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Vipul Patel becomes first Brightway Insurance Agency Owner to bring Brightway to Florence

Aug 14, 2019

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Residents in and around Florence will soon experience a better way to buy insurance for their homes, vehicles and much more. On Monday, Aug. 19, veteran businessman and now Brightway Agency Owner Vipul Patel will open the doors to Brightway, The Vipul Patel Agency.

“It was the reputation and success of this company that drew me to Brightway,” said Patel. “I was eager to become part of a company that demonstrated such a strong commitment to the satisfaction of its customers and the growth of its Agencies. I’m eager to bring expert counsel and more choice to Florence, and I’m looking forward to building more ties with our friends and neighbors here.”

As a Florence resident of nearly a decade, Patel is no stranger to local business ownership. Previously acting as the Franchise Owner of multiple Subway locations in Ohio and the owner of a Tropical Smoothie Café, he brings to Brightway 14 years of business management, customer satisfaction and digital sales experience. Patel holds both Property and Casualty and Life insurance licenses. Born in India and raised in United Arab Emirates, he speaks fluent English, Gujarati and Hindi. He is heavily involved in the community and frequently volunteers to assist Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, a local temple, with accounting and information technology. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Aarti, and their two children.

“Vipul joins our small but mighty presence in South Carolina as our first Agency Owner in Florence,” said Brightway President Talman Howard. “He’s business savvy and passionate about his community, and we’re confident he will grow his location into a successful Agency. He will have a comprehensive team of support behind him to help bring the excellent service Brightway is known for to customers in Florence.”

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 Vipul Patel Agency, is located at 904 C, South Cashua Drive in Florence (next to the Delmae Plaza near the intersection of Hyde Circle and Cashua Drive). The Agency offers customized Home, Condo, Renters, Auto, Flood, Boat, RV, Motorcycle, Life and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including Amelia Underwriters, Burns and WIlcox, Cypress, Foremost, Hagerty, Mercury, Tower Hill, Windhaven and more. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT).

About Brightway Insurance

Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with more than $608 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 194 offices across 21 states serving customers in all 50 states.

For more information about Brightway, The Vipul Patel Agency, visit or call 843-407-3009. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Brightway at our franchise page.