JONATHAN GERDirector of Sales
Jonathan was welcomed to the Thacker team as a Director of Sales in September 2019. Jonathan began working in the death-care industry as a teenager working on the grounds crew at his father’s cemetery during the summers. He joined the sales team in 1984 and after gaining knowledge, experience & success, progressed to V.P. of Sales & subsequently Executive V.P. role. In 2000, after the sale of his father’s cemetery, Jonathan founded an executive car service and limousine company which he sold in early 2007.
After the sale of his company, in the fall of 2007 Jonathan joined one of the large, corporate entities in the cemetery and funeral home industry as an Area Sales Director. Jonathan’s leadership style gained him great success & recognition and he was promoted into the V.P. of Sales for the NE with over $50MM in revenue responsibility and a large, widespread team. With a focus on gaining results through the development of his personnel, Jonathan began creating and collaborating on programs which would improve training, performance and growth. While maintaining his region, Jonathan was promoted into the role of V. P. of Sales Development and Performance, which is the role he maintained throughout the remainder of time with the company. Throughout the 12 years, Jonathan’s team sold Thacker caskets and he was able to see the quality of the product and service that Thacker provided. What better testimony than to go from customer to employee!
Jonathan is married to his wife of 34 years; Dreama. He has 2 grown sons; Derek, and his wife Blair gave the family their first grandchild; Mason in 2017 and they will be adding a granddaughter to the family in January of 2020. Jeremy is engaged to Emily and they will be married in March of 2020.
When not working, Jonathan loves to be with his family and enjoys hiking, golf, tennis, his DC sports teams, and is an avid writer & motorcycle rider.
BOB LOWCHERDirector of Sales
Bob joined Thacker Caskets, Inc. in September, 2014 as our Director of Sales. Previously, Bob held several Sales Leadership roles working in the Consumer Products Industry where he collaborated with America's most prestigious retailers and consumer brands across multiple industries, helping them reach sales solutions aligned with their business strategies.
His broad industry experience in several fields, including consumer products sales, solution selling, and direct marketing will make him an asset to our team.
He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University – Madison Campus located in New Jersey.
Bob and his wife Tracey live in Carroll County, Maryland and have three children. His hobbies include golf, traveling and spending time with his family vacationing in the Outer Banks of North Carolina or the Jersey shore.
John Cooper came on board in 2007 as Director of Distributor Sales for Thacker Casket Manufacturing. He came to Thacker with 15 years of proven industry expertise including a rich and varied background in metal casket manufacturing, marketing, and distribution at Astral Industries.
In November 2007, the Casket and Funeral Supply Association (CFSA) honored John by electing him to their Board of Directors where he served for three years.
John has earned an Associates degree in Business Administration from Vincennes University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Indiana University at Indianapolis. He and his family live in Fishers, Indiana. In his free time, John enjoys being with his family and playing basketball.
Bob Cullen has successfully represented Thacker Caskets, Inc. for over 20 years. His territory includes New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and the New York Metropolitan market including Long Island and Westchester County. In 2011 Bob achieved wonderful sales successes as he was named as a member of the President's Club as well as 2010 Salesperson of the Year for Thacker Caskets. In all, Bob has been active in the funeral supply industry for over 25 years. Prior to this, Bob attended Keystone College in La Plume, PA. As the “Dean” of the Thacker Sales team, Bob has earned the respect of his customers, and fellow sales representatives alike. He and his family live in Scranton. PA. Bob is the father of 2 children. In his spare time, Bob enjoys skiing.
Connie Azure has been with Thacker Caskets, Inc. since 1998. Connie and her husband Larry moved to Bristol, Tennessee after accepting the Thacker offer.
Connie and Larry established an efficient Customer Service Center, and built their sales territory from scratch—something very rarely seen today. Connie calls on customers in portions of Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Connie has also enjoyed great sales successes the past two years as she is a member of the President's Club for both 2010 and 2011, while also capturing the Salesperson of the Year award in 2008 and 2009.
She thoroughly enjoys the friendships that she has forged with her customers and the opportunity to help them meet their funeral supply needs. When she’s not on the road, Connie enjoys time with her family, friends, and her church activities.
Laura Rosen started with Thacker Caskets in December 2014. Laura provides coverage to the Eastern part of Michigan.
Most recently, Laura worked for Fifth Third Processing Solutions as an Account Manager in the Merchant Services Industry. Prior to working for Fifth Third Processing Solutions she worked as an Account Manager in the Litigation Support industry.
Laura is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science. Laura and her husband, Mark, have two children, Josh and Marissa. Together they enjoy spending time at the lake, traveling Up North and watching football.
Bucky joined the Thacker Caskets sales team in September 2015. Bucky will be servicing and providing valued support to customers in Central & Eastern Virginia. In 2016, Bucky was named the Salesperson of the Year for Thacker Caskets.
Before Joining Thacker, Bucky worked in sales in multiple industries including healthcare and industrial chemicals. He also spent time in education as a Business & Marketing Teacher in Richmond, VA and is a life-long native Virginian. Bucky graduated from Greensboro College with a degree in Business Administration & Economics while captaining the Men’s Soccer Team.
When not working Bucky enjoys spending quality time with his wife and daughter. He also coaches soccer and loves anything involving sports.
Will joined Thacker Caskets in July 2016. He is a North Georgia native and grew up in Rome Georgia. For the past 20 years Will has helped individuals protect their families with life insurance products and consulted small business owners with advertising solutions.
He attended Kennesaw State University where he studied business before moving to Cumming Georgia. Will and his wife Tracy have two boys in elementary school that keep them busy most of the time. In his spare time, Will enjoys weight lifting, outdoor activities and playing the electric guitar.
Steve joined Thacker Caskets in September of 2016, as a Sales Consultant for the Louisville, KY, and southern Indiana territory. He has twenty three years experience in the wholesale distribution industry. He has achieved many prestigious sales awards in his career. His background is manufacturing, distribution, marketing and sales. Prior to joining Thacker, he distributed exterior building products to architects, builders, contractors, and remodelers.
He grew up in Louisville, Ky, and along with his wife, Carrie, and their daughter, Alexandra, currently resides in Mt. Washington, Ky. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, driving Outlaw Figure-8 race cars, and building vintage Mustangs with his father and brother. Steve has a deep admiration for his peers, colleagues, mentors, and Thacker family.
Mike Miller was born and raised in Sheffield Alabama. He attended the University of North Alabama majoring in Physical Education. His background prior to joining the Thacker Team in the spring of 2017 included sales in insurance and the uniform and linen industry.
Mike is Thacker's Sales Consultant covering the Northern Alabama region. Outside of work Mike is a sports fan and enjoys cheering on the Auburn Tigers. He is a family man who enjoys spending time at the beach with his four children and wife of 29 years.
Chad joined Thacker Caskets in June 2017. He is a Central Mississippi native and spent 23 years in the Memphis, Tennessee area before moving his family back home to Jackson, Mississippi in 2016. Previously, Chad has held several key leadership roles working in the wholesale casket merchandising industry for over a decade and also as a full-time youth minister and inner-city public school teacher.
He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and Union University, M.Ed., 2016. Chad and his wife Kendall have three wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter ranging from ages 2 - 22 years of age. When not working, Chad loves spending quality time with his wife and kids. He also enjoys serving at his church, mentoring “at-risk” inner-city teenagers, hiking through the Ozark Mountains with his collegiate sons, and is a self-proclaimed Karaoke master.
Adam Matney started with Thacker Caskets in January of 2018. Adam provides coverage to parts of Central and Eastern Kentucky, along with Southern Ohio and Western West Virginia.
Prior to joining Thacker, Adam worked as an outside sales representative for many years and most recently worked in the senior care industry as a General Manager.
Adam is a graduate of both the University of Kentucky and Asbury Theological Seminary. He is married and has a one year old son. Adam and his family currently reside in Lexington, Kentucky.
When not working, Adam enjoys spending time with his family, being involved at church, traveling to new places with his wife Pam and watching the University of Kentucky Basketball team.
Steve joined Thacker Caskets in May 2018. Steve will cover the Arkansas territory to support Thacker's distribution center in North Little Rock.
Steve has a diverse background in Account Management and Outside Sales including many years in the Real Estate Mortgage and Title industry. He most recently worked as a Business Advisor helping business owners optimize their online presence and market to their current customer base.
Steve grew up all over the south, but has called Arkansas home since graduating from Southern Arkansas University with a Marketing degree. He resides in Maumelle and enjoys fishing, hunting and most of all Razorback sporting events.
Paul Graham joined Thacker Caskets, Inc. in April of 2019. Paul will be servicing the southern Georgia region. Paul brings over twenty years of successful sales experience in the funeral home industry, as well as, insurance and manufactured housing.
He is a graduate of Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. His family is well known in the funeral industry. Both his father-in-law and brother-in-law own well established funeral homes in southeast Georgia.
Paul has been married to his wife, Michelle, for over twenty-five years, and they have twin daughters, Lauren and Meagan. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and numerous outdoor activities.
Michael joined the Thacker Caskets sales team in June 2019. Michael will be servicing Northern NJ and NY territory. With over 20+ years in outside sales Michael prides himself on being able service his clients and develop long lasting relationships.
Before Joining Thacker, Michael worked in sales in multiple industries including Payroll/HR, Insurance, Healthcare “Capital Equipment” sales and working in a family owned business for 20+ years.
He is a graduate of Jacksonville University with a BA in Communications with a minor in Glassblowing.
Michael and his wife Rosalie live in Somerset County, New Jersey and have two children. His hobbies include working out, traveling and spending time with his family.
John Ingram joined Thacker in mid-2019 to serve clients in Northern Mississippi and Memphis region. John epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work, and creative service with each transaction.
He grew up in North East Mississippi and started his sales habit at the age of ten, selling the local newspaper throughout West Point neighborhoods. He has been trained and inspired by some of the best from Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, and others. He uses his experience and insight to proactively address detail before it can become a client’s problem. Three words you can count on with John are integrity, commitment, and laughter. He is a family man with devotion to God, his beautiful wife Virginia and their daughter.
John has over 30 years’ experience in management, technical sales, customer service, and estimating, supplying steel tubing to Tiered and OEM’s within the North American Automotive market. Over the years he has built a career by following the principles of hard work, fairness, relationship building, process improvement, and solution sales. He believes and cares that every customer’s needs are important.
John is an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. His interests include backpacking, enjoying nature, hunting, fishing and long-distance shooting. He will always be a supporter and fan of his alma maters West Point High School and Mississippi State University.