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    Insurance veteran, Clayton Vigrass, opens a Brightway Insurance Agency in St. Petersburg

    Sep 17, 2020

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — More residents in St. Petersburg and surrounding communities can now experience a better way to buy insurance for their homes, vehicles and much more as industry veteran and now Brightway Agency Owner, Clayton Vigrass, has opened Brightway, The Vigrass Family Agency at 600 1st Avenue North, Suite 303A in St. Petersburg (at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and 6th Street North).

    “I’ve lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years and raised my children here. To open my own business here where I leverage my experience to help my friends, family and community, is a dream come true,” said Vigrass. “Every year, hurricane season reminds us of how vital it is to protect our homes and everything else we’ve worked so hard for, and we’re extremely proud to bring decades of experience to the Agency to ensure consumers receive the expert counsel they deserve.”

    Vigrass comes to Brightway with 22 years’ industry experience. He spent the past 11 years at USI Insurance Services, where he was Senior Vice President of retail. He spent 11 years with Willis Towers Watson before going to USI. Vigrass earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has an Associate in Personal Risk. He is always working to develop his professional skills, having completed the Institutes Associate in Risk Management and Associate in General insurance designations as well as the Fellow Life Management Institute designation.

    Vigrass and wife, Andrea, of 28 years have resided in the Tampa St. Petersburg area for the past 20 years and raised their three children here. Vigrass is actively involved in St. Raphael Catholic Church and the Society of St. Vincent De Paul in St. Petersburg, where he volunteers regularly. For fun, he enjoys boating with the family, hiking and cycling. He has completed many marathons and cycling centuries over the years across the U.S. As a Brightway Agency Owner, Vigrass looks forward to providing his clients with the best solutions available for their risk management needs.

    “Clayton brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to the Agency, and we’re thrilled to partner with someone who has proven himself as an industry leader and expert,” said Brightway President and CEO Michael Miller. “We look forward to seeing Clayton build his business with the holistic support we provide, which includes relationships with numerous, top-rated insurance brands so that he can offer consumers more choice than they will find at other agencies.”

    Brightway, The Vigrass Family Agency offers customized Home, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, Flood, Auto, RV, Motorcycle, Boat and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including Bankers, Cypress, Hagerty, Johnson and Johnson, Nationwide, Progressive and many more. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT).

    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 Calabrese, 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 $705 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 237 offices across 22 states serving customers in all 50 states.

    For more information about Brightway, The Vigrass Family Agency, visit or call 727-498-5566. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Brightway at our franchise page.