February 23–25, 2018St. Pete Beach, FL
March 11–13, 2018Atlanta, GA
April 13–15, 2018Atlantic Beach, FL
April 25–27, 2018Washington, D.C.
July 8–11, 2018Asheville, NC
July 11–13, 2018Asheville, NC
This talented lineup of funeral service experts will provide you with the tools you need to take your firm to the next level!
Business Development Consultant, Johnson Consulting Group
Adams has extensive knowledge and diverse experience with all aspects of the death care industry. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1977 with a degree in Mortuary Science and worked as a partner/licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer at a firm in Southern Illinois. In 1984 he joined Batesville Casket Company. During his 25+ year tenure with Batesville, he served in a variety of sales and management positions. These roles enabled him to gain experience, knowledge and in-depth understanding of sales and merchandising strategies, industry demographics, and the complexity of the changing funeral industry market. Adams also served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at a leading funeral/cemetery complex in the Greater San Francisco Bay area.
Homesteaders Life Company
Will Bischoff joined Homesteaders Life Company in 2015 as vice president of strategic markets. In his current role, he draws on more than 20 years of experience in the funeral profession, including 13 years with Keystone Group Holdings as operations controller and vice president of corporate development. While at Keystone, Bischoff analyzed hundreds of funeral homes’ financial statements. Now at Homesteaders, he enjoys working with funeral home owners to implement preneed strategies for long-term success. Bischoff holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in corporate finance.
Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, Mechanicsburg, PA
Bob began his funeral service career in 1987; in April 2011 he became owner and operator of the Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home, which has served the community for over 105 years. A crematory, café, and reception services were added to the firm in 2011; later that year Myers-Buhrig also became a full service monument dealer. There have been other significant improvements and upgrades to better serve the community since then.
CEO and President, Homesteaders Life Company, West Des Moines, IA
Shaffer, who joined Homesteaders in 2014, is a well-known and influential executive in the funeral and cemetery business. Prior to joining Homesteaders, he co-founded and served as President-CEO of Foundation Partners Group, LLC. He led an organization created to combine the best aspects of conventional end-of-life care with new ideas and technologies. Steve also completed two three-year terms as a Funeral Service Foundation Trustee. His experience in the funeral service profession helps ensure Homesteaders is well-positioned to continue its strong tradition of growth, profitability and financial strength. He earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington.