February 2024

Page B9 february 2024 SUPPLIERS NEWS Jim Price Joins Johnson Consulting Group as Senior Vice President, Industry Relations Jim Price SCOTTSDALE,AZ— Johnson Consulting Group proudly welcomes Jim Price, a distinguished professional with an unparalleled career spanning over five decades in the funeral and cemetery profession. Price’s strategic acumen and proven success record position him as a coveted member in their consultancy team. His impactful journey in the funeral and cemetery sector is a testament to his extraordinary contributions to the profession. Notably, he served as senior vice president, industry relations at Park Lawn Corporation for over 6 years, leaving an indelible mark on the organization’s strategic growth and success. Additionally, he held the role of chief executive officer at Midwest Memorial Group for over 3 years, showcasing his dedication and leadership. A luminary in the field, Price co-founded Foundation Partners Group, playing a pivotal role in its success and contributing to operational excellence and strategic initiatives. His 14year tenure as chief operating officer and co-founding partner at Keystone Group Holdings, Inc, further solidifies his legacy of exceptional leadership and sustained growth. Jake Johnson, CEO of Johnson Consulting Group, exUnity Financial Life Insurance Company Announces Second Increase to Preneed Growth Rates in Eight Months CINCINNATI,OH— Unity Financial Life Insurance Company (UFL) announced a second increase to discretionary growth rates of its pre-need products. On average, the growth rate will increase by another 50 basis points. These growth rate changes take effect on December 1, 2023, for any newly issued pre-need policies. Since the first quarter of the year, many product growth rates are up over 1.5%, with some rates back up to 3%. The top priority of their preneed division is to provide financially sustainable and competitive products to their funeral home partners. “Our unwavering dedication to this goal is evident in the growth rates we pay, which have increased for a second time this year. Our commitment to delivering quality services and products to our funeral home customers, our marketing partners, and policyholders is a part of our mission statement,” said Ryan Walsman, vice president of marketing. Jay Hardy, president and CEO, said, “Our company is committed to changing with the conditions in the market. The rise in interest rates over the last year has given us room to improve our products, and increasing discretionary growth rates is one of the main ways we do this.” Unity Financial Life Insurance Company is the national leader in Medicaid-compliant financial products. The company offers a full suite of financial products considered exempt assets in the Medicaid application process. Medicaid-compliant annuities (single premium immediate annuities) and whole life products designed to fund funerals assigned to either funeral homes or the Unity Financial Irrevocable Funeral Trust help Medicaid applicants capture their maximum legal benefit when joining Medicaid. UFL is domiciled in Ohio and is licensed to do business in 48 states plus the District of Columbia. Visit www.uflife.com or call 877-523-3231 for more information. pressed enthusiasm about the addition, stating, “Jim and I go way back to the days of Pierce Brothers Mortuaries and Keystone Group, I’m humbled that Jim would join our team. Jim’s dedication and hard work in this profession will continue to flourish through his role at Johnson Consulting Group.” Price has served the ICCFA Educational Foundation as chairman and president since 2015. He will be receiving their annual Lasting Impact award on April 12th at the 2024 annual convention and expo in Tampa, FL. In 2022, Price was awarded the association’s Hall of Fame award. Price also currently serves on the national board of directors of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG), and the advisory board of the center for the Study of Ethics/Sykes Business College at The University of Tampa. Price’s appointment marks a significant milestone for Johnson Consulting Group, reinforcing our commitment to delivering top-tier business solutions to the funeral and cemetery profession. His wealth of experience and strategic insights are poised to make a lasting impact on their clients and the entire organization. Johnson Consulting Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive business solutions and tools to achieve heightened performance, profitability, and success within the funeral and cemetery industry. Their services encompass succession planning, selling funeral homes and cemeteries, financing solutions, business coaching, accounting services, business performance analysis, customer survey programs, customer experience workshops, incentive compensation plans, and leadership and management training. Learn more at www.johnsonconsulting.com. Meet Us in Houston February 17-20, 2024 Lance Arnold California Thomas Hilderbrand North Carolina Advisor Ashlynne Tillman-Grant California Steven G. Hill, Jr. Texas Advisor Raymond Giddens Jr. Nevada National funeral Directors & morticians Association, inc. An International Association In the spirit of our Centennial, We’re going to Kentucky! April 21-23 2024 Join us for the 2024 NFDMA House of Representatives Meeting (the home of out first National President) Marriott Louisville East, Louisville, KY Annual Board of Directors and Administrative & Fianance Meeting Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel Atlanta, GA October 13-15, 2024 The National Funeral Directors Association, 6290 Shannon Parkway, Union City, GA 30291 • (700) 969-0064 • www.nfdma.com SUBSCRIPTION ANNUAL Subscription Rates $30.00 Subscription $50.00 First Class $60.00 Canada & Mexico $75.00 Outside North America Funeral Home & Cemetery News SUBSCRIBE Online AT www.NomisPublications.com OR Call 1-800-321-7479