Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA), a cohesive family of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, recently named Niebruegge Insurance Agency as its “Rookie of the Year”. The alliance selects one member each year for this noteworthy recognition.

Niebruegge Insurance Agency, which recently celebrated its first anniversary in business, is owned and operated by Cindy Niebruegge at 117 S. State St. in Freeburg, Ill. The locally-owned independent agency provides risk management and employee benefits services, as well as personal and business insurance. Prior to starting her business, Niebruegge worked in the insurance industry for 23 years.

“Cindy’s agency provides the type of quality work that our alliance is known for,” said VIAA managing member Pierce Powers. “Her agency is a real leader in the Southern Illinois market, and the award validates all of her team’s hard work and perseverance.” Pierce added that Cindy’s success is based on “her expertise in solving problems and protecting her clients, businesses and their families”.

Founded in 2006, VIAA generates more than $125 million in written premium and is the regional founding member in Missouri and Southern Illinois for the Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA), a $5.7 billion national insurance coalition. SIAA, which is the nation’s largest partnership of independent insurance agencies, consists of the highest caliber of firms that share a leveraged strength with their carrier partners and industry resources.

VIAA is the sister company of family owned and operated POWERS Insurance and Benefits, which is one of the largest family owned and operated independent insurance agencies in the bi-state region. VIAA is located at 7745 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton, Mo. For more information, call (314) 333-4906 or visit www.viaa4u.com.

For more information about Niebruegge Insurance, call (618) 539-6000 or visit www.niebrueggeins.com.