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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer
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).
Richard Benton, CPA
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
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 Foundation Partners 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.
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.
Vice President, Revenue Management
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.