LINCOLNSHIRE, ILL. — Febru. 1, 2021— Selected Independent Funeral Homes has named Whitney Pegues-Beck of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo, Mississippi as the 2021 recipient of the NextGen Professional of the Year Award. Recipients are presented a physical award and receive complimentary registration to participate in the meeting. The award highlights career achievements and community involvement of funeral professionals under the age of 50. As the President of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors and fifth generation funeral director, Whitney demonstrates a pursuit of excellence, dedication to funeral service and a legacy of her family’s firm in whatever she does. In 2020, Whitney successfully navigated the succession process and became the owning operator of her family’s firm. “Whitney has taken the reigns of the firm to new heights,” said fellow NextGen member Josh Blake. “She has overseen renovations and upgrades in equipment and software and seeks what’s most efficient while respecting her very traditional community.” Community has always been a passion for Whitney. When Whitney joined her local Rotary in 2013, she was one of the few females and the only young adult member. With her guidance, the group began a special recruiting committee to focus on generating more female and young adult members. She suggested hosting recruiting happy hour and after-hours meetings to help the Rotary grow and continue to put service above self. She is also a member of the GumTree Museum Guild, where she serves as the President of the Guild of Volunteers. “Her positive leadership and implementation of professional business practices to a nonprofit organization has increased the standing of the museum in the community,” said Museum Board Member Kathy Corban. “As a result of her leadership and money management skills, the museum is unequivocally in the best financial shape in recent memory.” Of the many organizations Whitney volunteers her time to, one of her favorites is the Tupelo Women’s Club. She’s become a vital member of the Holiday Tree Festival Committee, recruiting local businesses to contribute so the Club may donate when local charities have low donation seasons. Whitney has participated in numerous Selected programs, meetings and work groups over the years. She is a graduate of the Selected Leadership Academy and served as the NextGen Seminar Co-Chair in 2017. She is a dedicated mother and wife to husband, Jason, and her young son, Harrison.
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