Foundation Partners Group Adds Two Sarasota Firms


Jennings Funeral Home and Gulf Coast Cremations Join the Foundation Partners Group Family

PRESS RELEASE – Foundation Partners Group, a leading provider of innovative funeral and cemetery experiences and products, has announced the company has acquired the Jennings Funeral Home and Crematory in Sarasota, FL as well as Gulf Coast Cremations in Sarasota and Venice, FL. The purchase adds to the growing network of Foundation Partners Group firms on the gulf coast of Florida.

“The acquisition of Jennings Funeral Home and Crematory and Gulf Coast Cremation fits well into our strategy of expanding in Southwest Florida” stated Bob Bukala, President and CEO of Foundation Partners. “The Jennings family and their team have shown a dedication to providing exceptional, compassionate care for more than 20 years in the Sarasota area and we’re very pleased that they have chosen to become part of the Foundation Partners family.”

Doug Jennings has enjoyed a long career in funeral service having opened and operated several funeral homes and other funeral businesses in the past. He started Jennings Funeral Home and Crematory in Sarasota in 2000 – his fifth successful funeral services firm. Ten years later, he opened the doors to the first Gulf Coast Cremations in Sarasota and added a second location in Venice, FL in 2017.

“My family and staff feel a real ‘fit’ with Foundation Partners and I sense that they share the same feeling,” commented Doug Jennings.  “Having been through this process in the past, I sincerely appreciate Foundation Partners’ transparency, commitment to innovation and investment in a smooth transition process.”

“Even in these unprecedented times of uncertainty, Foundation Partners Group is growing and remains dedicated to identifying and partnering with independent funeral homes and cemeteries who align with our culture and purpose,” stated Justin Baxley, Vice President of Business Development at Foundation Partners Group. “I have known the Jennings family for a long time and am grateful to have the businesses they have successfully built become a part of our family of firms.”

About Foundation Partners Group: Orlando, Florida-based Foundation Partners Group is one of the industry’s most innovative providers of funeral services. The company owns and operates a network of more than 140 funeral homes, cremation centers and cemeteries across 20 states. Our organizational structure allows us to embrace and grow the legacies of the local funeral homes we acquire while leveraging the economies of scale, deep understanding of technology, and our ShareLife® customer experience-centered approach to deliver truly innovative and compassionate care to the families we serve. Visit to learn more.

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