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ASD is celebrating our 40th Anniversary this month! To commemorate this milestone, we updated the ASD logo to reflect our company's growth and evolution over the years. The new logo, which will most commonly be presented with photos of ASD employees, marks the official retirement of the ASD waiter who served the company well since the 1970s when he was designed by the first generation of the Czachor family.
When Martin Czachor and Barbara Czachor began helping funeral homes with their phones in 1972, they never dreamed their company would grow to become the leading funeral-exclusive answering service in the country. At the time, ASD - Answering Service for Directors was just a small business with a handful of employees and local clients. During these crucial early stages, ASD's owners recognized a void in the market for an answering service that catered to the specific needs of funeral professionals.
Founded in 1980, Heritage Coach Company is now in its fourth decade of service and commitment to the funeral industry. Providing the finest selection of hearses and limousines throughout the United States, Heritage Coach Company has built a solid reputation for their patience, attention to detail and proven record of customer satisfaction.
2012 Superior Lincoln MKT Hearse
A leader in hearse and limousine sales for S&S and Superior products from Accubuilt, Heritage Coach has been named the Accubuilt Dealer of the Year multiple times. The company's certified pre-owned inventory is put through a rigorous 116-point Quality Assurance Check by highly-trained technicians.
Funeral Directors appreciate the company's first class customer service and dedication to the funeral profession. Like ASD, Heritage is committed to meeting the specific, individual needs of their customers, exceeding their every expectation. As part of ASD's exclusive partnership, you can take advantage of an incredible discount on Heritage Coach Company's large stock of New and Pre-Owned vehicles. Save $500 on new vehicles priced over $10,000, and $1,000 on Pre-Owned vehicles priced over $10,000. For more information, click here.
"We purchased our vehicles from Heritage Coach over a year ago and have been extremely pleased with their professionalism and high quality of service. Anytime we have had issues they have immediately provided us with a loaner vehicle so that service to our customers would not be disrupted."-Bob D'Anjolell, Founder and President of D'Anjolell Memorial Homes in PA (ASD Client since 2009).
From the left: Anthony Romano, Robert L. D'Anjolell, Sr. and Joseph Colantuono from D'Anjolell Memorial Homes with Heritage Coach Company President, Jay Lankford.
ASD is proud to support the ADOPT-A-HERO program. On May 8th, we shipped care packages to four marines who are currently serving overseas. The boxes were filled to the brim with snacks, books, hygiene items and letters from our staff.
ASD chose to participate in this program because we wanted to give back to those who sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms. We have already started collecting items for our next shipment. If you are in the Philadelphia area, feel free to stop by and leave an item to be sent to one of our heroes.
To learn more about getting involved with the ADOPT-A-HERO program, click here.
ASD would like to thank Funeral Director, Roman Coale, for taking the time to interview with our Staff Writer. Our Q&A with Roman
was published in the March issue of Mortuary Management and can also be found on our blog.
Roman Coale is a Certified Funeral Service
Practitioner and works as a Funeral Director at Framptom Funeral Home in Federalsburg, MD. But, before he ever set foot in an embalming room, Roman worked for a local answering service--an experience he says still hasn't left him today.
How did working at an answering service influence how you handle calls at the funeral home?
It's all about relationships. If you treat your customers right and take care of them, they will treat you the same. It can be hard and emotional sometimes, but the reward is that you are helping your fellow man. You have to be a good listener because there are often hints in the caller's voice or in their statements that will make you stop if you're listening well.
What are some differences between a Funeral Home using a service like ASD and using a service like the one you were once employed by?
I've been on both sides of the fence and I can certainly see the value in how ASD runs their business compared to other answering services. Taking a death call is a very intricate process. People think there is nothing to it, but it's really difficult. You have to show empathy and put yourself in the person's place and try to help out with a kind word to say. A lot of calls are emotional and ASD just has a knack for talking to grieving family members because it is all they do.
Click Here to read the rest of our interview with Roman
ASD Mobile, the enhanced version of our sophisticated iPhone app, has been downloaded by thousands of funeral professionals and how has over 30 Five-Star Ratings! Here is one of our favorites:
"This is by far the best app on my iPhone. It's so much more convenient than listening and writing down First Call information or a message. Thank you ASD!"
-Charlie Rimmel, Henry Funeral Home in Staunton, VA
According to the National Recycling Coalition, approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S. To minimize our footprint and help the environment, ASD is offering two billing options that offer added convenience to your funeral home while reducing paper waste.
If you have multiple accounts and currently pay each separately, you can now have every account listed on a single monthly statement.
- Choose one of your ASD accounts as the Master Account
- The Master Bill will include your associated accounts and usage for each
- Individual bills can be accessed through myASD.com
Instead of waiting for a mailed invoice, you can receive your invoice the day it prints!
- Log on to myASD.com using your mailbox and password.
- Click on Billing in the purple Info section.
- Enter your email address and create a billing password
- Once logged into Billing, click on 'Go Paperless' and choose your paperless option.
These options decrease excessive paperwork at your funeral home while improving the environment. For more information on our new Billing options, contact our Billing Department at 800-868-9950 ext 1.
If you've ever been curious about what it is like to work for ASD, the article, Serving Funeral Directors and Families (originally published in the March issue of The Director), provides an in-depth analysis of how our Call Specialists handle life's most difficult calls:
"I don't mean to burden you with my problems," says the stranger over the wires that connect us. But by the time we both hang up, she isn't a stranger any longer. I know her name, I know her age and the town in which she was born. And I know that she needs to have her son's ashes buried because the sight of his urn in her empty home is a painful daily reminder of how alone she feels without him. When I tell the woman that everyone needs someone to talk to sometimes, I don't require a script to find the words. The difference between saying something and meaning it is, by the time I hang up, I am blinking back tears.
ASD Staff Is Professional and Compassionate in All Situations!
Each week, ASD awards four employees with an "Outstanding Service Award". This special recognition is given to ASD Staff who exhibit the sensitivity and attention to detail that set ASD apart from other answering services.
Recent examples of "Outstanding Service Awards":
- Training Specialist, Courtney, saved a First Call for a client by convincing a distraught family member who had called from a private number to leave her information so the funeral director could call her right back.
- Supervisor, Anne, calmly defused an upset caller who was afraid that animal cremains would get commingled with human cremains.
- Call Specialist, Kim, determined that a caller who was upset over an issue at a cemetery was actually calling to set up arrangements with the funeral home.
- Assistant Supervisor, Stephanie, patiently handled a call from an irate caller who was furious about a cosmetology charge on her funeral bill.
Click here to see more "Outstanding Service Award" winners.
| We Want To Give You $150.00!
Refer another funeral professional to ASD. When their first invoice is paid, we will give you $150 towards your ASD bill.
Please submit referrals to Jason Bathurst at 1-800-868-9950 or sales@myASD.com. If sending an email, please include your name and account number, the person you are referring, their company name and their contact number.
Providing our clients with extraordinary service is ASD's top priority. We want to hear your questions, comments and suggestions. We are here to support you 24/7.
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MEET US IN JUNE!
Arizona Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention
May 14-17 in Mount Pleasant, MI
Texas Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention
June 10-15 in Corpus Christie, TX
Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association Annual Convention
June 11-15 in Harrisburg, PA
ASD on the Road
Last month, ASD had the honor of exhibiting at the OGR Annual Convention & Supplier Showcase and the Ohio Funeral Directors Association 132nd Annual Convention. Thank you to all of the funeral professionals who stopped by our booth. We appreciate your support!
ASD's Pledge to Clients
Our top-quality service maintains the highest degree of professionalism with extensive training, careful monitoring and cutting-edge technology that tracks and records every incoming call. We understand that our voice may be the first impression a family member has of your funeral home and continually review your calls so that every time your phone rings, an experienced and compassionate operator will be there to answer.
The Czachor Family
ASD Founders & Family Member Owners