It s Bad and Sad for the Illinois Funeral Directors Association They are hanging on to the past when they should be looking to the future. The Grim Reaper is staring down face of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association.
First, the Illinois Funeral Directors association is not willing to change. They have chosen a poor and good old boys lineup of speakers for their Convention.
Randall L Earl-The Embattled NFDA Executive Secretary- has brought the Organization down, he has been Named in 4 lawsuits. There is evidence that this former IFDA President started the decline of the IFDA Preneed Trust. He may have fraudulently setup the Museum of Funeral Customs. If there is to be a new IFDA he should be let nowhere near the Convention center let alone the podium.
Jeffrey L. Byran-According to the convention brochure: Jeff works with the Merrill Lynch guys. Why have someone speak who is in with the folks taking your organization down?
James D. Bosma- The current IFDA President is also named in 4 Lawsuits. He said in the 2009 “IFDA Yearbook” Common sense and plain dealing…..I believe that the mistakes of the past. were honest mistakes” Honest mistakes do not result in 4 lawsuits multigovernmental investigations, and months of negative press. (Source: the convention Brochure and the Yearbook)
Second, they are facing an almost 10 million dollar payment demand from The Comptroller of the State of Illinois.
Check this out in the State Journal Article: Hynes demands $10M from funeral directors
Third the COMPTROLLER of the STATE of Illinois has taken over the administration of an 18 million dollar semicriminal settletment with Merrill Lynch. The Funds belong to the IFDA Preneed Trust,the citizens of the state and the funeral homes who sold the policies. This infuriates funeral directors in the State.
For these reasons and others the Illinois Funeral Directors Association will soon check out for good. The IFDA will be gone. They will layoff everyone.
The lesson here for Consumers in Illinois is to avoid IFDA Preneed, for funeral directors start over, elect good leaders.
There will be no new Funeral Directors Association in Illinois this year, 2009.
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