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D. Neale Hanley II Awarded Certified Preplanning Consultant Designation


(Pekin) D. Neale (“Buster”) Hanley, II, funeral director at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes LLC, recently earned the designation of Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC), awarded by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). The CPC designation is nationally recognized as the standard of excellence in funeral service.

According to Colleen Murphy Klein, who manages the program for the NFDA, “Those who have earned the CPC designation have achieved a unique career distinction that is highly valued by families who want to pre-plan meaningful funerals.”

The Significance of the CPC Designation

In order to become a CPC, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual. CPCs demonstrate their ongoing professional commitment by fulfilling educational requirements for renewed certification every four years.

“On behalf of our entire staff, we congratulate Buster on his recent achievement,” D. Neale Hanley, owner of Preston-Hanley Family Funeral Homes, said. “In addition to counseling client families for the past 16 years, Buster has also served our community well and is currently president of the Dirksen Center, Member and Finance Chair of Grace United Methodist Church, and a member of both Kiwanis and the Board of Directors at Herget Bank. Our client families already know his compassionate service. Now, the CPC designation indicates that the NFDA also recognizes him as one of the best.”

The NFDA’s Certified Preplanning Consultant program was established in 1997 and recognizes qualified, knowledgeable individuals who are committed to providing ethical and caring planning services for all families. The leading funeral service association, the NFDA created the certification program in response to consumer demands for greater information about preplanning and prefunding funerals. The association serves more than 19,500 members representing approximately 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and internationally.