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VALDOSTA, GA. — While the country’s response to the Coronavirus has caused many business operations to pause, Brightway Insurance remains committed to customers and to people who want to build their own business with the holistic support Brightway offers. The company is pleased to announce that insurance veteran and now Brightway Agency Owner, Austin Vannoy, has opened Brightway, The Vannoy Agency in Valdosta. Vannoy is currently working from his home because of the pandemic, but once normality resumes, he’ll work out of his new office located at 2935 North Ashley Street in Suite 115 (near Jac’s Bowling Lanes).
Vannoy started with Brightway a year ago as one of the first insurance professionals to enter the company’s new pathway to agency ownership -- the Independent Agent program. He is the first Brightway Independent Agent to transition to an Agency Owner with the company.
“I wanted the ability to be able to truly help the people in my community and with Brightway I’m able to do that and much more,” said Vannoy, who has nearly five years’ experience as a licensed Insurance Agent. “As a Brightway Agency Owner, I offer more choice of insurance brands than anyone else with the support of a national brand that supports me so that I can focus on the needs of my customers first.”
Before joining Brightway, Vannoy worked for a State Farm Agency for three years. He has lived in Valdosta for the past 20 years and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Valdosta State University. Vannoy is a member of Community Partners in Education, Toastmasters and Cross Pointe Church in Valdosta. He and wife, Nikki, of 10 years have two children. For fun, he enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his children. As a Brightway Agency Owner, he looks forward to continuing to build on the trust he’s built with his friends and neighbors over the past year to provide expert counsel to even more people in the community.
Brightway, The Vannoy Agency offers customized Home, Condo, Renters, Auto, Flood, RV, Motorcycle, Boat and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including Amelia Underwriters, Appalachian Underwriters, Burns and Wilcox, Hagerty, Kemper Personal, Nationwide, Progressive, Safeco, State Auto, Tower Hill Specialty, Universal Property and Casualty, USLI and many more.
“We’re thrilled to see Austin Vannoy become the first person to graduate from our Independent Agent program to Agency Owner,” said Brightway President and CEO Michael Miller. “Independent Agents must meet criteria before they qualify to become an Agency Owner, and he has demonstrated that he’s ready to take the next step. With his understanding of the industry and his customers’ needs and the holistic business support we provide, we’re confident he’ll be incredibly successful and are here to help him every step of the way.”
Brightway’s corporate office staff provides expertise and support in areas including Customer Service, Accounting, Marketing, Distribution, Business Analytics, Carrier Appointments, Licensing, Onboarding, Training, Hiring and Retaining personnel. The company’s signature after-the-sale service empowers Agency Owners to focus on new business sales and provides their customers the personalized service they deserve.
About Brightway Insurance
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with more than $660 million in annualized written premium, making it one of the largest Personal Lines agencies in the U.S.
Brightway’s focus is on producing Win, Win, Win outcomes for consumers by offering customized insurance solutions and for people wishing to sell insurance by providing business opportunities that span from single Agent to multi-unit enterprises. Regardless of the path taken, Brightway provides the support necessary to consistently outsell other insurance agents.
Brightway got its start in 2008 and has since grown to more than 900 people in 206 offices across 22 states serving customers in all 50 states.