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Service Corporation International Honors 2017 Service Excellence Award Winners

HOUSTON, April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI), North America’s largest provider of funeral, cemetery and cremation services, and its brand, Dignity Memorial®, today announced the company’s 2017 SCI Service Excellence Award recipients. The program, created in 2007, recognizes and honors SCI associates across the country for exceeding expectations through exemplary service toward others and fostering the company’s culture of service excellence. 

Service Excellence Award Winners
  2017 SCI Service Excellence Award honorees from around the country gathered in Houston, Texas for a dinner where SCI and Dignity Memorial leadership presented their awards. Back left to right: Tom Ryan, SCI Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Andrew Vandevelde, Mills & Mills Memorial Park; Tyrone Palmer, Meadowridge Memorial Park; Mike Webb, SCI President and Chief Operating Officer; Steve Tidwell, SCI Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing; Jay Waring, SCI Senior Vice President of North American Operations; Elisabeth Nash, SCI Senior Vice President of Operations Services; and Phil Jacobs, SCI Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Front left to right: Ashley Jeter, SCI Headquarters; Phil Sprick, SCI Vice President of Human Resources; Filomena Kuchar, SCI Atlanta Metro and New England Territories; Sherry Davies, Katy Funeral Home; and Jerry Myers, SCI Senior Vice President of Middle Market Operations.


Sherry Davies, Manager at Katy Funeral Home in Katy, Texas was named overall winner and presented with the Steve Mack Award for Service Excellence. This prestigious award is named in honor of Steve Mack, a 42-year veteran of SCI and former Senior Vice President of Operations, whose career was highlighted by his leadership and dedication to serving families. 

In addition, the following SCI associates were named 2017 SCI Service Excellence Award winners:

  • Andrew Vandevelde – Grounds Specialist, Mills & Mills Memorial Park, Tumwater, Washington
  • Filomena Kuchar – Administrative Assistant, Atlanta Metro and New England Territories, Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Tyrone Palmer – Grounds & Facilities Supervisor, Meadowridge Memorial Park, Elkridge, Maryland
  • Sherry Davies – Funeral Home Manager, Katy Funeral Home, Katy, Texas
  • Ashley Jeter – Products Director, SCI Headquarters, Houston, Texas

"We are proud to honor and recognize the outstanding achievements of the five recipients of this year's SCI Service Excellence Award," said Michael R. Webb, President and Chief Operating Officer of SCI. "Their commitment and dedication to the families we serve and to our core value of service excellence is truly inspiring." 

All 2017 SCI Service Excellence Award recipients were honored at a dinner held Thursday, April 5 and presented with their awards by members of the SCI and Dignity Memorial leadership teams. 

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

About Service Corporation International
Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is North America’s leading provider of death care products and services. At December 31, 2017, SCI owned and operated 1,488 funeral homes and 473 cemeteries (of which 281 are combination locations) in 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Through its businesses, SCI markets the Dignity Memorial® brand which offers assurance of quality, value, caring service and exceptional customer satisfaction. In January 2016, SCI was presented with the J.D. Power President’s Award in recognition of an ongoing dedication to service excellence including quality improvement, customer satisfaction and the development of enduring client relationships. For more information about Service Corporation International, please visit For more information about Dignity Memorial, please visit As used herein, “Service Corporation International,” “SCI” and the “Company” refer to Service Corporation International and all of its affiliated companies.

Media Contact:  Jay Andrew, 713-525-5235
Director, Corporate Communications