Jewish Funerals USA / Distinctive Life
Twenty years ago, the funeral service industry started losing its personal touch. The corporate world was buying up all the independent and family-owned funeral homes, putting them all under one corporate umbrella. With this came a personality and philosophy change, as what happens when any family-owned business turns into a corporate-owned company.
That’s where Jewish Funerals USA was born (also known as Distinctive Life — their non-Jewish division). They saw an opportunity to set themselves apart by offering a personalized, family-focused, quality service, all at a fair price. And once people in the community realized they had an option, they responded.
Similarly enough, that’s precisely how and why the Jewish Funerals team chose to partner with MGA. Here’s what Andy Starr, Owner / Executive Director, had to say himself.
“We started with another accounting firm that was family-run, just like we are. And at a certain point, they decided to sell out to the big boys. As a client, it seemed like there were four sales in a row, and every time I called, there were new names. And the more acquisitions that took place, the less I felt that I had a connection to anyone there, and the less I felt that I could ever call and get an immediate response. Then we found MGA, and we are so thankful we did. They do business the way we do. And any time I’ve needed them, they’ve been very accessible and helpful.”
Good Business Expertise That Spans Every Industry and Niche
At MGA, our primary goal is to make the complex simple — to offer sound business expertise, no matter the industry or niche. We like to grow with our clients, always staying one step ahead for them. And that’s exactly what we’ve offered Jewish Funerals USA / Distinctive Life all these years.
“We are so glad to be with MGA. We need an accounting and financial partner that can grow with us because although it’s not going to get ultra-complicated, we have to have someone who can advise us and make sure we continue to structure our business appropriately as we expand into other areas. Paul has been much more than an accountant for us; he’s advised us on so many business structure issues — like how to restructure debt and use equity most advantageously. He was also incredibly helpful in assisting us with the PPP loan process during the height of the COVID-19 shutdown. Whenever we have any complex business-related questions, the first phone call we make is always MGA.” — Andy Starr, Owner / Executive Director at Jewish Funerals USA