Fernando Caballero Owner & Funeral Director
Fernando Caballero is the owner of Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. He was born in Havana, Cuba and moved with his family to Miami, Florida when he was three years old. He attended St. Brendan, Belen Jesuit and was graduated from Coral Park High School in 1976. He attended Miami Dade College School of Funeral Services and earned his funeral service degree in 1981.
He began working with his father, Federico “Monin” Caballero, at Caballero Funeral Home at an early age and went to work for him full time after being licensed as a Funeral Director in 1982. Fernando was instrumental in building the business and reputation of his family’s funeral home. When his father decided to sell the funeral home in 1990, Fernando stayed with the company and managed the funeral homes.
In 1995, after 5 years of service, Fernando was presented an opportunity to seek new areas of growth for the company and worked as an independent acquisitions contractor for Stewart Enterprises in Spain and throughout Europe. Upon returning to the United States in 2000, it was Fernando’s desire to continue his father’s legacy and he purchased the original building to reestablish the Caballero family tradition and opened Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory in 2002.
Credentials: Fernando is a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), Florida Funeral Directors Association (FFDA) and Cremation Association of North America (CANA). He is also a member of the Key Biscayne Yacht Club (KBYC) and the Kiwanis Club, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
Fernando has been married to Maria Teresa ”Teri” Caballero since 1993 and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Alexandra Beatriz and Daniella Maria. The family attends St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
In his spare time, Fernando enjoys boating, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Teri Vila-Caballero Pre-Need Director
Teri Vila-Caballero is the Pre Need Director at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. Teri was born in Cuba and came to the United States with her family at a very young age. They settled in Key Biscayne and Teri attended St. Hugh and Loyola Catholic Schools, graduated from Coral Gables High School and attended Miami Dade Community College.
Teri spent most of her career as an executive at several national broadcasting companies in Miami. She joined the Ferdinand Funeral Homes team in 2012 to fulfill her calling to serve our community. Teri brings vast experience in sales, marketing and customer service. Teri is a member of National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and a Notary Public.
Teri is married to Fernando Caballero and they have two daughters, Alexandra Beatriz and Daniella Maria. In her free time, Teri enjoys traveling, cooking and playing canasta with friends.
Jorge Mendez Funeral Director and Embalmer
Jorge Mendez-Castro is a Funeral Director and Embalmer at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. He was born and raised in Miami, FL and is a graduate of Miami Senior High School. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving 4 years and 2 deployments overseas as a motor transport mechanic. After his EAS (End of Active Service) in 2012, he returned home to Miami and after being drawn to the funeral service industry he enrolled in Miami Dade College. He attended their Funeral Service Education program which he completed and graduated from in 2015. Jorge is a member the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
In his free time, Jorge enjoys fishing, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Vanessa Renou Funeral Director and Embalmer
Vanessa Renou is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Miami, FL since the age of 7. Vanessa graduated from Coral Gables High School in 2009, and proceeded to earn her degree and pursue her calling in Mortuary Science from Miami Dade College.
Vanessa has been consistently awarded the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Award at several funeral establishments in her local community.
In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys spending time at the beach, the cinema, and loves seeing the world alongside her husband, Boris. Her main goal is to achieve a level of trust and comfort with every family she serves.
Gustavo Perez-Abreu Caballero Pre-Planning Counselor
Gus Perez-Abreu Caballero is Pre-Planning Counselor at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. Gus was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to Miami, Florida when he was 3 years old. Gus graduated from Belen Jesuit Prep class of 1978 and received his Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management from FIU in 1986 while working at Caballero Funeral Home with his great-uncle, Federico J. “Monin” Caballero, and grandfather, Javier Caballero.
After graduating FIU Gus worked in hospitality with Marriott hotels for a few years. Over the course of the next 25 years Gus worked for some of the most prominent automobile dealerships in the Miami area. Receiving honors over several years both as a sales representative and as a sales manager. Gus joins his cousin Fernando in the business to continue the family legacy of funeral services and honoring one’s life.
Gus is a Belen and FIU Alumni, Emmaus Brother since 1997, attends Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and Volunteers at the Sisters of Charity feeding the Homeless. He is married to his wonderful wife, Ana Fernandez Perez-Abreu, and has two sons Albert and Nicolas. In his spare time, Gus enjoys his family and friends, golf, cycling, and fishing.
Juan Soto-Melendez Funeral Associate
Juan Soto Melendez is a Funeral Associate at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. Juan was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications at Sacred Heart University. He moved to Miami in 2014 and after a successful career in communications, Juan decided to enter the funeral service industry. Utilizing his caring and compassionate nature, Juan hopes to help the grieving families we serve by celebrating the life of their loved ones with respect and dignity. Living a relevant moment in his life, Juan is eager to fulfill his call to serve others and serve the community by bringing a fresh and innovative atmosphere to our company.
On his spare time, Juan enjoys exercising and spending time outdoors.
Ashley Francois Funeral Associate
Ashley Francois is a Funeral Associate at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. Ashley was born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Miami, Florida since the age of 4. Ashley graduated from Miami Killian Senior High in 2012, and proceeded to earn her Associates in Arts from Miami Dade College.
As she works towards a bachelor’s degree, Ashley has found her place in our funeral home by contributing to the welcoming environment Ferdinand is known for. Ashley takes reverence in supporting her team members and the families that reach out to us. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys hiking trails, animated movies, and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.