BROADVIEW, IL, MARCH 19, 2015 – Pierce Mortuary Colleges (PMC) is pleased to announce two key additions to its management team.
Donald G. Madelung has been appointed Vice President and will provide support to the overall administration of the colleges and work primarily with the Admissions and Financial Aid Departments. Madelung has served on the PMC Board of Directors since 2012 and has a deep background in postsecondary education leadership and consulting. He is resigning from the board so as to focus on his new responsibilities. Most recently, Madelung has spearheaded several projects to help improve the colleges’ student intake procedures and financial aid processes.
Over his thirty-eight years in postsecondary education, Madelung has served as president of Madison and Minneapolis Media Institutes and Rockford Career College (2012-2014); president of Herzing University, Milwaukee, WI (1989-2010); COO of CenCor Career Colleges, Kansas City, MO; district coordinator for Student Financial Aid at the Kansas City Metropolitan Community College District; and director of Admission, Financial Aid and Veterans Coordination at Avila College, Kansas City, MO. In addition, he has served on various boards of directors and workforce development boards spanning education, business, civic and non-profit institutions. Presently, he is serving on the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and the Higher Education Approval Board in Wisconsin.
Michael Bogacki has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer for Pierce Mortuary Colleges. Bogacki is responsible for operating budgets, financial statements, overseeing the annual audit, and training staff on utilization of financial tools. He will also assist in various organizational facets and strategic planning.
Bogacki also serves as Vice President, Corporate Development for Wilbert Funeral Services Inc. (WFSI) and will continue in this role. He has been with WFSI since 2009, where he has held several key positions with emphasis in operations and financial management. Prior to joining WFSI, Bogacki has held financial positions in a range of industries including apparel, textile, steel, auto, construction, entertainment, and private equity and investment banking.
For more information on Pierce Mortuary Colleges, visit www.pierce.edu.
BROADVIEW, IL, March 13, 2015 – Twenty-two Wilbert Licensees were recognized with awards for their sales accomplishments in 2014 at the Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc (WFSI) Annual Sales Meeting.
Whited Cemetery Services, Menifee, CA, was honored with the Special Achievement Award for their outstanding success in gaining new Wilbert burial vault business among the funeral establishments they serve throughout southern California.
Two awards for sales growth in lined burial vaults were presented. Norwalk Wilbert Vault Company, Bridgeport, CT, received the award for the greatest growth in the number of lined burial vaults interred in 2014 over 2013. Evans Eagle Burial Vault, Inc., Enola, PA, earned the award for the greatest percentage increase in lined burial vaults.
Cremation product sales growth was also recognized with the award for the greatest growth in units presented to Keating Wilbert Vault Company, Wilbraham, MA, while the greatest percentage growth in cremation products was earned by Alabama Wilbert Inc., Albertville, AL. Also in the cremation category was the WilbertDirect award acknowledging Norwalk Wilbert Vault Company, Bridgeport, CT, for the highest sales increase in cremation products sold through WilbertDirect.com, WFSI’s ecommerce website.
Sixteen Wilbert Licensees received the Wilbert 110% Club award, recognizing those whose 2014 burial vault sales were at least 110% of those in 2013. Recipients were:
McNeill, Inc., Andalusia, AL
“We congratulate all of these Wilbert Licensees for their excellent sales accomplishments,” said Mark Klingenberger, Vice-President Sales & Marketing, WFSI. “While Wilbert products are known for quality, it is the Wilbert Licensees who make it all happen and are responsible for delivering that consistent high quality in service and products. We congratulate those who went even more above and beyond in 2014 as recognized with these achievement awards.”
BROADVIEW, IL, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 – Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc., (WFSI) is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Hawkins as Marketing Specialist. Steve will support strategic WFSI marketing initiatives including Wilbert’s advertising, online presence and media relations. He also assumes management of trade shows and other special events for WFSI.
Steve has over 25 years of experience in marketing, public relations, branding, special events and as a publications editor. Prior to WFSI, Steve worked at the American Society of Home Inspectors, the First Division Museum at Cantigny, InterVarsity Press and Crossway Books.
Highlights of Steve’s career include working with Fox News, CNN and NBC News. He also once gave a tour of his museum to the Pakistani Foreign Minister (the equivalent to the U.S. Secretary of State) while surrounded by 11 Secret Service agents. But one accomplishment he is especially proud of is his part in gathering 500 World War II vets for a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Nearly 100 of the WWII vets attending served at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
“We believe Steve Hawkins will be a great asset to Wilbert Funeral Services, “said Mark Klingenberger, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “His vast background as a writer, editor and marketing specialist will benefit the team and as well as the company.”
Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. through its Licensee network is the leading single-source supplier of burial vaults and cremation-related products and services to North American funeral establishments. For more information, call 888.WILBERT or visit www.wilbert.com.
Integrated business management solution solves challenges faced by today’s funeral professionals
BATESVILLE, IN., Feb. 11, 2015 – Batesville, the leading provider of technology solutions to the death care industry, is making it easier for funeral homes to gain efficiencies and improve their operations with MIS Professional, a comprehensive business management solution that seamlessly ties everything together – case management, arranger planning, product selection, and more. Built by experts with a deep understanding of funeral home operations and a vision for where the industry is going, Batesville is bringing a new generation of technology to the market.
In a competitive environment, technology is an important asset that can help increase revenues and lower costs, but the rapid pace of change makes it difficult for business owners, including funeral homes, to keep up. Yet the status quo is not acceptable.
Designed with purpose
- Complexity of the system and user interface
Focused on results
Key features include:
In addition, MIS Professional affords funeral homes the advantages of a hosted, web-based solution. There is no additional hardware required, and new versions and updates of the software are included with ongoing maintenance, avoiding the expenses associates with the purchase of equipment.
Keeping customers at the center
For more information on MIS Professional or other Batesville technology offerings, contact a Technology Consultant at 877.287.8661 or visit www.BatesvilleTechnology.com. Or you can stop by and visit with Batesville at the 2015 ICCFA Annual Convention and Exposition, April 8 – 10, in San Antonio for a demonstration.
Wilbert Funeral Services' Commemorating First Responders Program Helps 114 Fallen First Responder Families In 2014
BROADVIEW, IL, January 13, 2015 – The families of 114 fallen first responders were served in 2014 by Commemorating First Responders, a philanthropic program of Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. (WFSI) and its Licensees. The program donates burial vaults and urns and a graveside service to first responders who have died in the line of duty.
Families of firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical personnel receive, at no charge, a Wilbert Stainless Steel Triune® burial vault when traditional burial is chosen. If cremation is chosen, Wilbert offers families a choice from four high-quality urns; if the cremains are to be buried, a Stainless Steel Triune urn vault is also provided. Each vault comes with a Wilbert Legacy Custom® personalized carapace, donated by Legacy Prints, one of WFSI’s vendor partners.
The nearly 200-strong network of Wilbert Licensees shares in the contribution of the vault and urn, but also provide, where permitted, a WilbertWay™ graveside setup. The display of the personalized carapace on the vault cover at the graveside adds to the commemoration of the fallen hero. The final sealing and lowering of the vault is also part of the WilbertWay service.
In 2014, the program served a diverse range of fallen first responders across North America. The summary of service organizations and fallen heroes are as follows:
The Funeral Professionals who provide the service to the families also play a vital role in the success of the Commemorating First Responders program. WFSI invites funeral professionals and others to contact a Wilbert licensee or visit www.wilbert.hmsbox.com/responders to learn how to participate in this program commemorating heroic lives, sacrificed in valiant service to local communities.
Wilbert Funeral Service Incorporated is a licensor of Wilbert burial vaults and cremation urns, and is the industry leader with a network of nearly 200 Licensees serving funeral homes and cemeteries throughout North America. Visit www.wilbert.com and the Commemorating First Responders Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WilbertFuneralServices for more information.
New Child Abuse Requirement will be presented
Gene Ogrodnik, President & CEO of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science is pleased to announce its Spring
• Emerging Microbial Hazards: What Embalmers/Funeral Directors Need to Know- Dr. Wolman
This 6 hour day-long program will not disappoint the embalmers and directors with discussions on both clinical and
Where: PIMS Special Events Center
Application for approval for 6 continuing education units has been made to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland,