WMA Newsletter

December 2015

Welcome to the First Edition of the WMA Newsletter

Welcome! The WMA had a very exciting couple of months. We introduced our first round of monthly emails dealing with plant safety and human resources, as well as our first webinar featuring special guests from SCI. Peacock Marketing Group has done an amazing job with helping to streamline the Associations' tasks; from the invoicing process to getting our messages out to the network.

We hope that you have found all the information and resources we provided helpful, and we always look forward to your feedback. It is a great feeling to be a part of such a great organization of people who are dedicated to the next generation of burial vault manufacturers. It will be our constant goal to offer support to your businesses in all of its many aspects as well as bring this association into the 21st century.

The entire Board would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and prosperous new year.

Call for Sponsors

We are saving this spot quarterly for vendors that have a message to share with licensees. We will include their logo, a paragraph of text, and a link to their website. Price is $350 per email if you have a vendor (or side business of your own) that may be interested. There are 4 slots -- 1 per quarter -- and they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

This Month's Sponsor: Peacock Marketing

Peacock Marketing Group is a a full-service marketing company that has developed websites for 45 Wilbert licensees and processed over 50,000 online orders to date.

In addition to vault ordering, Peacock Marketing has just released a new add-on ($1500) that allows funeral directors to order cremations, urns, and jewelry online. This add-on is similar to the casket and non-Wilbert vault ordering -- set up on its own tab on the order screen. Funeral directors can enter their orders online -- in one unified spot -- and no credit card is required, just as if they called in the order. By using the 24/7 online service, there is improved order accuracy and a reduction in data-entry errors.

New Board Members

Welcome to our three new board members -- PJ McCloskey, Brett Henery and Jeff McNider. View the entire board member list (including regional leaders) at wilbertwma.com.

Brett Henery (West)

Wilbert Houston
10645 Aldine Westfield Rd.
Houston, TX 77093

PJ McCloskey (West)

Mickelson & Ray
2402 South 55th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85043

Jeff McNider (South)

Gulf Wilbert Vault Co
5100 Kooiman Rd,
Theodore, AL 36582
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  • On 11/17, SCI presented their SpendSmart system for order entry and invoicing.
  • In line with our goal of providing ongoing education to licensees, watch for more WMA webinars to be announced soon!

Annual Meeting: Marco Island, FL

The 71th Annual Meeting of the WMA will be held in Marco Island, FL October 2-5, 2016 at the Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa.

Look Who's Coming....

Paid registrations (60+) for Marco Island include the licensees below. If you have not yet registered for the event, we encourage you to do so now.

  • Boyd & Lisa Anderson
  • Beth & Ziggy Cooper
  • Lance & Denise Ray
  • Kevin Traub & Elizabeth Greene
  • Mark & Nikki Bates
  • Jeff DeFrance
  • Graham & Diane MacLeod
  • Richard Herr
  • Paul & Joanne Cooper
  • Robert & Sue Knauer
  • Conrad & Arlene Knauer
  • Johnny Moller
  • Eric Lewis
  • Tommy & Cheryl Abbate
  • Rodney Casada
  • Whitney Casada
  • Dennis Sanders
  • Jeff McNider
  • Marvin Smith
  • Steve & Kim Turner
  • PJ McCloskey
  • Dale & Renee Cameron
  • Jason Elmore
  • Linda Josten
  • Sandy Josten
  • Tom & Val Josten
  • Danny & Christi Hurt
  • Zak & Therese Kistenfeger
  • Randy Fehrenbacher
  • Randy & Connie Parson
  • Kurt & Wendy Bickes
  • Pat Walgamuth
  • Bri Walgamuth
  • Tim & Beth Brutsche
  • Jason & Heidi Schultz
  • Holly Bridgers & Greg Weber
  • Trevor & Liz Baxter
  • Dean & Julie Waldschmidt
  • John & Melissa King
  • Audrey Hoffman
  • Mike & Kathy Banks
  • Greg & Jen Banks

Regional Meeting for South and Central: Charleston, SC

The regional meeting for the South and Central regions will be held in Charleston, SC from May 15-18 -- the perfect time to visit this city. Register for the meeting now.

You can expect warm weather and a full house in this charming, historic city that is currently ranked as a #1 travel destination. Optional Sunday activities include a carriage tour, home tour, and culinary tour. We have booked The Mills House Hotel (reserve now), and they have a 99% occupancy rate each May so book your room as soon as possible.

Call for Sponsors -- NEW!

WMA is offering several sponsorship levels throughout the year that will give third-parties exposure to Wilbert licensees. Please review details and pricing and reach to Tanya Early if you are interested or know of potential candidates.

Meeting Sponsorships

  • Exhibitors
  • Beach Day
  • Hole-in-One
  • Cocktail Reception

Seasonal Sponsorships

  • Webinar
  • Quarterly Newsletter (such as this one; details listed above)
  • WMA Website

Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

This past October, the team at Omaha Wilbert Vault wore pink shirts for Breast Cancer awareness. Way to go Omaha Wilbert!

Bulletin Board

Remember to use the WMA Bulletin Board to communicate with other licensees in the network. This tool can be used to buy/sell equipment (trucks, forms, etc.) or to start discussions on new product lines, safety, or quality issues. It is easy to create an account and you can also select to receive automatic email notifications when a new post has been made.

Safety Materials for Training

In case you missed them, here are the 2 safety documents we recently shared. Make sure to forward them to your teams. More coming soon!