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Illinois insurance company joins St. Louis-based alliance


From Illinois Business Journal news services

ST. LOUIS — Mertz Insurance Agency recently became the newest member of Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, a family of nearly 100 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

metz christineMertz Insurance Agency, which is owned by Christine Mertz, specializes in life, auto, home and commercial insurance. Christine has more than 20 years of expertise in the insurance industry. The company is located at 111 S. Main in Waterloo.

“Being a part of the VIAA team will be a key factor in expanding my client base,” said Mertz (left). “My company gets to maintain its independence while reaping all the benefits of belonging to a larger organization in terms of greater options and products to work with.”

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 is the nation’s largest partnership of independent insurance agencies.

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