Great American Insurance Group Announces Addition of Jim Merrilees as Business Development Consultant
Jim Merrilees, CLP, has joined Great American Insurance Group as a Business Development Consultant. He is working with the Specialty Equipment Services division, a leading provider of insurance products and services to the equipment finance industry.
Mr. Merrilees has forty years of professional experience in the commercial leasing and finance industry. For the past five years, he has worked in the service provider arena, and he is currently on the board of NEFA. Mr. Merrilees is a Certified Lease Professional (CLP), and he has previously served as president of the CLP Foundation and NEFA. He is also a past board member of ELFA. His perspective on the industry and his wealth of experience enhance Great American’s presence in the marketplace.
In addition, Mr. Merrilees has a BS in Finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He resides in the Portland, Oregon, area.
About Great American’s Solutions for the Lease and Finance Industry
Great American’s complete suite of specialty solutions for lease and finance businesses and their vendors help make financing equipment easier, faster and more profitable. Across the U.S. and Canada, Great American is a leader in physical damage and liability insurance for equipment, property insurance for commercial titled vehicles, and equipment residual value insurance and SLV gap insurance for portfolio risk protection. Insurance Programs are custom-designed to lessen the administrative load, expedite the finance process, create new revenue streams, and enhance customer satisfaction. Great American has had a successful track record in the lease and finance industry since entering it in 1984, bringing to clients the broad range of insurance services that only an experienced specialty insurance company can provide.
About Great American Insurance Group
Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialty commercial products for businesses, and in the sale of traditional fixed and indexed annuities and a variety of supplemental insurance products such as Medicare supplement. Great American Insurance Company has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for over 100 years (rating affirmed on March 29, 2012). The members of the Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol AFG.