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Selected Gains Additional Strength in New Hires

Selected Independent Funeral Homes is pleased to welcome Buz Buzogany and Mark Cuddy to its Staff Team in their roles as Educational Trust Director and Membership Development Director, respectively.

In the newly created position of Educational Trust Director, Buzogany will cultivate and obtain donations, gifts and support for the association’s separate charitable organization, the Selected Educational Trust. He also will direct all administrative aspects of this growing organization, including scholarships and assistance efforts as well as the Trust’s annual fundraising event held in conjunction with the Selected Annual Meeting. He has served as the Trust’s Gifting Coordinator in an independent consultative role for the last three years. He has extensive experience in marketing, communications and association management and is the founder of Buzogany Associates, a consulting firm providing revenue generation, sales, strategic planning and management assistance to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

As Selected’s new Membership Development Director, Cuddy will utilize his vast relationship, sales and marketing experience to further enhance the bonds between the association and its membership as well as cultivate new members from among the best independent funeral firms not yet affiliated with Selected. He will travel throughout North America, meeting with current and prospective members from around the country and will direct all aspects of Selected’s membership program. Previously, Cuddy served as the Regional Director of Sales for, an online platform of obituary news and grief resources. He also previously served as a Solutions Analyst for Aurora Casket Company, a Selected Preferred Partner.

“I am very excited to add these two experts to our top-notch team of dedicated staff professionals to help us in our efforts to provide innovative and pertinent resources, solutions and ongoing support for every Selected firm. What a great way to kick off the new year!” said Rob Paterkiewicz, Executive Director of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. “We identified the need for these new positions during our strategic planning work last year and developed an impressive list of professionals interested in working for us. After extensive interviews and consideration, we chose Mark and Buz to join the Selected Staff Team, ensuring that our reputation of representing the very best in independent funeral service continues for many years to come,” he added.

Mark Cuddy can be reached at 1-800-323-4219, ext. 9917, or via email at Buz Buzogany can be reached through the Selected Educational Trust at 1-888-70-TRUST or via email at


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