Graystone Associates, Inc.®, a Top Consulting Firm in Funeral Service, Growing, Adds New Talent

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Graystone Associates, Inc.®, a Top Consulting Firm in Funeral Service, Growing, Adds New Talent

Graystone Associates, Inc.®, a leading strategic advisory and professional development firm specializing in the funeral business, is pleased to announce the addition of David Speaks to the Graystone team.

David, a licensed funeral director, brings a wealth of insight and experience.  David comes to Graystone from the Speaks Family, known for its established legacy in funeral service located in Independence, Missouri.  Speaks Chapels is an independent, family-owned funeral firm widely regarded as a pioneer in Funeral Service. It began its relationship with Graystone in 2004, and continues as a valued client.  

Graystone’s areas of expertise include:

•                Professional development for all levels of staff and leadership teams

•                Insight and directives for business operations and strategy

•                Hiring and recruiting services

•                Succession planning

•                Performance based compensation

•                Client/Family feedback through a patented survey and reporting system

Much more than a “new hire,” David’s unique ability to provide experience as a Graystone trained funeral professional is of particular value, as he can relate to their situations as a peer, as well as a Graystone expert.

It’s important to note that David was one of the highest performing funeral professionals in Graystone’s history, winning repeated Graystone Greats® Awards.

David’s role will encompass coaching and support for all levels of staff. He will deliver on-site professional development using Graystone’s registered and trademarked proprietary systems, including Graystone’s acclaimed innovation: The Cycle of Excellence®.

With entrepreneurial and operational experience, David is an outstanding relationship builder and facilitator. His high level of energy will serve Graystone clients well. David brings a passion for Graystone’s approach. He looks forward to helping independent funeral businesses grow and improve, in a continual basis, with hands-on support.

To learn more, contact Lisa Streiff at or call 773-620-0786.

Graystone Associates, Inc.® is a professional development and business advisory firm specializing in the funeral service business. Our clients are among the top performing independent firms in the United States and Canada. Graystone’s learning curriculum maps to each client’s unique business strategy, and is designed to increase growth, revenue, marketshare, individual performance and overall work culture. All of which is tracked and measured through data analytics, based on customer satisfaction rates and financial performance. Our approach is continuous and results in sustainable change, with hands-on support and accountability to ensure client success.