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Michael J. Watkins, CFSP, CCO joins The Signature Group

August 23, 2015

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Michael J. Watkins, CFSP, CCO joins The Signature Group

The Signature Group is pleased to announce that Michael J. Watkins, CFSP, CCO has joined the company as the Vice President of Operations & Compliance.


Mike has been involved in various capacities in both public and private funeral and cemetery organizations during his over 32 years in the industry.  Prior to joining The Signature Group, Mike served as the Senior Vice President of Operations for the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), where he oversaw the accounting, information technology, human resources and cremation services departments.  Mike has been a frequent presenter at various state and national meetings on topics of interest to the funeral service profession, such as customer service, crematory operations, and arrangement and communications skills.

Prior to joining the NFDA, Mike was an Executive Vice President for Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas, Nevada, which at the time was the largest privately owned funeral and cemetery operation in North America. Mike oversaw all matters related to the development and management of Palm’s 265 employees, safety compliance, and human resources.  Earlier in his career, Mike worked as a funeral director and manager in several funeral homes in Texas and Georgia.


Jay Dodds, President of The Signature Group added, “Hiring Mike is consistent with our goal to invest in the development of our employees and provide them the best support resources available, so that they can focus on the families we serve.  Mike brings a tremendous amount of operational and organization experience to our company, and he will have an immediate impact supporting our employees on a personal and direct level.”


The Signature Group is an independent owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes in the United States.  Signature operates 15 funeral homes and 10 cemeteries in four states




For more information, press only:

Jay Dodds 281-453-1260 or [email protected]


For more information on The Signature Group:

Contact Brad Green,  281-453-1260 or [email protected]