Homesteaders Partners with Kates-Boylston for Second Annual Pre-need Summit

West Des Moines, Iowa — Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in preneed funeral funding, is partnering with Kates-Boylston Publications to offer the highly anticipated second annual Preneed Summit in Atlanta, GA. Funeral home owners, managers and producers are invited to the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel on November 8, 2019, for a day of intensive learning.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with experts from inside and outside the funeral profession to discover how to make positive connections with the recently bereaved, recognize symptoms of burnout, engage in self-care and use social media and other resources to become an influencer and generate referrals.

“What makes our Preneed Summit so great is that it includes separate roundtable tracks for managers and producers,” notes Dean Lambert, Senior VP-Marketing and Communications at Homesteaders. “Managers will work together to discuss challenges in recruiting, hiring, managing, motivating and even terminating members of their sales team. Producers will evaluate how to overcome obstacles related to lead generation, appointment setting and the sales process.”

Thomas Parmalee, executive director of Kates-Boylston Publications, encourages any funeral professionals who are serious about achieving pre-need success to attend. “This will be an intensive program,” he said. “Attendees must come prepared to solve some of the profession’s greatest challenges, but the end result will be well worth it.”

This year’s presenters include Lambert, Dr. Jason Troyer, PhD, of Mt. Hope Grief Services and, Wanda Sizemore, Director-Field Training and Development at Homesteaders, and Angela Erickson, Sales Director at Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery.

Kates-Boylston Publications publisher Allison Sullivan states, “We are thrilled to team up with Homesteaders for this event for a second year. Several participants at last year’s event asked to sign up again for this year before they even left.”

The registration fee for this course is $495 per person, but attendees who sign up by August 30 will save $100, paying only $395. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the discounted rate of $155 per night with a free shuttle to and from the airport.

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Homesteaders Life Company, a mutual company owned by its policy holders, is a national leader providing products and services to promote and support the funding of advance funeral planning and end-of-life expenses through life insurance policies and annuity contracts.