Our Officers

Gary Freytag - President & CEO

Gary Freytag, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, joined the organization in 2003.

Freytag holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Dartmouth and a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Harvard.

Freytag joined the Spring Grove Family after previously serving as President of Information Alternatives, a Cincinnati based technology consulting company where he led efforts to expand its customer base into new markets including distribution, government and wireless.

Prior to that, Freytag served as Treasurer of Eagle-Picher, a diversified manufacturing company with nearly one billion dollars in worldwide revenue. There he was responsible for managing their debt reduction strategy and re-introducing them to Wall Street.

Freytag has also spent 10 years in manufacturing as President of Performance Manufacturing, a Cincinnati-based company that produced industrial products. His other business experience includes management consulting and venture capital.

David P. Kelley

David P. Kelley, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, joined the organization in 2011.

Mr. Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He joined the Spring Grove Family after serving as Vice President/Finance of Eagle-Picher Corporation’s largest manufacturing division and Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of General Products Corporation, both of which were headquartered in Michigan. Mr. Kelley has also served in the United States Department of Treasury audit function.

He has actively participated on city municipal planning commissions and volunteered time for various charitable organizations, the Rotary Club, and is an officer in the Knights of Columbus.

Tom Smith - Executive Vice President

Thomas L. Smith, Executive Vice President of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, joined the organization in 1972 as Assistant Horticulturist and later served as Horticulturist and Vice President of Operations. He was elected to his present position in 1987.
Smith holds a 1970 master's degree from Yale University in Forest Science. He is a native Cincinnatian, attended Walnut Hills High School and in 1968 earned a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Cincinnati.

Since 1973, Smith has taught horticulture courses at the University of Cincinnati College of Evening and Continuing Education, Northern Kentucky University, and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

He is listed in "Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology" with specialties in plant growth and urban forest resource management.

Active in professional organizations in the Greater Cincinnati community, Smith holds memberships and offices in many groups. He is a member of the International Cemetery and Funeral Association, the Ohio Association of Cemeteries, and Ohio Cemetery Superintendents and Officials, and also served on the Green Industry Exposition Board of Directors. He has volunteered for more than 20 years as an advisor to the Ohio State Cooperative Extension Service. He has recently served as president of the National Professional Grounds Management Society. Currently, he is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Professional Grounds Management Society, the Ohio Forestry Association, and the Ohio Nursery Landscape Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Urban Forestry Department of the City of Cincinnati and is a past board member of the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati. He has also been active in the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and the Mentoring Program.

In July 1997, Smith achieved approval from the Ohio Board of Regents for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture for the College of Evening and Continuing Education at the University of Cincinnati.

In November 1999, Smith was awarded the Professional Grounds Management Society's highest honor, Gold Medal Award.

Obituaries

Robert "Bob" Ferguson, 86
Born: Thursday, March 03, 1932
Died: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Raymond Kathmann, Sr., 91
Born: Thursday, August 12, 1926
Died: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Janice Hunter, 76
Born: Thursday, January 01, 1942
Died: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gertraud Palacios, 81
Born: Friday, January 29, 1937
Died: Monday, July 16, 2018

Terry Kessler, 72
Born: Thursday, April 04, 1946
Died: Sunday, July 15, 2018

Upcoming Events

Jul 24Grief to Peace / Tri County
Jul 24Tuesday Summer Family Nights
Jul 26 - Jul 26Champion Tree Tram Tour
Jul 26 - Jul 26Summer Concert - Ohio Military Band (Oak Hill)
Jul 28Full Moon Night Walking Tours
Jul 28Stories of the Norman Chapel
Jul 28FULL**Night Watchman Tour
Jul 28Monuments By Moonlight
Jul 28FULL**Stories In Stone
Jul 28Horticulture By Moonlight