ABOUT THE EPISODE: “The times they are a-changin’.” As the new generation of funeral directors finds its way into the profession, a lot can be said about the challenges that can exist as far as workplace relations go. Debates about “the new way” vs “the old way” arise. Both the definition and style of communication take new meaning to different individuals - which can give way to miscommunication and misinterpretation. Struggles with technology, new ideas, and even levels of respect can also contribute to conflict and frustration.
So how do we bring harmony to the multigenerational workforce at our funeral home? In this episode, host, Gabe Schauf, sits down with funeral director and author, Antonio Green to discuss just that. Antonio shares some of what he has learned from personal experience, presenting on and writing about professional collaboration, specifically with the millennial generation.
ABOUT OUR GUEST: Antonio Green is a fourth generation funeral director at his family's firm, James H. Cole Home for Funerals, located in Detroit, MI. Receiving his high school education from a Jesuit school, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, truly molded his life’s goal in becoming a Man for Others.
Antonio has been a licensed mortician in the state of Michigan for over 15 years. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Bowling Green State University, Antonio decided to pursue his passion of helping others in their greatest time of need, and continue his family's legacy of funeral service, by attending the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Upon graduation, he immediately transitioned to full time employment at the funeral home and began to diligently work to modernize the business. It was that “new blood” and fresh thinking which led to the development of the firm’s new location on the Northwest side of the city; and in 2010, the newly constructed facility was opened with Antonio at its helm.
It was also in 2010 when Antonio married the love of his life, Angel, and they now built a beautiful family which consists of three extraordinary children; Nolan, Berkeley, and Jaxson.
In 2021, Antonio took on the task of becoming a published author. His book "Talk to Me - Understanding the Millennial Mindset" was developed to help people better understand and professionally collaborate with the Millennial generation, specifically small business owners. Through his visionary leadership and skills with recognizing strategic solutions, Antonio began the process of identifying critical indicators for success.
Using his experience and expertise in his own firm, Antonio has made it his pledge to support family-owned businesses improve and enhance their companies.
The James H. Cole Home for Funerals was founded by James H. Cole, Sr. in 1919, and over 100 years later his great grandson, Antonio Green, continues his legacy in the metropolitan Detroit community.