Photographed (L – R) Volunteer Chamber Ambassador, Cassandra Benavidez, Dr. Joe Craig, Chris Craig, Dawayne Barlow, Gina Misenhelder, Chris Steinocher and Matt Lettelleir.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — Dr. Joe Craig, his son, Chris Craig, and their rock star team welcomed the community, customers, business partners, friends and family to a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the grand opening of Brightway, The Craig Agency, located at 5001 4th Street North, Suite B in St. Petersburg (at the intersection of 4th Street North and 50th Avenue North). The Agency held the grand opening event Thursday, Sept. 30, in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We are so grateful for our family, friends, business partners and the Chamber of Commerce for joining us today and for their continued support,” said Chris Craig, who manages the daily operations at the insurance Agency. “I grew up here and went to school nearby at Shorecrest Preparatory School, and Dad operated his dental practice here for more than 40 years, so to be able to own and operate a family business here together where we get to serve our community by helping our friends and neighbors is a dream come true.”
“We are committed to helping the local community not only with their insurance knowledge, but also by giving back. That’s why, we are pledging to donate $5 to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for every quote request we receive during the month of October,” said Dr. Craig, who volunteers as a dentist at the Free Clinic. “We held a similar campaign last year and raised more than $1,000 for the clinic and decided to make it an annual event every October.”
The Craigs opened the insurance Agency in December 2019. They are members of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and attend First United Methodist Church in downtown St. Petersburg.
“Being able to celebrate and support new businesses in our area is one of the highlights of our Chamber’s efforts,” said St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce CEO and President, Chris Steinocher. “We’re thrilled to support the Craigs and their team and look forward to seeing the business thrive as more people in our community learn about it and the value it adds.”
Brightway, The Craig Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Business, Life and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including American Integrity, Bankers, Edison, FedNat, Florida Peninsula, GeoVera, Hagerty, Johnson and Johnson, Lighthouse, Mercury, Nationwide, Progressive, Safeco, Travelers, Universal Property and Casualty, Wright Flood and many more. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT).
On Oct. 6, 2020, Brightway, The Craig Agency donated $1,025 to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic to fund new equipment and supplies for the St. Petersburg Free Dental Clinic. The local insurance Agency has committed to donating $5 for every quote request received every October to the Free Clinic.
About Brightway Insurance Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with more than $850 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 325 offices across 26 states serving customers in all 50 states.