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Erin, Dorian, Ivan, Matthew and Opal.
As Hurricane Season 2022 begins to wind down this November, they are the names that grab the attention of most residents of the Treasure Coast; the names of five of the most powerful storms to ever hit the U.S. mainland.
Next Monday, two other names will make headlines. Two people who have spent their lives dedicated to preparing residents for the unthinkable are making a move to help those in St. Lucie County, North Martin County and beyond. Stuart, Florida residents Misty and Kevin Moody will open Brightway, The Moody Agency in Jensen Beach November 7.
With more than 50 years of experience in the insurance industry, the entrepreneurial couple has experienced first-hand what severe weather in the Sunshine State is like year-round. “Our family knows what to prepare for, no matter what life brings our way,” Kevin said. “Growing up in Pensacola, it felt like our neighborhoods were just a magnet for hurricanes. You get used to the storms. From going stretches without power to dealing with the aftermath of the strong winds and heavy rains, it’s a lot to handle. That’s why we are glad we are in the business we are in. Whether it’s insurance needs or just providing basic needs for someone, helping each other has been what has got us through.”
Before Misty was born, her parents lost their family home to a fire. “It’s these tragedies that have helped shape who we are and what we do,” Misty added. “Like so many, we are blessed to have survived storms and other unforeseen disasters in our lives. Because you never know what life will bring you, it’s truly a privilege to work in insurance.”
The irony in her words is that Misty was only 19 years old when she was in a car accident. Suffering a broken arm in the mishap, Misty began looking for a job she’d be able to do on a temporary basis. A friend told her about an insurance company nearby hiring at the time. “I thought it’d be something I’d do for a few months,” Misty said. “Nearly 27 years later, here we are doing what we love for the people here in our hometowns.”
Misty, 46, and Kevin, 47, did not become business owners by chance. From building homes and businesses, to owning a hair salon, to training future electricians, their parents helped pave the way for their careers. “They showed us what was important from day one,” Misty said. “From raising a family to helping your neighbors any chance you get, we learned the importance of doing all you can to cover your bases.”
Owning another insurance agency for the past eight years, Misty and Kevin are excited about transitioning to Brightway to best serve their long-time customers and their new ones, as well. “We are still bringing everyone the service we are known for,” Kevin said. “That included making sure we brought the very first agent we hired on day one. Helping customers is about assisting them in a familiar way they are comfortable with, in a way they expect from us.” Married for more than 18 years, the Moody family is active in everything from area Chambers of Commerce to Treasure Coast Community Church (TC3).
Between extra-curricular soccer and rowing obligations for their two children, Addison, 16, and Fisher, 14, the Moody family loves to travel to Disneyworld any chance they get. “We actually evacuated to Disneyworld one year when a storm forced us inland,” Kevin said. “Making the best of the unexpected. That’s what we do. Working in insurance has been a perfect fit for us.”
Misty holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a marketing concentration from Florida Southern College and a master’s degree in business with risk management and insurance from Florida State University. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in business from St. Leo University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.
Brightway, The Moody Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Umbrella, and Life insurance policies from numerous insurance companies. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday/Sunday by appointment. Visit them at their office at 4330 NW Federal Highway in Jensen Beach, online at BrightwayMoodyAgency.com or call 772-874-3103.
Brightway’s corporate office staff provides expertise and support in areas including customer service, technology, accounting, marketing, distribution and business analytics. In addition, Brightway handles carrier relations and appointments, as well as support with personnel hiring, licensing, onboarding, training and retention. The company’s signature after-the-sale service empowers Agency Owners, like Kevin and Misty, to focus on new business sales and provide customers the personalized service they deserve.
About Brightway Insurance
Established in 2008, Brightway grew to become one of the largest privately-owned property/casualty insurance distribution companies in the U.S. with more than 300 franchises in 30 states and over $900 million in annual premiums. Recently, Brightway’s success led to a private equity investment that has infused the company with financial and human capital, and data and analytics access, to accelerate growth and deliver new and exciting market opportunities.
Brightway produces winning outcomes for franchisees and their customers by offering access to customized coverage solutions from a range of insurers paired with full back office and marketing support. This winning model allows agents and producers to focus on addressing the needs of their customers to become trusted advisors and grow their businesses.