Vice President of Operations-South
Rich, originally from Montoursville, Pennsylvania, entered the Death Care Industry as a summer intern in Shreveport, Louisiana. He eventually accepted a full time position in sales management and excelled. Rich has served in various sales management capacities including: Location Manager of Forest Park East, Director of Sales of Shreveport, Director of Sales of Pennsylvania, and Director of Sales and Marketing for all locations. In 2015 an opportunity came which allowed Rich to return to the Northeast, he was excited to accept the opportunity to serve as Director of Operations and Family Service of two locations which allowed him to learn and excel at operations in addition to sales. In September of 2016, Rich was promoted to Vice President of Operations and General Manager of Forest Park Cemeteries; and in October of 2017 Rich was promoted again to Vice President of Operations for both the Louisiana Cemeteries and all Funeral Homes.
Rich has achieved a Bachelor's degree in Political Science 2010 and a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts 2012, earning both from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. His thesis focused on how the Death Care Industry has grown and changed since the 1960's, using Jessica Mitford's "The American Way of Death" as a foundation. Rich has graduated from the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association University, and was voted Valedictorian by his peers 2014. He obtained credit for attending the J. Asher Neel College of Sales and Marketing, Cremation Services College which certified him to be a Crematory Operator, Administrator, and Counselor, Leadership, Administration, and Management College, and Land Management College.
Rich spends much of his free time with his wife, Kate, and their boxer, Zoe. He has previously served as the Secretary for the Phi Mu Delta Educational Foundation; and is currently serving as a Member-at-Large for the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity National Council, President of the Phi Mu Delta Mu Zeta chapter Alumni Association, and Vice President of the Louisiana Cemetery Association.