Experience – Credibility – Results
PreNeed Systems is proud to have assembled a management team that has over 100 years combined service in the funeral industry. We are committed to providing the highest quality of service to each and every one of our customers. Take some time to get to know us and you will see why we are the right fit to help you with your business.
Mark Iles is the founder of PreNeed Systems. He is also President of Iles Funeral Homes, a second-generation family-owned operator of six funeral home locations serving central Iowa. Mr. Iles formed PreNeed Systems in 1988 and prior to that worked as a career agent for the Principal Financial Group in the Dallas, Texas agency. He was awarded national rookie of the year for his personal sales achievement in 1986, and he finished in the top fifteen for all career agents nationally in 1987. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from Iowa State University.
Mike Iles is a Partner in PreNeed Systems. He is also Chief Financial Officer of Iles Funeral Homes, a second generation family-owned operator of six funeral home locations serving central Iowa. Mr. Iles has worked for PreNeed Systems since 1990. Prior to that he worked for IBM in both the sales and marketing departments. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s Degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Vice President Sales
Lori Crabb is the Vice-President of Sales. She joined PreNeed Systems as a Family Service Counselor at the Iles Funeral Homes in 1989, and promoted to her current role in 1993. Lori’s passion for pre-need and helping funeral homes makes her a valuable asset. Lori has expertise in all levels of marketing strategies. She works with funeral homes of all sizes to design a program that will best fit their needs whether that be to simply increase walk-in/call-in business, or use her wealth of knowledge in hiring, training, motivating, and keeping counselors in production for those that desire a more active program. Lori manages over $30 million in annual sales for her customers.
Assistant Vice President Sales
David Iles is the Assistant Vice President of Sales for PreNeed Systems. He is also the Assistant General Manager for Iles Funeral Homes, where he is the third generation to join the business. David joined PreNeed Systems in 2019 after working in Chicago for Arthur J. Gallagher’s corporate real estate team. David is a proud graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned his Bachelor’s Degrees in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. David loves building relationships with our funeral home partners and working with them to grow their preneed business.
Brandy Armstrong is the Database Manager. Brandy began her career with PreNeed Systems in 2006. Her work ethic and dedication led quickly to her promotion to team lead, and then to the manager position. Her team currently provides contact management services to several hundred funeral homes in support of preneed sales. The staff helps funeral homes and counselors generate preneed leads by mailing letters to extended families and others attending funeral or memorial events. Her staff also helps keep track of daily touchpoints and provides sales management reporting as required.
Carla Buchanan was the first administrative assistant of PreNeed Systems hired by Mike Iles as a part-time employee in March of 1992. As the company began to grow, the status of her position quickly developed into full-time. In January of 1993 she became a full-time employee and the Administrative Manager of the Southern Region office. She oversees all functions of a general office including the processing of weekly payroll for counselors associated with PreNeed Systems. In addition, Carla and her staff process payroll for numerous Affiliates associated with Homesteaders Life Co.
Paul Marshall was hired by PreNeed Systems as a Family Service Counselor. PreNeed Systems quickly realized that Paul’s previous 8 years in the human services field taught him how to adapt to different environments which made him the perfect choice for our Field Trainer. Paul provides training on the benefits of using our contact management system for prospecting and presentations, and maintains regular communication with our counselors to help keep them on track and motivated towards set sales goals.
June came to Preneed Systems in 2003 with over 30 years of payroll and Customer Service Supervisor experience. Her focus has always been giving helpful and friendly service to those that she works with, whether that be while answering questions from the sales staff or doing preliminary underwriting of the contracts. June’s underwriting makes sure that all applications are error free and ready to issue before being submitted to Homesteaders Life Company. Motivating the sales staff is also a very important aspect of the customer service June provides. She loves being able to solve issues for the agents as they arise, and she believes that you should always be smiling over the phone.