Business: Directors Investment Group/Funeral Directors Life
Job title: Executive Vice President/Chief Operations Officer
Why are you working in this industry? I never thought growing up that I would be working in the funeral industry, but as I was interviewing for jobs my last semester of college, I was introduced to a Leadership Development Program with Directors Investment Group. Essentially, the program allowed me to explore all departments/divisions/companies of the organization over an 18-month period. After I completed the program, I realized that there was great opportunity within this company to be able to serve this industry, customers, and employees in a meaningful way. Almost 9 years later and I am still here!
What are three daily habits that have helped you to become successful? 1. Wake up early
2. Choose to serve others
3. Always be learning
Who is the person who most influenced you in business? My dad. He has been an entrepreneur my entire life. He influenced me in many ways, but most notable to always be serving others, solving problems, and pushing the boundaries.
What is the best advice you have ever received? If you want to be happy and joyful, use your influence to help others succeed.
What do you want to be doing in 10 years? I would love to continue to serve our company by leading and developing others to achieve more than they thought possible.
Where will we find you enjoying your hard-earned time off? Mostly, spending time with my family and occasionally, building something or attempting to play golf.
Describe yourself in one word. Listener
Beltway Park Baptist Church-Member and Volunteer
Abilene Young Professionals-Member
Family: I have been married to my wife, Charlee, for 9 years. We have three children: Tatum (6), Cope (4), and Tripp (1).