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Brightway names Kristen Hood Employee of the Month for July 2021

Jul 28, 2021

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — Congratulations to Employee of the Month for July 2021, Kristen Hood!

Hood is a Compliance Specialist. In this role, she works ensures Brightway’s Agents and Customer Service Representatives have the credentials they need to do business. Hood has been with the company nearly two years.

During a virtual ceremony to recognize Hood, Brightway’s Director Of Compliance, LeAnne Martinez, said: “Kristen was nominated for Employee of the Month for the core value of Accountable. To me, being accountable means that someone is responsible for their actions, their behaviors, their performance and their decisions. They take ownership of something and make sure to exceed our expectations.

“Kristen is the daily embodiment of this. You can see it in her commitment to Brightway, to employee morale and just what leads her to that higher performance that she completes and executes every day.

“When Kristen joined the Compliance team, she grabbed on with both hands and she took ownership right away. She didn’t need to be asked to take a process, and she wrote over 25 process documents. She learned how to license a new hire class with over 15 employees. She applied for 25 non-resident licenses within three weeks of joining the Compliance team and knocked it out of the park.

“Kristen has made a huge impact on our daily routine for Compliance, and I can’t wait to see what Kristen’s future is with Brightway because she is surely a shining star. I cannot thank Kristen enough for what she does on a daily basis for Brightway.”

Brightway’s General Counsel, Max Staplin, added, “The one thing that has impressed me most about Kristen is her willingness to try new things that she hasn’t done before. Her willingness to do what she can to resolve issues that are sometimes tricky has been incredibly impressive, so this is very well-deserved, and we are so happy to have on you the team, Kristen.”

Brightway launched the Employee of the Month program in 2020 to give frequent recognition to employees who do fantastic work. The program recognizes two to three employees every month.

Honorees for the distinction receive a gift and a “thank you” message from Brightway’s Executive Leadership.

Florida Times-Union readers voted Brightway among the top three Best Places to Work (100+ Employees) in 2020. Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty distribution company that sells through a network of franchises and independent agents throughout the U.S. The company is among the largest Personal Lines agencies in the country and has been recognized as a Franchise 500 company by Entrepreneur eight times.

About Brightway Insurance Founded in 2008, Brightway has since grown to 318 locations across 25 states serving customers in all 50 states and has earned recognition as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Northeast Florida by the Jacksonville Business Journal for 13 consecutive years. At Home Office, a team of more than 400 professionals focus on delivering holistic business support that empowers agents to sell more.

Brightway employees enjoy:

  • Competitive salary
  • Market-leading Paid Time Off—in the first year, you earn 14 paid days off in addition to six paid company holidays and one “floating holiday” that you can take at any time
  • Medical/Dental/Life/Disability Insurance
  • Market-leading 401(k) with 4% match
  • Tuition reimbursement regardless of course of study
  • Comprehensive paid training

Most importantly, they enjoy a family based culture of inclusiveness where they can build positive, supportive relationships with co-workers, customers and agents.

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