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