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Joshua D Crowder

About Joshua D Crowder

Josh joined the Merriam team in 2011 in a management and production capacity. He holds a BS in Economics from Siena College and has more than 10 years in the Commercial Banking and Municipal Finance arenas. Josh holds his New York State Property and Casualty, and Life, Accident and Health licenses. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary, and is simultaneously studying to increase his depth of insurance knowledge. Josh is married and the father of five children. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide his clients with the personal attention and value in service that they expect.

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You may have a lawsuit on the horizon . . .

Did you know you could be sued for seemingly innocuous actions? Things such as: the “wrongful imprisonment” of the neighborhood kid you caught lurking in your backyard and suspected him of burglary. In good conscience, you kept him there until the police arrived, but they determined he really was just...

Directors and Officers Insurance

There are some things you should be aware of. Does your organization have a Board of Directors or Senior Executives that help provide direction, influence decision-making and help craft policy? Are you on such a board? By participating in such a capacity, somebody becomes personally liable for decisions that they...

Going the Extra Mile

The early snowfall in Western New York this past winter caught national attention when the Buffalo Bills had to play a “home” game in Detroit, because there was too much snow to get to the stadium. This is a rare problem for people in that part of the state. They...

Drop Dead Deadline

It is common for the Human Resources person at a workplace to pass out new forms every year during open enrollment, requiring every employee to indicate their personal information and that of their spouse and children, as well as the health plan they are choosing, the primary care physician, etc. It seems that there is always a question that cannot be answered immediately so these forms are set aside to complete later. Sometimes, later is after the deadline

Only a 95 Dollar Fee

One component of the recently enacted Affordable Healthcare Act, is the penalty on those who chose not to buy health insurance. These penalties have been referenced frequently of late, usually in the following way; “It’s only a $95 fee, right?” It seems that this is what the popular media would have everyone to believe; however there is a little more it than that. These are the rates for the next three years, which will continue to rise in years ahead:

Residential Fire Awareness

According to a recent U.S. Fire Administration study, on an annual basis, fire departments across the country are called to 360,900 fires, resulting in “2,495 deaths, 13,250 injuries and $7 billion in property losses.” This research also found that residential building fires peaked between 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., typically while people are cooking dinner. What can be done to reduce the likelihood of a death, injury or property loss as a result of a residential fire?

Using Eggs to Teach Students

Josh Crowder recently visited an elementary school to share about risk management and insurance. After a brief introduction, he pulled out eggs to teach about risk and various forms of risk management. The students understood avoidance, reduction, transfer, and retention. We love to teach our clients... and future clients. Let us help you learn what you need to know about insurance and risk management.

Shop Securely this Holiday Season

With the increased propensity for people to shop and bank on-line, clever criminals are constantly finding ways to harvest some of this personal information for their own devious purposes. As much as it may be nice to think so, this type of criminal activity is not solely limited to on-line shoppers, but is also a threat at the ATM, gas station and grocery store. In spite of this growing trend, there are a number of things that a family or organization can do to minimize