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CANA Welcomes New Board Members

WHEELING, ILL. - During its 96th annual convention at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, The Cremation Association of North America's membership elected two new directors to the CANA Board. Several other board members advanced into new officer positions.

Faccinto and Hunter Join the Leadership

Vinnie Faccinto, vice president for growth and development for Smart Cremation in Cookeville, Tennessee, is one of the newly elected board members. The other is Scott Hunter, owner and president of Gateway Pet Memorial Services, Inc. in Guelph, Ontario.

CANA Board Officer Advancement

Robert M. Boetticher, Jr. is now installed as CANA’s board president. Boetticher is an expert at the strategic analysis of the annual cremation statistics report and plans to make quality education opportunities the focus of his year as CANA’s president. Sheri Stahl, vice president and business manager of Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, is CANA’s president-elect. The association’s first vice president and rreasurer is Tim Borden of Louisville, Kentucky. Borden is founder and president of Borden Mortuary Group. CANA’s second vice president is Michael Sheedy, market director for Service Corporation International (Canada) out of Ottawa, Ontario. Mitch Rose, CEO and president of The Woodlawn Cemetery, is now the third vice president.

CANA's executive director Barbara Kemmis is enthusiastic about the new administration. “CANA’s Board of Directors is passionate about its work and astute about the potential growth and the challenges for the cremation industry in the current environment,” she said, adding, “These leaders are ready to tackle the development of programs, studies and member benefits that will advance the association and the important services its members provide.”


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