Young Professionals 

Get Involved with OGR Young Professionals


There’s no age limit to OGR's Young Professionals group – whether you're just starting out in funeral service or you've been a funeral director for 20+ years if you're the next generation of funeral service, working at an OGR funeral home, this group is for you. 

Ways to get involved:

  • Take 3-question survey so OGR can get to know you better and stay in touch.  You'll tell us a little more about yourself and be subscribed to the YP e-Newsletter “Real Talk”, which contains ideas that young professionals have used to solve problems and achieve goals, relevant articles for career development, and interesting insights into the future of funeral service (for OGR members only). 
  • Attend 2019's study group this fall. See details below.
  • Join YP Facebook Group for ongoing discussions(for OGR members only).
  • Join the YP Council to participate in OGR’s strategic leadership.
  • Participate in OGR's 2020 Young Professionals event. Location to be determined.

Up Next -- Young Professionals Study Group
Meeting of the Minds: Brainstorm, Discuss, Share & Problem Solve
2018 Study Group YP OGR
(Pictured Above) 2018 YP study group at
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg, NY

Each fall OGR young professionals come together to participate in a study group -- a two and a half day event, which meets at an OGR firm and includes ideas exchanges, brainstorming, and a "meeting of the minds." Attendees tour the host funeral home and learn how other funeral service professionals fulfill families’ increasingly diverse requests for services, achieve profit goals, and attract new customers. They also address current issues facing funeral service. Sign up is free for OGR members. 

Meeting location
The 2019 Study Group will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22 - Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services - Grand Blanc (8253 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI 48439)

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Dates & Schedule

  • Sunday, Sept. 22—Arrival; meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Redwood Steakhouse and Brewery (5304 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507)
  • Monday, Sept. 23—Study Group discussion from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; dinner on your own; drinks afterwards 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24—Study Group discussion from 8:00 a.m.-noon; Lunch will be available on site or you may take it with you as you depart

What to Expect from Study Group Discussions?
The purpose of the Study Group is to exchange information, materials and practices that advance funeral homes to the next level of success. In preparation for the Study Group, please consider the following prior to the meeting:

  • Send topics you’d like the group to discuss in advance;
  • Bring materials with you that you wish to share with participants;
  • Be prepared to describe any projects or actions you’re considering. Study Group participants will act as your consultants by offering their opinions, experiences and insights.

Courtyard by Marriott Flint Grand Blanc
5205 Gateway Center, Flint, MI 48507

Rate of $154 - call and ask for "Martin Funeral Home- Adam Martin" room block. The deadline is Sept. 20 at 6 PM (EST).

For those flying in, please note the following airport options:

  • DTW (Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport): An approximately 1-hour and 15-minute drive from Grand Blanc
  • FNT (Flint Bishop International Airport): An approximately 15-minute drive from Grand Blanc

Registration fees & meal expenses

  • Registration fee: $0
  • Travel: Attendees are responsible for travel, lodging and meal expenses
  • Meals: Breakfast (Sept.) and lunch (Sept.) will be invoiced to each firm by averaging the total cost of participants’ meals.

Suggested Attire

Attire is business casual for the meetings and meals.

Have More Questions?
Contact Jessica at [email protected]

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