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About Us

Putnam Ring Group is a funeral industry merger and acquisition advisory firm serving clients nationwide.

Founded in 2004 by Mark Putnam and David Ring, the firm specializes in providing expert assistance in the sale, or growth through acquisition, of their businesses.


Putnam Ring’s services include:

• Consulting

• Strategic planning

• Tailored selling and/or buying strategies

• Providing capital via Small Business Association and middle market lending partners

• Targeted industry research


Putnam Ring Business advises each client on all the details of buying/selling decisions, focused on each person’s unique financial situation.

Mark W. Putnam


For 30 years, Mark owned and operated a multi-location funeral business in Southern Michigan. After selling to Keystone Group, he then spent four years as President/Executive Director of the International Business Brokers Association, the largest organization of business brokers in the country. During this time, he gained valuable insight into buying and selling businesses. He also established valuable national contacts, especially with lenders interested in the industry.


In 2004, Mark joined David Ring to form Putnam Ring Group, an organization dedicated to helping funeral directors sell or purchase businesses.


Mark attended Olivet College, Michigan and the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He is a licensed Funeral Director in the State of Michigan. His unique experience and skills ensure a successful future for current and future business owners.

David Ring

David began his funeral service career as the general manager of a multi-location family funeral business in Indianapolis. After the sale of that business, David held management positions in operations and corporate development with two national funeral service acquisition firms.

He joined Carpenter Hawke & Co., Boston, as a Managing Director and opened the Indianapolis office in 1999. In 2004, he joined Mark Putnam to form Putnam Ring Group, an organization dedicated to helping funeral directors sell or purchase businesses. In addition, Ring owns the Harry Moore Family Mortuaries and Indiana Funeral Care in Indianapolis, which he purchased from The Loewen Group in 2001.


A graduate of the Boston University School of Management, David is also a licensed Indiana Real Estate Broker and Life Insurance Agent and is a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors association.

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