FORT MILL, S.C. — Stephen Aldridge, Robert Osteen, Mark Hess and Analya Villamar-Difatta welcomed the community, friends and family to Brightway, The Osteen & Aldridge Agency during a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event held in conjunction with the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Aug. 23. The new Insurance Agency, located at 3071 Highway 21, Suite 106 in Fort Mill (next to the Department of Motor Vehicles), opened its doors May 21.

“We’re grateful for the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce for their partnership, and of course to our friends and family for their ongoing support,” said Hess, Principal Agent at Brightway, The Osteen & Aldridge Agency. “As a Brightway Agency licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina, we’re able to offer consumers in both states a level of expert counsel and more choice in insurance brands that you won’t find anywhere else.”

Joining Hess at the Agency is Insurance Agent, Analya Villamar-Difatta. The Agency is owned by business partners, Stephen Aldridge and Robert Osteen. The team brings more than 20 years’ insurance industry experience to Brightway.

The agency offers customized Home, Condo, Renters, Auto, Flood, RV, Motorcycle, Boat, ATV, Life and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including Appalachian Underwriters, Bankers, Burns and Wilcox, Dixon Wells, Foremost, Progressive, Safeco and State Auto. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Brightway Insurance
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance retailer selling through a network of franchised independent stores throughout the country. With more than $543 million in annualized written premium, the company is one of the largest personal lines agencies in the United States. Brightway provides its franchise owners with access to more insurance companies than any other agency, along with a comprehensive system of support that frees them up to focus on customizing policies that meet their customers’ needs.

Brightway began franchising operations in 2008 and has since grown to more than 800 people in 20 states serving customers in all 50 states. Forbes has recognized the company as America’s No. 1 Franchise to Buy. Additionally, the company was named a top franchise three years in a row by Entrepreneur magazine and one of the fastest-growing private companies in America nine consecutive years by Inc. 5000.

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