David 

     I come from a funeral-service family. In 1936, my grandparents, Roland and Beth Speaks, founded the first Speaks Funeral Home. Since that time, the Speaks family has worked hard to become the premier funeral service provider in the Kansas City, Missouri, market. I was fortunate to spend over 20 years helping to progress the legacy of my family firm. I did this through excellent customer service (Overall Satisfaction 2004–2020 cumulative personal score of 96% from Graystone Associates), as lead funeral director, location manager, trainer, recruiter, hiring manager, death certificate clerk, flower delivery boy and everything else! I also had the true honor of running our Community Relations Department for over 14 years. I love to help people!

     Being exposed to two of the greatest hearts and minds in funeral service was a definite advantage! Bob Speaks (my father) and Brad Speaks (my brother) were mentors in my funeral service journey.  I would not be where I am today without their guidance, support, and representation through their example and leadership of what great funeral professionals and human beings should be.

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     Prior to entering funeral service, I received a communication degree from Elmhurst University and have been able to put the fundamentals I learned there into practice. I believe that being a skilled communicator is critical in the family focused, service-oriented realm of funeral service. Spending so many years connecting and effectively communicating with people from all walks of life—those with blended or dysfunctional families, cultural or religious differences, financial burdens, recent tragedies, and a myriad of unique challenges—has prepared me to offer you guidance and mentorship that will help you connect with and serve each family in a respectful and professional way. I can help you nurture and develop your ability to effectively communicate with families and coworkers.

 

     I believe we have one chance on this earth, and I work hard to take advantage of that chance every moment of every day. I am passionate about helping others realize their goals. That is why this business is so exciting for me. I am able to use my expertise to help funeral professionals be their best and help them find their first, next, or forever funeral home family.

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  • Missouri Licensed Funeral Director since 2003

  • Earned Celebrant Certification through Insight Institute, 2015

  • Earned Crematory Operator Certification through CANA/NFDA

  • Completed 2-year Leadership Academy through Selected Independent Funeral Homes, 2016.

  • Next-Gen Professional of the Year award through Selected Independent Funeral Homes, 2016.

  • Earned the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) “KIP” Keeping It Personal award for a 2009 veterans’ event I chaired for Speaks Funeral Homes

  • Caliper Essentials Personality Assessment Certified-2021