|NextGen Professional of the Year|
NextGen Professional of the Year
The NextGen Professional of the Year Award is designed to spotlight career achievements, community/organization involvement and awards/achievements of funeral professionals under the age of 50.
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Award
To nominate someone you believe is deserving of the NextGen Professional of the Year Award (including yourself!) download the nomination packet. Completed nomination packets must be received no later than October 7, 2013.
All award nominees must be active employees of a Selected member firm (domestic or international) and under the age of 50. Individuals may self-nominate.
The winner is announced and the award presented at the Welcome Reception/Dinner of the NextGen Seminar. In addition to an attractive physical award, the winner will receive a complimentary registration to the Seminar.
Congratulations to 2013 Award Winner Neil O'Connor!
Neil O'Connor manages O'Connor Mortuary, a four-generation-old family business, which was established in 1898. Along with the chapel and crematory, O'Connor Mortuary also has two arrangement centers in San Juan Capistrano and Irvine. With his ambition, impeccable business sense and strong desire to reach out to his community, Neil has put his heart and soul into outreach that has generated some extraordinary results.
For just the firm alone, Neil has developed the Plan Well...Live Well Advanced Planning Program, created a Community Relations Department in 2000, and increased employee retention through monthly employee educational workshops. Neil has also gone above and beyond for his community involvement. He has chaired the Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center Annual Gala for two years, raising more than $1 million each year, works with FADD – Friends Against Driving Drunk- by providing employees and a hearse for the "Every 15 Minutes" drunk driving reenactment at four Orange County high schools for the past 10 years, and served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Age Well Senior Services "Captain's Ball" which raised more than $130,000 for the Meals on Wheels program.
In 2003, Neil met his wife Lisa while at a yoga retreat in Maui. Together they have a son, Jesse. Neil continues to practice Ashtanga Yoga and enjoys playing beach volleyball.
Past Award Winners