How did you get started in the funeral industry?
I started in the industry part time while I was in High school working doing odd jobs at our company.
What is the most rewarding part of your occupation?
I guess a rewarding part of this occupation is knowing that with our work and dedication to quality we are help people honor their loved ones in their time of loss.
Is there a specific moment or experience in your career that encapsulates your passion for what you do?
18 years ago a friend of mine was killed in a training accident at the state fire academy. He was also the county DARE officer. It was probably the biggest funeral that our county had ever seen. His family chose one of our caskets to be used. A few weeks ago I ran into his father and we talked about the love he had for the community. It was an honor that they chose us to help in their time of need.
Who or what inspires you?
I would have to say that my Grandparents and parents are my inspiration to work hard at success. They have always worked hard themselves and have always tried to instill that in my and my sister. I always have a wonderful wife Shelby and Two beautiful children Kaden and Ellie that are full of love. I believe Family is the best influence.
How long have you been a member of CFSA?
I have been a CFSA member for 15+ years.
How has being a CFSA member impacted your experience in the funeral supply industry?
Being a CFSA member has helped me over the years by introducing me to many different people in our industries from vendors to consumers.
Favorite moment with CFSA?
One of my favorite moments with the CFSA would probably be our golf outing in New Orleans when I was paired up with Mike Flemming. We had a blast.
How do you spend your time outside of work? Is there anything in particular that you enjoy doing?
One of my favorite things to do in my free time is travel with my family to our cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We love to fish and enjoy nature. It’s a quiet peaceful place away from all the hustle of work.
What are some important/notable trends that you have noticed in the funeral supply industry?
One notable thing in today’s world is that our supply chain is very broken, making more of a challenge make things run smoothly.