Homesteaders To Host 2018 Certificate in Strategic Business Management Class In Florida

West Des Moines, Iowa — Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in preneed funeral funding, has once again partnered with Drake University to offer the 4th annual Certificate in Strategic Business Management course for funeral professionals. The class will take place at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla, May 1-4, 2018. This new location is within convenient driving distance of Orlando, Fla.

The four-day course is designed to help funeral home owners, managers and candidates for succession adopt the most innovative business practices. Topics that will be covered include strategy and business processes, financial and legal strategies, marketing for the future and succession planning and funeral home valuation. Attendees will gain experience from case studies and interactive, application-oriented learning exercises.

“We are very excited to be moving this course to Florida,” said Judy Ralston-Hansen, Homesteaders Executive VP-HR & Administration. “Our new class of graduates will benefit from this in-depth training that includes several takeaways they can put into practice immediately upon their return.”

The faculty of Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration has worked with Homesteaders to discover the unique business opportunities and challenges of the funeral profession. The course addresses those topics through in-depth training, practical exercise and one-on-one coaching.

“This class gave us an overarching approach to strategy on a number of different things, from leadership to finance and marketing to acquisition,” said Trae Cody, owner, manager and funeral director of Companion Funeral & Cremation Service in Cleveland, Tenn. “It gives us a good idea on how to step back from day-to-day operations and how to create an action plan.”

For a limited time, Homesteaders will offer a special discounted rate for early registrants. Students who register before April 20 will receive a $50 discount. Plus, a limited number two-for-one registrations are available for firms that register two staff members for the course.

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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.