Who We Are

Bill Burks

Bill Burks

President and CFO

615-347-4407 | Bill started in the industry in 1986 as a sales counselor and quickly became a million dollar producer. He managed an extensive pre-need program for SCI in Illinois and Michigan for 2 years. In 1989, Bill saw a need for an active pre-need program for independently owned funeral homes and made the decision to found IFPA. Having a passion for the pre-need funeral business he saw the importance of being a licensed funeral director and obtained and has held his license since 1993. Bill and his wife, Elva married in 1975. They have three children and six grandchildren. Bill enjoys time spent with his grandchildren and every once in a while a round of golf.

Matt Kreidenweis

Matt Kreidenweis

Partner

615-202-4603 | Matt started working with Forethought in 1988. He was a Regional Coordinator, Tennessee Account Executive, and National Accounts Representative. In 1997 he became a partner in IFPA. He is responsible for strategic planning, marketing plans, and funeral home recruiting for the Southeast and Mid-West region. He has been a speaker and trainer for ICFA over the years and enjoys working with firms on Seminar programs. Matt and his wife Pam married in 1993 and have three sons, Kyle, Nathan and Matthew. They enjoy sports and many outdoor activities together such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and skiing.

Doug Hoog

Doug Hoog

Partner

317-502-9043 | Doug, a funeral industry veteran (beginning in 1993), worked for Forethought Financial Services in numerous roles including sales territories from California to Indiana and working with Forethought Federal Savings Bank. He also managed the sales force for Memory Gardens Management of Indianapolis, IN. He joined IFPA in 2004 as a regional partner and became full partner in 2008. His focus is Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Kentucky expansion. Doug works closely with strategic planning for training, the IFPA database development, and the marketing strategies that funeral homes use when working with IFPA. Doug and his wife, Angie, married in 1996 and have three sons, Colton, Corey, and Cooper. In his spare time Doug enjoys sporting activities and taking care of his animals.

Fayna Edens

Fayna Edens

Quality Assurance Manager

931-691-4125 | Fayna joined IFPA in January 2012. She is responsible for overseeing all IFPA sales support systems. Maintaining the IFPA Database Marketing program, organizing seminars for counselors, creating custom mailers and surveys, are just a few of her many responsibilities. She now host live webinar training on the database several times a month. She is a key team player in all of the support that IFPA offers funeral homes and counselors. Fayna was born in Winchester, TN where the home office is located. Fayna and her husband Randy married in 1979. They have two children, Joseph and Emily and three grandsons, Max, Ethan, and Jett Rylan. In her spare time Fayna enjoys cooking, playing with the grandsons and spending time with her extended family and friends. She loves working with the counselors knowing that in some small way she is assisting families at one of their greatest times of need.

Jeff Finney

Jeff Finney

Total Solutions Director

931-801-5322 | Jeff began his career in advertising and marketing in 1988. Since that time he has produced award-winning campaigns for clients large and small. More important than the awards are the results his clients have achieved. Jeff’s attention to detail is surpassed only by his desire for the success of the firms he represents. In 2012, Jeff joined with IFPA to create IFPA Total Solutions — a full-service, in-house advertising and marketing agency providing services to IFPA members only. IFPA Total Solutions has been able to successfully guide and direct the marketing efforts for many of our funeral homes. Jeff and his wife, Lori, reside in Middle Tennessee near Nashville. When not working with clients, you will most likely find Jeff working on his golf game.

Kurt Rosenacker

Kurt Rosenacker

Regional Partner

513-543-4396 | Kurt is a 5th generation funeral director from Cincinnati, OH, where his family owns two funeral homes. He has been married for eight years to his wife, April and has two sons, Jack (6) and Finn (3). He is a 2005 graduate of Oakland University where he played baseball and majored in History. After graduation he pursued a career in coaching and took his first job as an assistant baseball coach at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN.  He met April in Cookeville and they decided to move back to Cincinnati. That’s when Kurt decided to enter the family business and go to mortuary school. He graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2012 Magna Cum Laude. Upon graduation, Kurt found his niche in funeral preplanning.  He is a $million producer who enjoys helping other pre-need counselors find success in the business. When Kurt is not working he enjoys wrestling with his boys and going to Cincinnati Reds games.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

Regional Partner

256-510-2070 | Gary started in the funeral business in 1977 at Ward Wilson funeral Home in Dothan, AL. In 1980 Gary became the first pre-need sales person in the Dothan area. Gary attended Mortuary school in Birmingham at Jefferson State and worked at Leak Memory Chapel. In 1991 Gary became the pre-need sales manager at Prattville Memorial Chapel and later moved to Alexander City, AL as manager of Radney's Funeral Home. Gary currently owns Radney-Smith Funeral Home in Sylacauga, AL where he lives with his wife, Judy. They have a son Matthew and a daughter Alison both of whom are in college.

Dianna Budd

Dianna Budd

Director of Training

260-403-8889 | Dianna has been an Advance Planning Advisor for over 26 years.  Prior to persuing her career in the funeral industry, Dianna taught school and coached for 10 years. Being among the first individuals to find great satisfaction and success in assisting families take care of their prearrangement plans, she also realized that as part of her success came the responsibilities to assist others enter this very unique career path. During the past 26 years, Dianna has coached and mentored many individuals. She continues to use her professional education, training and experience as a Trainer for IFPA.  Along with Phil Fought and the IFPA administrative team, Dianna was instrumental in developing a training program that helps new advisors obtain the skills and direction they need to be successful and become the "Best in the Business." Dianna also works individually with firms and advisors who need weekly marketing, program development and supervision. Helping others is a true passion.

Jayson Davis

Jayson Davis

Regional Partner

931-691-0629 | Jayson is very excited to represent IFPA as Regional Partner and Pre-arrangement Specialist. He takes great pride in helping funeral professionals enhance the pre-arrangement experience for the families served. Jayson prides himself on a passion to protect families and the value of exponential exposure through social media and community events. He joined the IFPA family in 2010 and is a licensed insurance agent for the State of Tennessee. He spent most of his professional career in retail management where he learned the importance of excellent customer service. Jayson is a native of Franklin County (Tennessee) and attended Franklin County High School, Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University. He and his three children live in Tullahoma, TN. He is actively involved in community service and plays a vital role in the fundraising efforts for area causes. Jayson invites you and your staff to consider letting IFPA take your pre-arrangement program to new heights.

Phil Fought

Phil Fought

Boot Camp & Field Trainer / Counselor

574-518-0999 | Phil started as a preneed counselor with IFPA in 2000. During his sales career he has been awarded the “Top Gun” award 7 times, topping $1,000,000 in annual sales numerous times. Along with his busy sales schedule, Phil works as a field trainer for IFPA to help new counselors become familiar with the database system, and is eager to share his knowledge and expertise with new counselors. Before coming to IFPA, Phil was a Corporate Personnel Director for a local marshmallow manufacturing company for 18 years. He is very involved with his community and has served on his Church Board as a Deacon, McCray Hospital Board, United Way Co-Chair for Noble County, and also on the West Noble School Board for 8 years as Vice President and President. Phil and his wife, Kathy, reside near Wolcottville Indiana on Dallas Lake. They have 3 grown children with 10 grandchildren. Therefore, balancing family and career is very important. Phil enjoys family time, golf, lake living, and following college sports, specifically the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Jason Troyer

Jason Troyer

Founder of Mt. Hope Grief Services

865-748-0582  |  Dr. Jason Troyer earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas and is an Associate Professor of Psychology. He is an engaging speaker and published author on grief and has provided counseling for bereaved individuals. Dr. Troyer is the founder of Mt Hope Grief Services which provides aftercare products, training seminars, and consulting services. His goal is to help funeral professionals serve their grieving families with accurate, comforting information. He is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters in his free time.

Fred Beeson

Fred Beeson

Beeson Consulting

704-516-3925 – Fred is a 2nd generation funeral insurance agency owner of Beeson Consulting. He and his wife Rachel live on High Rock Lake in Lexington NC and have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. He graduated from the Elon University School of Business in 1973, earning two degrees in Economics and Business Administration. He was a member of the Elon football team all four years. He began his career in the funeral industry in 1973 working for Ridge Funeral Home in Asheboro NC. During his tenure he served as an apprentice funeral director, mortician and final expense representative. In 1975 he returned to his family firm and served as an assistant to his father Joe Beeson for 5 years. In 1980 he joined Ketchum Inc., an international advertising and promotion firm in Pittsburg Pa. In 1985 he was promoted to senior vice president and managing partner of southeast operations headquartered in Charlotte NC and was later named to the executive committee. In 2005 after a 25 year career in advertising, he returned to the family insurance agency and become managing partner in 2007. He transformed the agency into an innovative funeral support consulting firm utilizing tools learned while at Ketchum Inc. Today, Beeson Consulting provides consulting services throughout the Carolina’s and has merged their family consulting firm with Independent Funeral Planning Alliance, (IFPA) out of Tennessee to offer greater marketing opportunities in social media management, data based marketing and agent recruitment.