Strategic Independent Insurance Agency Solutions, the 49th master agency of SIAA opens in Santa Rosa, California
Santa Rosa, Calif., September 8, 2016– SIAA (Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance), the nation’s largest alliance of independent insurance agencies, has announced the formation of a new master agency in support of current and future planned growth in the northern California region. The new regional master agency, Strategic Independent Insurance Agency Solutions (SIIAS) is headquartered at 3558 Round Barn Blvd. in Santa Rosa and will service member agencies across 19 northern counties in California including Napa, Sacramento, and Sonoma.
In addition to the full support and executive leadership of SIAA, the regional master agency office will be initially staffed by three key insurance industry executives with over 50 years of combined experience: Forest de Jong, Greg Moody and Lori Crissinger.
Forest de Jong
“SIIAS will allow us to expand the growth we are experiencing in this region while giving our member agencies a local, dedicated team to support their development and growth.” said Matt Masiello, chief operating officer for SIAA, president and chief executive officer of SIIAS. “The new group is excited about the growth we are experiencing and establishing a master agency in Santa Rosa represents a commitment to continue to support the creation, retention and growth of the independent agency distribution channel.”
Forest de Jong, SIIAS senior vice president, will be responsible for the overall operations of the master agency as well as building the membership network and regional insurance company partnerships. Mr. de Jong joins the network with a long history of property/casualty insurance and management experience, having held positions of increasing responsibility at Nationwide, Countrywide and Allied Insurance.
Also supporting SIIAS growth, Greg Moody has been hired as regional vice president and will work to attract new member agencies, as well as share responsibility for membership service, development, and insurance company relations for all SIIAS member agencies. Mr. Moody has extensive experience in growing profitable sales throughout a variety of industries with a primary focus on the independent channel. During his 11+ years with National General Insurance (formerly GMAC Insurance) he successfully managed and grew geographic territories throughout California and most recently served as western regional sales manager.
The new master agency has also named Lori Crissinger as their agency development field specialist. In this role, Ms. Crissinger will consult with SIIAS member insurance agencies regarding: start-up issues and solutions, SIAA’s Business Insurance Advantage (increasing commercial lines), training opportunities, and premium growth overall. She will also establish access to third party providers, connect members with marketing and management support tools and offer on-going support.
Ms. Crissinger has over 20 years of experience within the insurance industry, including over 15 years in a variety of roles with both Nationwide Insurance and State Farm Insurance. She possesses a deep knowledge of underwriting performance, holds her P&C and Life Licenses, and is highly skilled at training a wide variety of audiences.
SIAA is the nation’s largest alliance of independent insurance agencies spanning 48 states and producing over $6 billion in premium, and was recently ranked #1 Agency Partnership by Insurance Journal.
About SIAA (Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance)
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 48 master agencies across the country since its inception in 1995. Of that member number, SIAA and its Master Agencies have created over 3,450 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, income and value. For more information on SIAA, visit www.siaa.net.
About Strategic Independent Insurance Agency Solutions (SIIAS)
Strategic Independent Insurance Agency Solutions, headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA is a master agency partner of SIAA, focusing on growth and profitability for member agents. SIIAS offers the independent agent immediate size in the marketplace, access to major insurance carriers, the ability to capture new markets, receive higher effective rates of commissions, and the opportunity to receive growth and profit sharing while maintaining independence. License # 0K89472. For more information on SIIAS, visit www.siias.net.