Maintenance Expo


MARCH 21, 2018

Evergreen Cemetery
4535 Main St. N.
Jacksonville, FL 32206


Make plans to join us for a full day event with cemeterians, funeral directors and death-care industry professionals. The Expo is a casual event that incorporates education and networking opportunities.

The 2018 Maintenance Expo will be held at Evergreen Cemetery which is an historic cemetery (130 years old) with more than 80,000 lives honored across 167 acres, including senators, governors, war veterans and distinguished business and civic leaders. We will have dinner and a historic tour of the cemetery the evening before.


Registration: Member $110 Non-Member $179

On-site Registration: Member $135 Non-Member $199


ATTENDEE REGISTRATION – To attend the Maintenance Expo, click here to download the form, or register online below. If you are with a municipal cemetery, please email for more information.


EXHIBITOR AND SPONSOR REGISTRATION – To sponsor the Maintenance Expo or to reserve a table top display, click here to download the form, or register online below.





Tuesday, March 20, 2018
5:30 PM Historical Tour of Evergreen Cemetery
7:00 PM Group Dinner
All participants invited – Dutch treat
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
7:45 AM – 8:30 AM Registration
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Welcome & Introductions, Continental Breakfast with Suppliers
8:30 AM – 9:20 AM Planting Calendar & Scheduling Tips
Serving families doesn’t stop once the grave or niche is closed. A beautiful, serene place for families to remember their loved ones continues once the limousines have driven away. This session sill help you keep you cemetery beautiful as what to plant and where to plant, and when to fertilize and prune shrubs and trees is critical to your cemetery.
Speaker John Abbott, Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park
9:20 AM – 9:50 AM Break with Suppliers / Networking and Games
9:50 AM – 10:40 AM Best Practices Mini-Sessions: Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts – Ways to Save Time and Money
Cemetery veterans share their time tested techniques for accomplishing work in the cemetery more efficient manner.
Panel Members: Randy Rolando, Evergreen Cemetery; Rick Tuss, Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home; Paul Patterson, Glen Haven Memorial Park; Wayne McDonald, Hiers-Baxley Funeral & Cremation Services
10:40 AM – 11:10 AM Networking and Games
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM Best Practices Mini-Sessions: Hurricanes – Before & After
As 2017 reminded us hurricane season is not to be taken lightly. The slightest of turns in a storm can leave Florida in the dead center of a hurricane’s path. This session will recount actions taken to mitigate damage and recovery quickly from the storms of 2017.
Panel Members: B. Duane LaFollett, Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home; Keenan Knopke, Curlew Hills Memory Gardens; Tory Gee, Superintendent, Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park; Paige Westmoreland, Eternal Light Memorial Gardens
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch with Suppliers
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Maintenance and Care of Lowering Devices
This session will be a hands-on instructional session covering basic care and preventative maintenance of Frigid Fluid casket lowering devices. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and concerns they have regarding their devices to fully participate in this valuable training.
Speaker Nelson Sanchez, Frigid Fluid Company
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Championship Round – Games
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Tree Maintenance: Preparation Before a Major Storm Event
After storm clean up in cemeteries from Hurricanes Matthew & Irma, I have noticed a distinct difference in the properties with a good maintenance plan and ones without. Those with a maintenance plan had a considerable smaller loss to their trees, while those without the maintenance plan needed to close for weeks’ worth of clean up to remove fallen and up-rooted trees. In this session I’ll provide an overview of proper tree maintenance techniques that all cemeteries can use as guide to mitigate tree damage during major storms.
Speaker Adam Jackson, Davey Tree Company


Suggested Hotels:

Double Tree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront
1201 Riverplace Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Omni Jacksonville
245 Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Hampton Inn Downtown Jacksonville I-95
1331 Prudential Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32207