In 1954, James F. Saleme founded Saleme Insurance on a simple premise — treat people right and exceed their expectations. His son-in-law, Gerald Hymes, took on Jim’s legacy of the customer always comes first, and continued to grow the agency.
In 1993, a young agent named Barry D’Andrea began to work for the agency, and fell in love with and married his boss’s daughter, Jennifer. Barry and Jennifer bought the agency in 2004 — and today Barry serves as our president, while Jennifer is our secretary and treasurer. Three generations later, everyone at Saleme Insurance still believes in the principles instilled by James F. Saleme.
Today, Saleme Insurance offers a full line of insurance, including auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life business insurance and more at very competitive prices. Their expansion into the State College area allows them to grow their support for and focus on all of Central Pennsylvania.
In 2017 Saleme Insurance proudly revealed their new logo which depicts a shield- their symbol for protecting you and what matters most to you — the home you live in, the automobile you drive, the business you’ve built, the life you live. This also symbolizes a renewed commitment to custom-designed policies offered at the lowest possible cost and a focus on educating and protecting new generations.
Protecting what you Love Since 1954.
An Independent Advantage
We are Independent Agents in Altoona, Pennsylvania, free to choose the best carrier for your insurance needs. We do not work for an insurance company; we work for you. We work on your side when you have a loss and follow through to see that you get fair, prompt payment and service. Saleme Insurance Services represents a carefully selected group of financially strong, reputable insurance companies, therefore, we are able to offer you the best coverage at the most competitive price.
What is an Independent Insurance Agent?
When you decide to buy a car, you wouldn’t purchase the first one you see. What if one day the automobile industry decided to make only one type of car, one make and one model. You wouldn’t have a choice!
The same situation holds true for insurance. You need insurance to drive a car, to purchase a house, to protect your family’s financial future and to run a small business. But if there was only one insurance company that offered only one type of insurance, car insurance, home insurance or business owner policy — you wouldn’t have a choice. The only solution would be going to that one company.
With an independent insurance agent, you have choices. Independent agents are not tied to any one insurance company. One of the advantages of using an independent agent is that he or she works to satisfy your needs. You are using an expert for an important financial decision.
An independent agent has several companies that he or she can approach to get you the best coverage at the best price. And your independent agent will know the companies with the most efficient claims departments to recover your losses as quickly as possible.
When you buy insurance, whether it’s for your home, your car or your business, you want an advocate who will properly assess the risks you face and give you an objective analysis of the marketplace, it’s up to you to make the final choice.