Andrew Clark has been a director of PLC since July 2011. Mr. Clark joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer in September 2011 after leading a group of investors in the acquisition of approximately 15% of the Company. He was appointed as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in July 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Clark founded a successful tourism and hospitality business which grew from only two employees in 2002 to become a leader in its field with operations and staff in the UK, Canada and the US. The business was ultimately merged with Canada’s largest privately held travel company in 2008 and Mr. Clark was bought out in 2011. Prior to his experience in the travel industry, Mr. Clark worked in the financial analysis and relationship management roles in the mid-market commercial lending business of TD Bank.
CFO & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joseph Leeder has been a Director since April 2013, and Chief Financial Officer of PLC since July 2013. Mr. Leeder is a Chartered Accountant and was a Partner in the Toronto office of KPMG LLP from 1990 to 1997. After leaving KPMG, Mr. Leeder held the position of Chief Financial Officer at two publicly listed companies.
Brad Green has over 12 years of experience in the funeral and cemetery profession. For the past four years, Brad has served as a founder, owner and the CEO of Signature. Prior to founding Signature, he was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Carriage Services, wherein he completely restructured and rebuilt the legal, human resources, payroll, and training functions. Additionally, he built and led the day to day operation of the acquisition team. In addition to his industry experience, Brad is a licensed attorney with an extensive legal background, including work at two international law firms and serving as the General Counsel for a large, international transportation company.
Jay Dodds has over 35 years of experience in the funeral and cemetery profession. He holds a funeral directors and embalmers license in both Texas and New Mexico. In addition, he is a certified cremation operator. Jay served as founder, owner and President/COO of the Signature Group. Prior to founding Signature, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of another U.S. publicly traded company where he served in a senior operations leadership role for 17 years. Over his career he has directly managed businesses in every region of the country. Jay currently serves as President-Elect of the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, Trustee for the Funeral Service Foundation, the ICCFA Educational Foundation and a board member of the Pierce Mortuary Colleges.
Jeff Parker joined PLC in June of 2018. Jeff brings over 40 years of IT experience and 20 years of funeral and cemetery experience to the table. He began his IT career with IBM in the late 70s, wrote code to guide Maverick Missiles in the 80s, joined his father in the energy industry in the 90s, and started in the funeral and cemetery business at the urging of a friend that was providing hardware to one of the largest publicly traded death care consolidators in the industry in 1998. Jeff’s 20 years in the industry includes roles as Manager of Offsite Systems, Manager of Application Development, and Director of Information Systems. Jeff was the principal architect of the software system that currently runs one of the largest public funeral and cemetery businesses in the US.
VP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Lorie Johnson has over 11 years of experience in the funeral and cemetery profession, and she joined Signature in 2014 as its Chief Administrative Officer. Lorie has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of organizational administration, human resources, training and people development. At Signature, her role is to lead, facilitate and participate in organizational development and effectiveness across an employee’s full life cycle with the company. In this role, she has oversight over all aspects of Human Resources, Training, Safety and Risk Management, as well as Administration and Information Technology. Lorie is an HRCI and SHRM certified Senior Human Resource Professional.
VP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & CORPORATE AFFAIRS
Suzanne Cowan joined PLC in March of 2016 as VP, Business Development and Corporate Affairs. Ms. Cowan brings more than 15 years of strategic communication, stakeholder relations and marketing experience in the political and broad public service sectors. Prior to joining PLC, Ms. Cowan held the position of Director of Advertising and Senior Advisor to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. She was previously a member of the executive team with the Ontario Energy Board and held senior roles with the Premier of Ontario and several Ministers with the Government of Canada and the Senate. Ms. Cowan has a BA in International Relations from Mount Allison University and a Superior Diploma in French Studies from University Marc Bloc Strasbourg, France.
VP, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Linda Gilbert joined PLC as the Director of Finance in September, 2014, and in March 2016 was appointed the VP, Finance and Administration. Ms. Gilbert is a chartered accountant and brings over 20 years of finance experience in public companies. Prior to joining PLC, she was an Independent Director of Envoy Capital Group and acted as a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee and as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee. She has previously held the positions of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance at Envoy Communications Group Inc. Ms. Gilbert also has experience as an independent consultant and has consulted to various companies on financial management, analysis and reporting.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INDUSTRY RELATIONS
Jim Price has been a member of the Park Lawn team since February of 2016, as CEO of Midwest Memorial Group, LLC., a Park Lawn Corporation company with 28 cemetery locations throughout the state of Michigan. Prior to joining Park Lawn, Jim co-founded and served as EVP / COO of Foundation Partners Group and formerly co-founded and served as COO of Keystone Group Holdings. Jim currently serves on the International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (ICCFA) Board of Directors, ICCFA Governmental Affairs Committee and is currently President of the ICCFA Educational Foundation. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Sykes School of Business, Center for the Study of Ethics, at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Jim has over 50 years of experience in the funeral profession and is a graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science.
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