Stepping backward to go forward: SIAA's new headquarters includes a New England homestead that is 271 years old.The Strategic Independent Agents Alliance recently added a touch of history to its operation by moving to a landmark house in Hampton, N.H.
In mid-August, the SIAA SIAA Strategic Independent Agents Alliance
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The money an investor has available to buy securities. In a margin account, the buying power is the total cash held in the brokerage account plus maximum margin available.
Also referred to as "Excess Equity. and support of a much larger organization.
If the new headquarters' walls could talk, however, they would spill volumes of the past.
Among the first settlers to arrive in the area were 56 Puritans from Norfolk, England, who ventured to the New World in 1638. They selected Hampton because the area was rich in salt marshes Salt marsh
A maritime habitat characterized by grasses, sedges, and other plants that have adapted to continual, periodic flooding. Salt marshes are found primarily throughout the temperate and subarctic regions. and fishing banks. A local road, completed in 1700, soon became the main thoroughfare THOROUGHFARE. A street or way so open that one can go through and get out of it without returning. It differs from a cul de sac, (q.v.) which is open only at one end.
2. Whether a street which is not a thoroughfare is a highway, seems not fully settled. from Portland, Maine Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maine, with a 2004 population of 63,882. Portland is Maine's cultural, social and economic capital. Tourists are drawn to Portland's historic Old Port district along Portland Harbor, which is at the mouth of the Fore River and part , to Boston.
Several years later, local residents Moses Leavitt, a farmer who operated a dairy farm as well as growing market crops, and his wife, erected tavern tavern: see inn. house on the road north of SIAA headquarters' prior location in Portsmouth, N.H. The consistent traffic of tradesmen, farmers and seamen proved profitable, and the tavern became a common meeting house where individuals discussed recent acts of oppression by the ruling British monarchy This article is about the monarchy of the United Kingdom, one of sixteen that share a common monarch; for information about this constitutional relationship, see Commonwealth realm; for information on the reigning monarch, see Elizabeth II. , said SIAA Chairman Jim Masiello.
In March 1733, the tavern burned to the ground. The next day, however, neighbors rallied to rebuild the local meeting house into a large two-story frame house. In 1750, the structure was relocated to its present site.
But a touch of the new has been combined with the old. Several years ago, a law firm that resided in the building added new office space to the homestead, constructing catwalks to connect the two buildings. SIAA recently made several enhancements to the house, including running computer cables and updating wiring. "We brought it back to life in its original state," said Masiello.
SIAA selected the landmark as its commitment to help preserve the historic value and because of its ideal geographic locale (programming) locale - A geopolitical place or area, especially in the context of configuring an operating system or application program with its character sets, date and time formats, currency formats etc.
Locales are significant for internationalisation and localisation. . The Widow Mary Leavitt House is less than an hour from two major airports and is situated conveniently off Interstate 95--a heavily traveled corridor along the East Coast.
But convenience isn't all the new headquarters has to offer. "It's a mark of what we are. We value our traditions very highly, we are good community citizens and when our staff and visitors come here they will get a good taste of what New England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt. is all about," said Masiello, reflecting on the historical feel of his office, complete with wood paneling and a working log fireplace. "In addition, it's unique and we like to be unique in everything we do."
Masiello also said the move is a salute to the pioneers who toiled to make the country great, enduring overbearing o·ver·bear·ing
1. Domineering in manner; arrogant: an overbearing person. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
2. Overwhelming in power or significance; predominant. hardships.
Today, 15 members of the SIAA staff work in the new headquarters. Executive offices are housed in the historical "farmhouse," and back-office operations are located in the new office addition.
Strategic Independent Agents Alliance
Headquarters: Hampton, N.H.
Chairman/Founder: Jim Masiello
Organization: An international independent insurance-agency network composed of larger "master agencies," joined by local independent agencies, direct writers, captives, producers and life and financial service agents who become Independent Strategic Members of the Master Agency Network
Year Founded: 1983
Membership: More than 1,500 independent agency members in 48 states and Canada
Financials: More than $3.25 billion in premium volume