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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Nadira Baddeliyanage

Gary O’Sullivan, CCFE, is a legend in our industry and has revolutionized the way sales teams interact with families. The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association has had the honor and privilege to work with Gary for more than 30… Read the full testimonial “Nadira Baddeliyanage”

Nadira Baddeliyanage
Director of Operations
ICCFA

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

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

Andrés Agular

I have known Gary for more than 15 years, and we have worked together for more than 7 years. This experience has been not only life changing for myself, but his counseling and mentorship have consistently driven sales in our… Read the full testimonial “Andrés Agular”

Andrés Agular
Vice President
Los Parques

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

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

A Sampling of Gary’s Keynote Presentations

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 Power to Prospect

This keynote presentation helps salespeople avoid the destructive emotions that can cloud their thinking, disrupt their routines, and weaken their motivation.

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.