Colorado Funeral Directors Association

What is the CFDA Summer Symposium?  

It’s the abbreviated version of the annual Convention, for Colorado funeral service practitioners to gather for education, networking, and of course, see the product and service showcase. 

Whether you are a supplier, a funeral director, embalmer, cremationist, preneed counselor, or are employed at a cemetery or trade service business, this is your opportunity to make valuable contacts, develop relationships, and establish your presence in the Colorado funeral service market.

 Funeral Service Practitioners!

 Supplier Partners and Vendors!

  • Thursday Networking Reception | 4:30 to 7:00
  • Friday Symposium Program | 7:30 to 12:30
  • Attend Thursday PM or Friday AM or BOTH!
  • RSVP online before July 6 to lock-in early bird prices
  • All registrants will pay at the door.
  • NFDA Arranger Training is NOT included with Summer Symposium. You must register for this program directly through the NFDA.
  • Sponsorship options include exhibit space and registration scholarships for your customers. 
  • Display space is limited.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NFDA Arrangement Training Program

Instructed by Lacy Robinson, this full-day program offers successful methods for your entire arrangement team to communicate the importance of memorialization and the value of the funeral to every family you serve. You must register through NFDA to attend this program

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor setup

4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception at the Summer Symposium

Join funeral service colleagues for a supplier showcase with appetizers, drinks, networking and enter for a chance to win great door prizes. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast at the Summer Symposium

Come for breakfast before work on Friday morning. Visit the supplier showcase and enter for a chance to win great door prizes. 

9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Education Session | The "New" CFDA

Learn about the big changes coming to the association for 2019. We encourage all funeral service practitioners and suppliers to attend this session to hear about the new membership model. [1 contact hours]

10:00 to 10:30 a.m. 
Refreshments | Door Prizes | Exhibitors move out at 10:30

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Education Sessions 

Short learning sessions on a variety of subjects, including a Colorado regulatory update. [2 contact hours] 

Memorialization: Providing Significant Memory Takeaways for Grieving Families | Greg Wright, Wright Products

What Will the Face of Cremation Look Like in the Future? | Terry School, The Davis-Whitehall Co.

Update from NFDA and CFDA Advocacy Issues
Chuck Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO, President Elect, National Funeral Directors Association; Chair, CFDA Legislative & Advocacy Committee

12:30 p.m. Adjourn


Batesville | Angela Anderson, Andrew Farrington

CVI Funeral Supply | Jim Wiens, Dale Guhr, Erik Lingle

The Davis-Whitehall Co. | Terry School

Donor Alliance  | Lindsey Wolman

First Call of Colorado / Funeral Director's Service | Nick Hodgdon

Garfield Refining Company | Michael Sherbekow

Great Western Insurance | Matt Lane

Handley Precast Systems | Steve and Kelly Handley

Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions | Scott Pelzer

Miller & Sons Funeral Car Sales | Geoff Miller

NorthGate Event Center & TapRoom | David and Joline Bernardini

Wilbert | Pierce | Kenn Kirkland, Alyssa Mennem

Wright Products | Greg and Gerry Wright

Location & Accommodations

Symposium Location

Summit Event Center
411 Sable Blvd. North, Aurora, CO 80011

Located near I-70 and I-225, The Summit is less than a 30- minute drive from DIA, downtown Denver and the Denver Tech Center. 

The Summit Event Center is also located within walking distance of the new 6th Avenue Light Rail Station. Plenty of free parking is available just outside our front door and we have negotiated rates with numerous nearby hotels and shuttle services.

Hotel Accommodations

SpringHill Suites Denver at Anschutz Medical Campus
13400 E. Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80011

If you require overnight accommodations, the SpringHill Suites is located 2 miles from the Summit Event Center.

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