New York State Funeral Directors Association

Celebrate your Career Milestones with your Funeral Service Colleagues!

Funeral Director of the Year Award

The NYSFDA Funeral Director of the Year Award recognizes a funeral director who has exhibited outstanding service and support to their community, consumer education and funeral service overall.

The nominee must demonstrate creative funeral innovations, effective funeral service practices, leadership skills and contributions to promoting the value of funerals.

To be eligible:

  • The nominee must be employed as a full-time, practicing licensed funeral director and have served at least three years as a licensed funeral director.
  • The nominee must be a current member of NYSFDA as of April 1, 2020.
  • The activities or accomplishments recognized must have taken place within the previous five years.
  • The nominee must have the ability and skills necessary to represent funeral service in a professional manner, including but not limited to high-quality written communication and public-speaking skills.

Selection Criteria:

  • Community involvement
  • Dedicated to funeral service excellence
  • Innovative approach to funeral service
  • Outstanding customer service
  • Compassionate approach toward families and the community
  • Demonstratedf leadership and collaboration
  • Respected voice for funeral service and future funeral professionals
  • Continued professional development
  • Upholds high moral standards in their personal and professional conduct

To Nominate a Respected Colleague:

  • Complete a nomination form
  • Provide a short bio of the nominee
  • A one-page summary of why the nominee should be recognized as the NYSFDA Funeral Director of the Year. This may include: areas of responsibility, community involvement, success stories, professional or personal challenges or hurdles they have overcome, letters of recommendation, and/or family testimonial(s)
  • Additional supporting materials accepted (such as marketing materials, newspaper/television coverage, photos, evidence of a strong online/social media presence, etc.)
  • Only complete nominations will be considered
  • All nominations and supporting documents must be typewritten
  • All nominations must be received via email to or via the nomination form portal Click Here
  • The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2020


Funeral Director Career Milestones Award

  • Celebrate your career milestones with your funeral service colleagues! Apply by July 1, 2020.
  • Complete a nomination form Click Here


Funeral Home Milestones Award

  • Celebrate your business anniversaries! Apply by July 1, 2020.
  • Complete a nomination form Click Here


For more information about the nomination forms, contact  at 800.291.2629.