Funeral Directors Life Appoints New Vice Presidents of Operations, Finance, Accounting, and Security Operations

Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (FDLIC) is proud to announce the recent promotion of Amy Biggs as Vice President of Operations, Jason Gazaille as Vice President of Finance, Melissa Magers as Vice President of Accounting, and Zack Shahan as Vice President of Security Operations.

“As Funeral Directors Life grows and expands, our need for quality leaders in all areas of our company has also increased,” said Kris Seale, President and CEO of FDLIC. “We are pleased to welcome Amy Biggs, Jason Gazaille, Melissa Magers, and Zack Shahan to our executive management team. These individuals have demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout their time with our company, and these promotions are very well deserved. Congratulations!”

Vice President of Operations Amy Biggs joined Funeral Directors Life as a temp on a 6-week assignment 23 years ago. Since joining the company, Amy quickly found her permanent home in the Operations department, where she has gained over 20 years managerial and supervisory level experience in the areas of new business underwriting, commissions, and policy administration. In her most recent role with Funeral Directors Life, Amy has overseen the Claims, New Business, and Document Processing departments as Director of Policy Services.

Jason Gazaille, Vice President of Finance, most recently served as Director of Finance for Funeral Directors Life. Since joining the company in 2015, Jason has expanded his department’s services to include not only funeral home lending, but also a consulting services division – Directors Business Solutions – which offers accounting, payroll, and valuation services. Jason’s great organizational and customer relation skills were critical in getting Directors Business Solutions off the ground when he first started with the company. Jason graduated from McMurry University with a BBA in Marketing.

Newly named Vice President of Accounting, Melissa Magers, joined Funeral Directors Life in 2012 and has most recently served as Director of Accounting. In her role, she has overseen the accounting and financial reporting functions for Funeral Directors Life and affiliated companies. Among her many attributes, Melissa has a knack for stepping back and looking at the big picture, which has led to improved processes and procedures in virtually all functions in Accounting. Melissa received both a BBA and an MBA in Accounting from Hardin Simmons University.

Zack Shahan, Vice President of Security Operations, has been with Funeral Directors Life since 2006. He worked his way up quickly from his initial position of Network Analyst to Director of Technology Infrastructure, where he has since advanced the company’s network presence, improved wi-fi capabilities, automated processes, and hardened infrastructure security. Zack has led the way for Funeral Directors Life to be on the cutting edge of technology unlike anyone else in our industry. Zack is a graduate of Texas State Technical College with a degree in Computer Networking & Systems Administration.

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