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Northeast Florida Agents garner top awards from Brightway Insurance

Jan 23, 2019

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Brightway Insurance, a national property/casualty insurance distribution company based in Jacksonville, Fla., named Billy Wagner, Owner of Brightway, The Ponte Vedra Beach, and Brightway, Deland, as its 2018 Agency Owner of the Year (Units). This is the second consecutive year that Wagner has won the award for selling the most policies in the Brightway system.

Today, there are 178 Brightway agencies across 21 states. Wagner’s two agencies added another 3,632 policies to its book in 2018, driving the agency’s annualized written premium to nearly $20 million by year-end 2018. Brightway’s leadership team presented the award to Wagner during the company’s annual awards celebration held Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla.

“We’re exceptionally proud of Billy Wagner and his team and look forward to this time each year when we recognize our top Agents,” said Brightway Co-Founder and CEO, Michael Miller. “Brightway is a top franchise that provides the best, most comprehensive systems of support that empowers Agency Owners, like Billy Wagner, to outsell the competition three-to-one, grow their business and build an asset for their family.”

In addition to winning Brightway’s award, Brightway recognized Wagner for leading Auto and Flood sales last year, and as the 2018 Southeast Regional Sales Leader. Wagner was one of the first people to open a Brightway agency when he opened his agency in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in 2008. In 2015, he opened his second location in Deland, Fla.

Chris Huebener, who has been with Wagner's agency since the store opened, earned the top award an Agent can achieve, the 2018 $2 Million Producer Award, for selling nearly $2.9 million in written premium last year. This is the third year in a row he has earned the award.

Northeast Florida Agents who received the $1 Million Producer Award include: Timothy Yarbrough from Brightway, Fernandina Beach; Justin Thompson from Brightway, The Carlucci Agency; and Erika Broom from Brightway, The Canty Agency.

Other big winners of the night were:

  • Jodi and George Rankin, Agency Owners of Brightway, Regency, won the award for selling the most Commercial policies in 2018
  • Danny Sands and Blake Rhodes, Agency Owners of Brightway, The Rhodes-Sands Agency won the award for selling the most Life policies in 2018
  • Dave Lego, the new Agency Owner of Brightway, Julington Creek, was named Rookie of the Year for being the highest-producing Agency Owner (based on new property/casualty policies written) whose agency opened in in 2018

In addition to awarding top Agency Owners and Agents, Brightway named two Employees of the Year from its Corporate Office in Jacksonville. Pharaoh Hurt is a Data Analyst who has been with Brightway six years. Kristi Tate is a Service Center Processing Specialist who has been with Brightway nearly four years. Both Hurt and Tate exhibited Brightway’s Core Values of Smart, Accountable and Trustworthy.

“Congratulations to Billy Wagner, Chris Huebener, Jodi Rankin, George Rankin, Danny Sands, Blake Rhodes, Dave Lego, Timothy Yarbrough, Justin Thompson, Erika Broom, Pharaoh Hurt and Kristi Tate on their 2018 achievements,” said Brightway President, Talman Howard. “Brightway franchisees focus on selling new business, which helps Agents achieve high production. We’re thrilled to see our Agency Owners, Agents and employees reach their potential by leveraging the Brightway system.”

Brightway Agency Owners enjoy comprehensive business support including customer service, carrier relationships, marketing, accounting and technology. As a result, Brightway agencies consistently outsell other insurance agencies three-to-one.*

About Brightway Insurance Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with more than $562 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 800 people in 178 offices across 21 states serving customers in all 50 states.

For more information about Brightway, visit our franchise page.