The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California was incorporated June 19, 1934. IBA Kern was established 50+ years ago to support the local independent insurance agents. Our local association provides, promotes and furthers the education of agents and brokers through continuing education courses and our annual tradeshow. We support local community charities including Scary for Charity, Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House, CSUB Athletic Program, JJ’s Legacy, Tiger Fight Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
A special “Thank You” to John Pryor for providing us with the History of our association and how it all began.
Here’s the story:
In the 1940s, there were TWO agents’ associations in Bakersfield and in California. This was because of the really sharp distinction between agents who, on the one hand, represented only capital stock companies (owned by shareholders) vis-à-vis those who represented only mutual carriers (owned by policyholders). No one seemed to be able – or want – to cross over that Maginot Line.
With this history so kindly provided by Mr. Pryor, we are proud to say our Association has been in existence for more than 70 years!