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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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“Bodily Injury Liability” on my Car Insurance…

I dare you to work the phrase “bodily injury” into normal conversation. Fortunately, the concept is quite straightforward, even if it does have an uncomfortable ring to it. “Bodily Injury” appears on a car insurance policy in the phrase, “Liability for Bodily Injury – Per Person and Per Accident.” In insurance, “bodily injury”...

How to Buy Car Insurance 101

“Yes, is this the insurance agency? I need car insurance. The cheapest you have!” For many people, the monthly premium is the most important factor in choosing car insurance. They may try to pay attention to having “good coverage,” but often are not sure what that means, and end up...

The Bimmer that Burned

What I Learned When My Car Caught On Fire. I love BMW sedans made in the early 2000s. Growing up, I thought the 3-Series of that era were the most beautiful cars in the world.  Last summer, I saw a 5-speed on the car lot of one of our clients...

When Good Intentions Go Bad

Human error is an inevitable part of doing business. Even the most thorough and conscientious employee will suffer from distraction or a momentary lapse in judgment. Such errors, intentional or not, cost valuable time and resources to correct, may alienate customers, and may hurt the trust teammates have in each other. A policy of dealing proactively with mistakes must permeate your organization. The ideal scenario is that a mistake be reported to a person who has the power to correct the issue before too much damage is done. This proactive attitude may include

Does Your Organization have Enough Liability Insurance

Most leaders have no idea whether or not their business or organization carries enough liability insurance. Many tell me, “I have an umbrella, so that should be fine,” and then end the discussion there. Even those who give the size of their umbrella some thought may not fully appreciate the size of injury payouts. If you fit into this category of “umbrella purchaser,” you probably have