include:
• Kelly Datoush Copp of Carpenter's Funeral Home, LLC, Corning, NY
• Nicholas Farenga of Farenga Brothers Funeral Homes, Yonkers, NY
• Jana L. Haldenwang, CFSP of Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., Canastota, NY
• Sabrina Joynes of Granby's Funeral Service, Inc., Bronx, NY
• Mary J. King of Robert M. King Funeral Home, Granville, NY
• Mark J. Nolan of Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, Northport, NY
• Heather A. Rauch of V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., Frankfort, NY
• Peter J. Rose of Betz, Rossi, Bellinger and Stewart Family Funeral Homes Inc., Amsterdam, NY
Also during their time in Central New York, the funeral directors will had the opportunity to participate in a shopping excursion in Skaneateles; hit the links for a charitable golf outing benefiting the NYS Tribute Foundation; and attend their annual awards banquet and reception at the Shenendoah Golf Club in Verona.