(St. Louis, Mo., July 13, 2016) Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a cohesive family of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, recently hired Kevin Horth as Agency Development Specialist and Mathew Myers as Member Development Specialist.

In this position, Horth will be responsible for improving and growing the company’s Independent Strategic Member (ISM) alliance. He will specialize in enhancing the ongoing communication between VIAA and its members. Prior to joining VIAA, Horth served as both an insurance broker and producer at national insurance agencies. He holds both his Personal Lines Coverage Specialist (PLCS) and his Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designations from The National Underwriter Company.

As a Member Development Specialist, Myers’ responsibilities include supporting independent strategic members in developing personal lines and small commercial business. Prior to joining VIAA, he worked at sister company POWERS Insurance and Benefits as a Commercial Account Specialist. Myers’ background includes extensive personal lines insurance work with claims and underwriting with a variety of insurance carriers.

“We are excited to add both Kevin and Mathew to our growing development team,” said VIAA Managing Member Pierce Powers. “They will assist in the essential task of communicating with our alliance and ensuring our member’s ongoing satisfaction.”

Founded in 2006, VIAA is located at 7745 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton, Mo. The alliance 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 $6 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.

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