I am a seasoned Funeral Director offering 29 years in private funeral homes. I have extensive business, finance and operations management experience. I am the former owner of Grogan Funeral Home & Crematory in Polson, MT. I have extensive knowledge and experience in the funeral industry both from an employee and employers standpoint. I have worked in large firms in Minneapolis, MN, & Great Falls, MT. The past 25 years I have spent serving families in the Mission Valley.
I am a past President of both the Polson Rotary Club & Polson Lions Club. I am also a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International. I am a past member of the City of Polson Board of Adjustments. I am a past School Board Trustee in Polson. I am also a past member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Parrish Council. I am registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency as a certified dog handler.
I would like to state that my experience in business in vast and successful. I have a great track record in Montana.I am proud of having worked through the ranks in the funeral industry. I started working in the industry while attended the University of Minnesota.I started working at Peterson Funeral Home & Morris Nielson Funeral Home in Minneapolis, MN. Graduating with a BS Degree in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota in 1986. I moved to Great Falls, MT. and worked for approximately 2 years at O'Connor Funeral Home, Great Falls before managing Mosley-Shrider Funeral Home from 1987 until purchasing that firm in 1997. I also worked for Shrider Mortuary in Ronan during this time period. I was in a business partnership with Mr. Ron Shrider starting the first crematory in the Mission Valley in 1990. I started the Cremation & Burial Society of the Rockies in Missoula which was later sold and is still successful.I own several rental properties, 2 carwashes, a laundromat and a detection canine franchise for the territory that includes Idaho, Washington & Alaska. The Northwest Interquest Detection Canine franchise has been in operation for two years. I have continued to operate the carwash for 9 years.
I have worked at all levels in the industry until reaching ownership of a very successful firm for 15 years. I most recently sold the business to pursue my other business ventures. I am known in the industry as a free thinking and often ahead of the industry in setting new standards in which the industry can emulate. I have always been fair and treat the families in which I serve with the utmost respect. I am currently working on an at need basis for Grogan Funeral Home, Polson & Schnider Funeral Home in Great Falls. I am only around the funeral industry about a week each month. I still enjoy helping people but choose not to work full time in the industry. I have several mid-life interest and I continue to take my business skills in several directions.
I attended South Dakota State University for pre-mortuary science and transferred to the University of Minnesota to complete my degree.
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