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James Dick, CPCU, AAI

About James Dick, CPCU, AAI

James is a licensed Property and Casualty broker working as Sales Manager for all of Merriam’s insurance programs. He and his wife love to travel and eat foods from around the world. James holds a BA in Classics from Washington and Lee University.

Sales Manager
Schenectady, NY

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Equipment Breakdown Coverage for Your Home

The summer of 2016 was very busy for Nick and Brittany Desso—they were moving, buying a house, and getting married, almost all at the same time. They used the Merriam team to help them find the right home insurance. They appreciated the thoroughness of the Merriam team in asking questions...

Avoiding 5 Common Injuries

It is difficult to eliminate the possibility of all accidents, but a few moments of awareness education, along with diligent planning and follow-through will certainly reduce their likelihood! 1. Wet Floors: Whether from melting snow or ice, rain, or everyday spills, wet floors always pose a hazard. Have plenty of "wet floor" signs available. Make sure that every employee understands their responsibilities for ensuring that all surfaces are kept safe and dry.

Help from the Handyman: What you need to know

What happens if your KOA’s handyman causes an unnoticed water leak within your walls, causing the growth of a fungus? What if a camper bumps into his ladder and both are injured in the resulting fall? What if he turns out to be a terrible handyman and the roof you...

Liability of Serving Champagne

Do you include wine in romantic packages? What about welcome champagne? While these can greatly enhance the guests’ experience when done correctly, they can also provide a surprising liability issue for inns. For example, a guest consumes the glass of champagne and then has an automobile accident later that evening....

Driving Large Vehicles Safely

“Power lines, roof eaves, and small cars.” One executive director lost no time in describing what donation pick-up drivers need to watch out for. “How do you think I knew that?” he asked, “because they’ve all happened to me!” My observations confirm the executive director’s experience. One of the most frequent claims to come across my desk is a box truck or 15 passenger van hitting another vehicle or building. While the damage is often minor, the costs paid by the insurance company are generally