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Jon Barron

About Jon Barron

Few people seek friendship with a car salesman... but that's neither the reason I entered nor exited the car business. Today, many people refer to me by a number of titles, one of which is insurance salesman, but the title only covers one small aspect of my roles. I hope I'm able to bring honor to each role I fulfill – husband, father, elder, teacher, facilitator, mentor, woodworker, fisherman, and more.

Expertise. For over 30 years, I've been blessed with diverse experience and many opportunities to listen and develop solutions to meet my clients' goals. I enjoy serving non-profit organizations as a risk management consultant and insurance broker.

Partnership. Partnership with our clients is founded on award-winning service, eduction and solid risk management expertise. Many clients think of our team as an extension of their own staff, providing insight, guidance and insurance brokerage services. It is a privilege to be recognized as a valued partner in helping our partner-clients achieve their risk management and financial goals.

Education. I’m fortunate to interact with great leaders as I teach about insurance and risk management... a normally-tedious topic which we seek to liven up through interactivity, discussion, and real-life examples. We bring a national perspective to the discussion to ensure relevance and practical application. In our seminars and discussions, we promote a wholistic risk management philosophy with practical steps for each person to take back and implement.

I welcome any questions you might have. I would enjoy the opportunity to chat on the phone about your goals, speak with your board about their role in risk management, facilitate staff workshop, or explore whether it might make sense for the Merriam Agency to be your insurance broker.

• Insurance for Non-Profit and Social Service Organizations
• Cyber, D&O, & Employment Practices Liability
• Professional Liability & Medical Malpractice
• Unique & Hard-To-Insure Risks

Branch Manager:
Colorado Springs, CO

(719) 488-3206 Direct

Review Your Property Coverage

About half of all US citizens, especially homeowners who have been in their home for more than 4 years, are under-insured by as much as half of the correct amount. Many do not know what their coverages are, and some can not even find their policies. The final responsibility of appropriate coverage is legally on you, the home-owner (or tenant). Your insurance policy probably includes a penalty for being under-insured. If you are not insured correctly, the aforementioned penalty can be

Prepare for the Loss of Your Stuff

Many people do not understand the process of filing a claim and being paid for the "stuff" in their home. However, it is important to be prepared if you want to be properly compensated by your insurance company. Let us assume you are going to eventually suffer from a catastrophic (or even partial) loss of your belongings. This is not a pleasant exercise, but we can improve what you will get back from your insurance company after all these years of paying your bill.

Improve Your Car Insurance

Nationally, 1 out of 7 drivers is underinsured. As averages go, some geographical areas are better, while others (usually metropolitan areas) are worse. Do not be lulled into thinking that the state laws have corrected the underinsurance problem. No, when we face difficult economies like we do today, auto insurance is one of the first areas to suffer. In an effort to save money, many people are simply giving up auto insurance all together. If cost is a concern, we can often balance your policy’s coverages differently so

Write a Will

About half of all US citizens avoid writing any kind of a will. For various reasons, it is just not done. If you pass away without a will, the legal red-tape gets enormously difficult for those you leave behind. Avoid adding to the emotional stresses of your loved ones by writing a will today! There are many resources online that will help you in writing wills. If your situation is simple, you may do

Fire in the Wild West

A few years ago, I was the director of a small non-profit ranch near Colorado Springs. While one of my employees was hauling horses from Kansas, the truck began losing power and occasionally blowing brake light fuses. At midnight, I received a panicked phone call from Cory, who was just 5 miles from home after an 1100 mile journey. The truck was on fire.

Accidents In the Wild West

Jon Barron, our branch manager in Colorado Springs, recently was involved in three accidents within a week. All were minor and all were the fault of other drivers within a slippery one-mile stretch of mountain road. One of the other drivers was fully insured, one was uninsured, and one was possibly underinsured. Because Jon carries full insurance coverage including collision, underinsurance, and uninsurance on his vehicles, his insurance company paid the bill to get the vehicle fixed. The insurance company then handled all other negotiations and collection.

Shooting in the Wild West

Jon Barron, our branch manager in Colorado Springs, was recently hiking with his family when he heard gun shots, bullets whizzing by, and saw tree branches exploding. No one was harmed, but nerves were frayed. The folks who had come to the forest for a good time forgot to check their target. A little hollerin’ cleared things up and the shooters decided to call it a day. Whether hunting or target practicing, please be sure of your target.