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Eli Drost introduces Oregon to a better insurance-buying experience, opens the first Brightway Insurance Agency in the state

Jan 13, 2021

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BEND, ORE. — Oregonians can now enjoy a better experience when shopping for insurance as Eli Drost becomes the first person to open a Brightway Insurance Agency in the state. Drost has opened Brightway, The Eli Drost Agency, located at 1860 NE 4th Street, Suite 500 in Bend (near the intersection of NE Seward Avenue and NE 4th Street and across the street from Wagner Mall).

“As a captive agent, I was limited in products I could offer, but with Brightway I have access to dozens of top-rated insurance brands so I can shop the market to offer customers the coverage they need to protect their assets at the best price,” said Drost. “As a Brightway Agency Owner, I get the business support I need so that I can focus 100% on the needs of my clients and finding them the best package of policies to protect their families.”

Drost brings more than 11 years of insurance experience to Brightway, most recently working for a State Farm Agency. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Management. Drost and wife, Sarah, of 14 years attend Compass Church in Bend. Drost is a member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce and various Kiwanis clubs. For fun, he enjoys golfing, fishing and travelling. As a Brightway Agency Owner, Drost looks forward to offering more choice of insurance brands and providing expert counsel to his friends and neighbors in Bend and nearby communities in Central Oregon, such as Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Prineville and Madras.

“Eli knows the local area and with Brightway he can offer far more options to his customers than he was previously able to provide as a captive agent,” said Brightway President and CEO Michael Miller. “We’re excited to partner with him to expand our brand into Oregon and expect him to be wildly successful with the holistic business support he receives from Brightway.”

With the opening of Drost’s Agency, Brightway now has 283 locations in 24 states across the U.S.

Brightway, The Eli Drost Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Life and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including American Strategic, Bankers, Bristol West, Foremost, Hippo, Johnson and Johnson, Nationwide, Safeco and many more. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST) and Saturday by appointment.

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, like Drost, to focus on new business sales and provides customers the personalized service they deserve.

About Brightway Insurance Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with more than $745 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 283 offices across 24 states serving customers in all 50 states.

For more information Brightway, The Eli Drost Agency, visit or call 541-241-7752. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Brightway at our franchise page.