October 2013

Karen-McCurdyPhoenix, AZ – Mergers and Acquisitions in funeral service is a highly specialized process complicated by the fact that funeral home valuations differ greatly from other businesses.  For example, the funeral home property, pre-need and professional staff may be considered an asset in one case and a liability in another.  Knowing the difference is how an experienced valuation expert serves the best interest of their clients, whether sellers or buyers.

According to Jake Johnson, President of Johnson Consulting Group, “Of the many people that present themselves as M & A authorities in funeral service, there are only a few that really understand this business.  Karen McCurdy, during her seventeen years with Thomas – Pierce & Company conducted hundreds of valuations, has found willing buyers to meet seller’s needs, and vice versa.  And critical to many successful acquisitions, she knows where and how to secure financing.  All of these factors contributed to our asking Karen to join Johnson Consulting.”

A graduate of Florida State University (1991), Ms. McCurdy received a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate. Upon graduation, Karen began a career in appraising both commercial and residential properties. She continues to maintain her real estate broker’s license and State Certified General Appraiser License.

Karen began a career with Thomas-Pierce & Company as a Project Manager in May 1996.  Shortly thereafter, she was promoted to Sr. Financial Analyst. Some of her responsibilities include evaluating the operating and financial performance of client companies, assisting in negotiating the sales of client businesses and working through client transactions.

“With her proximity to the East Coast, and most importantly the South East, she has created many contacts.  Further, she is very familiar with the funeral business in that quadrant of the U.S. and will represent an asset to both JCG and the clients she serves. She enjoys the challenge of working with the diversities of each business and assisting each client in meeting his or her individual needs.” Jake Johnson.

For additional information on Johnson Consulting Group’s services, and for an invitation to future JCG “Summit” conferences, contact:

Mr. Jake Johnson
Johnson Consulting Group
8095 North 85th Way
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Fax: 480-556-8501