AED Preferred Providers and Affinity Partners

The AED Preferred Provider and Affinity Partner Programs were established to provide special benefits available only to AED members from participating companies. The services and benefits provided by these partners are not commercially available to the general marketplace or to non-AED members. The Associated Equipment Distributors has partnered with these companies to provide unique and advantageous offerings exclusively to AED members.

If you are interested in learning more about the Preferred Provider or Affinity Partner Programs, please contact Jon Cruthers at 630-468-5127 or

AED Preferred Providers

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Sentry Insurance

Sentry Insurance is one of the largest and most financially secure mutual insurance companies in the United States, holding an A+ (superior) rating* from A.M. Best. Sentry and its subsidiaries sell property and casualty insurance, life insurance, annuities, and retirement programs for businesses and individuals throughout the country. Headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Sentry employs more than 4,000 associates in 41 states. See a complete list of underwriting companies at

*A+ (superior) A.M. Best Financial Strength Rating (FSR) current as of May 2018. See for rating information.

For more information, please contact Eric Stiles at 715-346-7272, or visit


VeriTread is a team driven by technology that connects shipping customers and transport service providers in a secure online commerce for the heavy haul freight industry. VeriTread enhances the relationship between shippers and carriers by providing a suite of innovative decision tools that empower members to make smarter, more informed transportation decisions. We enable shippers to move freight seamlessly and without hassle while providing carriers with transparency and reliability.

AED members will save $5,000 by receiving no set-up or training fees, free carrier onboarding and no integration fees.

For more information, please contact VeriTread Sales at 800-880-0468 or 863-226-0903 or


AED Affinity Partners

Altus Global Trade Solutions

Altus is a leader in the commercial credit services industry. We are one of the country’s top ten largest commercial agencies in terms of placement volume.

Altus was built upon strong foundations: customer service and loyalty. Client Results are obtained by using sophisticated procedures for all the services we provide, including domestic and international commercial collections, receivables management outsourcing, credit services, vendor credits and legal forwarding.

The procedures ensure optimum results for our clients while protecting their name and image in the marketplace. Our excellence in client service comes from our commitment to exceed the high standards expected by our clients. We achieve our results with professional staffing and superior technological resources.

The commercial credit services company you choose makes a difference. The Altus difference means improved collection results and outstanding client services.

For more information, please contact Rudy Schatzmann at or 504-469-9545 (1122) or visit


The J & R Group at Merrill Lynch

The J & R Group at Merrill Lynch is an institutional advisory and consulting team with more than 100 years of combined investment consulting experience.  They are responsible for providing investment advice, institutional philanthropic and retirement plan consulting services, wealth and liability management, and financial planning services to clients who entrust them with over $2.2B in assets.

While they are headquartered in Chicago, they serve individual clients, companies and nonprofit institutions throughout the United Sates.
A sampling of those services are:

  • Retirement plan advisory services
  • Institutional investment consulting
  • Cash and liability management
  • Equipment and Aircraft financing

For more information, or to have complimentary fiduciary benchmark of your retirement plan performed, please contact Michael C. Ribich
at 312-696-7518, or visit