Merriam Insurance Partners in Cutting-Edge Remote Sensor Program

Merriam Insurance is partnering with several of its rescue mission/homeless shelter clients nationally to pilot cutting-edge remote sensor technology. These sensors are designed to send a signal through cell phone towers every 10–15 minutes, reporting the temperature and moisture levels in a monitored building. After being installed, the sensors are...

Merriam Insurance Referral Program

Richard Hale

Richard Hale

Marketing Director at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rich joined Merriam Insurance in the spring of 2017 as the Marketing Director. He earned a BA in English Literary Studies from the University at Albany, and has obtained his Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Motorola University.

Rich is most passionate about helping people understand the important benefits of working with an independent broker such as the Merriam Insurance Agency. It is his mission to ensure clients know where they can gain access to everything they would need, should the unthinkable happen.

When he's not working, Rich enjoy's spending time with his two teenage children and their golden retriever Alfred.

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Schenectady, New York

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How Changes May Affect Your Insurance Premiums

Rachel Houghton

Rachel Houghton

Account Representative at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rachel is a licensed insurance Broker with 25 years of commercial and personal lines experience in both sales and service, making her a well-rounded member of the Merriam Agency Service Team.In her spare time Rachel enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and four boys.

Rescue Mission Program Account Manager
Schenectady, NY

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Keeping up with customer needs is one of the most important parts of a service team’s job. Our service team has decades of combined experience and compassion for our clients’ business and personal needs. Helping you, the client, through changes is part of our daily work. Be it a simple...

Joyfully Serving our Clients, Coast to Coast

Rachel Houghton

Rachel Houghton

Account Representative at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rachel is a licensed insurance Broker with 25 years of commercial and personal lines experience in both sales and service, making her a well-rounded member of the Merriam Agency Service Team.In her spare time Rachel enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and four boys.

Rescue Mission Program Account Manager
Schenectady, NY

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Four Generations Providing Expert Evaluation

After the national tragedy in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, the nation’s oldest mission lost its insurance coverage because of its high-risk location. If it couldn’t secure new coverage, hundreds of needy New Yorkers would be deprived of basic needs. Merriam Insurance filled that void and provided the shelter with comprehensive coverage thanks to its expertise in writing policies for churches, missions and shelters.

Experience the Merriam Insurance Difference

Richard Hale

Richard Hale

Marketing Director at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rich joined Merriam Insurance in the spring of 2017 as the Marketing Director. He earned a BA in English Literary Studies from the University at Albany, and has obtained his Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Motorola University.

Rich is most passionate about helping people understand the important benefits of working with an independent broker such as the Merriam Insurance Agency. It is his mission to ensure clients know where they can gain access to everything they would need, should the unthinkable happen.

When he's not working, Rich enjoy's spending time with his two teenage children and their golden retriever Alfred.

Marketing Director
Schenectady, New York

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Community Partnerships: Blessing or Liability?

Joshua D. Crowder, AAI-M

Joshua D. Crowder, AAI-M

Operations Manager at Merriam Insurance Agency
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 six 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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Schenectady, NY 12301-1038

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For many non-profits, forming community partnership relationships with other like-minded non-profits can be extremely beneficial to their operation. The benefits of collaboration are almost innumerable, including: The ability to offer a broader scope of specialized services. Low or no additional overhead costs. Both entities can gain access to each other’s...

Merriam Insurance Recipient of 2018 Best Practices Award

Richard Hale

Richard Hale

Marketing Director at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rich joined Merriam Insurance in the spring of 2017 as the Marketing Director. He earned a BA in English Literary Studies from the University at Albany, and has obtained his Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Motorola University.

Rich is most passionate about helping people understand the important benefits of working with an independent broker such as the Merriam Insurance Agency. It is his mission to ensure clients know where they can gain access to everything they would need, should the unthinkable happen.

When he's not working, Rich enjoy's spending time with his two teenage children and their golden retriever Alfred.

Marketing Director
Schenectady, New York

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Merriam Insurance is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a Best Practices Agency for 2018. Merriam Insurance qualified by ranking among the top performers in the annual Best Practices Study conducted by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”). The purpose...

Merriam Insurance Welcomes Lisa Rice

Richard Hale

Richard Hale

Marketing Director at Merriam Insurance Agency
Rich joined Merriam Insurance in the spring of 2017 as the Marketing Director. He earned a BA in English Literary Studies from the University at Albany, and has obtained his Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Motorola University.

Rich is most passionate about helping people understand the important benefits of working with an independent broker such as the Merriam Insurance Agency. It is his mission to ensure clients know where they can gain access to everything they would need, should the unthinkable happen.

When he's not working, Rich enjoy's spending time with his two teenage children and their golden retriever Alfred.

Marketing Director
Schenectady, New York

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The Merriam Insurance family is proud to welcome Lisa Rice, the newest addition to our team, Health Benefits Account Executive. Lisa has been advising New York State businesses and organizations regarding their benefits needs for over 20 years, and has excellent relationships with all the health insurers in the region....

Understanding Your Risks for a Pollution Claim

Jon Barron

Jon Barron

Branch Manager at Merriam Insurance Agency
For over 30 years, Jon has been a results-driven leader and entrepreneur. From work flow efficiency to customer service, the results improve the bottom line. As a risk management consultant and insurance broker, Jon identifies inefficiencies, gaps, and areas for cost-savings beyond the insurance policy... and it all contributes to your bottom line.


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Pollution is a subject that is in the news on a regular basis. Thanks to regular reporting, we are aware of major pollutants caused by big industry. These situations can cause wide-spread, and in some situations, long lasting adverse effects to the air we breathe, the land we inhabit and...