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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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

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

Virginia Aspy

Gary is an entertaining, effective and memorable sales trainer. Gary has a way of putting people at ease. I appreciate his quality of character and professionalism.

Virginia Aspy
National Sales Manager
Grace Management

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

A Sampling of Gary’s Keynote Presentations

The New Language of Sales

This keynote presentation will help you learn how language forms the culture of your sales organization and will challenge you to change the sales language you use to get the results you want.

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.

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.