David Shipper, Owner
David Shipper is a third generation cemetery owner who has been involved for more than 30 years in owning and managing funeral homes and cemeteries. Internationally known for his expertise in the industry, he has served as President of the International Cemetery and Funeral Association (www.iccfa.com)—a 6,000 member organization with members in 23 countries. Prior to forming Indiana Memorial Group in 2000 in an effort to bring family values back to the funeral home and cemetery business throughout the state of Indiana, David was a vice president of corporate development for The Loewen Group, Inc., a multi-national, publicly traded funeral and cemetery corporation. While at Loewen, David led cemetery and combination acquisition activities, and was involved in the purchase of over 450 locations.
Erin Gavaghan joined Futura Group in March, 2001 and manages Indiana Memorial Group’s multi-location administration team. She is a 2011 graduate of LaSalle University (Philadelphia, PA) with a B.A. in Business and Organizational Dynamics, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Science in Human Capital Development (2013).
Carrie Phelps, Director of Marketing
Carrie Phelps joined IMG in 2005. She has 30 years of public relations, marketing and strategic planning experience for national and international companies. For IMG, Carrie is responsible for all marketing and sales support activities, instrumental in the design and implementation of The System University, the only online pre-need training method. She and her department create and maintain the IMG and the Rose Hills Memorial Park websites; as well as maintain a Facebook and social media presence for IMG locations; and plan and implement events such as our Christmas, Memorial Day, Veterans and 9/11 programs. Carrie and her marketing department develop advertising campaigns and materials for both television and print, and create consumer publications such as the Living Will Kit and Personal Planning Organizer. A 1986 graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, Carrie holds BA degrees in both Journalism and Criminal Justice and has earned numerous awards for media, public and community relations campaigns and projects.
Christopher Lyon, Controller
Chris Lyon joined Indiana Memorial Group in 2009 after serving as Assistant Controller for a Fortune 100 company for ten years. During his time there, he led the accounting and financial analysis team through multiple which saw his Division increase revenues from $700M to over $3B. Today, Chris oversees and directs all of the finances for Indiana Memorial Group including cash flows, projections, controls, policies, and audit. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Michigan and earned his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Michigan State University.