Agency News

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

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

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

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

Jump Into Spring: Annual Business Insurance Review

New business owners are concerned to see that conditions are favorable for the success of their business, which includes obtaining the protection of business insurance. However, it is possible that business success and longevity may cause complacency. Ten years ago, you might have started your business with just a small office space and one computer. Yet, today you have an office full of employees and equipment. You may now need to make changes to your original insurance coverage. It is common for small businesses to start out with basic insurance coverage,

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.

Best Practices Award Received

For the third year in a row, we have received the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association’s (IIABA) Best Practices Award. In order to qualify, insurance agencies are nominated by state associations or insurance companies and must qualify based on the agency's operational excellence. Of 1200 agencies nominated nationwide, only 224 qualify for the top honor. To be chosen, the agency has to be among

2012 Best Practices

To retain our Best Practices Agency status we must submit our year-end results for review each year. Every third year, when new agency nominations are accepted, we must re-qualify as one of the top performers in our revenue category in order to retain our spot. A new study cycle starts in 2013 and we will be competing against new agency participants. Participation in the Best Practices Study has become a prestigious recognition