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Headquarters: 1519 So. B Street
San Mateo, CA 94402
License # OD69286
Tel: 650-341-4484
Fax: 650-341-4465

Kennedy Insurance Agency
950 S Bascom Ave., Ste 2009
San Jose, CA 95128
License #0279555
1 (408) 296-1000

Personal Lines Division
339 7th Steet Suite L
Hollister, CA 95603
Tel: 888-999-6126
Fax: 831-637-9689
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DEBBIE UPLAND –
Debbie Upland is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Business Professional Insurance Associates (BPIA). Debbie earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in addition to her high school teaching credential from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University. She became a licensed insurance broker for Property & Casualty, Life Insurance and Securities in 1980.

Debbie joined Bay Area Insurance Agency in 1985 and then became an affiliate of Professional Insurance Associates in 1989. She, with Virginia Fontana, established BPIA in 1999.

BPIA focuses on small business and non-profit agencies. Debbie's goal is to provide clients with a "one-stop" insurance agency. She is passionate when it comes to surpassing client expectations. BPIA's continued growth is validation of Debbie, the BPIA team's efforts and satisfied clients' referrals. Debbie, a world traveler, takes every opportunity to "pack her bags" and cruise to exotic ports. She can be found, when not sailing the high seas, treasuring downtime with family and life-long friends.

Debbie can be reached at 650-539-6507 x 107 or by email at dupland@bpia.net


VIRGINIA FONTANA -
Virginia Fontana co-founded BPIA with Debbie Upland in 1999 and is the Chief Operating Officer. Virginia, graduate of San Francisco State University, has over 32 years of insurance industry experience. She earned her CIC designation (Certified Insurance Counselor) in 1984. Virginia is also a licensed Real Estate Agent.

She began her career as a Commercial Multi-Line Underwriter with Travelers Insurance Company. Virginia then represented Central Insurance Company as a Field Underwriter/Marketing Representative and soon advanced to the position of Regional Sale Manager for Northern California and Nevada. She joined the firm of Flynn, Gray & Herterich Insurance Brokers, as their Operations Manager, when Central Insurance Company closed their California offices in 1985. Virginia was responsible for all office business: marketing, administration, procedures and a staff of 40 employees. In 1988, she decided to become an active Commercial Lines Broker and subsequently transferred her book of business to Professional Insurance Associates in 1993.

Virginia takes pride in offering personalized service to each client. As a licensed Real Estate Agent, she is uniquely qualified to assist commercial clients with lease reviews, construction and property management issues.

Virginia volunteers her time and knowledge to educating consumers. She has facilitated Insurance workshops, for non-profit agencies, in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Virginia enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Virginia can be reached at 650-539-6509 or by email at
vfontana@bpia.net