The Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky celebrated their 134nd annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville June 28-30.
The convention was well attended by funeral directors, suppliers, and their families. Attendance at the Annual FDAK Convention provides funeral directors with a forum to receive and exchange information. Members return home with new ideas that allow them to better serve the families in their communities.
John Jones, of Anderson Laws & Jones Funeral Home in Harlan, was elected president-elect of the association.
The exhibit hall was filled with 82 exhibiting companies. During the three-day meeting, Kentucky funeral homes were honored for 50, 70, 75, and 130 years of service; twenty-one 50-year Kentucky licensed funeral directors were also honored; and continuing education awards were presented to 33 Kentucky funeral directors.
Six hours of continuing education credits were offered each day. The speakers from across the country and programs were outstanding and included the following: Funeral Service Forum with several presenters and Doug Gober of Gober Strategic Capital presented “Upping Your Game – What to Do When the Competition Levels the Playing Field.” Dr. Tom Lynch, author of five collections of poems and four books, and Dr. Thomas Long, researcher in homiletics and author, presented “The Good Death, Good Grief and Good Funerals: Finding Our Place in the Continuum of Care;” Awards and Installation of Officers and Dr. Michael Baden, former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City and medical examiner for forty-five years, presented “Determining the Cause of Death.”
A large crowd enjoyed “The Presidential Gala & Charity Auction” Wednesday evening to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital and Kosair Charities. The entertainment was provided by The Monarchs with FDAK Past President David Owen and also included a harpist, magician, caricature artist, and photographer for souvenir photos.
The complete list of officers and directors elected for the 2016-2017 year include: Officers — president, David West, of Nicholasville; president-elect, John Jones, of Harlan; vice-president, Rob Riley of Carrollton; secretary-treasurer, Rusty Preston of Paintsville; sergeant-at-arms, Gerald M. “Marty” Jones II, of Morgantown; immediate past-president, Robbie Brantley, of Brownsville; and chairman of the board, Doug Stanley, of Williamstown; District directors — central, Grant Bolt, of Georgetown; eastern, George Sparks, of Grayson; northern, Bill Mullins, of Covington; southern, John Hill, of Owensboro; southcentral, Brandy Harwood, of Tompkinsville; southeastern, Wesley Rominger, of Manchester; and western, Chad Townsend, of Dixon.