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Get Certified by CANA at Crematory Operators Conference

WALL, N.J. - The Cremation Association of North America and Matthews Cremation Division in cooperation with Kates-Boylston Publications will hold a special, redesigned Crematory Operations Certification Conference on May 10, 2013, at the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Charleston, S.C., Airport.

“This conference gives owners and operators all the tools they need to improve cremation operations, boost market share and avoid problems with families, attorneys and regulators,” said Thomas A. Parmalee, executive director of Kates-Boylston Publications in a news release. “The increasing cremation rate poses business challenges for everyone, and knowing how to avoid lawsuits tied to improper crematory management is becoming more important by the day.”

Mike Nicodemus, chairman of CANA Crematory Operations Certification Program, agreed. “Cremation litigation is at an all-time high, and the monetary settlements being paid out by funeral homes and crematories are reaching epic numbers,” Nicodemus said, adding, “The certification conference will give you an opportunity to hear from the most knowledgable experts in the cremation industry as to how you can avoid a lawsuit.”

The redesigned conference includes more information for owners, managers, funeral directors and operators. A section devoted to cremation startup and return on investment has also been added and is exclusive to this conference.

Speakers at the crematory certification program include:

Chris Farmer formerly served as a corporate counsel with Service Corporation International. He’s handled investigations for employers throughout the United States. He has also managed a large international docket of state and federal funeral home and cemetery matters including professional liability, negligence, intentional acts, and deceptive trade practice claims. He’s the general counsel for CANA as well as the Texas Funeral Directors Association, and he’s also a lawyer with Sheehy, Ware & Pappas in Houston.

Michael Nicodemus is the immediate past president of CANA, chairman of the Crematory Operations Certification Program and the manager of cremation operations at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Homes, which has 10 locations in Virginia. He has performed or assisted in cremating more than 5,000 decedents. He is a board member at Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and is the author of the Cremation Operations Manual published by CANA and Kates-Boylston. He has been retained as an expert witness in numerous litigation cases throughout the United States.

Ron Salvatore is a certified crematory operator trainer and has been with Matthews Cremation Division for more than 20 years. He’s trained more than 2,000 crematory personnel in the proper operation and maintenance of cremation equipment. He also works closely with Matthews’ engineering department on new product development, development, environmental permitting and various environmental issues.

The program will include information on:

  • Litigation
  • Principles of combustion
  • Cremation and the environment
  • Incinerator design/criteria
  • Basics of operation
  • Instructional video
  • Handling and exposure control
  • How other countries approach cremation
  • How to work with local officials to address zoning problems
  • And much more!

The conference offers CEUs for most states.

When you sign up before Feb. 28, 2013, you’ll pay just $495 for your registration. Breakfast and lunch are included with the cost of your registration. After Feb. 28, registration costs $595.

Learn more and register by visiting or e-mail Thomas Parmalee for more information. You can also call 800-500-4585, Option 1 to register by phone.

Posted Sept. 27


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