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Southwest Florida Agents earn national awards from Brightway Insurance

Mar 10, 2021

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FORT MYERS, FLA. — Brightway Insurance, one of the largest Personal Lines independent insurance agencies in the U.S., presented Multi-unit Owners, Tyler Smith and Chris Mitchell of Brightway, The Smith & Mitchell Agency with locations in Fort Myers and Naples, with its 2020 New Agency Owner of the Year award and the 2020 Mover and Shaker award. The New Agency Owner of the Year award goes to the highest-producing Agency Owner (based on new property/casualty policies written) whose agency has a full year’s results on the books. Smith and Mitchell opened their Fort Myers location in 2010 and due to their involvement in the Naples community and the demand they were experiencing in Naples, they proceeded to open their Naples location in 2019. The Mover and Shaker award goes to the Agency Owner whose agency moved up the greatest number of positions in new property/casualty policies written rank in the calendar year. Smith and Mitchell’s Agency moved up 156 spots in the rankings last year.

Additionally, the company recognized Rachel Farmer from Brightway, Bonita Springs and Paolo Matita from Brightway, The Kassar Agency in Naples, as $1 Million Producers for producing more than $1 million in transacted property/casualty premium for the year. This is the second year in a row Farmer has earned the title.

“I look forward to this time each year when we recognize our top Agency Owners and Agents,” said Brightway President and CEO, Michael Miller. “Congratulations to Tyler, Chris, Rachel and Paolo on their achievements. We’re thrilled to see our Agency Owners and Agents thrive with the holistic system of support Brightway provides.”

Backed by a team of more than 400 insurance professionals who support each aspect necessary to run a high-producing independent agency and armed with partnerships with the most insurance brands, Brightway Agents like Smith, Mitchell, Farmer and Matita are the insurance experts in their communities who offer the most choice.

About Brightway Insurance Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with more than $765 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 293 offices across 22 states serving customers in all 50 states.

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