of the National Concrete Burial Vault Association
Making New Technology Work for You Also inside: 2012 Convention Meets World of Concrete OSHAâ€™s New Standard on Cranes May Cost You!
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National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, Florida 32791 http://www.ncbva.org .#"6! s &AX President Hubert McQuestion Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookﬁeld, WI President-Elect Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Secretary/Treasurer Jerry Russell Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Immediate Past President Stephen Hatﬁeld Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Directors Mark Bates Norwalk Wilbert Vault Co. Bridgeport, CT Wendy Bott Brown Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT Paul E. Cooper Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL Doug Evans Carolina Doric, Inc. Florence, SC Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ Dave Long Eagle Burial Vault Association Joliet, IL
TABLE OF CONTENTS A Message from the President ............................... 5 Reliability of Cost of Doing Business Study Depends on You
Tax-saving Tips For Summer Trips & More............ 4 By J. Scott Calkins NCBVA Legal Counsel
NCBVA Meets WOC ................... 8 Concurrent Conventions In January 2012
OSHA’s New Standard on Cranes May Cost You ........... 10 Risk, Hard Work Yield Rewards............................ 12 Cooper Vault Company
Making Technology Work For You ............................. 15 Can New Applications Help Your Business?
NCBVA Certiﬁed Plants ............. 20 SPONSORS
Dennis Schultz Doric Vault of Western N.Y., Inc. Buffalo, NY Blake Swinford Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL Steve Vincent Doric Products, Inc. Marshall, IL Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certiﬁed Association Management Co. Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq.
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f you havenâ€™t yet embarked on your summer vacation, here are a few tax-saving ideas to make your summer more enjoyable. Business & Pleasureâ€“â€“Most of you know the tax beneďŹ t for coupling travel plans with a business trip. When combining business with pleasure, you may deduct all the travel costs to and from your business destination and all other businessrelated costs, even if you add on a few extra days for pleasure. (Of course you canâ€™t deduct costs related to the pleasure portion.) Including a spouse or friend on your trip is permissible, but you canâ€™t deduct the additional costs for that person. Summer Camp as Childcareâ€“â€“If you and your spouse work, the cost of sending your children to a summer day camp may qualify for the childcare credit. If your children are already grown and have families of their own, please pass this tip along to them. Give a Child a Jobâ€“â€“Consider hiring your child (or grandchild) for the summer. I have known many members over the years who have taken advantage of this arrangeMENT ! CHILD IS ALLOWED TO EARN UP TO TAX FREE THIS YEAR AND YOUR COMPANY IS entitled to a deduction for the wages paid. You must pay the child a reasonable wage for the work performed. Other possible fringe beneďŹ tsâ€“â€“Hiring your child teaches him/her about the business, thereby fostering a possible interest in a career in the industry. It also gives him/her a sense of responsibility. Many an adult working in the burial industry today got his/her start in this way. Vacation Home Creditsâ€“â€“Mortgage interest and property taxes paid for your vacation home are deductible. A boat or RV can qualify as a vacation home if it has sleeping quarters, cooking facilities and a bathroom. If a retreat also serves as rental property, you can control your tax deductions by changing the number of days you use it for vacation. $100,000 Payroll Reminder Hereâ€™s a serious reminder that if your company accumulates a payroll tax liability &)#! PLUS WITHHOLDING OF OR MORE ON ANY DAY DURING A DEPOSIT PERIOD YOU must deposit the tax by the next business day, whether you are a monthly or semi-weekly depositor. Important alert: Be aware that if your company is a monthly depositor and ACCUMULATES A TAX LIABILITY ON ANY DAY YOU BECOME A SEMI WEEKLY DEPOSITOR on the next day and remain so for the rest of that year and the following year. I pass this information along to you at this time because many businesses provide bonuses in the summer to assist employees in their vacation planning and expenses. In Canada & Illinois: Arranging Funeral Services On Line Recently my wife and I spent a week in Toronto visiting tennis friends from our community in Florida. A little personal history: It was a great feeling to return to the Toronto Continued on page 6
2011 CALENDAR September 18-20 Int’l Order of the Golden Rule Fall Forum Loews Coronado Bay San Diego, CA
A Message From the President By Hubert McQuestion President, NCBVA
September 21-24 Selected Ind. Funeral Homes Annual Meeting Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Scottsdale, AZ
Reliability of NCBVA’s “Cost of Doing Business Study” Depends on You
October 23-26 NFDA & CANA Joint Intl. Convention & Expo McCormick Place Chicago, IL
November 14-15 Casket & Funeral Supply Assn. Fall Conference & Trade Show Crowne Plaza Hotal Indianapolis, IN
January 23-25 *NCBVA Annual Convention & Exposition Las Vegas Hilton Las Vegas, NV * Attend WOC’s exhibit free by registering for NCBVA January 23-27 *World of Concrete Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV
FTER INTRODUCING PLANS IN THE !PRIL ISSUE FOR CONDUCTING A h#OST OF $Oing Business” survey, NCBVA is now ready to roll it out to the membership. The study will be the ﬁrst of its type ever done by a concrete burial vault organization. It may take several months to evaluate the data and prepare the ﬁndings, but the results will be worth it. So why is this study so important? If your company status is similar to mine, none of us has unlimited resources to invest in all aspects of our operations. Each year we owners and managers must make tough resource allocation decisions. NCBVA’s benchmarking study can provide information on the performance factors that have a great impact on our proﬁtability. The resulting report will be a tool we all can use to analyze best industry practices and build them into our own business plans. Our survey information will prioritize for us––the decision-makers––where to focus our company resources for the greatest impact on improving performance. The benchmarking information you’ll be asked to provide includes areas that we, as owners and managers of closely-held businesses, are usually reluctant to share with anyone except the highest ofﬁcers in our companies, our accountants, and the IRS. I understand anyone’s reluctance to share this information, but I believe it’s important. We know we’re asking you to provide highly conﬁdential information on your company, but let me reafﬁrm the THREE CONTROLS FOR hIMPENETRATABLE CONlDENTIALITYv THAT HAVE been put into place to safeguard the privacy of your company’s response. First, NCBVA has hired Mackay Research Group to collect the data and compile the study. Second, no member of NCBVA will ever see the raw data. And ﬁnally, no NCBVA staff member will ever see the data. I personally want to thank Director Wendy Brown of the Mark H. Bott Company and Director Blake Swinford of Trigard who worked closely with me and Executive Director Tom Monahan to develop the survey questions that will provide the information that will be most useful to our members. The NCBVA Board of Directors believes that the results will be a signiﬁcant member beneﬁt. The validity of the results, however, will depend completely on member participation. We must have a strong response or the results will not be statistically valid enough for compiling a report. We’re relying on you and all the NCBVA member companies to help each other by sharing vital information. Thanks for your support. Editor’s note: The two-page survey, along with a letter from President McQuestion, will be in the mail soon.
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Lawn Tennis Club where my partner and I won the Canadian National Tennis Doubles Championships in 1987. We had won the same event two years earlier in London, Ontario. While in Toronto, I read in the local PRESS ABOUT A COMPANY CALLED h"ASIC &UNERalsâ€? that had started to offer its web-based services in Illinois (www.basicfunerals. com). This is an e-commerce company that is catering to the younger generationâ€“â€“a demographic group you will read more about in this issue that likes to use communications technology wherever possible. Basic Funerals employs licensed funeral directors in each of the locations it serves. The bulk of the services it provides are arranged through existing companies and facilities in the respective communities. The company claims it is saving consumers about half of what they would pay a funeral home. Iâ€™d be interested to know what our members think about this. If anyone has knowledge of this company operating in his/ her state, I would appreciate hearing from you by phone or e-mail.
Have Bugle, Will Travel !LBERT * "UDDY -ADDEN GETS EMOTIONAL EVERY TIME HE PLAYS THE HAUNTING NOTES OF Taps. He learned the solemn tune at the age of six. Now 92, Madden has traveled all over AND PLAYED AT MORE THAN MEMORIALS FUNERALS AND CEREMONIES In an article in the AARP Bulletin -ADDEN OF (YANNIS -! SAID h)gM SAYING GOODBYE TO HEROES )gM SAYING GOODBYE TO MY FELLOW SOLDIERS !ND HE ADDED )gM ALSO HONORing their survivors. They deserve the same respect." When Madden was four, he was introduced to brass instruments by a neighbor. Later, that neighbor gave him a coronet. It was love at ďŹ rst note. -ADDEN ENLISTED IN THE .AVY IN and after four years transferred to the Army. Throughout his 27-year military career, Madden played Taps at hundreds of war casuALTIESg AND VETERANSg BURIALS "UT THE HIGHLIGHT 92-year-old bugler, Albert Madden OF HIS CAREER WAS IN 3EPTEMBER (E WAS invited to play during a memorial honoring the 3rd Infantry at Arlington National Cemetery. )T WAS THE lRST TIME HEgD PLAYED THERE 4HE CROWNING GLORY OF MY CAREER HE SAID PROUDLY adding, "I was the oldest bugle player playing on the oldest bugle." Madden vows that he will play Taps "as long as I can breathe." Because there are fewer and fewer volunteers to play at ceremonies, he occasionally wonders who will play those soulful notes for him when he passes on. Not to worry, he says. "I plan to live to 125." Source: AARP Bulletin | May 27, 2011
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NCBVA Meets World of Concrete in 2012
ne of the most well-attended NCBVA Conventions was held in 2010 when it partnered with the World of Concrete (WOC) meeting in Las Vegas. If you missed it, youâ€™re getting another chance. .#"6!S #ONVENTION AND %XPOSItion has been scheduled to again coincide with the huge WOC event that draws thousands to its concrete construction and masonry business sessions and trade show. By holding a concurrent meeting, members and suppliers donâ€™t have to choose one convention or the other: You can attend BOTH! A block of rooms at a special rate has been secured for NCBVA attendees at the lavishly renovated Las Vegas Hilton. The Hilton is the closest hotel to the home of WOCâ€“â€“the Las Vegas Convention Center. A short walk to the adjacent center eliminates those pricey cab fares to get back and forth. NCBVA meetings are scheduled to allow ample time to see all that WOC has to offer, AND, all registered attendees will receive free admittance to the WOC Trade Show ďŹ‚oor, along with the beneďŹ ts of the NCBVA meeting and its own exposition. World of Concrete was ďŹ rst introduced to the commercial construction industry 33 years ago in Houston, TX. It now attracts MORE THAN EXHIBITING COMPANIES AND OCCUPIES MORE THAN SQUARE FEET OF indoor and outdoor exhibit space. In an interview in this issue of The Bulletin (page 12), NCBVA Board Member Paul Cooper stressed that the future of the burial vault industry is tenuous and the best chance for business security is diversiďŹ cation. If your company is looking for better ways to operate or new resources for innovative products, the answer might be at WOC. Recognized by Tradeshow Week as ONE OF THE &ASTEST 7INNERS 7/# IS THE industryâ€™s only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. It showcases leading industry suppliers featuring innovative products, technologies, tools and equipment and unlimited networking opportunities to give you new ways to sustain and grow your business in todayâ€™s changing economy. 8
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WOC offers a great overview of the concrete industry, but the NCBVA Convention and Exposition is the only meeting designed speciďŹ cally for burial vault manufacturers. There will be business sessions addressing current topics and issues, social events offering opportunities to network with peers, special seating at a popular Las Vegas show, and tabletop displays showcasing NCBVA suppliers in NCBVAâ€™s main meeting room (not affiliated with WOC). Watch your mailbox, the web site (www.ncbva.org), and future issues of The Bulletin for more detailed information. Even Las Vegas, with its mega hotels, can be put to the test when WOCâ€™s 50,000 attendees hit town. To secure a room in the NCBVA block, you MUST register before October 23. After this date we cannot guarantee the low rate or availability of a room. 7R KDQGOH WKH PDVVLYH LQĂ€X[ RI SHRSOH lodging during this time is handled though the WOC housing bureau. When you call the phone number on the accompanying registration form, you will be routed through WOCâ€™s housing bureau. Be sure to specify the Las Vegas Hilton and identify yourself as part of the NCBVA group. Donâ€™t procrastinate. Book your hotel reservation now. We look forward to seeing \RXLQ/DV9HJDVQH[W\HDUTry Hotel
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NCBVA Annual Convention & Exposition Concurrent with World of Concrete
LAS VEGAS HILTON HOTEL The Las Vegas Hilton, host hotel for the NCBVA Convention, is the closest hotel to World of Concrete.
January 23 - 25, 2012 ,AS 6EGAS (ILTON (OTEL s ,AS 6EGAS .EVADA
Registration Form Name of Company_________________________________________________________ Mailing Address __________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip Code _______________________________________________________
Hotel reservations must be made through the WOC Housing Bureau
Telephone Number _________________________ Fax Number____________________
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. M-F, ET
E-Mail Address: ______________________________________________
Registration fees per person (Indicate number of registrants per rate. Use adult rate for children 12 and older.) Each registrant receives a FREE ďŹ‚oor pass to WOC Exhibit Hall! On or before Oct. 23, 2011 Member Adult _____x $595 Member Spouse/Guest _____x $595 Memberâ€™s Child (under 12) _____x $150 Non-member* Adult _____x $695 Non-member Spouse/Guest _____x $695 Non-memberâ€™s Child (under 12) _____x $150
After Oct. 23, 2011 _____x $695 _____x $695 _____x $150 _____x $795 _____x $795 _____x $150
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 23, 2011 Remember, the NCBVA convention is being held in conjunction with the World of Concrete and rooms will ďŹ ll quickly. NCBVA cannot guarantee availability or rates after this deadline. Be sure to mention you are attending the NCBVA Convention in order to receive this rate.
*Note: Non-members who join NCBVA within 30 days of the convention may apply the $100 non-member difference toward their annual dues. Or join now by requesting a membership application, and use the member rate.
NCBVA ROOM RATE: $123 per night (single/double)
Any registered attendee may request an exhibit table in the NCBVA main convention hall. All personnel in the booth must also be registered. Includes a 6-ft draped table and two chairs (tabletop displays onlyâ€“â€“no booths). Displays are NOT connected with World of Concrete.
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