The IFDA Annual Convention stands out as the largest yearly gathering of funeral directors and funeral service suppliers in the state of Illinois. This premier event features social gatherings, opportunities for continuing education, and an exhibit floor. For additional details, please scroll down. We look forward seeing you there! !
Join us at Walker's Bluff Casino Resort for the 2024 IFDA Annual Convention!
- Convention Sponsors
- Keynote Address
- Information for Funeral Directors
- Information for Exhibitors & Sponsors
- View Current Exhibitors
- Hotel Information
The IFDA Annual Convention is possible because of the contributions of our generous sponsors. Their generosity helps us provide a better event for all of our attendees and guests, and we want to offer a sincere THANK YOU from the IFDA Staff and Board of Directors.
Keynote Address Sponsor
Keynote Address Secondary Sponsor
Early Arrival Meet & Greet Event Sponsor
Convention Lanyards Sponsor
Convention Photobooth Sponsor
Education Session Sponsor
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Information for Funeral Directors
Information for Exhibitors & Sponsors
The Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus will be sent to IFDA Associate Members in January to the email address we have in your IFDA profile. The links below will become available to all exhibitors two weeks after the IFDA Associate Members.
Online registration for exhibitors, sponsors, advertisers, and IFDA Associate Members.
Click to download the Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus, which contains information on important dates and deadlines, networking opportunities, sponsorship availability, print ads, booth pricing, the exhibit hall floorplan, and the Convention Contract.
Click to download the Convention Contract for completion by hand. You may then mail, fax, or scan and email the completed contract to IFDA.
Click to download the Convention Floorplan
View Current Exhibitors
It takes the continued support of many organizations to make the Annual Convention successful. IFDA is pleased to be aligned with our convention exhibitors, each of which shares our goals and vision. Each and every one plays an integral role in our annual event, and we’d like to take a moment to thank the many exhibitors who help make this event possible.
|Medxwaste of Illinois
|The Dodge Company
|Futura Funeral Trust
|American Coach Sales
|Baldauff Florida Shipping Service
|Worsham College of Mortuary Science
|Chicago Crematory Supplies
|ELCO Mutual Life & Annuity
|ASD - Answering Service for Directors
|Pekin Life Insurance Company
|Riviera Tailors, Ltd
|Urns Etc. Inc.
|Compassion Funeral Service
|MorTrack by Cairnstack Software
|Cooperative Funeral Fund, Inc
Walkers Bluff Casino and Resort is located at 777 Walkers Bluff Way, Carterville, IL 62918.
Guests can call the Front Desk (618) 993-7777 and book under the group name Illinois Funeral Director Association Conference.
Group Number: 100539