November 2023

Page B9 november 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section B Derrick Husmann is the Newest Addition to Johnson Consulting Group’s Business Consulting Services Team Derrick Husmann SCOTTSDALE,AZ— Johnson Consulting Group is thrilled to announce the latest addition to their esteemed Business Consulting Services Team, Derrick Husmann. As a seasoned professional with an impressive 26-year track record in the funeral profession, including six years as the Vice President of Operations for the Remembrance Group, Derrick brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and unwavering dedication to their clients. Derrick Husmann joins them as a Business Consultant, and his credentials and background make him an invaluable asset to their growing Business Consulting Services Department. Derrick’s education and extensive experience include: Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Management and Funeral Service from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL; professional training and licensure, including ICCFA University’s Leadership and Management program, NFDA Arranger Training in 2018, and Dimensions of Professional Selling by Carew International; licensed funeral director in both Illinois and Missouri; membership in the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team - Region V; Assistant Chief at the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department; Recognition as Batesville Regional Sales Representative of the Year; membership in the Batesville Council of Excellence; and Batesville President Circle Award recipient. “Derrick provides a unique perspective on financial review coupled with an operational understanding of funeral homes which are highly focused on customer service and developing a best-in-class workplace,” said Nelson Thulin, Director of Business Consulting. Derrick’s vast expertise, combined with his passion for delivering exceptional service, will undoubtedly elevate their ability to provide expert advice and support to their clients. His appointment marks an exciting new chapter for Johnson Consulting Group, and they look forward to the innovative solutions and fresh insights he will bring to their team. With his arrival, they are poised to continue their tradition of excellence in Business Consulting Services, and they can’t wait to see the positive impact he will make on their clients and our organization. Johnson Consulting Group is committed to providing business solutions and tools to achieve increased performance, profitability, and success as one navigates the journey towards an exit strategy. Their expert services include Succession Planning, selling funeral homes and cemeteries, financing solutions, business coaching, accounting services, business performance analysis, customer survey program, Customer Experience workshops, incentive compensation plans and Leadership and Management training. Melissa Hettinger Joins At Peace Memorials as COO Melissa Hettinger BERGENFIELD,NJ— At Peace Memorials, a leading online supplier of urns, jewelry, nameplates, and other memorial products for both the B2B and B2C markets, is proud to announce Melissa Hettinger as the company’s new COO. Melissa has worked in the funeral industry for over 12 years, and will be helping handle the day to day operations of the company, reporting to the company’s CEO, Adam Fried. Melissa brings a wealth of experience in driving revenue and promoting operating efficiency within the company. “I’ve known Melissa for many years, when she worked at a couple of our suppliers. She has always been professional, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to go the extra mile to help any customer. So, when I heard she was available to hire, it was a nobrainer for me to reach out and bring her on board,” says Fried. “Having Melissa on our team will be a major catalyst for our company, and we look forward to a very exciting and prosperous future growth with her help. In addition to handling customer service, ordering, and other important tasks, Melissa will also manage inventory of our fastest and best-selling products in our new Indiana location, increasing the speed of our deliveries from a more central location than our New Jersey warehouse and showroom. Superior customer service and delivery speed have always been core to our success and growth in the industry, and bringing Melissa on board helps us achieve that in an even greater way. In the past couple of months that Melissa has been with us, we have already seen unprecedented growth, both from new orders and returning customers. She is an incredible addition to our team, and we are lucky to have her.” Hettinger added, “I was honored when Adam reached out to me to join the team. Having worked with him throughout the years, I knew the family values and company pride that Adam holds dear, and knew At Peace Memorials was the home for me. With our new Midwest division, we will considerably grow our sales and shipping capacity. As social media and online shopping continues to evolve, we too, are evolving to meet our customer’s needs, and I am excited for our future.” Visit for more information or contact Adam at 718-753-6148 or Melissa at 317-210-5810. call 1-800-321-7479 or visit ADS Classified Online to place your Classified Ad — JOIN CFSA FOR A NEW MEMBERSHIP YEAR Now is a better time than ever to join a network of people who not only understand what you do, they do what you do. Will you come along with us as we advance the funeral supply industry? BENEFITS Programs we offer include: Industry statistics DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Program Discounted member pricing on events Industry visibility & credibility HR assistance Searchable member directory Networking opportunities LEARN MORE AND JOIN AT CFSAA.ORG Funeral Home Gifts Announces Partnership with The Commander Initiative LYNN,NC— Karl Weisenbeck, president of Funeral Home Gifts has announced its partnership with The Commander Initiative. This partnership enables them to serve as many families as possible with the highest level of quality service and by supporting their funeral home partners. The Commander Initiative is a solution for independent funeral professionals to collectively gain access to volume discount purchasing directly from approved vendors. Their main concern was to provide viable, solid solutions to address the common challenges faced by small to mid-sized funeral homes. Their efforts are focused on empowering our members by providing them with access to cost-effective procurement options. The Commander Initiative was established on July 21, 2018, by Eddie Pitt, president and CEO of Cooper Professionals LLC. Drawing on his extensive experience in executive-level positions with major corporate giants such as Service Corporation International, Stewart Enterprise, and Stonemor Corp, Pitt identified the need for a unified conglomerate purchasing hub to leverage the purchasing power of independent funeral professionals. The Commander Initiative provides a viable solution to reduce costs through volume purchases and cooperative networking. In its first year, the Initiative grew into a national network of leading independent funeral homes and funeral service providers, performing a combined total of over 18,000 services per year. The network continues to be committed to the concept of cooperative buying of essential products and services needed to run funeral homes, and major suppliers and vendors have responded positively to our initiative. Funeral Home Gifts has been the exclusive provider of woven and printed Tribute Blankets, custom cap panels, photo urns and personalization products to death care providers throughout North America for decades. They strive to support funeral professionals in providing a “wow” experience for their families and supporting the families through the grieving process. They have served over 100,000 families each year and look forward to partnering with each member. For more information about Funeral Home Gifts, call 800-233-0439 or visit For more information on The Commander Initiative, visit