President’s Message

Eric Smith
2019-20 CFDA President

The 115th annual California Funeral Directors Association Convention at Lake Tahoe was very successful. Your Convention Committee, Board of Directors, and CFDA Staff worked throughout the year to present an educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking Convention.

I would like to give a special thank you to all our speakers. Linda Cohen of Cohen Consulting, Tyler Anderson of Precoa Business Development, Kathi Wells of Global Atlantic, Shane A. S. Ritchie CSFP, and Mike Nicodemus from the National Funeral Directors Association Cremation Services for their interactive, informative, and outstanding presentations.  To all the vendors and sponsors that make it all happen, I thank you. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who attended the conference. It is vital to the future of our profession that we continue to educate, connect, and celebrate the hard work of California Funeral Directors.

It is our hope that the convention and the work of the California Funeral Directors Association inspires you to become an active member by joining us on one or more of our very active committees. We welcome new ideas and perspectives that will offer enhanced benefits to our members and build a stronger Association into the future.

I am truly honored to be your 2019-2020 President of California Funeral Directors Association and follow in the footsteps of the 114 previous Presidents of our Association. Together we are a strong collection of people with a purpose and a passion to better our profession and to provide the highest standard of care to the families we serve.

Eric Smith