2017 Annual Conference

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Dates & Location

April 17-20, 2017
Amway Grand Plaza and DeVos Place



Pre-register for a discounted rate of $100 per person for the entire convention. Pre-registering will also expedite your access to the convention upon your arrival.  Fees for those registering on-site are $125 per person. If you are a current MFDA Retiree Member, you can register for the entire convention for $70.


In order to expedite registration, we asked for pre-registration on the Exhibitor Space Contract. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED ATTENDEE NAMES ON THE SPACE CONTRACT, THERE IS NO NEED FOR EXHIBITORS TO REGISTER ONLINE.  Exhibitor attendees should only register online if there are changes or additions to what was submitted on the contract.

MFDA Exhibitors and/or Sponsors shall be issued three (3) free badges per booth and/or sponsorship. A badge for an exhibitor's or sponsor's spouse will be prepared without charge upon presentation of proper identification. Your badges will be held at the Exhibitor Registration Desk at DeVos Place Hall A.


Pre-Registration is closed.
Members can register onsite at the Amway Grand Plaza and Exhibitors can register onsite at the DeVos Place.


Monday, April 17
6:00 - 10:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In DeVos Place - Hall A
6:00 - 6:15 pm Credential Meeting Lyon Room
6:00 - 6:15 pm Rules Committee Robinson Room
6:15 - 6:30 pm Resolutions Committee Robinson Room
Tuesday, April 18
7:00 am - 3:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In DeVos Place - Hall A
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Member Registration Amway/North Course
8:00 am - 6:30 pm Exhibitor Registration DeVos Place - Hall A
8:00 - 10:00 am Annual Meeting Pantlind Ballroom
10:15 - 11:15 am Workshop - Dr. Thomas Long Governor's Room
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Service of Remembrance Pantlind Ballroom
2:15 - 3:15 pm Keynote Speaker - Dr. Jason Troyer Governor's Room
3:30 - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall - Grand Opening DeVos Place - Hall A
7:00 - 7:30 pm WSU Greet the Mentors Sen. Vandenberg Rm - A
7:30 - 8:30 pm WSU Reception Sen. Vandenberg Rm - B
Wednesday, April 19
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Member Registration Amway/North Course
8:00 am - 1:00 pm Exhibitor Registration DeVos Place - Hall A
8:45 - 9:45 am Workshop - Lacy Robinson Pantlind Ballroom
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Lunch at 12:00 - 1:00 pm

DeVos Place - Hall A
12:30 - 1:45 pm Past Presidents Luncheon Ford Ballroom
2:00 - 3:30 pm MI Mort Sci Fdn Mtg Governor's Room
2:30 pm Exhibitor Move Out DeVos Place - Hall A
2:30 - 3:30 pm Workshop - Justin Baxley Pantlind Ballroom
3:45 - 4:45 pm Workshop - Tom Flynn Pantlind Ballroom
5:00 - 6:00 pm Honors Reception Ambassador Ballroom
8:00 - 11:00 pm MFDA Party Imperial Ballroom
Thursday, April 20
8:30 - 11:00 am Member Registration Amway/North Course
9:30 - 10:30 am Workshop - Bruce Matza Atrium
10:30 am - 12:30 pm OSHA Seminar - Stephen Kemp Atrium

Hotel Reservation Instructions

Reserve your room at the Amway Grand Plaza--Group Reservations by calling 1-800-253-3590 and then identify your affiliation with the Michigan Funeral Directors Association to receive the MFDA discounted group rate, or by going online to https://aws.passkey.com/event/48974042/owner/2529966/home. The discounted group rate will be available through April 7, 2017.

2017 Sponsors

Platinum/over $2,500
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Brutsche Concrete Products*
Federated Insurance
MFDA Services Corporation
Santeiu Vaults*
Wilbert Manufacturers of Michigan*

Gold/$1,000 - $2,499
Prudent Investor Advisors

Austin’s Funeral Coach Service*
Cooperative Funeral Fund, Inc.
Hilton Funeral Supply*
Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions*
Private Label/Drink the Message
Public Funeral Car Service*
Worsham College of Mortuary Science*

Bronze/under $499
Exclusive Transportation*
Superior Casket Co. Inc.*
Thomas Messer Limousine*

* Indicates Sales Club Member