How to Start an Independent Agency in Five Easy Steps

At VIAA, we strive to help aspiring independent agents make the move to an independent agency as seamless as possible. I often call on captive agents to discuss the opportunity and ownership afforded to them in the independent agency space. The question I get the most is, “I don’t even know how to do that! […]

Branding a Family Insurance Business

So how do you turn an Insurance Agency into full-fledged community brand? Meet the Baileys. Christine and Mark are a husband and wife team and co-owners of Bailey Family Insurance in Springfield, Illinois. Hear how they are turning a start-up independent insurance agency into a successful business one technology at a time. No, that’s not […]

Making the switch from a Captive to Independent Agency

Successfully Navigating from Captive Agency to Independent Agency. Doug Coombs, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, SIAA Listen to a discussion with two independent agents who were previously captive agents. Why did they make the move and what did it take? At two different stages of independence (in terms of duration), did they take the […]

How do you run a profitable Insurance Agency?

To run a successful business, you must operate in a profitable manner. Your staff and their families depend on you to be successful for their livelihood and happiness. Additionally, your clients depend on you to continually serve them with high quality carriers with great coverage. The question now becomes, how do you run a profitable […]

Employee Spotlight
Janice Dunphy

Our VIAA (Valley Insurance Agency Alliance) family highly values all of our employees. Each month spotlight one of our employees to show them how much we appreciate their success in our agency. This month we have spotlighted Janice Dunphy. Janice is greatly valued as our Illinois Regional Vice President. She has been with our family […]

Employee Spotlight
Mathew Myers

Our VIAA (Valley Insurance Agency Alliance) family highly values all of our employees. Each month we put a spotlight on one of our employees to show them how much we appreciate their success in our agency. This month we have spotlighted Mathew Myers. Mathew is greatly valued as our Personal Lines Specialist. He has been […]

Employee Spotlight
Robert Qaoud

In the VIAA (Valley Insurance Agency Alliance) family, we value our employees tremendously. Each month we put a spotlight on one of our employees to show them how much we appreciate their success in our agency. This month we have spotlighted Robert Qaoud. Robert is highly valued as our Missouri Territory Manager and Alliance Coordinator. […]

New Member: Pin Oak Insurance Group

Newly-formed Pin Oak Insurance Group has joined Valley Insurance Agency Alliance. Andrew Calloway opened the independent agency after several years as a captive agent at State Farm. The agency is based in Maryville, Illinois and is a full-service agency that focuses on personal insurance, commercial insurance and life insurance. As reported in the Insurance Journal, […]

New Member: Rector Insurance Agency

Rector Insurance Agency in Champaign, Illinois, has joined Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA). The agency is founded by owner Jon Rector in partnership with sons Jason, Collin and Brian Rector. Jon has just completed his P&C designation and is currently in the Safeco Producer Development Program. As reported in Insurance Journal, Jon brings a wealth […]

Employee Spotlight- Dawn Wright

Here in the VIAA (Valley Insurance Agency Alliance) family, we value our employees tremendously. Each month we put a spotlight on one of our employees to show them how much we appreciate their success in our agency. This month we have spotlighted Dawn Wright! Dawn is highly valued as our Commercial Account Manager for VIAA. […]

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