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St. Louis-based alliance adds Illinois insurance agency to team


From Illinois Business Journal news services

ST. LOUIS – Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a family of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois, recently added Wohltman-Aherin Insurance Agency as its newest alliance member.

Founded in 1974 by Myron and Norma Wohltman, Wohltman-Aherin Insurance Agency specializes in personal service and features a variety of insurance products including home, auto, business, farm and life. The company, which is owned by Diane Aherin, is located at 103 N. Main St. in Dieterich, Ill.

aherin diane“VIAA is a perfect fit for our agency because it gives us the opportunity to share ideas with a network of agents and consultants,” said Wohltman-Aherin Insurance Agency owner Diane Aherin (left). “The alliance provides more options for both existing and potential customers, and this allows us to find the best policies and premiums for them.” Aherin added that the access to agent training, as well as technological upgrades for her agency and customers, will help her company grow.

Founded in 2006, VIAA is located at 7745 Carondelet Ave. in Clayton, Mo. The alliance generates more than $125 million in written premium and is the regional founding member in Missouri and Southern Illinois for the Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance, a $5.7 billion national insurance coalition. SIAA, which is the nation’s largest partnership of independent insurance agencies, consists of the highest caliber of firms that share a leveraged strength with their carrier partners and industry resources.

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