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Come join us on the boardwalk at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City! The 2024 Convention offers a mix of attendee favorites and exciting new featured events, including enhanced networking opportunities, social gatherings, VIP perks and the Convention party: Yacht Rock Night, bringing the full theme to life.



Network Bridge
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Etess Arena Left Prefunction Space

Seize the chance to network with interns and funeral directors seeking employment opportunities during the Convention's second annual networking session. Eastwick College, Mercer County Community College and American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service Education will be sending interns to meet with funeral directors. Interns from all schools are invited.

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Etess Arena

Join your colleagues for the opening of the Exhibit Hall at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City’s Etess Arena. This is an opportunity to take a first look at the products and services offered by our exhibitors and learn what is trending in the industry. Complimentary beer and wine will be served with light hors d’oeuvres.

Funeral Directors Round-Up
10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Lobby Bar

Wrap up your first day at our Convention with this casual gathering held at the Lobby Bar. Order an cocktail at this laid-back nightspot while enjoying the company of other funeral professionals. All are welcome.



Service of Remembrance
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Brighton Ballroom

Join us as we honor NJSFDA members and industry colleagues who have died this past year. Everyone is welcome to attend this personalized commemorative event to share memories with families and friends. Anyone not registered for the Convention may request a badge to attend the Service of Remembrance at no charge.

Forward Collective
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Balcony

Held at The Balcony, an exclusive club at the Hard Rock, this new gathering is our kickoff to the annual Convention party. This event provides an opportunity for new and future funeral directors, 35 years of age and under, to mix and mingle in a welcoming atmosphere. Those students and interns who attended the Network Bridge event earlier in the program are encouraged to join us for this event.

Reminder: You must be 21 years old or older to drink alcoholic beverages but mocktails and other non-alcoholic drinks will be available. You must be registered for the Convention to attend.

Enjoy the outside patio as well; weather permitting.

Yacht Rock Night
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sound Waves Theater

Step aboard the SS Mortician for this year’s Convention party, featuring a night of Yacht Rock favorites performed live by Jersey’s own Suit & Mai Tai! This seven-piece band brings the sounds of 70s classic rock with hits from Steely Dan, Toto, Fleetwood Mac and more! Don your favorite Hawaiian print, grab a cocktail and enjoy a lively night “at sea”.

With complimentary drinks and appetizers for all party guests, the Convention party is a great opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy conversation with friends and colleagues. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served, and you must be over 21 to attend.

Separate ticket purchase and photo ID required.



General Session
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Brighton Ballroom

Join us for the annual business meeting of the New
Jersey State Funeral Directors Association. Witness
the ceremonial installation of new board members
and listen to the executive reports of the Association’s