March 2023

Page B8 march 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on B Homesteaders Recognizes Outstanding Account Executives Bill Fisher Brandon Full Cindy Theophilus David Allen Jessica Schulz Jill Lambert Liz Carter Lynn Bewley Patrick McGuire Steve Brodie Terri Bordenkircher Vincent Michaelsen WEST DES MOINES,IA— Homesteaders Life Company recently held its sales recognition ceremony. The annual event, which is an almost 30-year-old tradition, celebrates the exceptional service of its industry-leading team of account executives. Senior Account Executive, Bill Fisher (East Region) was named the Homesteaders Account Executive of the Year. The award recognizes the account executive who best exhibits the qualities required to provide superior support to funeral home customers. Fisher was also named the East Region Account Executive of the year. “Bill Fisher is a model of what a Homesteaders account executive represents,” said Dan Lodermeier, Homesteaders Vice President of Field Sales. “He consistently delivers results, but this past year in particular he served boldly through his dedication to helping customers develop new strategies for success.” Several other Homesteaders account executives and regional directors were honored during the event, including: David Allen, Central Region Account Executive of the Year; Lynn Bewley, Central Region Territory Development Award; Terri Bordenkircher, Pioneer Club Inductee; Steve Brodie, Commitment Award; Liz Carter, East Region Territory Development Award; Brandon Full, Positive Attitude Award; Jill Lambert, Highest Annual Volume Award, Territory Management Award and Marketing Partner Engagement Award; Patrick McGuire, Rising Star Award; Vincent Michaelsen, Pioneer Club Inductee, West Region Account Executive of the Year and West Region Territory Development Award; Jessica Schulz, Monthly Volume Award and PartnerPoints® Service Award; Cindy Theophilus, Home Office Region Account Executive of the Year, Home Office Region Territory Development Award; and East Region: Region of the Year. Since 1992, the Homesteaders account executive program has helped the company provide top-quality service and business support to its funeral home customers. This program is part of Homesteaders’ ongoing commitment to providing exceptional resources and expertise to our customers. Homesteaders Life Company, a mutual company owned by its policy holders, is a national leader providing products and services to help people design a better farewell. Visit to learn more. Victoriaville & Co Announces an Investment in a United States Manufacturing Facility CLEVELAND,OH— Victoriaville & Co is proud to announce that they will invest in a 67,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Cleveland, OH. “This manufacturing addition to our existing capacity has become necessary in order to support the company’s sustained growth by expanding the company’s workforce, by simplifying its supply chain and by specializing all three manufacturing plants,” said Alain Dumont, president and CEO of Victoriaville & Co. “The project will welcome up to 100 jobs with the growth planned in the next 5 years and will be in operations in the summer of 2023: without the cooperation and the financial support of the City of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio, this expansion would never have been realized,” added Charles-Olivier Dumont, vice president of sales and business development at Victoriaville & Co. “Along with our local partners, Ohio Department of Development and JobsOhio, we welcome Victoriaville & Co to the Northeast Ohio Region,” said Team NEO chief executive officer Bill Koehler. “We are confident Victoriaville & Co will succeed here with our robust manufacturing supply chain and talented, abundant workforce.” “Cuyahoga County is pleased to welcome Victoriaville & Co. We are excited that this family-owned company will bring up to 100 new jobs.” said Cuyahoga County executive Chris Ronayne. “These are jobs that can support families and help them build for a secure economic future. Small and medium sized businesses are vital to our economy and our future, and we are committed to working with economic development partners includingTeamNEO, the City of Cleveland and all our 59 municipalities to attract businesses that create these good jobs in our community. I look forward to continuing to work with our partners to support local businesses as they grow, and to attract new businesses to locate here in Cuyahoga County.” “We are pleased to welcome Victoriaville & Co to the Bellaire-Puritas neighborhood,” said Mayor Justin M. Bibb. “I am grateful for the work of all partners involved in this effort to bring new business along with 100 family-sustaining jobs to our city. We look forward to working together and showcasing Cleveland as an ideal place for businesses to grow.” “I am excited that Victoriaville has decided to establish its first United States manufacturing facility in Cleveland, specifically Ward 16. Ward 16 prides itself in being home to a large industrial and manufacturing community and we look forward to Victoriaville investing in that community,” added Councilman Brian Kazy. Founded in 1907 and committed exclusively to the funeral profession since 1948, Victoriaville & Co is a fourth-generation family business that employs hundreds of people in Canada, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Victoriaville & Co has become the third largest manufacturer of hardwood caskets in North America and one of the most important distributors of funeral and commemorative products. 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