September 2022

Page B8 September 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on B Angela Clough Named New Homesteaders Account Executive WEST DES MOINES,IA— Homesteaders Life Company vice president of field sales Dan Lodermeier is pleased to announce that Angela Clough has joined Homesteaders’ industry-leading team of account executives. Clough is a licensed funeral director and preneed counselor and has been active in several national funeral professional programs. “Angela’s background and passion for the funeral profession will make her a great addition to the Homesteaders team,” said Lodermeier. “Her experience will help our funeral home clients grow their businesses and provide solutions to everyday challenges.” From her years of experience, Clough recognizes Homesteaders as not only a leader in preneed funding, but also a valuable asset in providing marketing resources, technical support and training to funeral home owners and writing agents. “I look forward to bringing my expertise to our funeral home customers so they can leverage our many opportunities to succeed,” Clough said. Clough earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College and an associate degree in funeral service arts and sciences from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. In addition, she is a Certified Celebrant and has been recognized as a Homesteaders Leaders Conference qualifier for her achievements as a preneed counselor. She will serve customers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 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. Angela Clough ALBUQUERQUE,NM— Passages International has launched a new online Memorial GeoTag Map, allowing families to mark the exact location of scattered remains, buried remains, or any location that they hold dear as a memorial for a loved one. A majority of Passages biodegradable and eco-friendly urns now come with a unique GeoTag code allowing families to pin a location on an online map and create a memorial page on our website in honor of their loved one. This new program is available to families immediately and is included with all applicable products free of charge. The Memorial GeoTag program was created to answer the question: Where does a family go to pay respects if they select cremation and scatter the cremated remains? With the new Memorial Map, families can visit their personalized memorial page digitally from anywhere in the world. The map will help families mark and return to the exact location that they scattered, if they wish to revisit and commemorate their loved one. “Having both a physical and digital location for scattering families to visit is a tremendous step forward in non-traditional funerals,” said Passages International president and co-founder Darren Crouch. “Our team at Passages has developed this comprehensive program to enhance the scattering process by allowing grieving families to memorialize and share where and how they said farewell to a loved-one.” With the new GeoTag program from Passages, families are Passages International Officially Launches New Online Memorial GeoTag Map Program able to scatter anywhere they wish, create a memorial page on the Passages website, and place a public pin at an exact address or coordinates on the Memorial Map. This system also shows families memorials from all around the world for people with similar end-of-life values, creating a sense of community and a place to share unique end-of-life rituals. Products marked with a barcode and serial number beginning with “GEO-” are eligible for the Memorial Geotag Program and can be used to create a memorial at business established in 1988 by Skip Felter. The main office, located in central Florida, has seen the need for representation in the north east, to offer crematory customers faster response times. “The new office will be run by our son, Robert Caldwell,” says Felter. Caldwell is a retired U.S. Marine. Prior to serving 15 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Caldwell worked in the refractory industry as an apprentice and journeyman under the mentorship of Felter. “He will bring into the business a fresh, new approach to the crematory repair business,” added Felter. Midstate Refractory Service offers a wide range of services from onsite metal fabrication and complete relining to replacement parts for both human and pet units.To learnmore visit You can reach Skip at the Florida office at 863-9565136 or Skip195266@ reachRobert call 863-430-5141 or email robert.midstate.refractory@ Midstate Refractory Opens Virginia Office Skip Felter Robert Caldwell STAFFORD,VA— Midstate Refractory Service Inc has announced the opening of a second construction office in Stafford, VA. Midstate Refractory is a family owned and operated SCOTTSDALE,AZ— J3Tech Solutions names Jacqueline Hodge as Executive Director of Revenue Operations. Jacqueline will oversee revenue operations for the Johnson family of integrated companies including Johnson Consulting Group, Funeral Results Marketing, and now J3Tech Solutions. Jacqueline brings unique and powerful expertise to the J3TechTeam with two decades of experience in driving sales performance, optimizing operations, and delivering strategies in her previous roles within healthcare, hospital administration, business development, and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Jacqueline’s experiences that will benefit J3Tech Solutions moving forward include: • A unique blend of sales, marketing, and business development expertise • Deep knowledge of predictive analytics and statistical techniques from data mining, predictive modeling, and analysis for data-driven decisions • Over 15 years of leadership and achievement for driving sales and marketing performance, business development, operations optimization, strategic partnerships, and complex process management “The innovation and forward-thinking culture at J3Tech is inspiring and motivating,” says Jacqueline, “The combination of technology and the funeral industry is at the forefront of everything they do and I’m excited about the future of the products we are working on.” Over the past year in 2022, J3Tech has experienced an accelerated pace of growth, allowing them to expand their team and continue to adapt to an ever changing market. “It’s an honor to be able to bring on someone as quality as Jacqueline to further our mission here at J3Tech,” says Jake Johnson, CEO and Founder of J3Tech Solutions. “Her experience and knowledge is going to take our team to the next level and I am looking forward to seeing the impact she’s going to make here.” J3Tech Solutions is a forward-thinking company focused on creating digital resources for funeral and cemetery professionals. Their user-friendly, intuitive, and dynamic solutions enhance efficiencies internally, while improving the customer experience. Their team of skilled industry professionals with expertise in the field paired with next level tech and development experts allow them to be on the forefront of families wants and needs in today’s market. For more information on J3Tech, reach out to info@ or visit J3Tech Solutions Brings on Jacqueline Hodge Executive Director of Revenue Operations Jacqueline Hodge SUBSCRIPTION Call 1-800-321-7479 Subscribe Online at FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS YEARLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES:  $30.00 Subscription  $50.00 First Class  $60.00 Canada & Mexico  $75.00 Outside North America