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charles e makey iii power 250 2022 buffalo ny business firstMerchants Insurance Group is proud to share that our president Charles E. Makey, III has been named to Buffalo Business First’s 2022 Power 250 List. The list is an annual spotlight of Western New York’s most influential leaders, as selected by a committee of Buffalo Business First’s editors and reporters. 2022 marks Mr. Makey’s commencement year on the Power 250 list, and his first year as President of Merchants Insurance Group during the list’s publication. Mr. Makey assumed Merchants Insurance Group’s presidency on April 1, 2021.

Receiving Buffalo Business First’s Power 250 distinction is an honor Mr. Makey is proud to share as a representation of Merchants colleagues’ and independent agent partners dedication to the service and success of our customers:

“I am honored to be part of the Power 250 list with so many talented Western New York leaders,” stated Makey. “It is a testament to Merchants’ long history of giving back to make our customers and communities stronger—a legacy I intend to continue building upon alongside the company’s dedicated colleagues and independent agent partners.”

Mr. Makey is the 10th President since 1918 for Merchants Insurance Group, headquartered in Buffalo, NY. He began his 25+ year career with Merchants in 1996 as the Director of Sales. He was promoted in 1998 to Assistant Vice President/Regional Manager of the company’s New England regional office in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 2004, he assumed the role of Vice President and Regional Manager of the company’s Central States Strategic Business Center in Dublin, Ohio. In 2009, Mr. Makey was promoted to the Senior Vice President of Insurance Operations in the corporate headquarters. Prior to Merchants Insurance, he worked for Hartford Insurance.

Mr. Makey earned his MBA from Daniel Webster College. He also has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management from St. Bonaventure University, and a degree in Business Acumen from University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Additionally, he has earned certifications and designations including General Insurance (INS), Associate in Management (AIM) and Associate in Insurance Services (AIS).

Mr. Makey also serves as a board member, trustee, and council member for many businesses and philanthropic organizations, including:

  • New York Insurance Association (NYIA) Board Member – Chair
  • New York Insurance Scholarship Foundation (NYISF) Board Member – Trustee
  • Long Island Insurance Education Foundation (LIIEF) Board Member – Director
  • Birdsong Association Board Member – Treasurer
  • Invest Buffalo – Board Member
  • AON – Client Advisory Council Member


Click here to view Buffalo Business First’s Complete 2022 Power 250 List.
Erica Dalton

Merchants Insurance Group

Merchants Insurance Group sells its products through a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agents in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. We sell our products through independent insurance agents because we believe they provide value to policyholders through their broad range of products and their insurance expertise.