Annual Conference Schedule




Thursday, April 25, 2019
2:00 p.m. Registration Opens
45:30 p.m.  altUnplugged & Uncorked: Uninhibited Discussions of Today’s Pressing Challenges [learn more
6:00 p.m. Dine Arounds [learn more]
Friday, April 26, 2019
78 a.m. Breakfast
88:30 a.m.
Opening Session 
altMilestone Celebration -  Firms celebrating a milestone year with OGR will get recognized in this short yet meaningful ceremony. [learn more]

8:309:30 a.m. Becoming a Difference Maker in the Midst of Change - Chad Porter, Difference Maker [learn more]
9:309:45 a.m.
9:4510:45 a.m. Handling Price Shoppers Effectively - Adam Martin, Martin Funeral, Tribute, & Cremation Services and Nancy Weil, OGR [learn more]
10:4511 a.m. Break 
11 a.m.-Noon Annual Business Meeting
Noon12:15 p.m.


12:15–1:45 p.m. Celebratory Luncheon [learn more]
1:45–2 p.m. Break
2–4 p.m. Breakout: Opioid Epidemic: How to Be a Respond to the Crisis without Being an Expert  - Charles Castiglia, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home [learn more]
(presented twice - 2:00 p.m.  l  3:05 p.m.)
  Breakout: How End-of-Life Practitioners and Funeral Professionals Can Serve Families Together - Lee Webster, National Doula Alliance [learn more]
(presented twice - 2:00 p.m.  l  3:05 p.m.)
  Breakout: Improving the Health of Your Business to Better Serve Families: A Case Study - Stephanie Ramsey and Doug Gober, The Foresight Companies [learn more]
(presented twice - 2:00 p.m.  l  3:05 p.m.)
46 p.m. Free time
69 p.m. altTavern & Tap Welcome Party [learn more]

Saturday, April 27, 2019

89 a.m. Prayer Breakfast & Service of Remembrance [learn more]
9 a.m.2 p.m. Solution Center
9:30–9:45 a.m.         Demo Station 1
10–10:15 a.m.
        Demo Station 2
10:30–10:45 a.m.         Demo Station 3
11–11:15 a.m.         Demo Station 4
11:30–11:45 a.m.         Demo Station 5
Noon–1 p.m.         Buffet Lunch
1–1:30 p.m.         Solution Talk 1 [learn more]
1:30–2 p.m.         Solution Talk 2 [learn more]
2–2:15 p.m. Break
2:15–3:15 p.m. Great Ideas Exchange [learn more]
3:15–3:30 p.m. Break
3:30–4:30 p.m. Closing Keynote: The Challenges are Real but You’re Ready - Caleb Wilde, Confessions of a Funeral Director  [learn more]
4:30–6:00 p.m. Free time
69 p.m.
altClosing Dinner: An Evening with Thomas Jefferson [learn more]
Sunday, April 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. Play a Round of Golf on Award Winning Course [learn more]
 11 a.m. 2 p.m.   Williamsburg Winery Tour [learn more]


All New for 2019

  • altConsult with solution providers – experience one-on-one consultations and solution-focused 15-minute talks at this year’s Solution Center.
  • altFind help for challenges – participate in interactive sessions with peers and learning facilitators to find answers to your most pressing challenges.
  • altCelebrate all you’ve accomplished – get recognized throughout the conference instead of in one long session.
  • altDiscover Williamsburg’s food scene  – mingle with friends and exhibitors, enjoy libations, and dine in style at various sites around Colonial Williamsburg on Friday at the Tavern & Tap Welcome Party.
  • altDine with Thomas Jefferson – join one of the United States’ Founding Fathers and the Marquis de Lafayette for banter, French cuisine, and wine at this year’s closing party.