Curtis Rostad Director of Regulatory Compliance and Association Relations
Director of Regulatory Compliance and Association Relations
2019 marks Curtis Rostad’s 50th year in funeral service. He has been fortunate to see funeral service from many vantage points- employee, owner, corporate employee, trainer, consultant, and association executive.
His first funeral home job and internship was in Rapid City, SD and began immediately after graduating from high school. In 1972 he attended Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and upon graduation returned to Rapid City and obtained his funeral service license. In 1984 he moved to Rawlins, Wyoming to become the owner of what would become Rostad Mortuary. He also became part-time Executive Director of the Wyoming Funeral Directors Association and later served in that capacity for the Colorado Funeral Directors Association.
In 1995 he sold the mortuary to the Loewen Group and continued to manage it until being asked to join Prime Succession as their Director of Education.
For 6 years he worked for the Foresight Companies and left to take the position of Executive Director of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association in 2005. He retired from IFDA at the end of 2016.
Along the way he has become a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP); Certified Association Executive (CAE); Certified Forensics Examiner (FACFEI); received an honorary doctorate from The Dallas Institute of Funeral Service; and was awarded the Sagamore of The Wabash from the Governor of the State of Indiana. He is well known as an author and speaker within funeral service.
He and his wife, Jodie moved to Fountain Hills, Arizona in 2018 to escape cold winters and be closer to family.
He has now rejoined The Foresight Companies on a part-time basis to assist clients in the areas of human resources as well as OSHA and FTC compliance.
If he is not immediately available, he is probably outside enjoying the Arizona weather or is in Wyoming with his two daughters, son-in-law, and three grandchildren.