Robin Heppell, CFSP, of FuneralFuturist.com in Victoria, British Columbia, has recently been honored as a Legacy Fellow in the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice Legacy Endowment Fund for his generosity and commitment to continuing education and life-long learning. Robin is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, an Ambassador and member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
Robin Heppell, CFSP, combines his expertise in marketing, technology and pre-need, his formal business knowledge and his deep-rooted legacy in the funeral profession so that he can help funeral homes and cemeteries be more competitive, more profitable, and provide the best possible service for the families they serve.
Through his consulting firm, FuneralFuturist.com in Victoria, British Columbia, he assists funeral directors and cemeterians throughout North America embrace and incorporate innovative strategies, marketing plans and technologies.
This “Funeral Futurist” has over 20 years experience in a highly competitive, high cremation (90%) market. He is a fourth generation funeral director and a Certified Celebrant. Heppell is a former faculty member of the Canadian College of Funeral Service, a contributor to Mortuary Management and the Canadian Funeral News, and his own websites include http://www.FuneralGurus.com and http://www.FuneralFuturist.com.
The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice is one of the oldest organizations providing a program for professional certification in the United States. With almost 2,000 members worldwide, 1425 of whom have achieved the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, the Academy offers a voluntary certification program for funeral service practitioners to accomplish educational, professional, and community oriented goals in an organized fashion, recognizing funeral directors who raise and improve the standards of funeral service.
In late 2010, the Academy Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to establish the Legacy Endowment Fund which will accept donations from all eligible sources for the purpose of promoting education in funeral service and mortuary science. The Board of Trustees of the Academy will grant scholarships and make bequests from the income, appreciation and any other earnings generated by the Legacy Endowment Fund for the purpose of funding mortuary science and funeral service education for mortuary science students and funeral service practitioners.
For more information about the Legacy Endowment fund or the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation, please contact Kimberly A. Gehlert, Executive Director, at (614) 899-6200.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Kimberly A. Gehlert, Executive Director
Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice
614/899-6200 Fax: 614/899-6206
P.O. Box 2275
Westerville, OH 43086-2275