During his tenure as the CAO of Perches Funeral Group, our founder Gerardo G. Garcia realized how fast cremation was growing with a notably low retention rate of cremated remains. He realized that part of the reason is that what is offered at cemeteries is not entirely appealing to current generations. We need to please a range of tastes, from Baby Boomers—who are modern, well educated, well off, and want nothing to do with what their traditionalist parents liked—to Millennials—who are very progressive and need to be attracted by sophisticated and contemporary designs.
At the end of 2015, he embarked with his wife Paola and daughter Juliana on a year-long road trip around the country to research the market and visit as many cemeteries as they could, and began to exhibit at the major industry conventions to start getting my name out. This is how Columbarium by Design was born. In January 2017 they settled back in Santa Fe, NM, opened their office and assembly shop and kept perfecting their niche system and services. Gerardo was able to truly create the most versatile Made-In-America niche system in the market. It can be incorporated into any indoor or outdoor, existing or new, structure and to any design.