Also effective today, Vice President, Major Market Operations, Sumner J. Waring, III, has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Major Market Operations, and Mr. Harris E. Loring, III, has been promoted to the position of Vice President and Treasurer.
Commenting on the management changes, Mr. Thomas L. Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I would like to personally thank Jeff Curtiss for his exemplary service as CFO during a challenging time for the Company. He has been an important part of the team that enabled the Company to reestablish its strong foundation. I am also extremely pleased with the selection of Eric Tanzberger to succeed Jeff as Chief Financial Officer. Eric has demonstrated extraordinary abilities and leadership skills during his nine and a half years with the Company."
Mr. Tanzberger, 37, joined the Company in August 1996 and has held various management positions prior to being promoted to Corporate Controller in August 2002. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Tanzberger was Assistant Corporate Controller at Kirby Marine Transportation Corporation, an inland waterway barge and tanker company, from January through August 1996. Before that, he was a Certified Public Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. for more than five years. Mr. Tanzberger is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Mr. Waring, 37, a licensed funeral director, joined the Company as an Area Vice President in 1996 when the Company merged with his family's funeral business. Mr. Waring was appointed Regional President of the Northeast Region in 1999 and was promoted to Regional President of the Pacific Region in September 2001. Mr. Waring was promoted to Vice President, Western Operations, in August 2002 and assumed the office of Vice President, Major Market Operations, in November 2003. Mr. Waring holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, a degree in Mortuary Science from Mt. Ida College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
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