AED Preferred Providers

AED Preferred Providers

The AED Preferred Provider Program was 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 Program, please contact us at: 630-574-0650

Property & Casualty Insurance and 401(k) Benefits

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

For more information please contact:
Eric Stiles

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

Investment Services

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 States.

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

Branded Promotional Products

Towsleys has been providing equipment manufacturers and distributors with creatively designed, branded promotional products for over 35 years. With customers across the country and internationally, Towsleys’ product and service solutions are driven by your needs to build your brand with customers, distributors, and/or employees. From pens, caps or t-shirts to jackets and safety vests to custom designed products, Towsleys provides high value solutions to help you build your brand.

For more information, please contact:
John Niedermeyer

Credit Card Processing and Merchant Services

Perceptive Processing based in Kansas City, is a leading credit card processor focused in the equipment distribution industry. The owners came together after working for several other credit card processors with the objective to provide better support for their customers and improve how their customers can accept credit card payments. With a personal connection and specific industry focus on equipment distribution businesses, their understanding of the transactional nature of AED members business is key to their formula for success. AED members are eligible to receive significantly reduced credit card processing rates and complimentary payment software.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Mike Davis


Transactional Contract Agreements

James Waite Law is a corporate and transactional law legal firm with over 25 years of experience in legal agreements pertaining to buying, selling, and leasing businesses, equipment, aircraft and real estate. James R. Waite, Esq. is a leading authority in the equipment industry related to dealer transactional contracts and offers AED members preferred rates on rental contract agreement services. He also offers services to AED members in the areas of: Franchise and Dealership Law; Merges & Acquisitions; Dealer Agreements (Writing, Review and Negotiation); and Corporate Law.

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Levy
VP Business Development

Debt Collection Services

Construction Credit & Finance Group is a construction debt collection firm with over 16 years of construction debt collection experience. Our software and transparency allow our clients to see our work in real time. We pride ourselves in respectful and diplomatic customer communications while preserving relationships with your customers. Our services range from Debt Collections, Collection/Accounts Receivable Software, Credit Department Consulting, Private Investigations, Lien Notices & Filings/Bond Claim Filings to Litigation. Our no collection no fee model allows for your company to avoid paying upfront fees for our collection services.

Exclusive AED Benefits to Members Include the following.

  • Reduced Contingent Rates.
  • Free Asset & Liability Searches.
  • Collection /Accounts Receivable Software set-up fee waived.

For more information, please contact:
Valerie Fort
941-313-1292 cell or 239-331-5384 office

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