November 21, 2013 – Hampton, NH: The Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA) – the largest national alliance of independent insurance agencies – has named Jeff Chidester as its new Training and Learning Manager. In this position, Mr. Chidester is responsible for the development and administration of membership training programs through the SIAAJeff Chidester Training and Learning Center. He holds over 15 years of experience as a training professional, including the development and delivery of numerous high-quality training methodologies and business analytics. “We are fortunate to have someone with Jeff’s experience and skills to oversee the rapid growth of our recently launched Training and Learning Center,” said Matt Masiello, Chief Operations Officer of SIAA. “He brings the highest level of facilitation and communications skills, which will ultimately serve to ready our Member Agencies for success in today’s changing and competitive landscape. Bringing Jeff on-board underscores SIAA’s commitment to its Member Agencies’ profitability and growth.” Before joining SIAA, Mr. Chidester worked with Scribe Software as a training manager, where he was responsible for the redesign and expansion of their online training program. Prior to Scribe, he worked for Newmarket International as an educational development expert, where he was responsible for online course design and delivery for both customers and employees. A New Hampshire native, Chidester holds a training instructor certificate from the University of Illinois, as well as numerous other certifications related to course design and instruction. The Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA) is a national alliance of over 4,700 signed independent insurance agency members generating hundreds of millions in new premium business annually. SIAA is dedicated to the creation, retention and growth of the Independent Insurance Agency distribution system. For more information on SIAA visit www.siaa.net.