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, Linden is responsible for leading FPG's accounting, finance, and M & A functions. 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. A licensed CPA, Linden is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a degree in Accounting.
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 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, Strategy and M&A
As Senior Vice President of Strategy and M&A, David oversees strategy, operations analytics, M&A, and the emerging business unit for Foundation Partners Group. David previously worked at Bain & Company, where he focused on private equity diligence and strategy for consumer products, healthcare and software companies, and Google, where he supported Nest’s smart home hardware strategy. He has an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University.
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, 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.
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.