Cemetery & Funeral Professionals:

Gary O'Sullivan, CCFE, Knows Your Profession!

Whether you sell pre-need, manage those who do, or lead a cemetery, funeral home, or combination business — the challenges you face every day are different than those in any other type of business.

I know the Cemetery & Funeral profession.

In 1971, right out of high school at the age of 18, I started selling cemetery property door-to-door. Since then — in a career spanning nearly five decades — I have served the profession in many capacities. From being a sales manager, regional manager, and Senior VP of Sales for a public company, to being responsible for helping companies design and drive their desired culture.

Whenever I work with members of the Cemetery & Funeral profession — delivering keynotes, consulting for companies, providing one-on-one coaching for leaders, providing training in seminars and workshops — the principles and techniques I share are shaped by the prism that is my experience in the profession.

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Carlos Quezada

Since 2010, Gary has helped me develop several programs and implement several programs; from sales and talent development to creating a successful culture in our organization. Through this programs we have been able to help hundreds of sales counselors and… Read the full testimonial “Carlos Quezada”

Carlos Quezada
Managing Director HS-Texas
Service Corporation International

Linda Budzinski

There are very few “sure things” when it comes to planning a conference, but having Gary O’Sullivan on the program takes the guesswork out of our keynote. He always comes through. From his pre-conference preparation, to his message, to his… Read the full testimonial “Linda Budzinski”

Linda Budzinski
Former Director of Communications and Membership Services
International Trade Association

Rick Hulkenberg

I have heard a lot of theory and ideas. I can say without reservation that Gary O’Sullivan knows how to reach the sales person on the street. I’ve watched Gary, and it’s quite clear that he is in the business… Read the full testimonial “Rick Hulkenberg”

Rick Hulkenberg
President
Didasko Communication, LLC

Jim Schiffler

Gary brings value and first-hand experience to our sales training and staff development programs.

Jim Schiffler
President
Sunburst Memorials

Richard F. “Dick” Perl

Nobody but nobody does it better than Gary O’Sullivan. As a platform speaker and trainer myself, I am very critical of those who do this for a living. Without a doubt Mr. O is the BEST of the BEST. When… Read the full testimonial “Richard F. “Dick” Perl”

Richard F. “Dick” Perl
Past President
Southern Cemetery and Funeral Association

Mike White

Gary has been a speaker for our organization for several years. He has a unique ability to connect with his audience and to deliver a message that resonates with the associates and improves business and personal performance. Gary is a… Read the full testimonial “Mike White”

Mike White
Director of Sales Operation
Houston Market - SCI Management

A Sampling of Gary’s Keynote Presentations

The Invisible Force: How organizational culture impacts people and profits

Research in organizational behavior and performance clearly indicates that companies with strong cultures outperform organizations with weak cultures. In this presentation, you will learn about companies whose cultures have allowed them to achieve unprecedented success.

The Three Cs of Effective Leadership

There are many things people need from their leaders, but there are three foundational principles that determine leadership effectiveness. This keynote presentation helps leaders put those principles to work.

Requirements for a Strong Culture

Organizational culture is either formed by design or by default. Understanding the critical aspects that are required to create a strong and positive culture is the first step in changing your organization.