November 2023

Page B5 november 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section B Grand O’ Vale 1215 E. Broadway • Morrilton, AR 72110 • 501.477.2229 • Follow us on We know you have a choice... Thank You for choosing Our Coaches, Sedans, & Trailers CONTACT OUR SALES STAFF FOR AVAILABLE OPTIONS ABILENE, TX— Funeral Directors Life (FDL) is proud to announce Garret Gerdes as Market Center Manager (MCM) in Iowa and Nebraska. “We’re thrilled that Garret is joining the Funeral Directors Life sales team,” said Kris Seale, president and CEO of Funeral Directors Life. “Throughout his career in and outside of the funeral profession, Garret has always put relationships first and found solutions to best serve his customers. We believe his experience and dedication to success will lead to greatly satisfied funeral home clients in Iowa and Nebraska.” Garret attended Peru State College in Nebraska and went on to study mortuary science at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) in Kansas City, KS. After graduating, he spent 14 years with Love Funeral Home in Limon, CO serving as a funeral director and embalmer, general manager, and regional manager. “We’ve been looking for the ideal candidate in Iowa and Nebraska, and we are very excited to have Garret joining FDL,” said John Harrington, regional sales vice president for FDL. “Garret brings a wealth of experience from the funeral profession and business-to-business sales, which will serve him and our company well.” In 2017, Garret joined the staff at Titan Medical Group in Omaha, NE as an account manager. He then became a vendor manager for Spreetail Ecommerce Accelerator in 2020. Garret said those experiences “gave me a deeper knowledge of client success, brand strategy, and strategic account growth. I used what I learned from the funeral profession and applied it to help businesses grow in a diverse marketplace.” Garret believes in providing the best, individualized service to every family and looks forward to helping funeral professionals grow their businesses. “While my role within the funeral profession may have shifted, FDL has allowed me the opportunity to provide solutions for those within the industry with passion and gratitude,” Garret said. “I’m eager to make an impact serving my home state of Nebraska and Iowa.” Funeral Directors Life Names Garret Gerdes as Market Center Manager Garret Gerdes eliminate the physical barriers that once limited the roles in the industry to only the strongest. With its remote-controlled 3500-pound winch, LoadAlone empowers individuals of any size, age, sex, or strength to perform tasks that once required six pallbearers. It levels the playing field, ensuring that every member of your team can provide dignified care. LoadAlone may qualify for the ADA 50% tax credit, an attractive financial incentive for funeral homes that adopt it. LoadAlone Announces New Enhancement Adapting to the needs of funeral directors and embalmers, LoadAlone provides flexibility and efficiency in the work field. LoadAlone doesn’t just handle the deceased, but does so with dignity, grace, and professionalism. For more information, visit NEWARK, NY— LoadAlone has announced that it now works seamlessly with a wide range of cots, including the Durabuilt 1000 and Mobi Medical mortuary stretchers. It can also accommodate oversized cots with standard measurements, two 24-inch cremation trays, or the elongated casket shipping tray repurposed as an oversized cremation tray. The LoadAlone name stands for quality. Crafted with care, it incorporates premium materials such as Formica and stainless-steel fasteners, plates, and folding ramps. The high-quality materials ensure it remains in working order for years to come. LoadAlone is customized for each funeral home, allowing it to be integrated with any vehicle. With help from LoadAlone, your funeral home can Continued on page B8