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Kessler Alair Insurance Services

All About Us

For over 90 years Kessler Alair Insurance of Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Newport Beach has provided quality insurance products with exceptional service tailored to each individual and business’ needs.

There are over 30 people in the Kessler Alair Family, and most have been here for fourteen years or more. They are all dedicated to caring for our clients as if they were members of their own family.

Kessler Alair Insurance is also licensed in the following additional states to better serve our clients as their business and personal pursuits expand across the nation:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington.  License numbers for these states available upon request.

The companies we choose to work with are reputable and financially sound. Because we work with so many we can help you select the one that is right for you.

We are growing, we are friendly, and we answer our own phone. We know you will not regret becoming part of our Kessler Family. We make going the extra mile our First Priority!

Our Story

As one might expect, in the early 1920's, when the roots of what eventually would become Kessler Alair Insurance Services took hold, the insurance industry was much different in terms of rates and claims. The Inland Empire was also a much different place; much more dominated by agriculture than by people needing insurance. Undeterred, Vern Pittenger, who would later share ownership with Gene Alair, set forth on a journey to provide personal service led by integrity.

Pittenger led on the premise that a business that provides honest, prompt and personal service would prosper and survive in nearly any climate. While the Ontario and Upland area was growing at the time, his plan was still rather visionary when considering the area had only been under development for 40 years and was not as densely populated as we might envision it to have been.

While the society was not as litigious as it is today, insurance was nevertheless an important consideration. Across the country, newspapers of the time ran ads that stated "Every five minutes someone dies by accident. Accidents are bound to happen and now, preparing for unfortunate events is a splendid reality for every man!"

Pittenger understood that people in every community want to prepare, and he was determined to help gain the tools needed to manage whatever life would throw their way. And, the community responded. The agency saw continued growth that necessitated moving to larger facilities several times over, eventually landing at the corner of “F” Street and Euclid Avenue. The building, which had formerly been a well-known pharmacy, remained the agency's home for some time.

Pittenger-Alair remained a community fixture and weathered some of our nation's most serious times. As a fledgling company it made it through the Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression. As times changed the area grew, and the agency survived through many more challenging times such as World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

In 1962 Bill Kessler began a small insurance agency with a vision very similar to that of Mr. Pittenger—to provide his community with the best insurance offerings and best possible service.

As with the earlier company, the community responded very positively to the friendly service which was led with integrity and grew rapidly. In 1965 Bill's brother Ken came on board.

While the company grew, Bill’s family did as well. His son, Brad, was realizing his dream of playing professional sports, having been drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team after graduating from Claremont High in 1973. There, he played four seasons as an outfielder in both A and AA levels. He left the team at age 20 to join his father in the insurance business and to marry his wife Lori Drury. In 1989, Kessler took the position of principal owner of the family owned and operated Kessler Insurance in Upland after his father retired.

In 1997, Kessler merged with Pittenger-Alair, forming Kessler Alair Insurance Services, which today numbers over 30 licensed insurance agents and support staff.

"The foundation of the agency was built on an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep interest for the community. I feel that has truly carried on and remains the spirit of the agency," Kessler commented.

In 2011 we added a second office at the beautiful Victoria Gardens outdoor mall in Rancho Cucamonga to meet the needs of the growing population of this local area. We service the needs of many clients in Claremont, Fontana, Rialto, Ontario as well as all throughout Southern California because most policies can be bound by communicating through email alone.

Newport Beach became our third location added in 2015.  Providing a convenient location to provide services for the individuals and businesses we insure in Orange County became a reality as we opened our doors in the Newport Corporate Tower in Newport Beach California. We are unique from other agencies in that no matter what location you may call or reach, your questions or concerns can be addressed by any member of the Kessler Alair team. We strive to make service seamless for our customers.

Today, the Kessler Alair family atmosphere and compassion carries over into the community in their care for their clients and dedication to many local charitable organizations.

Kessler firmly believes that, "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”.