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Dr. Hari P. Close, II, CFSP

Hari P Close Funeral Services, P.A. | 5126 Belair Rd, Baltimore, MD 21206 | Ph: 410-327-3100 | Fax: 410-325-7767

BACKGROUND: Dr. Hari P. Close,11 the sitting Vice President of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians International Association, Inc., is an ordained minister, presently the Administrative Pastor of New Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He is married to the former Gwen G. Latimore and the father of Travis, Hari 3rd, A'lan and Ariana. He has three grandchildren, Azaria, Ami rah and Rihari.

EXPERIENCE: Dr. Close's extensive skills include "Hands On" training specializing in Networking, Management and Professional Development, Organization Dynamics, and Human Relations Training, to name a few.

Hari is a licensed Funeral Director and Mortician in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania and in the District of Columbia. He is the owner of HARi P. CLOSE FUNERAL SERVICE, P.A. in Maryland. He served as a Professor at the University of Maryland and Baltimore County Community College at Catonsville.

He was formerly employed in various executive level positions with the Joseph H, Brown, Jr. Funeral Home and the William C, Brown Funeral Home in Baltimore. Also he served as President and CEO of Close and Associates, Inc. and International Marketing and Management Consulting Firm {a preeminent source in various fields of Association and Meeting Management. Additionally, he served as the Pre-Opening Marketing Director for Sheraton Corporation/ITT. He is also a former Executive Director/Federal Lobbyist of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Inc.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; National Planning Committee of the NAACP; National Baptist Convention USA; Prince Hall Grand Lodge F&AM; American Society of Association executives; National Urban League, National Funeral Directors Association, Inc.; FIAT; IFTA; AFDA' ICCFA, CANA AND APFSP.

Dr. Close is a Past President of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards and the National Board Examination Liaison Committee; Past President of the State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors of Maryland; Past President and Board Chairman of the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of Maryland; Trustee, Tuskegee University; American Board of Funeral Service Education Executive Committee; and Big Brothers and Sisters of America.

EDUCATION: Doctor of Divinity, MA of Theology and MA of Religious Education; BA in Religious Studies -Eastern Theological Seminary (TRAC), Lynchburg, VA. MS in Finance Studies - Auburn University, Montgomery Alabama; BS in Business Administrations/Economics -Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama and an Associate of Arts in Mortuary Science -Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville.

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