The Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance has signed its 4,000th member agency, the Thomas Insurance Group of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Recruited by master agency Valley Insurance Agency Alliance of Clayton, Mo., Thomas Insurance Group has been servicing the insurance needs of Southeastern Missouri for 25 years. However, its recent purchase by Charley Tinsley is kicking the heritage agency into high-growth mode.
Tinsley previously was an agent for Missouri Farm Bureau for almost a decade. Awarded “Rookie of the Year” in 2002, he grew his shop to the largest health agency in the country. Tinsley is looking forward to similar growth with Thomas Insurance Group by increasing available products to commercial, farm, home, auto, health and life insurance, as well as retirement financial planning.
SIAA Chairman and CEO Jim Masiello said that SIAA, founded in 1995, added 412 new members in 2011, the third year in a row that the alliance added more than 400 new members.
Valley Insurance Agency Alliance has been a partner master agency of SIAA since 2006. With territory covering 118 counties in Missouri and Illinois, it is the largest independent agency group in the area.
Editor’s Note: The above is a corrected version of an announcement previously released by SIAA.