Selected Independent Funeral Homes, the world’s oldest association of independently owned funeral homes, has announced the election of new board officers. Eric Trimble of Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory in Moline, Illinois will serve as president; and John Kepner of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, North Carolina will serve as board chair.

Eric Trimble

Trimble has previously served Selected as board chair. He expressed his delight at the opportunity to fill the role of board president.  “It’s a high honor to serve an organization of the caliber of Selected. We have a real unique organization, and we have an opportunity to serve our members to become the best of the best. And it’s our challenge to continue that in the future. With the support of our members and a very great board, it’s going to be a good year,” he said.

Kepner is proud that Selected membership has been a long-standing legacy of his family. “It feels good (to be selected as board chair),” he said. “It’s been in my family for over 100 years. And it’s meant a lot to us. We’ve taken a lot from Selected as far as business practices and major friendships in my life, so it feels good.”

Selected’s board of directors elected the new officers at its quarterly board meeting. The officers will be officially installed during the Annual Meeting, Oct. 10-13 at the JW Marriott Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

John Kepner

The entire Board of Directors includes President Byron Calhoun, Bedford Heights, Ohio, Group 2; Board Chair Al Asta, Phoenix, Arizona, Group 6; President-Elect Eric Trimble, Moline, Illinois, Group 4; Board Chair-Elect John Kepner, Huntersville, North Carolina, Group 3; John Keohane, Quincy, Massachusetts, Group 1; Tom Antram, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Group 5; Barbara Risher Welch, Montebello, California, Group 6; and Christopher Waite, Medina, Ohio, Group 2.

For more information on Selected’s programs, becoming a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes or to locate a member, visit or call 800-323-4219.

About Selected Independent Funeral Homes: Selected Independent Funeral Homes  delivers innovative and pertinent resources, solutions and ongoing support necessary for enduring excellence to its international network of independently owned death-care providers who aspire to be the very best in their profession. Members of Selected operate according to specific standards and best practices to provide the public with reliable, high-quality service and funeral-related information.

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