Jun 20, 2023
After a career filled with 100-hour work weeks and a medical development that changed his and his wife’s lives forever, Greg Berrelleza is officially unveiling his family’s second chance at life.
The Greater Tampa businessman is putting his blue-collar roots to work as he launches a new agency in Lutz Monday. In partnership with Lisseth and Manuel Dominguez, Berrelleza will open Brightway, The Lakes Agency insurance office next week.
The career-long restaurant manager met his wife, Crystal, seven years ago. With five kids and five grandkids combined, the couple quickly saw their lives take an unexpected detour with Crystal’s cancer diagnosis five years ago.
First diagnosed with brain cancer just a year after exchanging their vows, Crystal, 43, saw her career as a cardiology technician stop indefinitely. And Greg, 48, found himself looking for a career that would allow him to focus on family, as well as provide for it.
“I had hit the wall in my restaurant career years ago,” Berrelleza said. “Looking for a change, I ended up in the insurance industry as an agent. And now, helping run this agency allows me to put the focus on both the customer and my family.”
Grabbing this American Dream is a path Berrelleza’s family is proud of. “My dad was a union meat cutter and my stepdad was a government contract worker,” Berrelleza added. “Our family has had to work to get what it wants all my life. It feels great to be able to hustle and make this family-based business take flight next week.”
Brightway, The Lakes Agency will be focusing on servicing Pasco County and the Greater Tampa Area. The Berrelleza family currently resides in Lutz.
Brightway, The Lakes Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Umbrella, Commercial and Life insurance policies from numerous insurance companies. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday/Sunday by appointment. Visit them at their office at 24740 State Road 54, online at BrightwayLakes.com or call 813-940-8686
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 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 36 states and more than $1 billion 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.