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Yates & Associates Insurance Services Expands into Inland Empire New Redlands Branch, Opens April 1, 2010

Posted on 06 Apr 10

Alex Zardeneta, vice president, underwriting/ marketing of Yates & Associates, announced that they are branching out into San Bernardino County. Brenda Smotherman, previously with Vulcan E&S, has accepted the position of senior commercial lines underwriter at the new Redlands branch. Cynthea Vaglienty, commercial transportation underwriter, will be part of the Redlands team. With this bold move, their presence will bring hands on knowledge of the multiple products and services Yates & Associates has to offer to the Inland Empire agents.

About Brenda Smotherman

Heading up the new Redlands branch is Brenda Smotherman who is not a newcomer to the insurance industry. She began her career with INA in 1985 and actually spent over 10 years at Yates & Associates in the Tustin office. Most recently Smotherman comes back to Yates leaving Vulcan E&S, San Bernardino, Calif. In addition to INA and Fireman’s Fund, Smotherman also worked for a few years at Great American Insurance Company. After leaving Yates & Associates to move to Oregon, Smotherman discovered a fit at Vulcan when she decided to come back to California. Fortunately for Yates & Associates, when Smotherman was ready to make another move, Yates was in a position to welcome her back. She will be responsible for spearheading an aggressive marketing effort into the Inland Empire and San Bernardino area.

According the Zardeneta, “We’re very fortunate to have someone with Brenda’s experience willing to head up our new Inland Empire team offering Inland Empire agents access to property & casualty, transportation and professional liability risks. Not only is she familiar with how we work, but has relationships with our markets and knows many of our existing agents.”

On a personal note, Smotherman is a graduate of Marquette University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. In her spare time, Smotherman likes to cook and is willing to challenge you to a game of scrabble!

For more information

Brenda Smotherman can be reached at (714) 550-5050 X 501 or (800) 660-1125 Ext. 501
Cynthea Vaglienty can be reached at (714) 550-5050 X 228 or (800) 660-1125 Ext. 228

About Yates & Associates

Yates & Associates offers an extensive line of commercial insurance products available to California brokers and agents, and has access to both admitted and non-admitted markets including binding authorities and brokerage markets. They also offer a Commercial Transportation Department and a Professional Liability Division enhancing the Yates & Associates ever expanding product lines to assist retail agents with the placement of their insurance needs. Yates & Associates is headquartered at 17822 East 17th Street, Tustin, CA 92789 with affiliates in Stockton, Calif. and most recently in Redlands, Calif. • (714) 550-5050. Website is