WALL, N.J., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Robert L. Waltrip, the founder, chairman of the board and the largest individual stockholder of Service Corporation International, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker SCI, recently shared key insights about the company he founded in an exclusive interview with a leading trade publication.
In a wide-ranging interview with Funeral Service Insider, Waltrip shares how he took a family business with one location and grew it into the world's largest provider of death-care services.
As of March 31, 2014, SCI owned 1,638 funeral homes and 515 cemeteries in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The company, which recently had a market capitalization of almost $4.5 billion, completed its purchase of its largest competitor, Stewart Enterprises, in December 2013.
In the interview, Waltrip looks back at some of the early steps that allowed him to be successful, including revising the way he and his staff showed families caskets. "It scared them to death," he says. "They were in a grieving state, and they didn't really know what a casket was, why it was there and what its purpose was except what they might have seen at other funerals. I felt like they needed to be prepared for that and needed education … at least prepare them for the shock of opening the door and walking into a brightly-lit room with 20 to 30 caskets."
Waltrip also shares insights on:
• Helping families that prefer cremation.
• Serving the public through multiple firms located in a central location.
• Keeping employees by providing training and other benefits.
"At more than 10 pages long,our interview with Mr. Waltrip provides some great insights to SCI shareholders, funeral professionals and anyone simply interested in learning from one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs," says Thomas A. Parmalee, editor of Funeral Service Insider.
The special report costs $49 and is only available through Funeral Service Insider. Order it online or call 800-500-4585.
Funeral Service Insider, which is published by Kates-Boylston Publications, is the nation's No. 1 independent newsletter for funeral, cemetery and cremation professionals, featuring regular news and guidance about private and public companies in the death-care profession. Learn more at www.funeralserviceinsider.com
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