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INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLA. — Veteran Brightway Insurance Agency Owner and now Multi-unit Owner, Steve Trout, will open a second location of Brightway, The Steve Trout Agency Monday, June 17, alongside Agency Principal Jason Buchner. The new office will be in Indian Harbour Beach and will offer the same expert counsel and choice in insurance brands as his Rockledge, Fla., location.
“We’re tremendously grateful to have the opportunity to open a second location here in Brevard County,” said Trout. “I’ve always believed that our success is due to the work of our amazing team, the support of our community and the ties we’ve forged over a lifetime. I look forward to expanding into Indian Harbour Beach and being able to bring the Brightway Insurance experience to even more people in the area.”
Trout is no stranger to the Brightway Insurance family, having opened his first location in 2011. Today, he is one of the top producing Agency Owners in the Brightway system and is currently recognized among the top 10 across the country. In 2018, Franchise Business Review named him a Rock Star Franchisee, a distinction amongst more than 27,000 franchisees across 300 brands. Additionally, the Space Coast Association of REALTORS named him the 2016 Business Partner of the Year. Prior to joining Brightway, he spent several years in the mortgage industry, working as a broker in Merritt Island, Fla., and as a wholesale mortgage lender. Trout is heavily involved in the community. In addition to acting as a sponsor for several local athletic teams, he’s also an advocate for education, donating to several elementary schools throughout the county.
“We’ve curated an incredible team at our Rockledge location, and we’ve been fortunate enough to earn the trust of the community,” added Buchner. “I’m thrilled to be working alongside Steve to bring our service to Indian Harbour Beach, and we can’t wait to open the doors to our new location.”
Buchner joined Brightway in 2012, bringing with him extensive customer service experience. As a Brevard County native, he leverages his knowledge of the community and its needs with his insurance expertise to match customers with coverage. During his spare time, he can be found on the golf course, in the CrossFit gym where he has volunteered as a coach or spending quality time with his wife, Sara. The Buchners are expecting their first child. As Principal Agent of the new store, Buchner looks forward to taking the next step in his insurance career with Brightway and becoming the No. 1 source for Personal Lines insurance in Indian Harbour Beach.
“Steve and Jason have been a part of our Brightway family for years, and their team has consistently grown and produced stellar work,” said Brightway President, Talman Howard. “We’re thrilled to see them open a second location, extending Brightway, The Steve Trout Agency’s reach in Brevard County, and we’re confident they will continue to bring excellent service to more customers in his community.”
Brightway Agency Owners enjoy comprehensive business support including customer service, carrier relationships, marketing, accounting and technology. As a result of their focus on growing new business, Brightway agencies consistently outsell other insurance agencies two-to-one.
Brightway, The Steve Trout Agency’s new location is at 729 Pine Tree Drive in Indian Harbour Beach (near the intersection of Highway A1A and Pine Tree Drive). The Agency offers customized Home, Condo, Renters, Auto, Flood, Boat, RV, Motorcycle and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands, including Burns and Wilcox, National General, Hagerty, Progressive, Olympus, Tower Hill and Gulfstream. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EDT).
About Brightway Insurance
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with more than $593 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 nearly 900 people in 190 offices across 21 states serving customers in all 50 states.