Foundation Partners Group Promotes Erin Whitaker
Joins Justin Baxley on Business Development Team to Actively Target New Acquisitions
Orlando, FL – Foundation Partners Group (FPG), a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced that Erin Whitaker has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development. In her position, Whitaker will seek out funeral home owners who may be interested in learning more about FPG and why the group is an attractive option for business succession.
“Our focus on innovation and our vision ‘To Capture, Acknowledge, and Share Life’s Purpose’ is resonating with funeral home and cemetery owners. Firms are seeking us out as an alternative to the typical acquisition options,” commented Brad Rex, FPG President and CEO. “Erin has been a critical resource in the integration of our five most recent acquisitions into the FPG family and with this promotion, she will take on a more prominent role in our business development efforts.”
Whitaker joined the FPG team a year ago as the Senior Director of Operations Integration. As a third generation funeral director, Whitaker brings a diverse and comprehensive background to her new role at FPG. She also is well known in the funeral profession, serving as a board member for the Cremation Association of North America (CANA).
“Erin’s credibility as a funeral director, business consultant, and leader in and outside of the profession will be a comfort to those considering a transition for their funeral or cemetery business,” stated Justin Baxley, Senior Vice President of Business Development. “I couldn’t be more pleased to have someone of her caliber joining our business development team.”
Whitaker has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech University as well as a MBA in international business from the University of South Carolina. Whitaker is certified as a Black Belt in Six Sigma methodology and has achieved the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner and Certified Preplanning Consultant.
“Two things I have learned during my career in funeral service are that every business is unique and every owner envisions their succession plan differently. Having worked extensively during the transition of several new firms to the FPG team this year, I can say that FPG understands and values these distinct differences,” stated Whitaker. “I look forward to sharing with colleagues and business owners considering their next steps, the value and options of the FPG solution.”
About Foundation Partners Group: Foundation Partners Group (FPG) is a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products. As one of the largest privately owned funeral operators, FPG owns and operates funeral homes, cremation centers and cemeteries in 14 states, and is actively seeking to expand its locations throughout the U.S. With headquarters in Orlando, FL, Foundation Partners is committed to revolutionizing the funeral profession with a customer experience-centered approach that harnesses innovation and values the power of relationship and partnership. For more information, visit the new Foundation Partners Group website at www.foundationpartners.com.
Photo Caption: Foundation Partners Group has promoted Erin Whitaker to Vice President of Business Development, where she will work with funeral home owners who may be interested in learning more about FPG and why the group is an attractive option for business succession. She joins Senior Vice President of Business Development, Justin Baxley, to form one of the most approachable and operationally-experienced acquisition teams in funeral service.