Some of the nation’s leading funeral homes and advance funeral planners from across the country were recently  honored by Precoa for their performance over the past year, according to a news release.

Precoa’s advance funeral planners represent the highest concentration of Million Dollar Producers in the funeral profession, including several $3 million producers and even a $6 million producer. Brian Whittecar, Precoa vice president of sales, says the success of the company’s advance funeral planners and funeral home partners is evidence of the effectiveness of the ProActive Model and the dedication of Precoa’s hard-working teams.

“We work with the best AFPs and best funeral homes in the profession, and I’m honored to be part of a team with such talent and drive,” Whittecar said. “Across Precoa, our teams and our funeral home partners build trust with families and each other. That connection enables and encourages us to thrive.”

Massachusetts-based O’Donnell Funeral Home was named a Precoa Distinguished Partner. A partner for six years, the firm’s willingness to test new innovations and consistent support of the ProActive Model led to O’Donnell having its best sales year ever in 2022.

A Precoa partner since 2017, Lucas Funeral Homes was honored as a Distinguished Partner. Texas-based Lucas grew its preneed program’s sales by more than 20% in 2022 and, more importantly, provided a path to healing for hundreds of families.

Precoa also honored Charles Anderson, founder of the Outlook Group, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Mark Hornibrook and Bret Davis founded Precoa as “a place where everyone treats each other with kindness, love, and respect.” Similar dreams inspired Charles Anderson to start the Outlook Group in 1985. Anderson is a humble visionary, a loyal friend and a fearless leader.

Charles Anderson, in the center, was honored at the Precoa event. He is joined by Bret Davis and Michael Hornibrook.

Sales Leader of the Year Nectar Ramirez may have started at Forest Lawn during a pandemic, but she has not let that slow her down. Her  focus on people and her drive for excellence helped lead Forest Lawn to not only its largest preneed sales year ever, but also its largest year in cemetery sales.

Jessica Ceille’s leadership has inspired everyone at Precoa. Her work to ensure her colleagues at Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Services feel valued resulted in an astonishing increase in preneed sales and in Ceille earning the Sales Leader of the Year award.

Sean Riley, a Precoa regional director, earned the Field Manager of the Year award for delivering on Precoa’s promise to grow and sustain preneed sales. In 2022, he helped grow sales at many of his longtime partnered funeral homes and helped his advance funeral planners surpass sales targets. He is known around Precoa for his genuine nature and always bringing out the best in others.

Tyler Anderson gives Charles Anderson a hug, congratulating him on a lifetime of service to the profession.

Joe Maughan, a Precoa regional director, earned the Field Manager of the Year award for an incredible year of helping families preplan their funeral arrangements. He puts his whole heart into helping others, and has dedicated himself to building up our up-and-coming leaders within the company.

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