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CASKET AND FUNERAL SUPPLY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

2018 WINTER SEMINAR

MARCH 22-24, 2018 • SHERATON GRAND NASHVILLE
 

 

ABOUT THE CITY

REGISTRATION

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

WEATHER

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

EDUCATION

GOLF TOURNAMENT

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

SPONSORSHIP

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS!

 

Astral Industries

Cherokee Casket Company

Dixline Corporation

Geneva Manufacturing Corp.

Matthews Aurora Funeral 

   Solutions

Keith M. Merrick Co.

New England Casket Co.

Nomis Publications

NorthStar Industries LLC

Paragon Casket

PPG Industries

Sauder Funeral Products

Schuylkill Haven Casket Co.

Southern Craft Manufacturing

Thacker Casket Manufacturing

Tiedemann-Bevs Industries

VerPlank Enterprises

W & M Manufacturing

 

Sponsorship information for 2018 coming soon!

JOIN CFSA IN NASHVILLE

 

Check back soon for the full seminar program!

 

The CFSA Board of Directors, led by President Jerry Burchett (PPG Industries) and Vice President Rodney Robinson (Southern Craft Manufacturing), recently selected Nashville as the host city for the 2018 Winter Seminar. The annual event will be held from Thursday to Saturday, March 22 – 24, 2018, at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown located in the city’s Arts District.

 

Read the full Winter Seminar announcement from the Newsletter.

 

ABOUT THE CITY

 

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and home to Vanderbilt University. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown, as is the District, featuring honky-tonks with live music, the bars of Broadway Street, and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer's life.

 

The 2018 Winter Seminar will be based in the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown, located just steps from the historic Arts District and the center of Music City nightlife. The recently renovated hotel features spacious rooms, an indoor pool & spa, and the trendy Library Bar & Lounge. The hotel also offers a variety of event spaces, including an impressive rooftop dining room. The glass-walled rooftop dining room offers a 360-degree view of the city, and will be the location for two Winter Seminar events.

 

 

SEMINAR REGISTRATION

 

Registration rates for 2018 will be posted soon!

 

2018 Registration Rates

 

Early Bird (through February 15)

CFSA Member - $---

CFSA Member Under 18 - $---

Non-Member - $---

Non-Member Under 18 - $---

 

After February 15

CFSA Member - $---

CFSA Member Under 18 - $---

Non-Member - $---

Non-Member Under 18 - $---

 

Off-site tours and activities are optional and incur an additional fee.

 

 

Your registration includes:

  • Thursday evening outdoor Welcome Reception with open bar followed by buffet Welcome Dinner
  • Buffet breakfasts on Friday and Saturday morning
  • CFSA business session and recognitions
  • Educational programs
  • Saturday evening reception with open bar, followed by the President’s Dinner & Dance
  • A variety of new activities for 2018!

 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

 

Hotel booking is now available for 2018!

 

Hotel room reservations for the 2018 Winter Seminar can be made directly 

with the hotel using the information below.  Reference "Casket & Funeral Association" when making your reservations.

 

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

623 Union Street

Nashville, TN

615-259-2000

Website

 

Online: Reserve your room here. 

Phone: 800-447-9825

 

CFSA Group Rate: $239 per night (plus tax) per single or double room, per night.

 

Our room block and negotiated room rate expire on February 26, 2018. Reservations MUST be made by this date to ensure availability during this peak season.

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

The Sheraton Grand is conveniently located in the center of Nashville with easy access from the highway and the airport.

 

From the airport: Grayline Airport Express runs a shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. The fee is $14 for a one-way ticket. The ticket can be purchased at the Grayline stand in the baggage claim area. Taxis are also available at the airport; the fare to the hotel is approximately $25.

 

Parking at the hotel: Covered self-parking and valet service are available at the hotel. Prices range from $31-35 per day.

 

For more information about transportation and for transportation requests, contact the Sheraton at 615-259-2000.

 

 

WEATHER

Early spring is one of the best times to visit the Music City. The weather is mild, and the kids are still in school!

Here’s what to expect in Nashville in March:

  • Average High Temperature: 61° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 39° F
  • Average Precipitation per Month: 10 rainy days
Note that if it’s chilly during our outdoor Winter Seminar events, we will have the option to use outdoor heaters to ensure the comfort of our attendees.

 


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

The schedule below is for reference only. The 2018 program will be released soon!

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 

3:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

   CFSA Registration Desk Opens 

   CFSA Registration Desk Closes 

   Welcome Reception & Dinner

 
 Friday, March 10, 2017

7:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
         9:00 a.m.
  9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

 

12:30 p.m.
  6:00 p.m. 

   CFSA Registration Desk Opens 

   Buffet Breakfast
   Business Session
   Speaker  

   CFSA Registration Desk Closes

   Depart for Stephen K. Newcomer Memorial Golf

      Tournament
   Depart for excursion
   Sunset Dinner

 
 Saturday, March 11, 2017

7:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

   CFSA Registration Desk Opens 

   Buffet Breakfast
   Business Session & Golf Tournament Recognitions
   Speaker

   CFSA Registration Desk Closes
   Depart for excursion
   President’s Reception
   President’s Dinner & Dance

 

Guideline for Dress: Dress code for the Winter Seminar is “resort casual,” though some guests may choose more formal dress for the President’s Reception and Dinner/Dance on Saturday evening.

 

EDUCATION

 

The information below is for reference only. The 2018 program will be released soon!

 

2017 Program

 

Speaker Donna Evans: CEO of Team Building for Success

“Navigate Challenges and Change by Harnessing the Power of Your Employees”

With over 25 years experience in finance, HR management and organizational development, Donna Evans brings a high level of expertise, awareness and skill to her consulting and coaching work. Donna received her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, and her MS from Purdue. She has been involved with teams ranging in size from 5 to 2,500, and she has led successful organizational change efforts involving thousands of employees to accelerating team performance for teams as small as ten.

Donna also has significant business management experience and understands the challenges of leading and managing employees and teams. She has provided trusted coaching to employees, managers and executives at all levels from line operators to senior vice presidents of billion dollar organizations. Having worked at Hewlett-Packard for much of her career, she incorporates core values from the “HP Way,” including:

  • trust and respect for the individual,
  • a high level of achievement,
  • integrity,
  • teamwork, and
  • flexibility and innovation.

 

Join Donna for a highly interactive presentation and series of breakout exercises that will cover:

  • Employee engagement and why it matters
  • The drivers of employee engagement
  • Your role as leader and understanding power versus control
  • The stages of change management
  • Five steps to engage your employees and harness your team to successfully navigate a changing world

 

Participants will walk away with ideas and tools they can use on “Day One” when they are back in the office, resulting in an immediate benefit for their businesses, their employees, and even themselves.

 

 

 

2017 Program

 

Speaker Eric McElvenny: Endurance Athlete

“Embracing Challenge”

Eric is an endurance athlete living in San Diego, California. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy while preparing for his service as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer. Eric deployed three times as a Marine and on his final tour, an incredible experience in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, was wounded after stepping on an IED. Eric suffered the amputation of his right leg below the knee, a life-changing opportunity that began his next journey. Faced with a physical challenge and an uncertain future, Eric made a promise to himself to run an Ironman Triathlon. On his journey from the hospital bed in southern California to the finish line in Kona Hawaii, he realized that the challenge and adversity he was up against—and the techniques he used to reach the finish line—could be used against the challenges we all entertain. When not training, racing and delivering inspiration, Eric can be found with his wife, Rachel, and three children.

Join Eric as he explores the characteristics, traits and actions he found most useful in his journey from the hospital bed to the Ironman World Championships finish line.  During this presentation, Eric gives his audience tools and techniques to overcoming life's obstacles through powerful, funny and emotional stories. Following his presentation, Eric will facilitate an interactive, small-group breakout session, designed to leverage leadership techniques and problem-solving skills.

 

 

GOLF TOURNAMENT

 

The information below is for reference only. The 2018 program, including an exciting new golf event, will be released soon!

 

Stephen K. Newcomer Memorial Golf Tournament

 

2017 Program

Departure: 11:00 a.m. (lunch available at the clubhouse)

Price: $160 per person (includes golf cart and transportation to course), $60 per person club rental (includes two sleeves of balls)

Join us for the 9th Annual Stephen K. Newcomer Memorial Golf Tournament at Steele Canyon Golf Club!

As one of Southern California’s finest golf clubs, this 27-hole championship golf course was personally designed by Gary Player, one of history’s greatest golfers, with a respect and appreciation for the natural beauty of the terrain. As a recipient of Golf Digest’s prestigious “4-1/2 Star Award” and more recently a City Beat News Spectrum Award winner, Steele Canyon Golf Club has been nationally recognized as one of Southern California’s best publicly accessible golf courses.

Golfers will have the opportunity to eat lunch at the clubhouse or practice at the driving range before teeing off at 12:06 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, the team with the latest-surviving Pink Lady ball, as well as to the “Longest Drive” and “Closest to the Pin” winners (male and female).

 

  

TOURS & ACTIVITIES

 

The information below is for reference only. The 2018 program will be released soon!

 

USS Midway Museum Tour

2017 Program 

Departure: 12:30 p.m. (lunch on your own)

Price: $50 per person (includes transportation to museum)

Explore what it’s like to be part of a “city at sea” aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. The U.S.S. Midway has been the home of more than 200,000 Americans over the course of 47 years. She is making her final tour of duty in San Diego to pay tribute to the contributions of the armed services and as a beacon of education and entertainment.

The museum’s self-guided audio tour takes you through 60 exhibits and 29 aircraft. Exhibits range from the crew's sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship's jail, post office, machine shops, and pilots' ready rooms. Also included in admission is entry to Voices of Midway, a riveting 14-minute multimedia movie about the Battle of Midway, and The Island, a 20-30 minute guided tour of the Flight Deck, including Flight Control, the Chart Room, and the Captain’s Bridge.

Our group will also have access to the (optional) flight simulation ride Air Combat 360. Enter this state-of-the-art simulator for a pulse-pounding aerial combat ride where you control all the action. Air Combat 360 pilots can roll, somersault, spin and loop as they fly missions. Note: Younger guests must be at least 42” tall to ride with an adult, or 48” tall to ride alone.

 

 

"Behind the Scenes" at the San Diego Zoo

2017 Program


Departure: 12:00 p.m. (lunch available at the Zoo)

Price: $115 per person (includes transportation to Zoo)

The world famous San Diego Zoo has been the gem of San Diego for more than 90 years. Starting as a small collection of animals, the Zoo has grown into a sanctuary for more than 4,000 birds, mammals, and reptiles housed in enclosures that closely simulate their natural environments. The 100-acre Zoo is also a lush botanical garden that houses more than 6,500 plant species!

Guests are met at the entrance and escorted to their own private bus for a special VIP tour. This “Inside Look” tour is a 1-1/2 hour entertaining and educational adventure that offers special behind-the-scenes views and interesting information about how the Zoo cares for its animals. It is filled with experiences and stories you couldn’t get anywhere else. As part of the tour, you’ll see about 60% of the Zoo and visit private, off-exhibit areas. At the conclusion of the tour, you will have free time to explore the remainder of the zoo at your leisure.

 

SPONSORSHIP

Maximize the value of your CFSA membership! CFSA offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities associated with the Winter Seminar. Sponsors receive significant recognition benefits in pre- and post-event marketing materials, as well as during the event. All sponsorships are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  

 

The full list of detailed sponsorship opportunities will be posted soon. For more information, contact CFSA at 847.295.6630.

 

 

 

    

 

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