The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association brought together thousands of death-care professionals at its 2024 Annual Convention & Exposition, held in Tampa, Florida, from April 10-13.

“With 996 registered attendees and more than 2,000 individuals in attendance, the convention not only met but surpassed expectations,” said ICCFA President Lee Longino. “We are thrilled to see such strong participation, underscoring our commitment to fostering a vibrant community within the death-care profession. As we look ahead, I am excited to lead ICCFA into a new era of innovation and change. We are poised to disrupt the status quo and usher in transformative initiatives to propel our profession forward.”

Renowned speakers Shawn Achor and Brian Solis delivered captivating presentations, offering profound insights into success, happiness, and the importance of personalized experiences in a rapidly evolving landscape. Their contributions enriched the convention program and left a lasting impact on the attendees, making the event truly memorable.

Throughout the convention, participants delved into topics vital to professional growth, such as leadership, technology, and meeting consumer expectations. The event also celebrated outstanding contributions to the profession, including the induction of Fred Lappin into the prestigious ICCFA Hall of Fame and the presentation of the 2024 ICCFA Educational Foundation’s Lasting Impact Award to Jim Price.

“This year’s convention was most importantly about connecting and networking. The atmosphere was electric with the strengthening of existing connections and the excitement of establishing new partnerships.  We continue to realize the importance of meeting with one another in person to further our profession’s future,” said Immediate Past President Robbie Pape.

Looking ahead, the ICCFA announced the dates for next year’s event, scheduled at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from April 30 to May 3, 2025.

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Founded in 1887, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is the only international trade association representing all cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization segments. The association is comprised of more than 10,000 members in the cemetery, funeral home and crematory industries, supplier and related businesses worldwide. 

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