Andrew Perkel, Managing Partner

Andrew Perkel began his real estate career over 22 years ago investing in residential properties. Since that time, he has garnered over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate.
Andrew is has been associated with the deathcare business for nearly 10 years. He brings a well-rounded realm of experience to the industry, always looking for the path of growth and highest and best use of real estate, which means, at times moving funeral home sites or expanding into non-funeral home outlet channels. His valuation depth and breadth is unmatched in the deathcare industry.
Andrews first commercial client was a national medical device provider that engaged his site-selection services nationwide. He successfully negotiated numerous leases for his client and continues to negotiate commercial leases and sales. He now exclusively represents tenants such as Benjamin Moore Paints, Plato's Closet, Creamistry & Style Encore.
Andrew has lived in Austin for the past 27 years, giving him a very well-rounded scope of the market. He has four children: 27, 24, and 14-year-old boy/girl twins. He is a certified negotiator, a certified federal mediator, and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Contact Andrew: 512-657-1257

David Gligor, Managing Partner

An expert in turnarounds & mergers & acquisitions with emphasis on new channel sales development. David is “trifecta executive” (Sales, Operations, Finance) with skills to execute a turnaround of this size. Proven track record running a deathcare operation with 6000+ employees and $400M+ in revenue.

Turnaround experience: Increased sales averages (+50%) and margins (+30%) and increased consumer pipeline from 20% to 80% mix by transforming Connect Hearing, a US subsidiary of SONOVA AG, from a slow-growth medical device manufacturer to retail service clinic model within three years.

Growth experience: Grew medical retail clinic chain from 100 units to 325, reversed declining profits and grew revenues ~22% over 2.5 years at Connect Hearing. Following initial downsizing, expanded through acquisitions, changed staffing model, created visible retail presence and entered into strategic partnerships to increase foot traffic.

Personal: David is a father and grandfather at heart. After losing his late wife to cancer at a young age of 44, David remained focused on his daughter’s advancement in life, college and her career. He has been rewarded with a two beautiful granddaughters Madison (5) and Shelby (3.5) and equally blessed with a tremendously great son in law.

Contact David: 832-794-0403 dgligor@platinumcelebrationservices.com

James J. Kriegshauser, Jr. Managing Partner

James “Jim” leverages 34 years of death care industry experience in sales, operations and building strong leadership teams of both funeral and cemetery locations. Throughout his career, Jim has built and mentored visionary teams that enhance revenues and profits by strengthening market share and enhancing the consumer experience. Integrity is one of Jim’s core values and he believes in always doing what is right for the client families & associates and has a passion for creating a work environment that inspires creativity and growth.

Jim’s journey began in pre-need funeral sales and as a Funeral Director, shortly after his family’s funeral home merged with a large consolidator where he steadily ascended through several corporate operational and sales leadership roles, prior to becoming a Managing Partner of Platinum Celebration Services LLC. Platinum Celebration Services is the parent company to the consumer facing brand, Platinum Standard Network.

Jim’s core belief is providing exceptional service to families before, during and after the loss of a loved one and is the foundation upon which the Platinum Standard Network has been created.

Contact Jim: 512-450-8159 jkriegshauser@platinumcelebrationservices.com

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