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Brown and Szary Join Great American’s Fidelity / Crime Division

CINCINNATI — October 15, 2019 — Great American Insurance Group is pleased to announce the hiring of Matthew (Matt) Brown and Joseph (Joe) Szary as Divisional Directors within the Fidelity / Crime Division.

Brown has 16 years of industry experience with the majority focused on fidelity and crime. In his role as Divisional Director, Brown will focus on underwriting mercantile and financial institutions, and will act as a liaison to a number of major brokers. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Scranton.

Szary has over 21 years of legal experience, primarily focused on fidelity coverage. In his role as Divisional Director of Claims, Szary will focus on crime, kidnap & ransom and fine art claims, and serve as an internal resource on all industry-related matters. Szary earned a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University.

“With their extensive experience and broad industry knowledge, Matt and Joe will be instrumental to building upon the strength and success of our division, which has earned a top four market ranking among fidelity and crime insurance providers,” said Frank Scheckton, Divisional President.

About Great American’s Fidelity / Crime Division

With more than 20 years of protecting virtually every class of business from crime-related losses, Great American’s Fidelity / Crime Division has a depth of experience in both underwriting and claims that is unmatched in the marketplace. As one of the largest monoline crime insurers in the hemisphere, the Fidelity / Crime Division maintains $50 million in underwriting capacity for private and public businesses, financial institutions and governmental entities, and $65 million in a broad kidnap, ransom & extortion policy. Additionally, Fidelity / Crime offers specialized products and programs for casinos and gaming operations, armored car companies, mining risks, ATM companies, security guards and check cashers.

About Great American Insurance Group

Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialty commercial products for businesses, and in the sale of traditional fixed, fixed-indexed and variable-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions, broker-dealer, registered investment advisor and education markets. Great American Insurance Company has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for more than 100 years (most recent rating evaluation of “A+” (Superior) affirmed September 11, 2019). The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG.


Diane P. Weidner
Great American Insurance Group