Aurora Casket Company Proud Sponsor of “Meet the Mentors” Event


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Beth Parker
The Eisen Agency

Aurora Casket Company Proud Sponsor of “Meet the Mentors” Event
Fifty selected participants to gain key industry insight at inaugural program

Aurora, IN – Aug. 16, 2011 – Aurora Casket Company, the largest family-owned funeral service supplier in the United States, is a proud sponsor of the National Funeral Directors Association’s “Meet the Mentors” program to be held Sept. 13 at the Harvard Faculty Club on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass. Held in cooperation with the Funeral Service Foundation (FSF), the inaugural event gives 50 randomly selected NFDA members under the age of 40 the opportunity to learn from four of the top funeral directors in the nation.

“There is no replacement for the role mentors have in our profession,” said Tim Dugan, Aurora Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Regardless of how the field may change, the quality of funeral service professionals rests on the training they receive from their predecessors.”

Presenters include John Carmon, CFSP, of Carmon Community Funeral Homes in Windsor, Conn., Diana Kurz, CFSP, of Newington Memorial Funeral Home in Newington, Conn., Thomas Lynch of Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Milford, Mich., and William McQueen, CFSP, former owner of Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in St. Petersburg, Fla. The featured speakers will address business operations, community relations, effectively communicating the value of funerals, and cremation. Afterwards, each mentor will host round table discussions to elaborate on his or her area of expertise and interact personally with attendees.

“I anticipate we will see this event for several years to come,” Dugan said. “We appreciate all NFDA does to promote professional development and that we can be a part of this program.”

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About Aurora Casket

Aurora Casket is the largest family-owned funeral supplier in America. Founded in 1890, the company operates five manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and provides a full range of burial, cremation, and technology products to funeral home clients across America. Aurora is a fifth-generation family business, owned and operated by the Barrott and Backman families. For more information, visit


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