Tributes.com Announces the Appointment of Jim Barron to Vice President, West Coast Sales

December 11, 2012
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BOSTON, MA ­– December 11, 2012 – Tributes, Inc., the online source for local and national obituary news, announced today that Jim Barron will join the Company, effective January 1, 2013, to lead its efforts to expand the Company’s presence within the funeral home channel in the Western half of the country.

A Michigan resident, Jim joins the Tributes.com team most recently from Batesville Casket Company where he was Director of Sales for their Northeast region.  In addition to his many years in the funeral profession, Jim also brings several years of software sales experience to the position, providing an important balance of funeral service and technology sales expertise.  Jim’s role, along with that of the rest of the Tributes.com sales force, is squarely focused on helping funeral homes understand how to enhance and leverage the Internet and their online obituary programs to meet the increasing consumer demand for enhanced digital services while driving new revenue streams, leads, and brand awareness within their local communities and beyond.

“The Tributes.com business continues to rapidly evolve and 2013 will be an important inflection year for us in terms of continued channel development and revenue growth,” said Elaine Haney, CEO and President of Tributes, Inc.  “As we evaluated the changing needs of the business as we enter our next growth phase, it became clear that it was very important for us to add another senior sales executive to our team to complement the efforts of John Heald who has done a remarkable job in establishing the Tributes.com brand within the funeral profession over the course of the last four years.  With Jim’s arrival John will now have the opportunity to have a more concentrated focus on the Eastern half of the country and I will look to Jim to help us continue to incorporate improved systems and processes to help better manage the day-to-day activities of a growing team.”

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“Ours is a profession of constant change.  To not adapt to these dynamics is in and of itself an invitation to fail.  Funeral service leaders must be mindful of consumer’s evolving needs while providing a deliverable that reflects the sensibilities of the lives we help celebrate and the stories we help tell,” said James Barron, Vice President of West Coast Sales of Tributes, Inc.  “Tributes.com embraces that focus and I am very pleased to be a part of the corporate team.”

About Tributes.com

At Tributes.com we believe that Every Life has a Story that deserves to be told and preserved. Tributes.com is the online source for current local and national obituary news and a supportive community where friends and family can come together during times of loss and grieving to honor the memories of their loved ones with lasting personal tributes. Through one centralized national web destination, with over 90 million current and historical death records dating back to the 1930s, Tributes has made obituary and online memorial service information easily accessible. The site has experienced rapid growth since its launch in the fall of 2008, and is now relied on by thousands of funeral homes and close to 3M unique consumers each month to publish and locate obituary news.  For more information about Tributes.com, please visit our website at www.tributes.com or contact us at media@tributes.com.

Ryan Thogmartin

CEO at DISRUPT Media and ConnectingDirector.com
Ryan Thogmartin is the Owner and CEO of DISRUPT Media. DISRUPT Media is a full service social media agency specializing in social media strategy, management and reporting for funeral companies. DISRUPT Media is the creator of the FUNERAL Social Design Process which is the only full service social media strategy program crafted specifically for the funeral profession.

Go to http://funeralsocial.com to find out more about the services we offer. Our clients who are apart of our FUNERAL Social Design Process are seeing an increase in post reach and engagement of over 300%.

Ryan is also the founder of ConnectingDirectors.com. ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com Ryan has created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
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