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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Kevin Daniels

Gary O’Sullivan operates with a foundation of complete integrity and has the ability to help you transform the culture of your company to improve relationships and performance.

Kevin Daniels
Past President
ICCFA

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

John McQueen

I have had the pleasure of knowing Gary O’Sullivan personally for over a decade during which we have worked together in a variety of professional capacities. Gary is not only knowledgeable in all areas of sales, management and teamwork, but… Read the full testimonial “John McQueen”

John T. McQueen, CFSP
Former Owner, President & CEO
Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Cemetery & Crematory

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

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

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

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 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.

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.