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Board of Directors
R.L. Waltrip

  • Founder and Chairman Emeritus, SCI (since 2016)
Prior Business Experience
  • Chairman of SCI (1962-2015)
  • CEO of SCI (1969-2005)
  • Founded SCI in 1962, took the company public in 1969
  • Started with family funeral business in the 1950’s; acquired additional funeral homes in the 1960’s; pioneered the clustering concept/efficiencies of scale in the funeral industry
  • Introduced M&A to the industry which changed the industry forever. As a result, he is the best known and highest regarded leader in the industry
  • The network he began has now grown to more than 2,000 funeral service locations and cemeteries
Select Past Public Company Boards
  • Cash America International
  • Tankology Environmental, Inc.
Other Positions
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Museum of Funeral History
  • University of Houston