Leadership Team

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Mel Payne

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Carriage Services’ founder Mel Payne has successfully built a foundation that is characterized by a high-performance culture. Building a team possessing individual talents with decades of experience, he confidently leads the company as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.

mel payne

Mel Payne

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Carriage Services’ founder Mel Payne has successfully built a foundation that is characterized by a high-performance culture. Building a team possessing individual talents with decades of experience, he confidently leads the company as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board.

Shawn Phillips

Shawn Phillips

Senior Vice President, Regional Partner, Head of Strategic & Corporate Development

Paul Elliott

Paul Elliott

Senior Vice President & Regional Partner

Chris Manceaux

Christopher Manceaux

Senior Vice President & Regional Partner

Peggy Schappaugh

Peggy Schappaugh

Director of Operations & Acquisitions Analysis

Viki Blinderman

Senior Vice President, Principal Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer & Secretary

Ben Brink

Benjamin Brink

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Michael Loeffel

Michael Loeffel

Vice President of Human Resources

Steve Metzger

Steve Metzger

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Board of Directors

Our board of directors works closely with the company’s leadership team to protect and grow our shareholders’ assets, while nurturing the company’s culture of dynamic teamwork and entrepreneurialism.

bryan leibman

Bryan Leibman

Lead Director

barry fingerhut

Barry Fingerhut

Director

donald patteson

Donald Patteson

Director

douglas meehan

Douglas Meehan

Director

James R. Schenck

Director

Greg Brudnicki

Greg Brudnicki

Advisor

Directors of Support

Our directors of support work closely with our managing partners and business analyst to identify opportunities for growth.

brad bishop

Brad Bishop

Director of Support

Daniel Casotti

Daniel Casotti

Director of Support

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Paula Harris

Director of Sales Support

JC Barr

JC Barr

Director of Support

Bob Muccino

Bob Muccino

Director of Support

Paul Mousseau

Paul Mousseau

Director of Support

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Thomas Frisch

Director of Support

Standards Council

Our standards councils represents the best leaders in our industry. They provide our partners and staff with unparalleled knowledge and guidance.

James Bass

James Bass

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Kristi Ah You

Kristi Ah You

Modesto, CA

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

Corpus Christi, TX

nicholas welzenbach

Nicholas Welzenbach

San Jose, CA

Steve Mora

Steven Mora

Camarillo, CA

Tim Hauck

Tim Hauck

Fort Myers, FL

Justin Luyben

Justin Luyben

Hemet, CA

Jim Terry

Jim Terry

Downingtown, PA

Frank Forastiere

Frank Forastiere

Springfield, MA

Tom O Brien

Tom O’Brien

Bristol, CT

Carriage Culture

 

We are committed to being the most professional, ethical, and highest quality funeral and cemetery service organization in our industry.

Partner With Us

See why the best remaining independent owners have chosen to partner with Carriage Services.

Operating Model

Unlike most consolidators, we truly believe that growth of the company is driven by local decisions and lasting partnership.

Testimonials

Want to know what it is like to partner with Carriage Services? Listen to what managing partners say about their experience with us.