Meet our team

Daniel Gaulden, President

Daniel is the proud president of Gaulden Monuments. He has been with the company for 11 years and is a member of the founding family. Daniel has three brothers and because his parents taught overseas, he spent his childhood living between the Philippines and Rock Hill, SC. Daniel loves how his job allows him to serve families and assist them with creating and capturing memories for their loved ones. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family. As president of a family owned business, Daniel is grateful for the ability he has to spend his career surrounded by family. Working for Gaulden Monuments has given Daniel the opportunity to build valuable and long lasting relationships with suppliers in the industry. He values the suppliers he has been able to work with because it has allowed him to source the highest quality granite and continue the legacy that has been in his family for generations.

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Nathan Gaulden, Vice President

Nathan is part of the third generation of Gauldens working in the family business and has been full-time with the company since 2008. He is happily married to Cami Gaulden and has two wonderful children, Caroline and Henry. He enjoys spending time on the water with his family and every summer looks forward to beach trips and warm days on the lake. He served on the Monument Builders of the Carolinas’ board from 2016-2017 and currently serves as secretary of the MBOC, which strives to promote and maintain industry excellence and is a network of premier monument builders located in the Carolinas. Getting to know the different funeral home partners and each family’s story is something Nathan values about his job. It’s rewarding for him to identify what is important to each family and most importantly, deliver it. Nathan grew up in the Philippines and enjoys anything involving water, including SCUBA diving and sailing!

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Walter Gaulden, Gaulden Monument Art Director

Walter is a member of Gaulden Monuments’ Art Department, meaning he handles the hand-engraved monument designs and on-site engraving. Walter has been in the industry for most of his life and brings 40 years of experience with him to the company. He has been with the company since 1975 and trained under the original founder, Jack Gaulden. Walter’s expertise is in the art of stone cutting and design. He is from Rock Hill, SC and has been able to watch the company grow from its early days to where it is now. In his free time he likes to spend time gardening, working out and spending time with his family. 

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James Lingerfelt, Information Technology, Draft & Design Manager

James has been with the company for 10 years and has 24 years of experience in the memorial industry. James uses his skill and creativity to help families capture the memory of a loved one. He uses stone to create something that tells a story and reassures families that their loved one will not be forgotten. He has attended the School of Hard Rocks three times and has also been a student in the Bert J. Gast Memorial Design Course. His work has earned him an honorable mention in the MBNA Design Contest in 2017 and 2018 and several of his designs have been featured in the MBNA Design Notebook. James is originally from York, SC and when he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. James is also the Connections Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in York, SC, loves reading anything by Dean Koontz and roots for the Panthers and Gamecocks. 

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Randy Sewell, Long's Monuments Manager

Randy has been with Gaulden Monuments for nine years. He is originally from Georgia, but is now a proud Charlottean. He enjoys working at Gaulden because of the opportunities he has to help clients create meaningful memorials for their loved ones. In his free time, Randy is an active member of his church and loves watching football.

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Jodie Lockridge, Gaulden Monuments Rock Hill Manager

Jodie has been working in the company for 15 years, but has been close to the business for much longer. Her grandparents were the founders of this company and instilled in her “The Golden Rule” - “they always said if you do a good job for a good price word of mouth would carry you through.” It means a lot to Jodie that she gets to help families select a memorial that will cherish the memory of their loved one. Whether it involves creating a custom monument or matching another family members’ monument, she strives to truly listen to what families want and ensure their satisfaction. Jodie grew up in Rock Hill, SC and enjoys camping, sporting events and spending time with her family. 

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Terri Nicoletti, Ethridge Monument Company Manager

Terri has been part of Gaulden’s team for over six years. Her favorite part of her job is making personal connections with customers and helping them through their time of need. She strives to become someone that customers can come to for assistance and support. She values the connections she has made with past customers and the updates she receives from them now and then. Terri grew up in Brooklyn, Ohio and spent a lot of time in Charlotte, Hickory and Asheville, NC. In her free time she likes to read, go on walks with her dog, check out antique shops and go on hikes!

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Greg Daniels, Blue Ridge Monuments Manager

Greg has 30 years of experience in the monument industry. He is the former owner of another monument business and has been with Gaulden Monuments for the last seven years. He has refined his skills by attending various workshops and trainings at different industry conventions. He loves the support and team atmosphere that Gaulden Monuments offers. Greg attended Gardner Webb University and is from Marion, NC. He has been married to his wife, Daphne Daniels, for 20 years and has two sons, Weston and Graham. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Marion and currently serves on the board of the Marion Trails Association. In his free time Greg enjoys mountain biking, hiking, fishing and spending time with his family.

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Sam Walton, Manager of Gaulden Monuments, Monroe

Sam is only a few months into his time with Gaulden Monuments, but he is already loving his position as the manager of the Monroe, NC location. Sam has a creative and artistic personality and even studied commercial photography at Winthrop University! Sam is a native Carolinian and grew up partly in Asheville, NC and partly in Greenville, SC before spending some time living abroad in Stuttgart, Germany. One of his favorite parts about working at Gaulden Monuments is helping people come up with creative ways to commemorate a lost loved one. When he’s not working or napping, Sam loves reading, creating, hiking and listening to music.

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John Badgio, Manager of Gaulden Monuments, Salisbury

John has recently joined the Gaulden Monuments team as the new general manager for the Salisbury, NC location. Before moving to North Carolina in 1988, John lived and grew up in Massachusetts. John has really enjoyed all of the people he’s gotten to know while working at Gaulden Monuments as well as all of the new things he’s learned about the stone monument industry and craft. When he’s not working, John is spending time with his wife hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains or attending Wake Forest football games. Regarding his position as general manager John had this to say: “Managers have the ability to impact clients lives in a positive way. We can also frustrate them by forgetting what it is like to be in their shoes. I want to try on their shoes.”

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Barry Ellis, Rock Hill Shop Manager

Bio coming soon.

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