After graduating from Auburn University in 1993, Lance began his professional career with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). He later moved to a position with Westinghouse Government and Environmental Services, working on the Anniston Army Depot. In 2000, he joined his wife’s family business, Vance Memorial Chapel. He worked closely with Mr. Lesley Vance in opening a new Columbus Chapel in 2002, and they changed the name to Vance Brooks Funeral Home. After Mr. Vance’s death in 2017, Lance and his wife, Carmen, acquired the Phenix City Chapel and changed the name to Vance Brooks Funeral Home.
Lance believes strongly in community involvement which is demonstrated by his involvement in the Phenix City Rotary Club, the Phenix City Exchange Club, serving as a board member of the East Alabama Chamber, a board member of the CVCC Foundation Board, and a board member of Columbus Hospice. Lance and Carmen have three boys, Jake, Jared, and James. They are long time members of Epworth United Methodist Church. Lance carries on the tradition instilled in him by Mr. Vance, to treat everyone like family.