Tag: death care business

Finance Products

Hillenbrand ponders Batesville Casket’s future

A press release out of Batesville, Indiana, caught a lot of the death care profession off guard on Wednesday.  That press release, which you can read here, was from Hillenbrand Industries and announced that the company would “explore strategic alternatives for its Batesville business”. Here’s what parent company Hillenbrand Industries President and CEO Kim Ryan said in the release, “Today’s announcement is a defining moment for Hillenbrand, building on the exceptional work our teams have done to position our businesses […]

Finance

Security National Financial makes two January acquisitions

Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC), parent company of Utah-based Memorial Mortuaries announced in two separate press releases the acquisition of two funeral service companies, one of which also operates a large cemetery in addition to their four funeral locations. In this press release you can read of the acquisition of Salt Lake City provider Holbrook Mortuary.  Holbrook Mortuary is a third-generation firm and has been in operation since 1941.  Here’s what SNFC’s President Scott M. Quist said of this addition […]

Business

Some great advice and wisdom

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, based in Cleveland, Ohio,  co-owner Mark Busch retired not long ago.  According to a recent article that I read, he began work at the family firm in 1982 and retired in 2020.  The family firm dates it origins back to 1905. Busch recently talked of his involvement as an owner and the decisions he made to help the company become a known leader in death care.  He shared these insights with the NFDA’s Memorial Business […]

Products

The Glam Reaper Podcast. . . and an interview with the guy behind Funeral Director Daily

Back in 2019 Funeral Director Daily did an article that you can read here on Jennifer Muldowney, better known as the Glam Reaper.  Jennifer, a native of Dublin, Ireland, comes to our industry from a hospitality, wedding planner, and event planning background. Today, Jennifer works in both Dublin and New York City operating her business, Muldowney Memorials.  In New York City she has also worked as an in-house Memorial Planner and Celebrant at Frank E. Campbell’s, the famous NYC funeral […]

Business

Oh. . . how the work world is changing around us

I read this recent article from Yahoo Finance where the COO of Salesforce, Bret Taylor, states that if he was starting a company in today’s world he would first start with the company’s “Digital Headquarters” rather than an operational physical headquarters.  That statement alone shows the “mega shift” in business, workforce, and consumer acquisition thought over a period of less than five years. Taylor states in the article, “Consumer goods companies are going direct-to-consumer, supply chains are going digital and […]

Business Products

Johnson Consulting to host “Data Driven Decision” webinar

There is an old song released in April 1981 and sung by Barbara Mandrel entitled, “I was Country when Country wasn’t cool”.  I have to admit that when I entered my freshman year of college at Texas Christian University in September of 1976  I started hearing music that resonated with me. . . .Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson. . . artists that I had never heard of in Minnesota at that time.  Circumstances led me back to Minnesota […]

Finance

Security National keeps growing revenues

Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC) continues to reel in the revenue in each of their three divisions according to this press release from mid-May containing their 1st Quarter 2020 results.  The Utah based company conducts business in the death care field both in the financial services realm and the funeral and cemetery services realm. In the financial services sector SNFC is involved with preneed funeral insurance and insurance assignment business with participating funeral homes.  They also conduct business with their […]

Business

Watch your costs to hold onto profits

When I last wrote an article pertaining to inflation one of Funeral Director Daily’s readers contacted me to tell me that his studies indicated that funeral pricing increases did not always correspond with inflationary rates or the rise of the Consumer Price Index.  Sometimes funeral pricing was higher and sometimes it was lower than the CPI.  This gentleman is a pretty smart guy so I’m guessing he was correct with his study. However, in a time of inflation many of […]

Business

Goings on in the independent funeral home world

Sometimes I can get going about a subject and give you my opinion before you have even had a chance to read the article and form an opinion on your own.  Like everybody, my experiences that I have lived slant the opinions that I profess. And, while I grew up and operated as a 4th generation funeral director in a family firm that is now in its 147th year, I like to think that I am not favored to the […]

Finance

Foundation Partners adds another Colorado location

The state of Colorado has been a hotbed of funeral home and crematory acquisitions in the last couple of years.  Many of  the larger players in the death care space, Service Corporation International, Park Lawn Corporation, and Foundation Partners Group, have all made acquisitions in the state during that time frame. It was announced on Monday that Foundation Partners Group was making another acquisition in the state when a press release, that you can read here, was released by the […]