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Kurt Lease and Gary Simatovich team up to introduce Iowa to a better insurance-buying experience

Sep 14, 2021

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- The new insurance agency is the first Brightway Insurance location to open in the Hawkeye State. -

BETTENDORF, IOWA — Iowans can experience a better way to buy insurance for their homes, vehicles and much more as Kurt Lease and Gary Simatovich team up to open Brightway, The River Bend Agency. The agency is co-located with Simatovich’s RE/MAX Agency at 2395 Tech Drive, Suite 5B in Bettendorf.

“We are extremely excited to open a Brightway agency that accommodates all customers,” said Lease, who is the Principal Agent. “Our agency strives to provide the best customer service experience possible. We are delighted to offer one of the highest number of insurance carriers to provide the most competitive quotes. Call us today at 563-594-6628 for a free quote!”

As an ambitious 20-year-old who was raised in Iowa most of his life, Lease has been learning how to run a very successful business. He truly understands the value of how important customer service is and has made it his No. 1 priority. Lease also values his community where he is a board member of a nonprofit organization. For fun, Lease likes to watch his favorite football team and spend time with his family and friends. Lease is excited to open his first insurance franchise. As a Brightway Agency Owner, he looks forward to serving customers from the best agency in the Quad City area.

Simatovich is a Real Estate Broker/Owner with RE/MAX in Bettendorf who has deep roots in the community, so he understands the needs of local homebuyers and homeowners, in addition to commercial clients. His family has been in the Quad Cities real estate market for over 40 years. In addition to selling real estate, he has honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years and has previously been deployed. As a Brightway Agency Owner, he is thrilled to offer the most choice of insurance brands to local consumers.

“Kurt and Gary know the Quad Cities market and their community, and we are ecstatic to partner with them to open our first agency in Iowa,” said Brightway President and CEO Michael Miller. “Brightway provides Agency Owners, like Kurt and Gary, with all-encompassing business support that frees up their time to focus on helping their customers and growing their business.”

Brightway, The River Bend Agency is licensed to sell insurance in Iowa and Illinois. The Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Life, Umbrella and all Commercial/Investment insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including Appalachian Underwriters, Burns and Wilcox, Kemper, Nationwide, Progressive, Universal Property and many more. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) and Saturday/Sunday by appointment.

Brightway’s corporate office staff provides expertise and support in areas including Customer Service, Technology, Accounting, Marketing, Distribution, Business Analytics, Carrier Appointments, Licensing, Training, Hiring and Retaining personnel. The company’s signature after-the-sale service empowers Agency Owners, like Simatovich and Lease, 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 $855 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 1,200 people in 326 offices across 26 states serving customers in all 50 states.

For more information about Brightway, The River Bend Agency, visit or call 563-594-6628. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Brightway at our franchise page.