Placing You First.

Ben Merris
Senior Vice President

Phone: (860) 975-2489

One North Franklin Street 3500  
Chicago, IL 60606


More than 10 years’ experience as a wholesale broker for Public Entity and Higher Education, for both single entities and pools/trusts/JPAs/JIFs.

Expertise with Pooling and Group Purchase

Workers Comp Buffer Layer and Reinsurance Strategies

Alternative Risk Transfer

Featured Products

  • Reinsurance
  • Monoline
  • Mutli-line
  • Follow Form Excess Liability
  • All Lines Aggregate Structures and Retention/Buffer Buy Downs

Featured Industries

Exclusive Focus on
  • Public Sector
  • Higher Education

Target Exposures and Classes of Business

Governmental Entities
  • State Governments
  • Counties
  • Cities
  • Towns
  • Townships
  • Boroughs
  • Villages
  • Law Enforcement Organizations
  • Miscellaneous Public Entities
Educational Entities
  • K-12 School Districts
  • Community and Junior Colleges
  • Colleges and Universities (both public and private)
  • Vocational Schools
  • Charter Schools
Special Servicing Districts
  • Water and Sewer Entities
  • Special Districts
  • Irrigation Entities
  • Conservation Districts
  • Public/ Profit/ Non-Profit Utilities

Target Lines of Coverage

  • Property
  • Equipment Breakdown
  • General Liability
  • Auto Liability
  • Auto Physical Damage
  • Professional Liability
    - Law Enforcement
    - Public Officials
    - Educator's Legal
    - Employment Practices Liability
  • Excess Liability/ Umbrella
  • Worker's Compensation

Ben's Team Members

Shana O’Neill
Assistant Vice President – Public Entity
P: 617.757.3312

Catalina Bejarano
Public Entity Account Manager
P: 312.442.4110

Lori Maselek
Public Entity Account Manager
P: 860.975.2494