The Executive Team

Corporate Officers

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W. Mark Hamilton
Chief Executive Officer and
Chairman of the Board

People first. That’s Mark Hamilton’s motto, and everyday, he puts his 24+ years of experience to work creating an environment where employees know that they matter. Mr. Hamilton has mastered many professional responsibilities, including corporate acquisitions, financial and operational management, corporate development and sales leadership. Through it all, he has developed a deep passion for the importance of company culture. Mark leads NorthStar Memorial Group as a company that cares about its employees, their families and the life-changing work that we do together.

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Brian L. Sullivan
President and
Vice Chairman of the Board

Brian Sullivan’s industry experience dates back to 1986 when he began in pre-need cemetery sales. Over the next 18 years, he held various sales and operations roles before joining Mark Hamilton in the early days of NorthStar Memorial Group. Brian leads the company’s marketing, sales, service and operations teams. He believes in building a long-term enterprise with long-term people, so he makes a point to make company decisions that encourage lifetime relationships with our employees and the communities we serve.

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Mark Shinder
President and
Chief Investment Officer

From New York to NorthStar—that’s Mark Shinder’s journey. Before joining our team in 2006, Mark was an equity strategist at a Wall Street securities firm, and prior, he served as a senior advisor to leading multinational companies for more than ten years. Today, he brings his unique talents to our company by taking thoughtful care of all financial activities, including financing, acquisition analysis and structuring, and more.

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John Renfro
Chief Operating Officer

Caring for families is more than a job to John Renfro. It’s his calling – from working with vendors to ensuring every ceremony reflects the unique life it has been designed to honor, to comforting those who entrust us with this sacred task. John has been an active, licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1993. He joined the company in our first acquisition, where he worked as a funeral director and in the years since 2004, he has steadily risen through the ranks with hard work, passion and dedication.

Thomas Reichert
Chief Sales Officer

Tom Reichert began his career as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, this is where he developed the unequivocal belief that everyone needs to make their memorial and funeral decisions in advance. As an industry professional for more than 30 years, he has had responsibility for both operations and sales.

Matthew DiGiovanni
Matthew V. DiGiovanni
Chief Marketing Officer

Solving the needs of the families we serve is what drives Matthew V. DiGiovanni. Matthew leads the company’s marketing initiatives and oversees the marketing team, while working closely with sales and operations to align the company’s goals and objectives. He is an experienced leader with a proven track record for helping Fortune 500 companies maximize their profitability and expand their opportunities.  With more than 25 years of experience, including over 10 years within this profession, he has served in a variety of sales and marketing roles and is uniquely positioned to understand what matters to families at times of great loss and when planning ahead. Matthew believes in the importance of developing best practices and driving efficiencies within the organization to maximize the value we provide the families we care for every day.

Divisional Senior Vice Presidents

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Sam Upton
Senior Vice President of Sales,
Smart Cremation
vinnie facinto vice president operations business development
Vinnie Facinto
Senior Vice President of Operations and
Business Development, Smart Cremation