Merchants Insurance Group is pleased to announce that Robert M. Zak, Merchants’ President and CEO, has been given the Thom McDaniel Exemplar Award from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York (IIABNY) at a reception on May 12, 2016.
“Receiving the Thom McDaniel Exemplar Award is gratifying and humbling for three reasons,” Mr. Zak said. “The legacy of Thom McDaniel and his work in our industry; the reputation of the individuals who have received this award previously; and the notion of being recognized by IIABNY, whose members provide great benefit to society by helping individuals, families and businesses assume risk. I accept this recognition as a result of, and on behalf of, my colleagues at Merchants.”
This award is presented as a reflection of the individual’s dedication and unwavering support of the Independent Agency System by the recipient’s words, deeds and actions.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Mr. Zak earned a Bachelor of Science and an MBA degree in Accounting and Economics. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. He joined Merchants in 1985 and was appointed president and CEO in 1995.
Mr. Zak and his family are residents of Buffalo.