Having started my work in funeral service digging graves by hand, I have been so fortunate to have been able to be exposed to practically every job possible in a funeral home, cemetery, or crematory setting. Regardless of what aspect of the entire funeral service operations it might be, I have had experience in it. Whether it is bringing a loved one into our care, embalming, dressing and casketing, making arrangements, arranging flowers at the ceremony or at the cemetery, driving the hearse or limousines, operating a crematory, or making pre-arrangements, I have been blessed with the opportunity to have done it. My parents have always worked very hard, and they have instilled in me the mindset that nothing worthwhile in life comes easy. With the opening of our event venue, South & West, in 2017, I have experienced firsthand the challenges of a separate reception venue.
With my education and my work abroad outside of funeral service, I believe I bring a very diverse perspective to business practices here and in other countries. It has afforded me the prerequisite that you have to look at problems and issues from many angles before you figure out how to address and solve them. What has worked in the past in funeral service will most likely be antiquated now, so we must always figure out how to put the families we serve first and meet their ever changing needs. Serving our fellow man in funeral service is a high calling, and we must always do everything possible to provide excellent and meaningful service.
My fellow funeral directors in South Carolina have allowed me the opportunity to serve our state association in many roles. Through my work with many fine funeral directors and fellow state officers, I have learned the challenges associations have faced. While the solutions to state association issues are not always obvious and easy, together we can and have come to the proper outcome through thoughtful study and analysis. The same thought processes and analysis would apply to the issues the NFDA Board of Directors encounters. I would be honored to serve NFDA in this role and apply as much of my input and study into whatever opportunities for improvement the NFDA Board faces. NFDA’s role is to help funeral directors and embalmers serve families to the best of their ability, and we must never lose sight of that.