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Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt Agency Owner

Chris has lived and worked in the New Orleans area for 14 years.

When Chris isn't in the office he enjoys listening to and playing music, watching football and teaching his daughter to play the piano. He launched his Brightway - The Schmidt Family Agency in 2016 and has been committed to providing the highest quality service and expertise from initial contact to policy service and beyond.

  • Chris Schmidt
    Chris Schmidt Agency Owner

    Chris has lived and worked in the New Orleans area for 14 years.

    When Chris isn't in the office he enjoys listening to and playing music, watching football and teaching his daughter to play the piano. He launched his Brightway - The Schmidt Family Agency in 2016 and has been committed to providing the highest quality service and expertise from initial contact to policy service and beyond.

    Chris Schmidt Agency Owner
    Chris Schmidt
    Chris Schmidt Agency Owner

    Chris has lived and worked in the New Orleans area for 14 years.

    When Chris isn't in the office he enjoys listening to and playing music, watching football and teaching his daughter to play the piano. He launched his Brightway - The Schmidt Family Agency in 2016 and has been committed to providing the highest quality service and expertise from initial contact to policy service and beyond.

  • Carl Duvigneaud
    Carl Duvigneaud Director, Insurance Operations

    Carl is a New Orleans Native who graduated from Archbishop Rummell and The University of New Orleans. He has a lifelong passion for music and performing live with several local bands.

    Carl has one special cat named “Olive.”

    He’s been with Brightway, The Schmidt Family Agency, for 4 years and loves leading his team to success with the highest level of customer care and satisfaction.

    Carl Duvigneaud Director, Insurance Operations
    Carl Duvigneaud
    Carl Duvigneaud Director, Insurance Operations

    Carl is a New Orleans Native who graduated from Archbishop Rummell and The University of New Orleans. He has a lifelong passion for music and performing live with several local bands.

    Carl has one special cat named “Olive.”

    He’s been with Brightway, The Schmidt Family Agency, for 4 years and loves leading his team to success with the highest level of customer care and satisfaction.

  • Laura Adam
    Laura Adam Licensed Insurance Agent

    Laura is a Gulf Coast Native, now living on the Westbank of New Orleans.

    She Spends her weekends enjoying Home Goods shopping or relaxing with Netflix and her Family. She Loves to visit her family on the beach at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

    With 7+ years of personal lines insurance experience, Laura is knowledgeable, creative and in your corner. Laura is licensed in personal lines insurance in 8 states, so if you've got multiple properties or locations, she’s the agent for you.

    Laura Adam Licensed Insurance Agent
    Laura Adam
    Laura Adam Licensed Insurance Agent

    Laura is a Gulf Coast Native, now living on the Westbank of New Orleans.

    She Spends her weekends enjoying Home Goods shopping or relaxing with Netflix and her Family. She Loves to visit her family on the beach at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

    With 7+ years of personal lines insurance experience, Laura is knowledgeable, creative and in your corner. Laura is licensed in personal lines insurance in 8 states, so if you've got multiple properties or locations, she’s the agent for you.

  • Kaila Melancon
    Kaila Melancon Licensed Insurance Agent

    Kaila is an animal lover with three cats and one dog. She's a people person, too, with a genuine eagerness to help others. Kaila loves to create; painting, drawing and crafting.

    She's been helping clients with their insurance needs for over 4 years and she looks forward to helping you, as well. Kaila prides herself on being solution oriented, understanding and experienced in making sure your coverages are the best fit for you and your family’s needs.

    Kaila Melancon Licensed Insurance Agent
    Kaila Melancon
    Kaila Melancon Licensed Insurance Agent

    Kaila is an animal lover with three cats and one dog. She's a people person, too, with a genuine eagerness to help others. Kaila loves to create; painting, drawing and crafting.

    She's been helping clients with their insurance needs for over 4 years and she looks forward to helping you, as well. Kaila prides herself on being solution oriented, understanding and experienced in making sure your coverages are the best fit for you and your family’s needs.

  • Michael Smilari
    Michael Smilari Licensed Insurance Agent

    Michael loves basketball so much his dog is named “Scottie Pippin.” He’s originally from Brooklyn, New York, but has been in New Orleans for 15+ years. He attended Spring Hill College and enjoyed playing soccer and hanging out with his friends.

    Michael loves to help those in need and enjoys watching an initial phone call or email develop into a lasting relationship with our agency. He is always willing to go the extra mile for our clients and make sure you feel secure.

    Michael Smilari Licensed Insurance Agent
    Michael Smilari
    Michael Smilari Licensed Insurance Agent

    Michael loves basketball so much his dog is named “Scottie Pippin.” He’s originally from Brooklyn, New York, but has been in New Orleans for 15+ years. He attended Spring Hill College and enjoyed playing soccer and hanging out with his friends.

    Michael loves to help those in need and enjoys watching an initial phone call or email develop into a lasting relationship with our agency. He is always willing to go the extra mile for our clients and make sure you feel secure.

  • Brock Hartley
    Brock Hartley Licensed Insurance Agent

    Brock is a New Orleans native and loves spending time with his family.

    He’s an avid sports fan and really enjoys watching the Saints, the Pelicans and the Astros.

    When Brock is not working to provide top tier customer service and satisfaction he loves a great game of golf or some fishing. Brock has been on the Brightway team for almost 2 years and continues to reach personal and agency records.

    Brock Hartley Licensed Insurance Agent
    Brock Hartley
    Brock Hartley Licensed Insurance Agent

    Brock is a New Orleans native and loves spending time with his family.

    He’s an avid sports fan and really enjoys watching the Saints, the Pelicans and the Astros.

    When Brock is not working to provide top tier customer service and satisfaction he loves a great game of golf or some fishing. Brock has been on the Brightway team for almost 2 years and continues to reach personal and agency records.

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Monday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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