The Missouri Association of Insurance Agents is the oldest and largest association of insurance agents in the state of Missouri. The association was established in 1899 in St. Louis. Approximately 500 independent agencies, operated by 4,000 agents, brokers and their employees, are members of MAIA. "Independent" insurance agents and brokers offer their clients the products of more than one insurance company.
MAIA is affiliated with two national agent associations: the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America and the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents.
MAIA policy is set by a board of directors elected by the association. Policy is implemented by a professional staff in Jefferson City.
MAIA as we know it today is the result of a merger in 1992 of the Independent Insurance Agents of Missouri, which was formed in 1899, and the Missouri Association of Professional Insurance Agents, which was incorporated in 1943. Following the merger, the association was named the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Missouri. The association shortened its name to Missouri Association of Insurance Agents on Jan. 1, 1995.
MAIA members range in size from one person to some of the nation's largest independent agencies. Sixty percent of MAIA members have four or fewer employees, including owners. Approximately 34 percent of our members are located in large metropolitan areas (100,000 or more population), while 54 percent live and work in cities with populations under 50,000.
The association's goal is to educate and inform the state's professional independent insurance agents, promote high standards of conduct among its members, and represent the interests of its members and their clients in legislative,
regulatory and judicial arenas.
Education is a primary focus of MAIA resources, with about 60 days of live classes scheduled during the year. Other education and information resources include online webinars, two newsletters and the Missouri Agent magazine.
The association also makes available to its members various programs and services through its subsidiary, Agents Marketing Corporation. AMC offers insurance programs and premium financing that association members can market to their customers, as well as group insurance, professional liability, and other programs used by agents and brokers.