August 2022

Page B4 August 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on B Cressy Memorial names Sarah Tepe as President Sarah Tepe MISHAWAKA,IN— Cressy Memorial, Inc has announced that Sarah Tepe, former Business Development Director, has been named as president. Mary Lou and Ray Cressy will continue as owners and principals. Sarah is an industry veteran with more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience, including inside and outside sales and market strategy within a rapidly shifting industry. You’ve likely seen her warm smile at tradeshows the past decade. “Mary Lou and Ray have been the visionaries for Cressy Memorial and wonderful mentors over the years,” said Sarah. “I absolutely look forward to upholding their mission and launching from the momentum they have created for our company.” Sarah lives in Mishawaka, IN and is married to Nick Tepe. Together they have three kids and spend their free time on the ball field, visiting family and taking in a new movie. Cressy Memorial, Inc operates as a sales and marketing agency for deathcare industry manufacturers. Representation includes Crowne Vault, Howard Miller Urns and R&S Design Marble Urns. This unique business model allows Cressy Memorial to work closely with a network of memorial distributors to bring them innovative and trusted products. (800) 4-HEARSE Lease a New 2023 Hearse and get a FREE Funeral Caddy Memorial Carrier Buy a complete Funeral Van or Convert your own Vehicle never before seen! amazing! • come one • come all • step right up! best show in town the show is about to begin! Funeral Directors Life Names Bradley Milam as Market Center Manager ABILENE,TX—Funeral Directors Life is proud to announce Bradley Milam as Market Center Manager (MCM) in Louisiana. “We’re excited that Bradley is joining the Funeral Directors Life sales team,” said Kris Seale, president and CEO of Funeral Directors Life. “He has achieved success throughout his career in leadership, management, and sales. His role as an MCM will allow him to further hone his skills in these areas and facilitate even more growth for our funeral home clients in Louisiana.” Bradley graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. He has over 15 years of experience in sales and insurance, with 6 of those years being in sales leadership. “We are fortunate to have experienced tremendous growth at Funeral Directors Life of Louisiana over the past several years, so much so that the workload required adding additional field management,” said Mark Owen, regional sales vice president for Funeral Directors Life. “We feel fortunate that we have found Bradley Milam to fill the role of a trusted, knowledgeable business advisor. His experience will benefit our clients and allow for continued success and service to our friends in Louisiana.” During his career, Bradley has served as an insurance agent, agency manager, and customer service representative. Market Center Manager will be a new role for him, but it is one he is prepared to take on. “As I am eager to begin this journey into a new industry, I am most excited to be a part of the Funeral Directors Life family,” Bradley said. “The culture, people, values and direction of the company are a perfect match for me, and I could not be more energized about what’s ahead.” Funeral Directors Life, rated A- (Excellent) by AM Best Company, is a legal reserve life insurance company which specializes in the sale of insurance-funded preneed funerals. Our mission is “To be known as the best, most-respected provider of service to the funeral industry.” For more information about Funeral Directors Life, visit Bradley Milam Premier Preneed Marketing Adds Training Videos to its 360 CRM Platform NORFOLK,NE— Premier Preneed Marketing is excited to announce the company has recently developed a series of training videos on the topic of preneed. These videos are currently found within the Premier Preneed 360 CRM platform. The videos were created by Craig Stewart, a licensed funeral director and funeral sales trainer, in his role as a key sales training consultant to Premier. Stewart has been in the funeral profession for more than 25 years, primarily in the advance planning sales arena. “These videos touch on several preneed topics, including how to be an effective preneed agent as well as what questions are effective during a preneed conference with a family,” stated Stewart. “This initial collection of training videos is a great addition to the Premier Preneed 360 platform. I look forward to working with the Premier Preneed Marketing team to create additional videos for the training library.” The Premier Preneed 360 platform captures preneed leads in a variety of ways, including landing pages, surveys, forms, inbound phone systems, two-way texting, and pre-built funeral home ads. The platform can automatically message leads via voicemail, forced calls, SMS messaging, emails, social media, and other methods of communication. Additionally, the system includes built-in tools to collect payments, schedule appointments, track analytics, and the new training video library. “To ensure every partner firm has access to these training videos, we are also making the videos available outside the Premier Preneed 360 platform,” added Jeff Wright, vice president of preneed at Premier Preneed Marketing. “Simply contact your Premier Preneed Marketing regional sales manager for all the details!” Premier Preneed Marketing has been providing support, training, and leading life insurance solutions to funeral homes throughout the country for more than fifty years. The company connects funeral homes with multiple carriers from which to choose and offers single pay, multi-pay, and preneed annuity options as well as standard and guarantee issue plans. 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