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Get Certified by CANA at the Crematory Operations Conference in Baltimore

The Cremation Association of North America and Matthews Cremation Division in cooperation with Kates-Boylston Publications will hold its fifth annual Crematory Operations Certification Conference on May 16, 2014, at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Md.

“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. “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 – no, make that by the hour.”

Chris Farmer, general counsel of CANA, said he’s continuing to see lawsuits filed that involve cremation, and they can be devastating. “That’s why you need to get certified,” he said. “I’m going to do everything in my power to show attendees what they can do to avoid lawsuits and document the right things so they can defend themselves when problems arise.”

There’s no one better to learn from than Farmer – in addition to being the general counsel for CANA, he’s also the general counsel for the Texas Funeral Directors Association, a lawyer with Sheehy Ware & Pappas in Houston and a former corporate counsel with Service Corporation International. “I’ve seen too many good funeral directors not get certified, and they’ve put themselves at risk. Some of them have already paid the price,” Farmer said.

The Best Speakers on This Topic!

In addition to Farmer, who has 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, you’ll also learn from:

Ron Salvatore, a certified crematory operator trainer who 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.

Mark Matthews, president of Wiefels Cremation and Funeral Services in Palm Springs, with seven locations in southern California, is licensed by the state of California as a funeral director, cemetery manager and crematory manager. Matthews is a past president of the Cremation Association of North America and recently completed a term as president of the Association of California Cremationists. He is a subject matter expert for the California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau, founding president of Diocese of San Bernardino Cemetery Corp. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, and is highly regarded as an innovative and creative business owner.

This special, redesigned 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

• Zoning problems

• And much more

BONUS 1: The conference offers CEUs for most states.

Bonus 2: Sign up before Feb. 28, 2014, and save $100

When you sign up before Feb. 28, 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.

You can register online here.

If you have questions, please email Thomas Parmalee for more information.

Posted July 8, 2013


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