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Brightway Insurance Agency Owner, Marcus Barbee, opens office in Bloomington, Illinois

Oct 18, 2021

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BLOOMINGTON, ILL. — Marcus Barbee opened Brightway, The Barbee Agency a year ago, and today announced the opening of his office location at 1319 North Veterans Parkway, Suite 3B-102 (in the brick business plaza next to Burger King).

“I’ve been operating out of my home for the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and am pleased to welcome consumers who prefer to do business in person to my new office in Bloomington,” said Barbee. “I’m also happy to do business by telephone at 309-215-9383 and by email at”

Barbee has lived in Bloomington for the past 19 years. Prior to joining Brightway, he retired from State Farm where he worked on the Information Technology team for 18 years. Prior to that, he was a Mail Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for nearly nine years and served Honorably in the U.S. Army for nearly seven years. Barbee graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems. He and wife, Shirley, of 29 years have three children and three grandchildren. Barbee is a member of and the Past Chapter President of the Black Data Processing Associates and is actively involved as a Publisher in a local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. For fun, he enjoys golfing, boating, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family and friends. Barbee enjoys helping his friends and neighbors in Central Illinois with their insurance needs and being involved in the community where he lives and works.

Brightway, The Barbee Agency offers customized Home, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, Flood, Auto, RV, Motorcycle, Boat, Life and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including Appalachian Underwriters, Bankers, Bristol West, Foremost, Hagerty, Hippo, Johnson and Johnson, Lemonade, Mercury, Nationwide, Progressive, Safeco, Tower Hill, Wright Flood and many more. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT).

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 Barbee, 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 Barbee Agency, visit or call 309-215-9383. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Brightway at our franchise page.