SF Insurance Academy, Founder & CEO, Bruce Callander
"I want to give the same career opportunity to those less fortunate; to those who are willing to put in hard work and take a chance to better themselves."
Letter from the Founder
Thank you for taking the time to learn of our mission. I am a native San Franciscan raised by parents that were extremely engaged in the San Francisco Community, emphasizing volunteering and giving back as a daily commitment. Serving on church, hospital and school boards, there was not a moment my parents didn't focus on others. With such examples, I too, followed the path of volunteering for many organizations throughout my career. I found volunteering infectious. Try helping someone less fortunate, take a moment from your day to say hello, you may be surprised to find your personal troubles and complaints become far less significant. One of my important mantras has become: "help others succeed."
At 31 years old, I fell into the insurance industry. I imagined this being just a way-station to a bigger opportunity but to my surprise, I found the insurance industry to be interesting and intriguing. My wonderful mentors, Don Sweet and Bruce Baker, founded our agency Sweet & Baker Insurance Brokers in 1951. The owners exemplified compassion, expertise and thoughtfulness not only for their customers, but also their employees. I quickly came to realize that the insurance industry wasn't just a job but was a career. Steady pay, full benefits and learning something new everyday. Twenty Four years later, I gratefully look back and appreciate how fortunate my family and I are to have had such a steady, stable business and income.
With the intersection of my long career in insurance and my love of helping others, the creation of San Francisco Insurance Academy seemed obvious. I want to to give the same career opportunity to those less fortunate; to those who are willing to put in hard work and take a chance to better themselves.
San Francisco Insurance Academy is a WIN, WIN, WIN for everyone!
Low income, underserved community members WIN by getting a chance to successfully move into a stable career with opportunity for advancement.
Our Insurance Industry WINS by gaining access to committed individuals who want a better life; who will strive to become loyal employees.
Our community WINS by the creation of training and job opportunity for those less fortunate who can and will become stable, career minded professionals.