Residents in and around Tampa now can experience a better way to buy insurance for their homes, vehicles and much more as father and son, Ron and Ronnie Oats, open Brightway, The Oats Agency Monday, Feb. 7. The Agency is located at 1211 Tech Boulevard, Suite 162 in Tampa.

“We are excited to open a Brightway agency in Greater Tampa Bay. We look forward to providing our potential clients multiple options when it comes to protecting their homes, vehicles and most importantly their financial future,” said Ronnie Oats, who serves as Principal Agent. “As a Brightway Agency, we are equipped with more choices of insurance brands than any other insurance business in the area. We can shop the market to ensure our clients get the most value for home, auto and commercial needs, while saving our clients time and money.”

Ronnie Oats comes from the Financial Industry and has worked as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones, Merrill Lynch and Fisher Investments. He has helped many individuals and families plan and achieve their financial goals. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Ronnie Oats is married with two young children. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing and hunting.

Ron Oats most recently served as the Boy Scouts of America Regional Director covering 13 states in the Southern Region prior to retiring in 2020. In 2006, he was selected Executive Director-CEO of the Boy Scouts Council in greater Orlando, which served more than 50,000 youth. He held executive leadership positions with the BSA in Atlanta, Georgia, West Palm Beach and Miami.

Ron Oats is active in the community, serving on The University of Central Florida’s Advisory Board, is a former Advisory Board member of BB&T Bank and Co-Chair of the Winter Park Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Endowment Campaign. He is a graduate of Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he obtained his degree in Business Administration. Ron Oats is married with two adult children. He enjoys fishing, hunting, investing and golf.

Brightway, The Oats Agency offers customized Home, Flood, Auto, Boat, Condo, Renters, Personal Articles, RV, Motorcycle, Life and Umbrella insurance policies from numerous insurance brands including Bankers, Burns and Wilcox, Edison, FedNat, Florida Peninsula, Hagerty, Johnson and Johnson, Lighthouse, Mercury, Nationwide, Progressive, Wright Flood and many more. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) and Saturday/Sunday by appointment.

Brightway’s corporate office staff provides expertise and support in areas including Customer Service, Technology, Accounting, Marketing, Distribution, Business Analytics, Carrier Appointments, Licensing, Training, Hiring and Retaining personnel. The company’s signature after-the-sale service empowers Agency Owners, like Oats, to focus on new business sales and provide customers the personalized service they deserve.


About Brightway Insurance

Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with nearly $900 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 316 offices across 30 states serving customers in all 50 states.

For more information about Brightway, The Oats Agency, visit or call 813-822-5030. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Brightway at


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