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Ann Arborites to experience a better way to shop for insurance

Oct 22, 2018

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Ann Arbor, Mich. — Ann Arbor residents and those living in nearby communities can experience a better way to buy insurance for their homes, cars, motorcycles, boats and more. Business partners and now Brightway Insurance Store Owners, Ankur Patel and Vipul Hapani, have opened Brightway, The Blue Water Agency in Ann Arbor. Brightway is one of the largest property/casualty agencies in the United States and now has stores in 21 states.

“We’re thrilled to team up and partner with Brightway to offer the most choice in insurance brands to consumers in Ann Arbor, Mich.,” said Patel. “Our all-star team will go above and beyond your expectations to ensure you get the expert counsel you need to make sure your home, vehicles and more are protected in the event of a disaster.”

Patel and Hapani are both medical professionals. A Nurse Practitioner at a family practice, Patel has a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. He and wife, Rima, have two children. Hapani is a Physical Therapist. He earned a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Buffalo. As Brightway Agency Owners, they look forward to offering more choice in insurance brands and make shopping for insurance easy for consumers in and around Ann Arbor.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Ankur Patel and Vipul Hapani to open our first store in Ann Arbor, Mich.,” said Brightway President, Talman Howard. “We have hundreds of insurance professionals providing them with backend support, allowing their team to focus on finding the best coverage for each of their customers.”

Brightway Store Owners enjoy support in customer service, carrier relationships, marketing, accounting and technology. As a result, Brightway stores consistently outsell other insurance agencies three-to-one.*

Brightway, The Blue Water Agency is located at 6276 Jackson Road, Suite J in Ann Arbor (across the street from Menard’s). The store offers customized Home, Condo, Renters, Auto, Flood, RV, Motorcycle, Boat, ATV, Life and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including American Strategic, Appalachian Underwriters, Bankers, Burns and Wilcox, Dixon Wells, Hagerty, Progressive and State Auto. The Agency is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday by appointment.

About Brightway Insurance Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent stores throughout the country. With more than $549 million in annualized written premium, the company is one of the largest personal lines agencies in the United States. Brightway provides its franchise owners with access to more insurance companies than any other agency, along with a comprehensive system of support that frees them up to focus on customizing policies that meet their customers’ needs.

Brightway began franchising operations in 2008 and has since grown to more than 800 people in 21 states serving customers in all 50 states. Forbes has recognized the company as America’s No. 1 Franchise to Buy. Additionally, the company was named a top franchise three years in a row by Entrepreneur magazine and one of the fastest-growing private companies in America nine consecutive years by Inc. 5000.

For more information about Brightway, The Blue Water Agency, visit or call 734-545-8935. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Brightway at our franchise page.