Gary Freytag, CCFE
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Gary M. Freytag, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, joined the organization in 2003. Since joining Spring Grove, he has led transformational growth that has doubled the revenue of the organization. Spring Grove is now the dominant death care provider in the Cincinnati market providing 1,600 cemetery and 1,800 funeral services annually.
Mr. Freytag holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dartmouth and an MBA from the Harvard School of Business. He joined the Spring Grove Family after previously serving as President of Information Alternatives, a Cincinnati based technology consulting company where he led efforts to expand its customer base into new markets including distribution and wireless. Prior to that, Mr. Freytag served as Treasurer of Eagle-Picher, a public diversified manufacturing company with one billion dollars in worldwide revenue. His other business experience includes manufacturing, management consulting and venture capital. He currently sits on the Boards of Directors for Skidmore Sales (food ingredient distributor) and Passare (funeral home arrangement software).
Since joining the industry, Freytag has become a CCFE (Certified Cemetery and Funeral Executive) and has been very active in ICCFA. He has spoken at a variety of industry events including the ICCFA Fall Management Conference, Wide World of Sales, ICCFA Annual Convention, and the OACFP. He has served as an ICCFA Board member on the Strategic Planning and Finance Committees. He served as Treasurer for 6 years and became President in 2021. Mr. Freytag is the Dean of the College of Leadership, Administration and Management at ICCFA University. He is also an active member of Cemetery Council (Chair), Death Care Management Council and the Historic Cemetery Alliance.