NextGen Professional of the Year

About the Award

The NextGen Professional of the Year Award is designed to recognize the career accomplishments and community/organization involvement of funeral professionals under the age of 50. For years, the members of Selected's NextGen Group have proven that there are many talented and engaged funeral professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The NextGen Professional of the Year Award is offered to honor their efforts.

The nomination deadline has passed. We will announce the winner of this year's award at the upcoming NextGen Seminar. Watch for 2024 nominations in July 2023.

Congratulations to 2022 Award Winner Kyle W. Trimble!

Kyle Trimble

There is no doubt that Kyle W. Trimble, President of Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home, Jefferson City, MO has made an exceptionally positive impact on his firm and community.

Career Excellence. Soon after licensure as a Missouri Funeral Director and Embalmer, Kyle immersed himself in all aspects of his family's firm. He implemented important improvements in the overall management and effectiveness of the business including a redesign of the burial vault display and method of presentation to the families, together with a new merchandising plan for the entire selection room.

Over the last several years he has been directly responsible for remodeling and redecorating of all public areas; total revamping and enlarging the technical care suite with air-exchange, sanitation and employee-comfort metrics exceeding industry recommendations; relocation, design and construction of a new funeral home in Westphalia, MO; and design and construction of a new addition to the Jefferson City funeral home to house an onsite and in-house crematory which includes a large family hospitality area. In addition, he has reworked the company's website numerous times; incorporated livestreaming services; revamped the preneed program and community outreach; and is frequently invited to make presentations on funeral and bereavement topics.

Kyle has been an active member of the Missouri Funeral Directors Association, serving on its Legislative Committee and as a District Director. Under a new restructuring of the Associations' organization, he was elected a member of its Board of Directors in June 2021.

“Kyle has been a vital part of the Association since he first became licensed . . . and became one of the youngest ever Board of Director members in 2015, serving continuously since then,” said Donald C. Otto, JR, Executive Director, Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. “His dedication was most evident this past year during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic where, in addition to continuing to serve his families even under the ever-changing restrictions, he volunteered to obtain and distribute…PPE to funeral homes throughout the state, allowing them to also continue to help others.”

In addition, he was featured as one of the “Ones to Watch” in the Jefferson City Magazine.

Committed to the Community. Early in his career, Kyle served a family in which the next-of-kin were all adolescents. Finding no local bereavement care for teenagers, he co-founded a support group called H.U.G.S. (“Helping Us Gather Support”) to provide professional counseling and support services for this age group. To cover the requisite fees for licensed psychologists, publicity, facilities and other expenses, Kyle obtained full funding for this new organization through the local United Way agency. For his efforts creating the H.U.G.S. program, Kyle received the “Heart of a Hero” award from the American Red Cross.

When Kyle joined the fledgling Rotaract Club (young professionals sponsored by Rotary International), their membership stood at 30. A year after serving as membership chairman, membership was 55. As Service Project Chairman, he led Rotaract fundraising efforts for the Special Learning Center, a local agency serving children with special needs.

“The level of compassion that Kyle shows goes above and beyond . . . Kyle’s dedication to not only his profession but his family and community are appreciated and noticed by all,” said Jason Ambler, Detective, Jefferson City Missouri Police Department.

Kyle’s additional service to community organizations has included:

  • Missouri River Regional Library Foundation Board of Directors
  • United Way Campaign Leadership Team
  • Special Learning Center Foundation Board of Directors
  • Special Learning Center Operating Board
  • Cathedral of Saint Joseph Parish Council
  • Cathedral of Saint Joseph Foundation Board
  • Eucharistic Minister, Cathedral of Saint Joseph
  • Bishop McAuliff Knights of Columbus Council, Fourth Degree
  • Sons of the American Revolution
  • SSM Hospice Advisory Board
  • Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Graduate of the JCACC “Leadership Jefferson City” Academy
  • Numerous charity golf tournaments every summer and fall

  • “Over the past three years, Kyle has directed services for all four of my grandparents. I can’t think of a higher compliment to give to Kyle outside of his immense professionalism and compassion,” said Jeff Davidson, Vice President-Corporate Strategy, Modern Litho.

    Selected Involvement. Kyle has been an active member of Selected. He has participated in several Annual Meetings, Group Roundtables, Spring Management Summits and NextGen Seminars. He is a graduate of the Selected Leadership Academy (JoHoFives, 2013-2015 Class) and is a current member of the Selected Study Group "F-Troop."

    Past Award Winners

    Learn about past winners of the NextGen Professional of the Year Award.