Contact: Mark B. Allen, Executive Director
(512) 334-5504 
[email protected]

For Immediate Release


AUSTIN, TX – January 2017 - The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to serving independent funeral homes, is excited to host its 58th Annual Conference & Supplier Showcase in New Orleans, LA this April.

“This conference has been designed to provide attendees with valuable takeaways to capitalize on the new normal in funeral service and provide them with ways to keep their businesses above ground. In addition, the Supplier Showcase will feature top suppliers in the industry,” said Mark Allen, Executive Director & CEO for OGR. “This year’s event is a great opportunity for independent funeral home owners and staff to learn new ideas and gather tools to succeed in the ever changing funeral service profession.”

Attendees will tackle ways to woo & wow the new funeral family. They’ll also learn from experts how to differentiate their firms from competitors, present the open casket as a valuable option, deliver value to cremation families, and much more. These sessions and the Great Ideas Exchange will provide attendees with the information they need to thrive 2017.

In addition to education, attendees will enjoy an incredible lineup of events planned at the New Orleans destination with a Welcome to the Big Easy Party featuring a jazz band, local food and drink. Representatives in OGR’s network of suppliers will be on hand in the Supplier Showcase to share how their unique and valuable products and services can help funeral service professionals become more efficient and increase profitability.  

Conference participants will have a ball at the masquerade themed closing banquet and get a taste of true Mardi Gras masking.  For more information or to register, visit

About OGR
Founded in 1928, OGR is affiliated with more than 600 independent funeral homes that share common goals of exemplary service, uncompromising care and compassion to families in their time of need. For more information, visit