Combining industry leaders and business savvy.
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.
Executive Leadership Team
President & Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Kent brings over 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and corporate leader. He oversees the company’s long-term growth, vision, and strategy, making Foundation Partners Group an innovative leader in funeral care. His leadership as Founder and CEO of Fenix Parts resulted in the company becoming a leading recycler and reseller of OEM automotive products. Before Fenix, he spent more than 20 years with Stericycle, the nation’s leading provider of compliance-based solutions. Kent has an Economics degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Thomas is responsible for leading FPG's accounting, finance, and M & A functions. Previous roles include Corporate Chief Growth Officer and President Managed Services Growth at Student Transportation of America and leading the Transportation and Logistics investment banking team at BMO Capital Markets. Thomas graduated from DePauw University with a degree in Economics. He has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.
Chief Marketing & Digital Officer
As Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Lee is responsible for implementing, overseeing, and managing digital marketing and sales strategies that advance Foundation Partners’ brand organic growth. Previous roles include President of Digital at Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company and various roles launching and growing private equity and venture capital-backed start-up companies. Lee has a History degree from Brandeis University and obtained her MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Chief Customer Officer
As Chief Customer Officer, Andrew leads all front-of-house field operations, operational strategy, and customer experience activities across Foundation Partners Group. He joined Foundation partners in 2012 through its acquisition of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Ocala, Florida. Andrew’s early success as Director of Operations with Hiers-Baxley honed the skills necessary for his current position, which he accepted in 2018. He graduated from the Funeral Service program at St. Petersburg College and began his career at Hiers-Baxley. Andrew has served on the Florida Board of Funeral, Cemetery, and Consumer Services since 2011.
Chief Accounting Officer
As Chief Accounting Officer, Linden oversees all accounting, financial reporting, and point-of-sale systems for Foundation Partners Group. His successful tenure as a Partner at CBIZ MHM led him to earn recognition as one of Tampa Bay’s Top 40 Under 40 for serving domestic and international clients through performing audit, consulting, and advisory engagements. Linden works closely with the CFO on the company’s ledger and financial accounts, cost controls, and other reporting and compliance functions. A licensed CPA, Linden is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a degree in Accounting.
Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Mark supervises all areas of technology strategy within Foundation Partners Group. He brings over 25 years of technology leadership in private and public organizations to the company. Mark also has experience working with Private Equity backed companies. He has led multiple fast-paced digital transformations across the technology spectrum during his career. Before joining Foundation Partners, Mark was the Head of IT at Miller’s Ale House in Orlando, FL. Mark graduated from Fairmont State University with a degree in Business Administration focused on Accounting and Computer Science.
Senior Vice President, Field Operations
As Senior Vice President of Field Operations, Arthur joined Foundation Partners Group to manage and improve field operations, particularly logistics, scheduling, and standardizing organizational excellence. Art brings over 35 years of progressive experience in the service and transportation sectors. He previously held leadership positions in healthcare as the Chief Operating Officer for Metro Vein Centers. Art was the area Director of Operations for 20-plus years with Stericycle, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare waste services. He is a graduate of Dominican University with a degree in Business.
Senior Vice President & General Manager of Tulip Cremation
As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Tulip Cremation, Mike uses his management experience to help Tulip Cremation become one of the most successful online direct cremation providers in the nation. Mike first joined Foundation Partners in 2011 and has held several leadership positions driving the organization's growth through a focus on strategy, marketing, operations, and finance. His previous executive experience with Mercer and HomeTeam Marketing helped him prepare for the recent growth at Tulip. Mike graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Mathematics degree. He has an MBA in Finance, Strategy, and Operations from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
As Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Julie oversees all aspects of Foundation Partners Group’s Human Resources department. Her 25 years of experience in the field allows her to successfully plan, coordinate, and direct the company’s recruitment, training, and implementation of resources and benefits. Before joining Foundation Partners, Julie was the Senior HR leader at CitiGroup, the VP of Human Resources for the Cleveland Clinic, and the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Erickson Living. 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. She graduated from Hood College with a degree in Management and Human Resources.
Field Advisory Board
Born and raised in New Jersey, she is the daughter of emigrant parents from Portugal and first generation born in the United States. After a 15-year career as Office Manager with Ernst & Young, she pursued a desire of exploring the death care industry. She graduated from Mercer College where she received her degree in Mortuary science. In 2005, she move to Florida with her family and purchased Beach Funeral Home, where she ran the business along with her husband, Mannie and son Christopher. In 2019, they teamed with Foundation Group and currently is the location leader of two funeral home facilities. She is a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church where she is an active member serving as a lector and on occasion serves as grief counsellor. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and playing with her three amazing grandchildren.
Peter J. Rose, CFSP
A native of Amsterdam, New York, Pete has been in the funeral industry since the age of 16. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Canton and is recognized as a leading funeral professional, dedicating his life to serving others. Pete serves on various committees within the New York State Funeral Directors Association and serves as the Chairman of the New York State Tribute Foundation. He was also a member of the Inaugural Class of the NYSFDA Leadership Academy in 2014. An active community volunteer, he is a member of the board of directors and treasurer for the Montgomery County Office for Aging Foundation, President of the Amsterdam Rotary Club, Board Member of the Canajoharie Youth Center and a proud single dad. His expertise in building brand recognition, fostering community relationships, and team building is what helps Foundation Partners continue a legacy of trusted service.
Kevin grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where his family established a funeral home in 1955. After attending the University of Minnesota, he became a licensed funeral director in 1981. Having lived above the funeral home until age 21, he became keenly aware of every aspect of operations, from car washing to marketing. In 1980, Kevin and his brother Mark traveled around the country looking at a variety of cremation businesses searching for a model they could emulate back home. After learning all they could, they founded the Cremation Society of Minnesota (CSM) and a system of doing business that is still in place today. Kevin is currently leading CSM as Managing Director and is a past president of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) & Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC). Kevin brings a wealth of experience and innovative ideas to Foundation Partners as well as a passion for growing cremation businesses.
Stephen J. Marana, Jr.
Steve is originally from Central Pennsylvania, and has been in the funeral industry since the mid 90’s. He is a graduate of Mount Aloysius College and St Francis College with a degree in Business Management, and received his degree in Mortuary Science from John Tyler College. Steve has worked in all aspects of the funeral industry, including stand-alone funeral homes and Funeral Home/Cemetery properties. He is a Certified Funeral Celebrant, CANA certified crematory operator, and a member of The Knights of Columbus. Steve is our Area 2 Central Market Leader, overseeing locations in KY, MD, NC, TN and VA. In his free time, Steve enjoys volunteering with “Food and Friends”, visiting local nursing homes/assisted living facilities with his dog for Pet Therapy, cooking, traveling abroad and riding his motorcycle. His ability to lead by example and foster community relationships is beneficial to the continued success of Foundation Partners Group.
A native of West Virginia, Cole is a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus University and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After starting his career as a funeral director at independent funeral homes in Ohio and West Virginia, Cole quickly moved to Service Corporation International (SCI) where he advanced from Managing Funeral Director to Corporate Trainer to Senior Area Sales Director covering four states. Throughout his career Cole has held a variety of leadership positions in both at need and preneed sales, as well as cemetery sales. Cole is the former chair of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association PAC and was on the board of the West Virginia Cemetery and Funeral Home Association. His strong background in sales and sales training, along with his deep understanding of preneed marketing, will help Foundation Partners successfully integrate innovative products and services into field operations.
Michael D. Shorter, Jr., CFSP
Michael’s zeal for excellent customer experience and team member development has led him to approach the death care industry with a practical focus and dedication to making unforgettable impressions upon families and staff alike. Michael’s contemporary perspective, coupled with traditions and customs of cultures and communities, has led to successful implementation of effective and relevant operational strategies that yield increase in client-family satisfaction and team member growth and advancement.
Demonstrating his commitment to the communities he serves and the funeral service industry has guided Michael to become a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP). Among many accomplishments and organizational involvements, locally, Michael is proudest of becoming the first Eagle Scout in his Troop’s history and serving on The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg’s Board of Directors. Nationally, becoming an N.F.D.A. Emerging Leader Inaugural Class graduate, a committee member of the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, and an N.F.D.A. Advocacy Committee Member have been his highlights. Leading his team to a national Customer Service award (2019) and an industry Innovation award (2021) further exemplifies his zeal and focus. Michael graduated from the funeral services program at St. Petersburg College and serves as General Manager for Foundation Partner Group, overseeing the business operations in Pinellas County, FL.
Traveling, cooking, and spending time with family is how Michael spends his time, usually with his wife, Ashley and children, Michael III & Sarai.