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Brian Merriam Recipient of Rotary-Steiner Award

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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,...

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...

The Merriam Agency Acquires Scherff Insurance Agency, Inc. of Gansevoort

Brian H. Merriam, CPCU, ARM, AAI, President

Brian H. Merriam, CPCU, ARM, AAI, President

376 Broadway
Schenectady, New York 12305

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Merriam Insurance Acquires Scherff Insurance Agency We are excited to announce that we have acquired a local insurance agency, formerly known as Scherff Insurance Agency, Inc, based in Gansevoort, NY.  The addition is an enhancement to not only our agency, but, we hope, to the markets and clients that we are...

Sandy Adams: In Memoriam

Brian H. Merriam, CPCU, ARM, AAI, President

Brian H. Merriam, CPCU, ARM, AAI, President

376 Broadway
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It is with great sadness that we tell you of the passing of our friend and colleague, Sandy Adams. Sandy joined the Agency in 2011 and quickly became an integral part of our Health Benefits department. She brought a wealth of knowledge relating to health benefits, benefit providers and the...

A Message from the President

Brian H. Merriam, CPCU, ARM, AAI, President

Brian H. Merriam, CPCU, ARM, AAI, President

376 Broadway
Schenectady, New York 12305

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I remember our inaugural newsletter of 1991 in which the headline read, “We’re 100 Years Young.” The following words were in the body of the Message from the President, “Change happens quickly now, and those changes directly affect your insurance coverage. It’s our responsibility to make sure that your insurance...

Merriam Insurance Agency Acquires Latham-based Corporate Benefit Planning

Schenectady-based Merriam Insurance, which announced the deal on Tuesday, did not disclose financial terms. The acquisition closed the previous Monday. Corporate Benefit Planning is located in Latham, NY. Carol Bowman, prior Manager of CBP, said, “We strongly believe that The Merriam Agency will continue the personalized and excellent service we have provided to our valued clients and we are pleased that The Merriam Insurance Agency is available to provide … an expanded service and product line.”

Opportunities to Help Those in Need

In January of this year, I took my 16-year-old daughter, Kalina, to Haiti for a short-term mission trip. I hoped that, by showing her the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, she would have an appreciation for the bounty that is ours in America. Additionally, I hoped that she would perceive an obligation to someday help those who have not been as well blessed as we Americans. Even those who are below the poverty line here in our own country have available resources that those in poverty in Haiti do not. Four years ago I took a similar trip

Merriam Insurance Recipient of IIABA Best Practices Award

The MERRIAM INSURANCE AGENCY is part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) “Best Practices” Study Group. Each year since 1993, IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, join forces to study the country’s leading agencies in six revenue categories.