As one of 300,000 children forced from their homes after Hurricane Katrina, Beau Boudreaux remembers those dreadful days vividly. A high school freshman when Katrina made landfall in 2005, the now 33-year-old businessman has a plan to help safeguard victims should a similar disaster ever strike Greater New Orleans in the future.
It’s been 17 years since Boudreaux and his family were stranded on the roof of their home waiting to be rescued. After fleeing the Big Easy with the clothes on their back in August 2005, Boudreaux will now be doing his part to make future dark days a little “brighter” when he launches Brightway, The Boudreaux Family Agency insurance in Metairie Monday.
“Katrina changed everything for my family and me. As a high school freshman, it really helped me put a focus on life in a hurry,” Boudreaux said. “One of our other neighbors found a boat left behind in our neighborhood and they came and floated up to our rooftop. We spent the next several weeks just hoping for some sort of answers as we moved from one destination to the next.” Boudreaux and one million others fled from the flood waters of Katrina. The path of his family’s exodus which began high atop their own home would take them from shelter to shelter, from boat rides to airports and eventually to a safe haven 500 miles away in Batesville, Arkansas.
“Losing our home really put a new focus on life for me,” Boudreaux added. “As a result, being able to help others however possible is just a big part of who I am today. You know, as a young boy, I remember I always wanted to be a pro ball player. Today, my life has truly gone in a whole new direction.”
Although Boudreaux’s office brings more than 15 years of combined insurance and sales experience, the Katrina survivor actually did make headlines for several years on ballfields across the south. A highly touted amateur athlete at Archbishop Shaw High School, Delgado Community College and the University of New Orleans, Boudreaux earned high school All-State honors (baseball, football) and collegiate All-Region honors (baseball).
Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a focus on marketing from the University of New Orleans in 2015, Boudreaux will immediately employ Johnathan Caside and Patrick Moore, two licensed insurance agents working out of the agency’s Jefferson Parrish location. A third member of the team will be joining the office this coming February. His mother, a civilian specialist within the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years, and his father, a specialist with Cox Communications for the same length of time, set the tone for Boudreaux’s work ethic and drive he has carried with him since his first days on the ball field and now to his lifelong dream of owning his own business.
Brightway, The Boudreaux Family Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Umbrella, and Life insurance policies from numerous insurance companies. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST) and Saturday/Sunday by appointment. Visit them at their office at 3900 North Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, online at BrightwayBoudreauxFamily.com or call 504-569-5577.
Brightway’s corporate office staff provides expertise and support in areas including customer service, technology, accounting, marketing, distribution and business analytics. In addition, Brightway handles carrier relations and appointments, as well as support with personnel hiring, licensing, onboarding, training and retention. The company’s signature after-the-sale service empowers Agency Owners, like Beau, to focus on new business sales and provide customers the personalized service they deserve.
About Brightway Insurance
Established in 2008, Brightway grew to become one of the largest privately-owned property/casualty insurance distribution companies in the U.S. with more than 300 franchises in 30 states and over $900 million in annual premiums. Recently, Brightway’s success led to a private equity investment that has infused the company with financial and human capital, and data and analytics access, to accelerate growth and deliver new and exciting market opportunities.
Brightway produces winning outcomes for franchisees and their customers by offering access to customized coverage solutions from a range of insurers paired with full back office and marketing support. This winning model allows agents and producers to focus on addressing the needs of their customers to become trusted advisors and grow their businesses.