[January 29th, 2013] Hampton, NH & Kingsport, TN: SIAA, Inc. – the largest Alliance of Independent Property & Casualty Insurance Agencies in the country – is proud to announce that Master Agency partner Mountain Empire Agency Alliance has signed its 50th Member Agency, adding to the national total of over 4300 signed members. “We are proud to welcome Jim Embree Insurance of Bristol, Tennessee as the newest Independent Strategic Member of our Alliance,” announced MEAA Vice President Beth Roe. “As a member agency, they stand to benefit from access to our strategic partners, as well our decades of experience in agency operations including 4 as an SIAA Certified Master Agency. Our retail shop, Price & Ramey, has serviced the insurance needs of this region since 1914 and is licensed in 9 states. We are dedicated to providing local independent insurance agents with the opportunity to flourish by opening access to benefits typically available only to large regional agencies producing significant volumes of insurance business.” According to SIAA Chairman & CEO Jim Masiello, “With the signing of Jim Embree Insurance, MEAA has reached a significant milestone to which our Master Agencies across the country strive, and at a record-breaking pace. It’s this model of locally-based growth that affirms SIAA’s standing as the premiere Alliance of independent insurance agencies in the country. Our model has worked for 17 years now – through soft and hard markets, economic downturns, extreme competition – virtually all conditions.” Mountain Empire Agency Alliance became an SIAA Master Agency in 2008. With territory spanning 46 counties in Eastern Tennessee, Northern Virginia, and Western North Carolina, they are one of the largest independent agency groups in the region. For more information on MEAA, visit www.meaa4u.com. SIAA is a national alliance with billions in combined profitable premium. SIAA utilizes its stability and strength through traditional and alternative market channels, as well as an online insurance presence for the purpose of providing insurance consumers with competitive choices in addition to offering significant profit and equity appreciation opportunities for SIAA Member Agencies. This national alliance of insurance agencies has engaged more than 4,300 members. For additional information about SIAA, visit www.siaa.net.