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Merchants Insurance Group Participates in 2023 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

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Group photo of Merchants Insurance Group's Corporate Challenge team in front of company tent, 2023

On June 15, 2023, colleagues at Merchants’ corporate office and their guests joined together for some friendly competition at the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Buffalo, New York!

Each year, the Corporate Challenge invites companies from the Western New York region to Delaware Park to walk, jog, or run – or some combination of the three – a 3.5 mile course along Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood. The course runs from its Amherst Street start down Delaware Avenue, and then back around Middlesex Road to Meadow Road, eventually to the finish line back at Delaware Park.

Sporting matching Merchants maroon t-shirts, Team Merchants was among 235 companies – and 7,011 participants – at Buffalo’s race. The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge takes place in 15 cities each year, with over 7,500 companies participating globally! This year marked 47 years since the first Corporate Challenge in New York City and Buffalo’s 41st year hosting a race. Because of our long history of participating in the Corporate Challenge, Merchants was featured in their recap of the evening! Read the story here: The positive memories descend on Delaware Park for 41st Corporate Challenge

This year’s Corporate Challenge in Buffalo supported City Year Buffalo, a nonprofit organization that addresses inequities in education. City Year Buffalo works with our Buffalo schools to create learning opportunities, helping students prepare for success in the classroom and beyond. Merchants colleagues love to get moving for a great cause, especially one that directly impacts our local community!

After crossing the finish line, Merchants colleagues and their guests headed back to the company tent for a delicious dinner catered by Buffalo’s Best Catering by Kim and dessert provided by fellow colleagues.


Check out our event vlog produced by Associate Video Developer Kyra-Jade Lewis:

Merchants Insurance Group, Buffalo

Team Merchants

Congratulations to all Corporate Challenge participants – and those who cheered on Team Merchants from the sidelines!

This year, 44 people signed up to represent Merchants at the Corporate Challenge, making it one of the largest groups the company has had at the race to date. Merchants’ participation was once again organized by team captain Rob Tromans, Analytics & Data Reporting Supervisor. Special thanks to Rob for all his hard work to make the evening a success, and to everyone else who helped out!


Corporate Challenge Photo Gallery

From the tent pre-race to the finish line and dinner celebration after: here are some group photos from the evening!

Merchants’ 2023 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Participants:

Robert Ader – Michael Alessandra – Alexandra Balmer – Joanna Barrett – Jessica Bartolucci – Maxwell Battistoni – Hunter Bogdan – Christopher Brown – Kate Brown – Lisa Buettner – Shanell Casiano – Nicholas Clause – Stacey Clause – Stephen Cross – Erica Dalton – Cheryl Dobinski – Ken Dobinski – Derek Guarino – Nathalia Guarino – Francisco Guzman – Tiffany Hill – Andy Johnson – John Lammers – Matthew Leslie – Kyra-Jade Lewis – Peter Lyons – Charles Makey – Karen Makey – Laurie Maniccia – Merri Martin – Jonathan Mason – Jacob Maurer – Dan OKeeffe – Randy Reese – Jason Riggio – Shannon Rochford – Dustin Russ – Noah Schoelermann – Jennifer Short – Liberty Snyder – Jorie Steinberg – Katherine Trautwein – Robert Tromans – Ben Walden

*Any logos or other items that appear in photos in this article represent the personal interests of the individuals pictured, not necessarily those of Merchants Insurance Group or its affiliates.

Katherine Trautwein

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.