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Kessler Alair Insurance Honored as Best Place to Work

Kessler Alair Insurance of Upland and Rancho Cucamonga was honored by the Daily Bulletin as the Best Place to Work through their Readers Choice Awards. Below is the article that was included in the paper on Sunday May 27th.

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"A Family Oriented Workplace With a Commitment to Quality."

Beyond offering an excellent line of insurance

products and quality customer service, Upland-based

Kessler Alair Insurance takes pride in its employee

relations skills.

 

So it’s not surprising that the 90-year-old company

recently won the Best Place To Work Readers Choice

Award from the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. According

to Catherine Dalton, Kessler Alair’s marketing

director, every day at the office is like being with one,

big happy family.

 

“Our owner Brad Kessler works very hard to meet the

needs of all our employees, said Dalton. it’s very rare

to see a company that run like ours these days.”

 

Dalton says one of the greatest benefits of Kessler

Alair is that it allows some employees to telecommute,

especially those with young children. Benefits

representative Christine Zook has been working from

her home in Washington State for nine years.

 

“Kessler Alair has such a strong commitment to

family, which makes it possible for me to be with my

children every day,” Zook said.

 

“And because I am in my own home and don’t have

to worry about my kids, I have the ability to focus on

my job better and am so much more productive. I

can’t say enough about how much having this kind of

flexibility means to me.”

 

Maricela Caraway, controller and Human Resources

director, telecommutes from her home in Temecula.

She has been working at Kessler Alair for 26 years

and started her career as a data entry clerk. She says

she worked her way up the ranks and was promoted

to controller about 14 years ago.

 

“After I had my third child, I really wanted to be home

with them, Caraway said. But I loved working, too,

and was really torn about what to do. Understanding

my dilemma, Brad offered me the opportunity to

try out this whole telecommuting thing, and it has

worked out great. I get to be with my kids and do a

job that I love.”

 

Along with telecommuting opportunities, Caraway

says Kessler Alair offers many other perks, such as

paying a portion of its employees membership fees

at the Claremont Club. The company also offers

excellent medical and dental insurance and pays for

any continuing education that’s required.

 

Additionally, Kessler Alair sponsors ongoing contests

for employees where they can win gift cards and

valuable prizes. And Caraway says the owners also

makes a point to equip every staff member with the

latest computers and office equipment.

 

“We’ve had many employees leave for various

reasons but, within a year, most of them are back,

Caraway said. That should tell you a lot about our

company. Everyone who works here is extremely

positive, friendly and caring.”

 

Kessler Alair’s roots date to 1920 when Gene Alair

opened his first office in the Inland Empire with

colleague Vern Pittenger.

 

Pittenger Alair continued to serve the community

until 1997, when the agency merged with Kessler

Insurance, which was founded by brothers Bill’s and

Ken Kessler in the 1960s. Bill’s son Brad took over

position of principal owner of Kessler Insurance in

1989 upon Bill’s retirement.

 

Brad, who serves as president for Kessler Alair, says

the company’s family atmosphere and compassion

for its employees carries over into the community.

 

“We are a family, and our goal is to give every client

the same thorough and committed attention we

would devote to our own family members, he said.

Kessler Alair’s products include car, home, boat,

business, condo, renters, life and employee

insurance. It has more than 30 staff members who

work with dozens of companies to secure the best

rates for customers.

 

“We always go the extra mile for our clients, said Dalton.

We act as mediator for them and make sure they get

the attention they deserve. Our goal is that everyone we

work with stays with us for years to come.”

 

Besides its Upland location, Kessler Alair has an

office in Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.


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