Mountain Empire Agency Alliance Now Over 100 Members Strong

September 8, 2016 – Hampton, N.H.:  SIAA, Inc. – the largest Alliance of Independent Insurance Agencies in the country – is proud to announce that Master Agency partner Mountain Empire Agency Alliance has signed its 100th Member Agency, adding to the national total of over 5900 signed members.

“In the last few weeks, we have proudly added our 99th, 100th and 101st members, making us one of the fastest growing Master Agencies with SIAA” announced Mountain Empire Agency Alliance President Keith Sims. “In the last eight years, we have proudly introduced the SIAA business model to five territories including 78 counties in Tennessee, 12 counties in western North Carolina, 23 counties in central and northern Virginia and 4 independent cities.  Our members stand to benefit from access to our strategic partners as well as leveraging our years of experience mentoring agency growth as an SIAA partner Master Agency.”

According to SIAA Chairman & CEO Jim Masiello, “Mountain Empire Agency Alliance has reached a significant milestone to which our Master Agencies across the country strive. It’s this model of locally-based growth that affirms SIAA’s standing as the premier Alliance of independent insurance agencies in the country. Our model has worked for over 20 years now – through soft and hard markets, economic downturns, extreme competition – virtually all conditions.”

Masiello went on to say, “It was clear early on that Keith Sims and his team at Mountain Empire Agency Alliance would create a great Master Agency partner. This is an organization that has been named a Premier Agent with Nationwide and Senior Partner with Grange for the last three years.  In addition, they have received the Chairman’s Award with Safeco and the Inner Circle award from State Auto.  These types of recognition are indicative of the quality organization that is Mountain Empire Agency Alliance.”

Mountain Empire Agency Alliance partnered with SIAA as a Master Agency in 2008 and now has ten full-time employees.  For more information on Mountain Empire Agency Alliance, visit

About SIAA 
SIAA is a national insurance agency alliance dedicated to the creation, retention, growth and continued success of the independent insurance agency distribution system. SIAA has signed more than 5,900 member agencies through 49 master agencies across the country since its inception in 1995. Of that member number, SIAA and its Master Agencies have created over 3,400 new start-up agencies coming predominantly from former captive agents. An estimated 13 percent of all independent agencies in the U.S. are or have been signed members of SIAA. SIAA brings profitable premium growth and quality relationship integration between its member agencies and strategic partner companies, and provides a wide range of resources to help agencies increase sales, retention, revenue and value. For more information on SIAA visit