ORLANDO, Fla. – Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products, has announced the acquisition of Premier Care of Florida. The Premier Care portfolio consists of Anderson-McQueen Funeral and Cremation Centers, E. James Reese Funeral Home, ALife Tribute Funeral Care, Sunnyside Cemetery, Affordable Memorials, and Pet Passages by Anderson-McQueen.
“We are thrilled to have Premier Care of Florida join Foundation Partners Group,” said Bob Bukala, FPG president and CEO. “Premier Care is a great addition to Foundation Partners Group and strengthens our footprint in Florida, which is an important market for us. John and Nikki McQueen have built a great company with a loyal client-family base and experienced team members. We are grateful that their team will continue their careers with us, and we are excited to have them as part of the FPG family."
John S. Anderson and William F. McQueen established Anderson-McQueen in 1952 in a home in St. Petersburg, Florida, which now houses the company’s Northeast St. Petersburg Family Tribute Center. Following the death of William McQueen in 1987, his three children, Bill, Maggi and John, took control of the firm and built the business over the next two decades. In 2010, John acquired full ownership and since that time, he and his wife, Nikki, have grown the business and established new and innovative funeral service offerings, focused on celebrating “Love. Life. Legacy.”
"Our company has a rich heritage and has been a strong community partner in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties for many years. My wife Nikki and I have been committed to ensuring a great future for our operations,” said John McQueen, president and CEO of Premier Care of Florida. “It was not an easy decision, but we determined the best way for us to continue to grow was to partner with Foundation Partners Group. Their beliefs match up beautifully with what our company has valued over the years.”
“We looked at a lot of companies and were impressed by several, but in the end, we wanted a company where we felt our families would receive the same level of care and professionalism as they have from us,” Nikki McQueen said. “FPG’s commitment to integrity, innovation and relationships aligned most closely with ours. We feel it is a win-win-win for everyone … for Foundation Partners, for our company and its employees, and for our community.”
John McQueen will remain active in the business and local community and will be joining Foundation Partners Group’s corporate leadership team focusing on innovation and the team member development education platform.
“There are limitations for nonfamily members in a family-owned business,” said John McQueen. “This transition to Foundation Partners Group will provide our professional staff with career opportunities Nikki and I could never have been able to offer.”
“We have always been committed to professional and career development for our team,” Nikki McQueen added. “We have many great team members and we look forward to seeing their careers advance to new heights, whether on a local, state or a national level.”
“At Foundation Partners Group, we are committed to partnering with likeminded, business owners who believe in utilizing innovative techniques and cutting-edge technology to best serve families,” said Justin Baxley, senior vice president of business development at FPG. “John and Nikki and the Premier Care of Florida family have an exceptional reputation, not only in their market-area, but throughout the funeral service profession. We look forward to working together, focused on our purpose ‘To Capture, Acknowledge, and Share Life’s Purpose.’”
Foundation Partners Group is a leading provider of innovative funeral, cemetery and cremation experiences and products. As one of the largest privately owned funeral and cemetery operators, FPG owns and operates funeral homes, cremation centers and cemeteries in 17 states, and is actively seeking to expand its locations throughout the U.S. With headquarters in Orlando, Florida, FPG is committed to revolutionizing the funeral profession through their innovative ShareLife customer experience-centered approach and harnessing the power of relationship and partnership. For more information, visit www.foundationpartners.com.
Posted Aug. 17, 2017