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Tuesday, August 12, 2014  
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New Members Elected, Officers Advance at 96th Convention  


WHEELING, IL—Great leaders are the driving force behind every successful professional association. CANA is proud to announce that the progressive, forward-thinking tradition of its governance continues unabated with the latest board installation. During its 96th Annual Convention, August 6-9, 2014, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, CANA’s membership elected two new directors to the CANA Board. Several other board members advanced into new officer positions.


Faccinto and Hunter Join the Leadership

Vinnie Faccinto (below, left), Vice President for Growth and Development for Smart Cremation in Cookeville, Tennessee, is one of the newly elected board members. The other is Scott Hunter (below, right), Owner and President of Gateway Pet Memorial Services, Inc. in Guelph, Ontario.

CANA Board Officer Advancement

Known for his charisma, boundless energy, and decisive command of the industry’s “big picture,” Robert M. Boetticher, Jr. (below) is now installed as CANA’s Board President. BBJ is an expert at the strategic analysis of the Annual Cremation Statistics Report and plans to make quality education opportunities the focus of his year as CANA’s President.

Sheri Stahl, Vice President and Business Manager of Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, is CANA’s President-Elect. The association’s First Vice President and Treasurer is Tim Borden of Louisville, Kentucky. Tim is Founder and President of Borden Mortuary Group. CANA’s Second Vice President is Michael Sheedy. Mike is Market Director for Service Corporation International (Canada) out of Ottawa, Ontario. Mitch Rose, CEO and President of The Woodlawn Cemetery, is now the Third Vice President.


CANA Executive Director Barbara Kemmis is enthusiastic about the new administration. “CANA’s Board of Directors is passionate about its work and astute about the potential growth and the challenges for the cremation industry in the current environment,” she said, adding, “These leaders are ready to tackle the development of programs, studies, and member benefits that will advance the association and the important services its members provide.” More information about CANA and the new board can be found on the association’s website at



About CANA

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an International organization of over 1,300 members, composed of cremationists, funeral directors, funeral home operators and owners, cemeterians, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.