Congratulations, Brandon!


It’s official! PVI Manager, Brandon Strausbaugh, just received his CPCU certificate at the annual meeting of the CPCU Society in Hawaii.

For those who are not familiar with CPCU, it stands for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, and is a professional designation in property-casualty insurance and risk management. The CPCU designation is held by just over 2% of all those employed in the insurance industry in the United States, and is widely considered the premier designation in the property and casualty insurance industry.

The program to earn the CPCU designation is built on a foundation of broad technical knowledge, high ethical standards, and demonstrated industry experience, and prepares those who complete the program to meet the changes and challenges of a demanding risk management and insurance marketplace with confidence and professionalism. Passing the required CPCU exams and meeting the ethics, experience, and matriculation requirements is what earns the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.

So, obviously, we at PVI are very proud of Brandon and his accomplishment! We hope you join us in congratulating him on a job well done. For all of those who have encouraged and supported him along the way, Brandon says, “Mahalo!”

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Another First for PVI!

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Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency (PVI) never stops trying to better itself. Whether it’s offering the highest quality, tailor-made insurance portfolios; providing excellent customer service; continuous training for our Independent Agents and Customer Service Reps; or being dedicated leaders in our community, PVI strives to be the best, while offering the most value to our customers and serving our community. Obviously, that’s a major reason that PVI has been “Valley Center’s Most Trusted Independent Insurance Agency Since 1978.”

That’s also why PVI recently applied for accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We know that our record speaks for itself and we welcomed the scrutiny that comes with the application process, which includes: review of business records, practices and policies; consumer complaints with the BBB (none); customer reviews; and how long the business has been in operation.

So, it is with a great sense of accomplishment (and maybe a little pride) that we are thrilled to announce that PVI not only received its BBB Accreditation, but we also received an A+ Rating! Obviously, we look at this as an honor, but also a responsibility, to insure that we maintain the PVI Standard (Always a Cut Above).

Although PVI has not been around as long as the BBB brand, which has stood for trust in the marketplace for 100 years, we are Valley Center’s oldest Independent Insurance Agency and the only one with a BBB Accreditation. However, we know that none of this would be possible without you, our valued customers! Thank you for being the reason we are here!


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PVI Winery Insurance is the Best of the Bunch!


Southern California is proudly becoming one of the most recognized wine capitals in the world. Temecula Valley currently has over 35 wineries, and has earned their title as Southern California’s Wine Country. But there are other areas of Southern California that are quickly adding their names to the wine barrel, so to speak, including Escondido, Valley Center, Pauma Valley, Ramona and Julian. In fact, the number of wineries combined in just these areas of San Diego County exceed the number of wineries in Temecula.

When it comes to wine, most people focus on the finished product, which is completely understandable. After all, when you order a glass, or bottle, of your favorite variety and vintage, you naturally are more focused on enjoying the fruits of the vintner’s labors than you are on dwelling on the process that brought it to you.

To the winery owners who are directly involved in that process, providing that first taste of perfection to wine lovers can be a long, arduous journey fraught with many bumps along the way; just ask Alysha Stehly & Chris Bromell, owners of Vesper Vineyards. They will be the first to tell you that this is a far from glamorous industry; it is a 24-7 job and a way of life, often consisting of garden gloves and science goggles.

From the rigors of starting and building your vineyards and winery business, to the hours of product development, to the whims of the weather, to battling a variety of pests, to protecting your investment against damage and liability… Yes, your livelihood continually encompasses a lot of what-ifs and unknowns. (But we know you love it!)

That’s where Pauma/Valley Insurance (PVI) enters the picture! Our Independent Agents, who specialize in winery insurance, can custom-tailor your policy to fit your specific needs at the most affordable cost. By trusting PVI to do what we do best – insuring your winery against the “what-ifs” of the wine-making business, you can focus on what you do best – providing unique and distinctive offerings as only you can do. Together, we are the perfect pairing for success!

For more information on winery insurance, give us a call today 760-749-2383; or check-out

Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency (PVI) is vintage 1978, when it was established by Barni Strausbaugh, and has earned the distinction of being Valley Center’s most trusted insurance agency. It’s obvious that PVI, like a fine wine, just gets better with age!

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Meet Clyde Askren – Our Newest Team Member!


Clyde enjoying his new home at PVI.

Although Clyde Askren may not be new to some of you, since he and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Valley Center for four years, he is new to PVI, and we are excited to have him on our team!

Clyde brings with him his vast knowledge and experience he has garnered over the past 35 years in the insurance business. Although he handles all aspects of insurance, he specializes in Life, Health and Annuities. He naturally is drawn to these personal lines because he believes that insurance is a personal business, and he enthusiastically embraces the personal touch in dealing with people. He knows that as your life changes, so does your insurance needs, and he thrives on being there to help you every step of the way!

If you’re looking for an insurance agent who truly cares about your specific needs and will have your best interests at heart, Clyde is just a phone call away! Give him a call today!

Clyde Askren

760-749-2383 Office

760-504-2667 Cell





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PVI is Always in Style!


Brandon Strausbaugh, PVI Manager, had his television commercial debut sewn up!

Just as a fashion house works long and hard to get their Spring or Fall line ready for its official runway debut, PVI has been working long and hard to fashion our new  “Persona” to perfection. In fact the pattern for our new theme was cut long ago, we were just waiting for the perfect venue to put all the pieces together.

Sew, we won’t keep you on pins and needles any longer! On Tuesday, August 9th, we officially launched the new PVI “Tailor” persona with a television commercial that will run in the fall. (But more about that a little later.)

We, at PVI, believe the precision and expertise that is associated with fine craftsmanship should be applied to insurance. After all, insurance isn’t one-size-fits-all; it’s personal. It’s about the people and things that matter most to you: your family, your home, your possessions and your business.

That’s why we chose the Tailor persona, because it best reflects how we do business. When you trust your insurance needs to one of our Independent Agents, you can be confident in knowing your policy is tailored just for you, to fit your unique style and personal needs.

So why choose “off-the-rack” when we can tailor an insurance portfolio that fits you to a T? Remember, the PVI Standard is always a cut above. Give us a call today to schedule your custom fitting! 760-749-2383

And watch for our brand-new commercial! It will be airing September through November during The Neighborhood SD on The CW Channel 6 with Ty Hines!


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Businesses Taking Care of Business


Brandon Strausbaugh, Manager at Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, Inc. (PVI), joined other community supporters at this morning’s Chamber of Commerce SunRiser

Although many organizations take August off, especially as far as meetings go, the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce is not one of them. So, in other words, it was “business as usual” for the group of dedicated individuals who met this morning for the monthly SunRiser at the Chamber office.

Today’s event was sponsored by the Valley Center Municipal Water District and attendees were updated on the current local water supply and the status of the new sewer system being installed. All attendees also had the opportunity to introduce themselves and tell a little about their respective businesses.

The monthly SunRisers, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, are held the first Friday of the month and are an excellent opportunity to meet and greet other community-minded individuals, receive status updates on issues of interest, while promoting your business.

We hope you’ll join PVI in supporting our community and look forward to seeing you at the September SunRiser!






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Identity Theft is No Mickey Mouse Operation



You just received your monthly credit card statement. You open it and see all the charges from your recent trip to Disney World: first class travel, top-rated resort, finest restaurants and nightly entertainment. Wow! Such a wonderful vacation! You only wish you had been there!

Instead of a trip to Disney World, you have just arrived in the Land of Identity Theft, the Twilight Zone version of an Amusement Park, and you have been taken for a ride. Unfortunately, there definitely is nothing amusing about being there.

But you are not alone. According to a recent report, approximately 13 million people experience identity theft annually with an average loss per victim of $2294. On average, consumers spend $400 in out-of-pocket expenses and spend more than 11 hours of time trying to resolve their case.

Of course, credit card fraud is only one aspect of identity theft. Other ways criminals take advantage is through phishing for personal data, email hacking, using social media, data breaches, etc. The more digital we become, the more vulnerable we become.

So what can you do about it? The answer is to be as proactive as possible before there’s a breach and PVI can help you with that! For just a few dollars a month, we can cover you and your family members with Identity Protection Services. In addition to providing you with educational information and resources on preventative measures, you also have access to a fraud specialist 24/7 in the event your identity data is compromised and/or stolen. Here are just a few of the benefits of this service:

  • Fraud Alerts
  • Document Replacement
  • Financial Fraud Support
  • Travel Identity Theft Support
  • Medical Identity Theft Support
  • Tax Fraud Support

The good news is, if you currently are a PVI customer, you already may be covered for Identity Theft through one of your existing policies. If not, or if you’re not sure, just give us a call and we’ll be pleased to go over your coverage and options with you.

Our customers’ peace of mind is of the utmost importance to us. That’s why our pledge to you is to “do everything we can to make your lives Safer, Simpler and more Secure.” In other words, we want to do our best to insure that, wherever you are, it’s the Happiest Place on Earth!


PVI is your ticket to Identity Protection Services. Give us a call today: 760-749-2383 or email us at

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