Principals & Executives

  • Paula Hammack

    Paula Hammack

    Chief Executive Officer

    Paula earned a degree in languages (five) from Manchester University in England, and then moved from England in 1962. Her first job was in Washington DC in an insurance agency and she’s being working in insurance  ever since. She worked as a claims adjuster for eight years and handled dental malpractice claims for many years.  Paula worked for 2 years handling fish boat lay-up warranty insurance before joining her husband in 1969 and building what was then Belmont Insurance Center. Professional Insurance Associates, Inc was incorporated in 1972. In 1985 Paula created the PIA affiliate program.  Paula has sold insurance, sat on many insurance company councils, authored insurance legislation and testified on pending legislation in the California legislature, acted as legislative analyst for the agents association, was Insurance Woman of the year in the 1980’s, and worked in every single department of PIA. Paula has appeared over 40 times on television and in newspapers acting as an expert on various insurance problems from under insurance on homes, to lack of a good earthquake market in California, to wanting stricter licensing and ongoing education requirements for agents and much more.  Paula has travelled to 102 countries, (Botswana being her favorite), and makes it a point to go somewhere on this planet each month and likes to spend her remaining spare time with her children and seven grandchildren.

  • Paul Hammack

    Paul Hammack


    Paul has lived on the San Francisco peninsula his entire life. Paul has worked at PIA since junior high school and literally started in the mailroom. Paul obtained his insurance license when he was 18 and has worked at PIA in a number of different roles in every department of the organization. Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from U.C. Davis. Paul’s primary role in the organization today is to oversee all facets of the business insurance department and all of the agency’s technology. Paul sits on the agency councils for many of PIA’s insurance companies providing the organization access to insurance company executives. Outside of PIA when Paul is not chasing his 4 children he enjoys playing soccer, golf, and traveling.

  • Julie Hammack

    Julie Hammack

    Executive Vice President