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The IFDA Annual Convention stands out as the largest yearly gathering of funeral directors and funeral service suppliers in the state of Illinois. This premier event features social gatherings, opportunities for continuing education, and an exhibit floor. For additional details, please scroll down. We look forward seeing you there! !

Join us at Walker's Bluff Casino Resort for the 2024 IFDA Annual Convention!


Convention Sponsors

The IFDA Annual Convention is possible because of the contributions of our generous sponsors. Their generosity helps us provide a better event for all of our attendees and guests, and we want to offer a sincere THANK YOU from the IFDA Staff and Board of Directors.

Keynote Address Sponsor 

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 Keynote Address Secondary Sponsor


Early Arrival Meet & Greet Event Sponsor


Convention Lanyards Sponsor


Convention Photobooth Sponsor



Education Session Sponsor

Medxwaste Logo


Convention Sponsors

None at this time.


Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker 2024


John O'Leary

In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given less than a 1% chance to live. This epic story of survival (first showcased in 2008 with his parents’ acclaimed book Overwhelming Odds) has never felt more relevant than as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Today, John is the author of the #1 National Bestselling books ON FIRE and IN AWE. The latter released in May 2020 with many saying it is the message we all need right now. John is the host of the top-rated Live Inspired Podcast and a live and virtual event speaker teaching more than 50,000 people around the world each year how to live inspired.

Consistently described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had” John’s emotional story-telling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each presentation unforgettable. John’s genuine, collaborative approach to partnering allowed him to understand early that clients’ biggest pain point in the wake of the fallout from the pandemic is team “burnout.” To address this, John expanded his Live Inspired Coaching program to bring his keynote from inspirational to transformational. Early successes in the program have clients saying their teams are more focused, collaborative and engaged than ever.

John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife Beth, their four children and his relationships with friends and family. 

Sponsored by

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Information for Funeral Directors

Coming Soon!!!

Information for Exhibitors & Sponsors

The Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus will be sent to IFDA Associate Members in January to the email address we have in your IFDA profile. The links below will become available to all exhibitors two weeks after the IFDA Associate Members.

Click HERE to Register Now!!

Online registration for exhibitors, sponsors, advertisers, and IFDA Associate Members.

Download Prospectus

Click to download the Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus, which contains information on important dates and deadlines, networking opportunities, sponsorship availability, print ads, booth pricing, the exhibit hall floorplan, and the Convention Contract.

2024 IFDA Annual Convention Contract

Click to download the Convention Contract for completion by hand. You may then mail, fax, or scan and email the completed contract to IFDA.

Annual Convention Floorplan

Click to download the Convention Floorplan

View Current Exhibitors

It takes the continued support of many organizations to make the Annual Convention successful. IFDA is pleased to be aligned with our convention exhibitors, each of which shares our goals and vision. Each and every one plays an integral role in our annual event, and we’d like to take a moment to thank the many exhibitors who help make this event possible.

Medxwaste of Illinois The Dodge Company
Futura Funeral Trust American Coach Sales
Baldauff Florida Shipping Service Worsham College of Mortuary Science
Chicago Crematory Supplies  ELCO Mutual Life & Annuity
ASD - Answering Service for Directors  Pekin Life Insurance Company
Riviera Tailors, Ltd Federated Insurance
Urns Etc. Inc.  Compassion Funeral Service
MorTrack by Cairnstack Software Cooperative Funeral Fund, Inc

Hotel Information

Walkers Bluff    Walkers Bluff Casino

Walkers Bluff Casino and Resort is located at 777 Walkers Bluff Way, Carterville, IL 62918.


Guests can call the Front Desk (618) 993-7777 and book under the group name Illinois Funeral Director Association Conference.

Group Number: 100539