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James A. Benson, CPCU

Executive Vice President and Managing Partner

Jim has been with Merit Insurance for 27 years, and has over 30 years of experience in the insurance field, specializing in larger Property and Casualty accounts, including contractors, manufacturers, property owners and developers, non-profit organizations, and financial service professionals. He is very active in the industry.  Jim emphasizes strong, in-depth client interaction and involvement, and uses those relationships to better serve the client.  He is actively involved in various industry groups, including the Professional Insurance Agents Association (Past President), and the Southern CT Chapter of CPCU (Past President).  He is, or has served on, several Insurance carrier Counsel groups, including the Hartford, Travelers, and Hanover Insurance Companies.

Jim also serves as a consultant to the National Association of Remodeling Contractors (NARI).  Active in the community as well, Jim has served as Chairman of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as a Director and Executive Board Member of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.  He is also a member of the Stratford Economic Development Council, and is an appointed Ambassador for the Sterling House, a non-profit organization located in Stratford CT.