Millennial Directors was founded by licensed Texas funeral directors Matthew Morian, CFSP and Zach Carnley, CFSP in May of 2017. Matt and Zach met through the North Texas Funeral Directors Association and the group TFDA Emerging Leaders and were mutual attendees of the ICCFA University. Both strive to be as knowledgeable as possible about the ever changing trends within the funeral industry.
Matt is a first generation funeral director & embalmer. He lives with his wife, Andrea and children, Oliver and Margot in Keller, Texas while being the managing funeral director of Lucas Funeral Homes in Keller and Grapevine, Texas. Matt has been in the funeral profession since 2010 and is a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He is a member of the Pi Sigma Eta funeral director’s fraternity and helped charter the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service Lions Club. Matt has served as President of the D.I.F.S. Lions Club, the Keller Lions Club, and as a Zone-Chairperson for Lions Club District 2-E2. He was awarded the 2017 North Texas Funeral Director Association’s Young Funeral Professional of the Year as well as the 2017 Texas Funeral Director Association’s Young Funeral Professional of the Year. Matt currently serves on the board for the North Texas Funeral Director Association and is member of the Grapevine AMBUCS as well as an alumni of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Leadership Group. He also loves playing music, watching movies, spending time with his family and friends, as well as writing.
Zach grew up in Lampasas, Texas, where he graduated high school. He attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where he received a B.A. in Criminal Justice. While attending SFA, he took a part-time job at a local funeral home. There, Zach discovered his passion for funeral service and for helping others through one of the toughest times in their lives. Zach graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he was class valedictorian and earned a degree in Funeral Sciences. Zach also has earned his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (a certification above and beyond initial licensure) by being very active in his community and completing more than the necessary continuing education requirements. Zach was awarded the 2014 North Texas Funeral Director Association’s Young Funeral Professional of the Year as well as the 2014 Texas Funeral Director Association’s Young Funeral Professional of the Year. He serves on the board of the Texas Funeral Director Association Services Inc. and is on various other committees as well. He is a board member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, serves on the Job Task Analysis Committee for The Conference of International Funeral Examining Board. Zach is also a member of the Kennedale Rotary Club, Mansfield Kiwanis Club, and is an ambassador with both the Kennedale and Mansfield Chambers of Commerce. He is the funeral home manager of Lucas and Blessing Funeral Home in Burleson, Texas. Zach and his wife, Courtney are the parents of two boys: Myles and Owen.
Millennial Directors is as an outlet for Gen-Y to voice their perspective on the funeral profession and for other generations to share their wisdom directly with Millennials. It will include multiple contributors and viewpoints which will vary as much as our generation.