Thacker Caskets, Inc. recently held its National Sales Meeting in Franklin, Tennessee. Every year during this meeting Thacker hosts an Honors Dinner in which Thacker recognizes its top performing Sales Consultants from the previous year.

At this year’s Honors Dinner, Chad Mitchell took home the top honor as Salesperson of the Year. “The impact that Chad has made on this company simply cannot be described in words,” remarked CEO, CJ Thacker. He added, “When I think of Chad, I think of someone who is incredibly honest, humble and caring and these are the key ingredients of Chad’s success with his funeral home customers.”

(Left to Right) Connie Azure – 20 years of Service Award; Steve Shipman – Rookie of the Year Award; Chad Mitchell – Salesperson of the Year; Bucky Stevens – Top Performer

In acceptance of the award, Chad said, “Receiving this top award is an incredibly meaningful honor both professionally as a member of Team Thacker and personally. While striving for this award, my Dad was in the final stages of bladder cancer that took his life that August. He is as much a part of this award as my efforts. As my sports coach growing up, he always encouraged me to cross the finish line strong and ‘leave it all on the field’. He did the same from his hospital and hospice beds. So Dad, this one is dedicated to you with great love, gratitude and respect.”

In addition to the Salesperson of the Year award, Thacker also honored Connie Azure for her 20 years of service. Based out of Bristol, Tennessee Connie has provided sales coverage to funeral homes in parts of five states since she started with Thacker. “Connie has a shining personality that her customers are simply drawn to. She has continued her path of success in this industry due to her infectious positive personality and her ‘customer-first’ focus. Connie has been and will always continue to be a part of the Thacker family.”

In acceptance of her 20-year award, Connie remarked, “I have been blessed over the past 20 years to have met so many wonderful funeral homes. My life has been enriched because of my customers. I’ve made friends that will last a lifetime and I thank Thacker Caskets for the opportunity they gave to my husband, Larry, and I to open the Bristol warehouse. God blessed us beyond anything we could have imagined.”

Two additional Sales Consultants were awarded for during the Honors Dinner for their successes as well. Bucky Stevens, of Thacker’s Central Virginia market, took home a “Top Performer” award for the consistent growth in his territory. Steve Shipman took home Thacker’s “Rookie of the Year” award for his above and beyond performance during his initial year with the company.

CJ Thacker concluded, “I am truly proud of everyone on our sales team as we had a wonderful year! I especially appreciate the efforts of all those who were honored during the dinner. The successes they realized don’t come without hard work and determination, and we recognize that.”

Thacker Caskets is the funeral industry’s leading family owned funeral supply company since 1939. Thacker was recently recognized as #1 in service by the Funeral Service Insider’s Casket Survey. For more information about the company, please contact 800.637.8891 or visit the website at