Rosemarie Forsberg, CFSP
Owner and operator of Heritage Funeral Home and Tisdale Funeral Home
Rosemarie Forsberg, CFSP, is the owner and operator of Heritage Funeral Home and Tisdale Funeral Home. Her firm has been honored with the Pursuit of Excellence award for 12 years in a row and was the first international member inducted into NFDA's Hall of Excellence. A funeral director, celebrant and aftercare coordinator, Rosemarie has established Heritage Funeral Home as a cornerstone in her community, leading many programs and events throughout the year. Heritage hosts the Seeds of Recovery seven week support group offered in the spring and fall, a clergy recognition luncheon, Halloween pumpkin giveaway, as well as many other community initiatives, such as the mailbox memorial service.
Mark J. Krause
President, Krause Funeral Homes and Cremation Services
Mark J. Krause is President of Krause Funeral Homes and Cremation Services of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a nationally-recognized firm which operates four funeral homes, serving over 1400 families annually. A fourth-generation funeral director, he has been in funeral service since 1976. He attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1982 and received a Master's in Business Administration Degree in 1993. Krause is a founder and Past President of the Funeral Service and Cremation Alliance of Wisconsin (FSCA). He is a Past President of Preferred Funeral Directors, International (PFDI) and Past President of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA).
Co-Founder, Cornerstone Mortgage and Owner, Smith Family Funeral Homes
Jeff Smith co-founded Cornerstone Mortgage in 1999 with his cousin Michael Powell, growing the independent mortgage broker to five locations and seeing it become a finalist for Arkansas Business of the Year in 2004. In 2006, Jeff left to join the family business, Smith Family Funeral Homes, buying it from his parents in 2010, expanding the enterprise from one funeral home to now include five funeral homes, three cemeteries, an on-site crematory, a cremation society and 65 employees. He volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas for many years, and in 2003 was recognized as Big Brother of the Year. He's particularly proud of his work as president of the board of Immerse Arkansas, a nonprofit that helps young people 18 to 22 as they transition out of foster care and into adulthood. He is a past president of the Arkansas Funeral Director’s Association. Jeff considers his father, "a great mentor for me. He's taught me so many things about how to manage and lead people."