Funeral Director Daily has been initiated to provide a free source of news and information on the funeral care business. We focus on the business of death care, funeral service, cremation, and related products. No clickbait. No sensationalism. Just straightforward news and insights from someone who’s had a 35 year career as a successful funeral director.
Tom Anderson, CEO/Editor
Thomas J. (Tom) Anderson was the owner/operator of the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria, Minnesota for over 35 years. He succeeded his father as owner in the 4th Generation firm after his father’s untimely death while Tom was still a teenager. Tom graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Mortuary Science program in 1980 and went right to work building the business. In 2013, Tom sold the majority of the firm and continues to this day as a minority partner.
Tom has worked in all aspects of funeral service, including owning a crematory and insurance agency as well as being a licensed insurance agent himself. He has been involved in funeral home mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures as well as served his community as a bank board member and the Chairman of the Board of a $35 million health care company. In 2015 the Minnesota Legislature appointed Tom to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. As a member there he is responsible for the needs of the University’s 55,000 students and serves as Chairman of the Finance and Operations Committee where he is responsible for a $4 billion budget.
Mr. Anderson has a unique business philosophy – he is very consumer oriented – “What’s good for the consumer is good for funeral service” is part of his mantra. Tom was also noted for being one of the first funeral directors in the country to offer merchandise at cost to consumers while charging a true cost of professional services – a philosophy which grew market share in his community. His goal with Funeral Director Daily is to pass on his ideas in the funeral industry with others.