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2013 Highlights

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Austin, Texas! From the world's largest funeral service expo to a wide variety of valuable workshops, NFDA offered the tools and resources you need to achieve more in your business, community and life.

We are pleased to share highlights from the year's convention, including archived webcasts of the Opening Session, All-star Recognition Ceremony, the Service of Remembrance, the House of Delegates meeting, the Closing Session and the new Special Engagement. Be sure to take a look at the 2013 Smiling Faces video to see if you or a friend is featured!

2013 Expo Hall Timelapse
2013 Smiling Faces
Opening General Session - October 21, 2013
All-Star Recognition - October 21, 2013
Service of Remembrance - October 22, 2013
House of Delegates - October 22, 2013
Closing Session - October 23, 2013
Special Engagement – October 23, 2013


  • More than 5,600 People Attend NFDA International Convention & Expo
    Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) 2013 International Convention & Expo, held October 20-23 in Austin, Texas, drew 5,643 total attendees and 371 exhibiting companies to an event that continues to open new doors to opportunity for the funeral service community.
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  • Robby Bates Installed as President of the National Funeral Directors Association
    Brookfield, Wis. – Robert L. "Robby" Bates, CFSP, CCO, of Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas, was installed as president of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) during its 2013 International Convention & Expo, which took place October 20-23 in Austin, Texas.
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  • The National Funeral Directors Association Recognizes funeralOne with the 2013 NFDA Innovation Award
    The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) presented funeralOne with the 2013 NFDA Innovation Award during the association's International Convention & Expo, which took place October 20-23 in Austin, Texas. The company was recognized for its f1Connect Mobile Websites.
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  • Funeral Service Suppliers Win NFDA Convention Booth Contest
    Brookfield, Wis. – The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) recognized three funeral service suppliers for having the best booths in the Expo Hall during the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo, which took place October 20-23 in Austin, Texas.
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  • Innovations from Design for Death Competition Reveal Funeral and Memorial Spaces of the Future
    Austin, Texas – Defying convention, winners of the Design for Death competition re-drew the boundaries of space, imagination and interaction between the living and the departed. Their futuristic concepts of deathcare reflected their response to the demands of growing urbanization, the need for conservation and rapid influence of technology.
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