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Welcome Party
Sunday, October 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
NASCAR Hall of Fame

Kick off your 2012 convention experience by putting the petal to the metal at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It's a Welcome Party you'll be talking about for years to come. Get your adrenaline pumping, challenge your peers at a tire-changing station or on a realistic race simulator. Enjoy an appetizer or have a drink at the cash bar. Join President Randy Earl and his wife, Evelyn, for this unforgettable night of Southern fun.


2012 Funeral Service Foundation Golf Classic
Sunday, October 7, 8:30 Scramble Start

NorthStone Country Club, Huntersville, North Carolina
For more information: www.funeralservicefoundation.org

Join your friends, fellow funeral directors and valued clients for a rousing game of golf, experiencing one of the Charlotte area's finest courses while enjoying the camaraderie of your funeral service peers. Your participation will help attract, retain and educate funeral service professionals; promote the value of the deathcare profession to the public; provide scholarships to funeral service students and professionals; and support children's grief programs.


Opening General Session
PEAKonomics: Success Strategies From the Seven Summits
Monday, October 8, 10 – 11:45 a.m.

We have great keynote speakers for you this year at our Opening and Closing General Sessions. At the Opening Session, Alison Levine will provide insight regarding how leadership, teamwork, determination, tenacity and the ability to adapt to a changing environment are critical in your business. From climbing Mount Everest to teaching at West Point – and as someone who has a grave heart condition – Alison offers a unique perspective and will share her commitment and leadership philosophies to help you achieve extreme results.

Also, find out what you voted to be the most innovative product or service in funeral service this year when the NFDA Innovation Award winner is announced during the Opening General Session.


All-Star Recognition Ceremony
Monday, October 8, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate your fellow funeral directors who have achieved more this year. Join NFDA to recognize individuals who have earned their NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultant designation, the CANA Crematory Operator Certification or Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation and honor the firms that earned a 2012 NFDA Pursuit of Excellence Award.


Service of Remembrance
Tuesday, October 9, 9:45 – 11 a.m.

Join us at the Service of Remembrance as we honor our veterans, pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and remember funeral service family and friends we have lost this past year.

This year's service will reflect the solemn and reverent military funerals that are conducted with precision every day at Arlington National Cemetery and across the country.

We will also pay tribute to our convention attendees who have served or are currently serving in the military.


House of Delegates
Tuesday, October 9, 11:15-12:15 p.m.

Hear the latest news about NFDA, including board elections, bylaw changes and other decisions being made by the leading and largest funeral service association in the world.


Funeral Directors Under 40: A Night on the Town
Price per person: $40

Under 40? Meet up with other funeral directors under 40 for a night of music, fun and new friends in the Queen City at the NC Music Factory. Start out the night at the world-renowned Wet Willie's, known for its very potent "mix your own" daiquiris. Then visit other establishments and partake in a drink or two! This is the ultimate opportunity to relax and network with your peers!


Closing General Session
Laugh to the Top: A Hilarious Guide to Achieving Your Goals
Wednesday, October 10, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Known as the funniest two-time cancer survivor who survived an African prison, Mack Dryden will take you an inspirational – and humorous – journey of harrowing survival and overcoming adversity. Dryden has appeared on many TV shows, has acted in several movies and has written for Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. He's sure to have you laughing as he shares his proven seven-step formula that is simple and practical and will inspire you to achieve more.

Also, find out which Expo booth was voted the Best of the Best by NFDA Convention attendees!

Bobby and Beth Rosson

Presidents Reception and Dinner
Wednesday, October 10, Reception 6:30 – 7:15; Dinner 7:15 – 10 p.m.
Price per person: $150

Join NFDA President-elect Bobby T. Rosson and his wife, Beth, at the Westin Hotel to welcome the 2012-13 NFDA Executive Board while partaking in a night of Southern hospitality. Enjoy a cocktail at the cash bar before sitting down for a delicious meal. Your ticket includes meal, entertainment, tax and gratuity. Attendees of this event will be talking about it for years to come!

If you have questions while attending the 2012 NFDA International Convention & Expo, please see a staff member in a blue shirt or visit NFDA Central.