Growing up as a young boy in Puerto Rico, 43-year-old Jose Candelario loved saving money. “I remember I wanted to be like Jerry Maguire from the movies,” Candelario said. Beginning this Monday, the Brevard County business pro will launch his very own Space Coast mission designed to “show customers the money.”

The Melbourne resident will unveil his American Dream when he opens the doors to Brightway, The Candelario Family Agency insurance office on A1A in Cocoa Beach next week.

The son of a Puerto Rican chemical engineer and telephone company specialist, the insurance industry back on the island is something that its three million residents are very in touch with.

“Back in 2017, Hurricane Maria turned everything upside down in Puerto Rico,” Candelario recalled. “Homes, cars, businesses and anything that wasn’t locked down to the ground was airborne. My in-laws even saw their clinical lab damaged, but insurance played a huge part in getting it back online.”

Part of the reason for their move to Florida was his wife’s career.  Arleene came to work as a pediatrician with ER experience in Brevard. The outlet didn’t have a Spanish-speaking physician, so she was able to be a huge help,” Candelario added. “From there, she helped open the urgent care unit of the clinic and better the service reach to all patients in the area. There is such a large Hispanic population here and she’s been able to help. Now, my agency will be one more way we can assist those in need.”

With more than 20 years of insurance and investment experience, Candelario holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in international marketing from Phoenix University.

Brightway, The Candelario Family Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Umbrella, Commercial and Life insurance policies from numerous insurance companies. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EDT) and Saturday/Sunday by appointment. Visit them at their office at 1980 North Atlantic Avenue, Suite 607, in Cocoa Beach, online at or call 321-280-2500.

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 Aaron, 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 37 states and more than $1 billion 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.

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