2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Director Nominees

Independent Age Director
Board Committee Composition
A C E N&
Thomas L. Ryan
Chairman and CEO, Service Corporation International
NO 51 2004 2     C    
Clifton H. Morris, Jr.
Chairman and CEO of JBC Funding, a corporate lending and investment firm
YES 81 1990 None      
W. Blair Waltrip
Independent consultant, family and trust investments, and former senior executive of the Company
NO 62 1986 None        

Continuing Directors

Independent Age Director
Board Committee Composition
A C E N&
Alan R. Buckwalter
Former Chairman and CEO, Chase Bank of Texas
YES 70 2003 None C    
Anthony L. Coelho
Former Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives
Independent business and political consultant
YES 74 1991 2    
Victor L. Lund
President and CEO, Teradata
YES 69 2000 1 C    
John W. Mecom
Independent businessman who bought, developed, managed, and sold a variety of real estate and other business interests
YES 77 1983 None      
Ellen Ochoa
Director, NASA Johnson Space Center
YES 58 2015 None      
R.L. Waltrip
Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Service Corporation International
NO 86 1962 None        
Marcus A. Watts
President, The Friedkin Group, an umbrella company overseeing various business interests that are principally automotive related
YES 58 2012 None   C  
Edward E. Williams
Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship, Rice University, Doctorate in Finance and Accounting
YES 71 1991 None       C
A: Audit Committee
C: Compensation Committee
E: Executive Committee
N&CG: Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
I: Investment Committee
: Member
C: Chair
* See Director Bios on pages 14 to 17, which details other public Boards for each Director.

Overview of Director Skill and Experience

We value the following skills and experiences within our Board of Directors to create a balance of diverse viewpoints and expertise:

CEO Experience/Senior Leadership. Directors who have served as CEO or in a senior leadership position are important to us, as they have the experience and perspective to analyze, shape, and oversee the execution of key operational and strategic initiatives.
Industry. The funeral and cemetery industry is unique and Directors with prior experience can help to shape and develop all aspects of the company’s strategy.
Financial. We use a broad set of financial metrics to measure our operating and strategic performance. Directors who have financial experience can assist us in evaluating our performance, and can provide guidance on financial reporting and internal controls, as well as capital structure and financing activities.
Marketing/Brand Management. We employ a multi-brand strategy and also rely heavily on marketing our products and services on a preneed basis. Directors with marketing experience and/or brand management experience can provide expertise and guidance as we seek to expand brand awareness, enhance our reputation, and increase preneed sales.
Investments/Financial Services. Knowledge of financial markets, investment activities, and trust and insurance operations assists our Directors in understanding, advising on, and overseeing our investment strategies.
Real Estate. We own a significant amount of real estate. Directors with experience in real estate can provide insight into our tiered product/pricing strategy for our cemeteries as well as advice on best uses of our real estate.
Technology or e-Commerce. Directors with education or experience in relevant technology are useful for understanding our efforts to enhance the customer experience as well as improve our internal processes and operations.
Business Development/Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). We seek to grow through acquisitions and development of new business operations. Directors with a background in business development and in M&A provide insight into developing and implementing strategies for growing our business.
Government/Legal. We operate in a heavily regulated industry. Directors who have a background in law or have served in government positions provide experience and insights that assist us in legal and regulatory compliance and help us work constructively with governmental and regulatory organizations in the areas we operate.

Although the members of our Board embody a broad range of backgrounds, experience and expertise, the table below is intended to highlight only the top three areas of expertise for each member:

Overview of Director Skills and Experience
  Buckwalter Coelho Lund Mecom Morris Ochoa Ryan R.L.
Watts Williams
CEO Experience/Senior Leadership            
Marketing/Brand Management                  
Investments/Financial Services              
Real Estate                  
Technology or e-Commerce                  
Business Development/Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)