Class: 1970Inducted: 2014
Xenia Keenan Ware was born on June 13, 1952 in Manhattan, NY. She attended the New York City and Asbury Park Public School Systems and graduated from Asbury Park High School in June of 1970. Xenia was an extremely bright student and always excelled in her studies. She received a full academic scholarship to Boston University and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. Shortly after graduation, she worked for three years as a job counselor for the Commonwealth of Mssachusetts. In 1977, she joined Xerox Corporation where she remained employed for thirty years.
While at Xerox, she held positions in customer and employee education, technical sales support, major and small account sales and sales management. She spent the last six years of her career in technical product sales support and regional sales team management in the Xerox Agent Operations Group, an organization dedicated to the sales and marketing of Xerox products & services to small local businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in remote areas in the United States and Canada.
Xenia's extensive and varied corporate work history with large enterprises and small companies has provided her with an exceptional set of business skills and tools. One of her primary responsibilities in technical product support was the flawless delivery and system implementation of complex high speed electronic printing solutions in small business and Fortune 500 computer centers. She retired from Xerox in 2007.
In July of 2008, Mildred Hunt, Xenia's mother, asked her to take over the management of the James H. Hunt Funeral Home. The locally well-known and successful funeral home business had gradually declined over the eight years since the death of its founder, James H. Hunt Sr., in 1999.
Used to hard work and challenges, she quickly learned the business. Xenia upgraded and modernized the establishment interior, and used her sales and marketing experience to incorporate innovative personalized services into the funeral home memorial ceremony offerings. She transferred her project management skills of organization, people management, meticulous attention to detail, punctuality, and customer satisfaction to all phases of the funeral home business and memorial services delivery. Xenia believes that a sincere sense of caring should be a part of every business transaction. It is her personal mission to ensure that all interactions with grieving families and funeral service guests are handled with dignity and compassion.
"Nothing is forever. Change is inevitable. Therefore, do your best. Be patient and work with what you are given."