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John Kistner

1401 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702-1023

My Dad’s name is Richard Kistner and in 1955, he became a State Farm Agent. This was before computers and cellphones, so his business was primarily built through face to face interaction. Dad would meet families in their homes, making ‘night calls’ in their kitchens and living rooms. Eventually, he built and conducted business from an office of his own and this is the office I occupy today. I am proud to say that we have been helping families and businesses for 66 years.

My team consists of my sister Denise Lewis, and my nephew, Billy Lewis. Denise worked for our Dad until his retirement in June 1991, and joined my team when I was appointed in December of that year. Billy was hired in 2017, adding another generation of family to the business.

We have been privileged to help many of the same families of customers that Dad worked with. As their children and grandchildren have bought cars, homes, and businesses, we have been there to help. A lot has changed in how business gets done, but what has not changed is our commitment to helping our customers.

At the time when my oldest daughter was learning to drive, cell phones were becoming hand-held computers. She confidently said to me that, soon, people would no longer need a State Farm Agent to buy insurance. I knew there was truth in her statement, but, from that day forward, our agency mission has been to continue providing added value to our policyholders.

When buying insurance, you become a better consumer by partnering with us. As a small business, taking care of your insurance and financial needs is very important to us. Please give us a call to set up an in person or phone meeting to review your current coverage!

Insurance Products Offered

Auto, Homeowners, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, Business, Life, Health

Other Products Offered

Banking, Annuities

Mon-Fri 9:00am to 4:30pm

1401 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702-1023
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My mission is to be the Insurance Professional you know. Things occur during the course of life that we do not expect to happen. I design programs for individuals, families and business owners to minimize the financial impact of these accidental events.
Denise, Billy and I have 63 years combined insurance experience. Our State Farm customers choose us because of our products, but remain with us because of the personal attention we provide.
Denise Lewis State Farm Agent Team Member

Denise Lewis

Office Manager

Billy Lewis State Farm Agent Team Member

Billy Lewis

Customer Service Representative