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Understanding Business Interruption Insurance

Imagine this scenario. You own a very popular campground and are fully booked for the current summer season. What would happen to your business if the campground was forced to close for part of the summer? How would that affect your bottom line? Business Interruption Insurance is the answer. Kevin...

SCCC Foundation Receives $5,000 Donation

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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The Merriam Insurance Agency is pleased to announce that it has donated $5,000 to the Jenson E. Merriam Memorial Scholarship through the SCCC Foundation. Designed by the Merriam Insurance Agency, the scholarship is named in memory of Jenson Merriam (November 5, 1993–December 23, 2011). Jenson, a former SCCC student, was...

Active Shooter Response: How to Survive a Shooting Event

There was just another active shooter incident recently. It seems that this is becoming an almost weekly, if not monthly, occurrence. It is not your imagination; the frequency of such tragic occurrences is increasing. I will not argue for or against more gun control laws or for different background checks...

The Value of an Independent Insurance Agent

There are several different types of insurance agents, divided between independent agents and captive agents, and divided into groups based on the type of insurance being sold. There is tremendous value brought to the consumer in the relationship with an independent insurance agent. Independent agents, like ourselves, represent a large group of companies. This allows us to provide the best rates and coverage available to all our clients. Upon reviewing

Jenson Merriam Memorial Scholarship

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

Toll-Free:
(877) MERRIAM x 212
(877) 637-7426 x 212

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Richard Hale

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Designed by the Merriam Insurance Agency and funded in part through employee contributions, the Jenson Merriam Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of Jenson Merriam (November 5, 1993–December 23, 2011). Jenson, a former SCCC student, was a gifted writer, illustrator and filmmaker. His passion for helping others will live on...

Brian Merriam Recipient of Rotary-Steiner 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

Toll-Free:
(877) MERRIAM x 212
(877) 637-7426 x 212

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Richard Hale

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The Merriam Insurance Agency is pleased to announce that our president, Brian H. Merriam, has been selected as the recipient of the Schenectady Rotary Club‘s inaugural Rotary-Steiner Award. Created with the aim to honor the memory of former Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce president and local Rotarian, Chuck Steiner, this award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates...

Merriam Rises in 2018

Shannon Piegaro

Shannon Piegaro

Shannon is a graduate of the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She is a licensed insurance broker currently assisting clients with their service needs. Shannon also helps run Merriam Rises, which benefits specifically chosen organizations every quarter through volunteer work and fundraising. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones and can often be seen performing in local theatrical productions.
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Merriam Rises Since its inception, the Merriam Insurance Agency has been involved in many charitable endeavors. One of the three tenets of our corporate mission statement is to . . . “contribute to the well-being of our community” . . . be it our immediate community or in another part of the United States,...

An Unexpected Journey of Growth

Jennifer Holt, ACSR
Jennifer Holt, ACSR

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My name is Jennifer Holt. I began my journey with the Merriam Insurance Agency in 2009 as a Professional Liability Account Manager. During my years of service at Merriam, I have worn several hats. My responsibilities have ranged from customer service to department management and development and marketing of an...

A Roll of the Dice

On February 8th, a new casino opened in my home town. The Rivers Casino is now operational and “redistributing wealth” on behalf of those who enter its doors. Some will win, most will lose, the house will win a cut; so too will the tax collectors in our city, county,...

I liked the company so much…

I have been a personal lines customer of the Merriam Insurance Agency since 2003. I always had positive customer service interactions with the staff. My circumstances changed in February, 2015 when I needed to obtain auto and renter’s insurance for myself. The situation was a “no-brainer,” I called the account...