Leadership

Experienced business executives and veteran funeral home owners lead the Foundation Partners team, bringing their years of experience to the table. They combine their business expertise and innovative vision to help their Partners and Team Members navigate through the challenging waters of the changing funeral industry. Their invaluable insight and compassionate approach propels our Partners and Team Members to success as they care for Families across the country.

Robert Bukala
President and CEO

Bob graduated from DePaul University with an MBA in Finance. During his 7-year tenure at Knightsbridge, he helped the company grow from 55 employees, to a 700-employee industry leader with $140M in revenue. He served as the CFO of Worldwide Consulting & Integration for Hewlett Packard, where he consolidated the company’s global consulting operations. He then served as the Vice President-Finance for EDS-Americans, a division of Hewlett Packard. Prior to joining Foundation Partners in 2012, Bob was Chief Financial & Administrative Officer for Geomentum Inc. (an Interpublic Group agency). Bob focused on strengthening the financial and administrative disciplines of all related businesses in addition to spearheading an industry-leading joint venture with a competitor organization and leading the integration of acquired agencies into the holding company. Bob brings to his role over 30 years of financial and managerial expertise backed by stellar results.

Richard Benton, CPA
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Richard Benton

As CFO Richard's primary responsibilities include accounting, treasury, mergers and acquisitions and budgeting. Prior to serving as CFO, Richard served as VP FP&A, his primary responsibilities included support of the company's merger and acquisition strategy and all financial, planning and analysis functions. Prior to his VP of FP&A role he served as the company's Chief Accounting Officer for 6 years overseeing both internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, risk management and both treasury & equity sponsor relationships.

Prior to joining FPG at its inception in June 2010, Richard served as Keystone North America (KNA) Corporate Controller following the merger between KNA and Service Corporation (SCI) in early 2010. During their FTC mandated "held-for-sale" process, he simultaneously lead the accounting conversion project between KNA and SCI. Richard held various other accounting positions with increasing responsibility including Accounting Manager during his time at KNA. Prior to joining KNA in 2007, Richard was a Senior Auditor for Deloitte and Touche.  Richard graduated with Honors from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Christine Hunsaker
Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer

Christine Husker

Christine has more than 25 years of experience in the cremation, funeral, and cemetery business and has been a corporate officer for two of the largest publically traded funeral companies in the United States—Stewart Enterprises and Service Corporation International (SCI). At Stewart Enterprises, Christine was the Senior Vice President of Cremation and was responsible for all aspects of the cremation operations and business development, growth, and strategic planning. At SCI, Christine served as President, Cremation Services/Cremation Operations, North America and was responsible for SCI’s North American business expansion of the National Cremation Society brand. Before joining SCI, she was a marketing manager for Hillenbrand Industries Batesville Casket Company, where she assisted in the launch of a new cremation brand, “Options by Batesville.”

Christine holds a degree in political science and business administration from Utah State University and a Master’s Degree in international business/trade/commerce, from University of Cape Town, in South Africa. She is a Board Member of the International Cemetery and Cremation Funeral Association (ICCFA) and a member of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA).

Justin Baxley
Senior Vice President, Business Development

Justin Baxley

Growing-up in and around the funeral and cemetery profession has given Justin Baxley a unique perspective on serving grieving families and being a person of influence in the community. A second generation Funeral Director, Justin received his Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from St. Petersburg College and Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Saint Leo University. Prior to joining Foundation Partners Group, Justin was President of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services and Highland Memorial Park. Leading a 128-year old multi-location firm, and casting a vision for the future, Justin developed a passion for creating experiences that are personal, meaningful, and intentional. For three years, he served as Chief Customer Officer at Foundation Partners Group, leading the effort to empower funeral professionals with tools and resources which capture, acknowledge, and share life's purpose. Currently, he serves as SVP of Business Development, working to continue the company's growth and influence as the funeral and cemetery profession's most innovative privately owned consolidator. He is a past-member of the Florida Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services and a current member of the Board's Probable Cause Panel. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Funeral Service Foundation.

Jim Ford
Vice President & General Manager - Right Choice Cremation

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Jim has been involved in key management positions in operations, sales and marketing in all facets of the funeral industry for over 25 years.  He most recently was the Vice President of Business Optimization for Foundation Partners. He had also served as COO and Senior Vice President of Operations for the Neptune Society for 9 years. Earlier, he was with Service Corporation International (SCI) and served in senior management positions during his 16 years with the company. They included: Cemetery Division Area General Manager, Area Vice President in Chicago, Illinois, Northern Regional President in Kansas City, Missouri, Chief Operating Officer of SCI Australia in Sydney, and Midwest Regional President in Indianapolis, Indiana. During that time he served on the Boards of Directors of the Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin Cemetery Associations and the Board of Directors of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association. He is a native of Southern California, and was a licensed Funeral Director in California, and attended Loyola University in Los Angeles.

Julie Judge
Vice President, Human Resources

Julie graduated from Hood College with a degree in Management and Human Resources.  She has led Human Resources teams in the retail, financial services, hospital, senior living and home health industries. Most notably she served Citi Group as a Senior HR leader, the Cleveland Clinic as their VP of Human Resources and Erickson Living as their SVP of Human Resources.

Julie came to Foundation Partners in 2017 from Maxim Healthcare where she served as the first Chief Experience Officer(CXO) in the home health industry.

Julie has 25 years of domestic and international Human Resources experience and a passion for improving both the employee and customer/patient experience.

Dave Ugan
Vice President, Information Technology

Dave has specialized in developing innovative technologies that have allowed businesses to grow quickly and increase profitability. He has worked in leadership roles within a variety of industries including Attractions & Hospitality, High Tech, Banking, Medical Manufacturing and Professional Services. He has participated in two IPO’s, three turnarounds and has sat on the advisory board of two successful high-tech startups. Prior to joining Foundation Partners Group, Dave developed the on-line marketing, social media and digital asset management teams for Ripley Entertainment. Dave is a certified project management professional and has presented technology papers at industry conventions. Dave graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, has an MBA in Operations and Finance from the University of Southern California, and has completed the Attractions Leadership Program at The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Mike Doyle
Vice President, Revenue Management

Mike Doyle

Mike graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Mathematics and has an MBA in Finance, Strategy and Operations from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Mike first joined Foundation Partners in 2011 as Director of Strategic Planning and has held a number of different responsibilities across the organization, focused on improving profitability through strategy, marketing, operations and finance.  Mike currently serves as VP Revenue Management and Business Analytics.   Prior to Foundation Partners, Mike was a consultant with Mercer in their Retirement, Risk and Finance Practice.  From late 2014 through early 2017, Mike served as SVP Ecommerce and Analytics at HomeTeam Marketing where he led the creation of the technology solutions business line and oversaw the company’s analytics strategy. 

Bob Page
Vice President, Operations Integration

Bob Page

Bob has held senior leadership positions in the funeral services industry for both public and private organizations for nearly 25 years. His experience encompasses Operations, Finance, Sales, Financial Systems, Operational Planning & Analysis, Acquisitions and Information Systems.

Prior to joining FPG, Bob was part of the founding management team at NorthStar Memorial Group where he was the Chief Information Officer and helped grow their portfolio to 80 locations and 1,400 employees. Bob started his career at Service Corporation International as a Funeral Director and rapidly advanced to successive Corporate Director roles responsible for IT and Financial Systems, Sales Information Systems and Management Reporting and Analysis. His diverse industry experiences and an orientation towards systems and processes has uniquely equipped Bob to help owners through the transitional process of joining Foundation Partners Group. 

Bob’s educational experience includes a bachelor’s degree in the physical sciences, a minor in computer science, plus a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. 

Scott Ankerholz
Vice President, Marketing

Scott Ankerholz

Scott has over 25 years of experience in marketing strategy and customer experience design with both global and regional advertising agencies and management consulting firms. He has led marketing teams in a variety of industries including entertainment, technology, telecommunications, health sciences and financial services. His specific areas of expertise include Customer Research and Insight, Brand Strategy Development, Marketing Communications Strategy, Digital Solutions, and Advertising.

Prior to joining FPG in 2017, Scott was a Principal at North Highland Worldwide Consulting and has held leadership roles at BBDO and CKS Partners. Scott earned his MBA from the Daniels Schools of Business at the University of Denver and his Bachelors from Colorado State University.