This great lineup of funeral service experts with unique experiences will help you take your skills to the next level!
Owner/Operator, Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home
Robert L. Buhrig, Jr., CFSP, CPC, began his funeral service career in 1987, and became owner/operator of Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home in April 2011. A crematory was added, and the firm became Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Bob has earned both the CFSP and CPC designations.
Actor, World-Touring Entertainer, Motivational Speaker
Mark J. Lindquist has appeared in ABC's LOST, CBS' Hawaii Five-O and the Universal Studios movie “Battleship.” He is a world-touring entertainer who has performed live for over 2 million people in 22 countries and 44 states throughout his career. As a highly sought-after National Anthem singer, he performs for the largest crowds in America for teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Duke University Men's Basketball, the College World Series, the NCAA and in venues such as Madison Square Garden. Mark is a former Sergeant in the United States Air Force and an Afghanistan War Veteran who is based out of Fargo, North Dakota.
Chief Marketing Officer, FrontRunner Professional.
Ashley Montroy, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of FrontRunner Professional, has worked with more than 2,500 funeral homes across North America to not only better utilize technology but also to successfully bridge the offline-online marketing gap, position themselves as their families’ go-to on social media, and take over their local rankings on Google. With nearly a decade in funeral marketing experience, Ashley has built a team of Social Media and Search Engine marketing experts who manage more than 100 funeral home strategies each day. She has taught thousands of funeral professionals at more than 30 funeral conferences and has been named a top 5 speaker at the NFDA International Convention & Expo. From growing FrontRunner Professional more than 150% in 3 years to using digital marketing to grow funeral home businesses more than 700%, she will share lessons from digital marketing done right.
CEO, Good Grief
Joe Primo is the CEO of Good Grief, in New Jersey. Good Grief serves hundreds of children and families each month after the death of a parent or sibling. He serves on the Advisory Board of Option B at the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldman Family Foundation. Previously, Joe served as the President of the NAGC. A former hospice chaplain, he received his MDiv from Yale University, with a concentration in end-of-life care. Author of What Do We Tell the Children? Talking to Kids About Death and Dying, Joe has appeared on CNN, FOX, ABC, Real Woman’s Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Times of London, and NPR.
Director, Member Development, NFDA
Lacy Robinson, CFSP, NFDA director of member development, develops and facilitates training programs for NFDA members. Previously Lacy served as director of professional development for Aurora Casket Company. She is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, certified funeral celebrant, and certified member of the APFSP. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Georgetown College, and graduated from Mid-America College of Funeral Service.
Speaker & Sales Representative, The Dodge Company
Renee Sheth is a speaker and sales representative for the Dodge Company covering Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. Renee graduated from Worsham College and is a licensed funeral director/embalmer. She has studied cosmetology at Educator of Beauty in Illinois and is an Illinois licensure and education task force committee member.