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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Gino Merrendino

When I first met Gary, I was instantly attracted to the wealth of his experience and his outstanding reputation as a speaker, teacher, and consultant. As a speaker, my first encounter with Gary was at the ACA convention. As a… Read the full testimonial “Gino Merrendino”

Gino Merrendino
Chief Gardener
Merrendino Cemetery Care

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

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

Marla J. Noel

Gary O’Sullivan is the consummate professional…. I have a vision of Fairhaven being so superior in customer service… The process has been a challenge… Gary understood, and helped to improve the process. We have enjoyed working with Gary, although he… Read the full testimonial “Marla J. Noel”

Marla J. Noel
Former President
Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary

Michael J. Watkins

I have been privileged to call Gary my colleague and friend since 1985. His passion for our profession, ethical sales practices, employee education and the development of positive company culture is inspiring. His principle of “Service Selling” has served as… Read the full testimonial “Michael J. Watkins”

Michael J. Watkins, CFSP, CCO
Vice President, Operations & Compliance
The Signature Group

Tiffany Gallarzo

Gary’s dedication to your company is unparalleled in the world of corporate consultants. He is 100% dedicated to the success or your company and the individuals who run your organizations. His Service Selling philosophy and his belief that none of… Read the full testimonial “Tiffany Gallarzo”

Tiffany Gallarzo
President
California Funeral Directors Association

A Sampling of Gary’s Keynote Presentations

The Difference Maker

This keynote presentation helps sales managers focus on their people in ways that lead to optimal performance.

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.

Climate Control: Why Leaders are the Thermostat and Thermometer in their Companies

A Leadership keynote presentation that helps leaders understand how they control the environment of their organizations